It is when I bring to mind the reality of my own fallenness and the shackling weight of sin that I am reminded of a secret weapon – one given to us as a loving gift from God. It is an old and powerful weapon forged in the fire of prayer. This weapon is the most holy rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is the essential spiritual weapon of our time. The rosary is a weapon of heavens ilk. It is the loving gaze of Heaven’s fair Maiden and at once that great “destroyer of vice” and “defeater of heresies.” It is a sin-killer. It is the battle armor against hell and all its wicked forces. And it is the end and doom of our habitual sins. You Must Pray the Rosary Every Day How do I tap into this ancient power, you ask? Simple. Pray the rosary. Pray it every day! It will kill your sin because it will draw your gaze into the holy presence of Jesus where sin cannot maintain to dwell. A mind that is steeped in temptations is a mind quickly subdued by the beauties of God’s love. And the rosary is an endeavor of God’s love, if anything. While our sin clouds the mind and the senses with the dehumanizing darkness of wayward affections, the rosary is a journey out of that darkness. "Say the Holy Rosary. Blessed be that monotony of Hail Mary’s which purifies the monotony of your sins!" –St. Josemaria Escriva With each bead, each Our Father, and each Hail Mary, the monotony of our prayer turns the tide against the monotony of our sins and a brilliant light begins to fire-out the darkness in a soul. The Rosary is a Faithful Promise...but Do Not Be Proud Fifteen promises Our Lady gave, according to pious tradition, when she gifted us the rosary. Signal graces, special protection, flourishing virtue, armor against hell, destruction of vice and the defeat of heresies. A soul that shall not perish! These are but a handful. But above all else, the rosary is a promise of drawing near to the heart of Christ, by looking at his life through the eyes of his loving mother. When heaven makes a promise, it never does so lightly. The promises of heaven are always kept. This puts the power of heaven at your disposal to destroy the enemy of your soul. Pride will kill your desire to pray the rosary. Many will say that they do not need it. It is boring, too time consuming; the simple and affective instrument of God’s pious and lowly. Precisely! If the rosary is a child’s prayer, then let yourself become a child. To such belongs the kingdom of God. The Rosary Mysteries will Shape Your Soul If you are burdened and confused by your own suffering or that which you see in the world, contemplate the passion of Our Lord in the Sorrowful mysteries. If you are anxious about tomorrow and unsure of God’s power in your life, contemplate the resurrection power of God in the Glorious mysteries. If you are sensing God’s call to follow him faithfully, yet are too afraid to step out on that unknown journey, say “yes” to God with the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Joyful Mysteries. If you fret a great lack of inner fortitude to believe God’s words and the transforming power of the Son of Man, look to the life of Jesus in the Luminous mysteries. Your soul will learn to exult in these wonderful scenes and your soul will begin to take the shape of it. This is the work of Our Lord and his most loving mother in the life of those who come to him in prayer through the rosary. "The rosary is the book of the blind, where souls see and there enact the greatest drama of love the world has ever known; it is the book of the simple, which initiates them into mysteries and knowledge more satisfying than the education of other men; it is the book of the aged, whose eyes close upon the shadow of this world, and open on the substance of the next. The power of the rosary is beyond description." – Archbishop Fulton Sheen The rosary is so often said in a flood of thoughts. It is hard to maintain the gospel scenes at the fore of the mind while one prays it. It is in this time of prayer that our worries and our joys come to the surface against the background of a holy meditation. It is the sweet background music to our lives, consoling us in times of great distress and reminding us in times of great forgetfulness that we are never alone. The rosary is an offering of us to holiness. The Rosary is a Path to Victory If a particular sin plagues you and steals your joy, strike a fateful first blow against it with a faithful recitation of the rosary. Even if you are a skeptic, take a leap of faith! Commit to pray this rosary every day. If you do it, you will witness the manifold power of God transform your life. Do not worry whether or not the rosary is your only path to victory: There are many paths and many tools that are given us by God. But the rosary is a channel that runs deep and wide. It will lead you on a path to have your greatest needs fulfilled. It is a vessel that carries you to whatever miracle you may need for your soul to find healing. "Here is an example to help you understand the efficacy of the Rosary. You remember the story of David who vanquished Goliath. What steps did the young Israelite take to overthrow the giant? He struck him in the middle of the forehead with a pebble from his sling. If we regard the Philistine as representing evil and all its powers: heresy, impurity, pride, we can consider the little stones from the sling capable of overthrowing the enemy as symbolizing the Aves of the Rosary." – Dom Columba Marmion, Christ, the Ideal of the Priest This article first appeared online at CatholicStand.com and in print at Shalom Tidings. Charlie is a mid-thirties guy who resides in sunny Florida with his small (but growing!) family. Charlie holds a B.A. in Religion and Apologetics and works in the financial services industry by day, writing about recovery, the Catholic Faith and Taming the Wild places in the human heart in his spare time. His writing has been featured in places like the Catholic stand, SpiritualDirection.com, Catholic Exchange and in print at Shalom Tidings. Charlie serves as the Managing Editor for Taming the Wilds and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.