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How the Most Holy Rosary can Kill Your Sin

March 10, AD2016

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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 be not 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

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About the Author:

Charlie hails from the deep green southern reaches of Birmingham, Alabama. Inspired by Catholic thinkers to re-write his reformed Protestant view of the faith, he began a journey that led him to confirmation and first Holy Communion in the Catholic Church in January 2015. Charlie has a B.A. in Religion and works in the legal profession by day, writing in his spare time. He married his lovely bride, Katie, on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in December 2015.

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  • steve6904

    It beats having to do the hard sacrifice anf work required to love your neighbor as yourself, God in your neighbor, and ultimately to change your own heart.

    • Riverboat

      Are you suggesting praying the Rosary, or any prayer, will not lead one to loving one’s neighbor or changing one’s heart? If so, that’s a very shallow view.

    • GeorgeE

      “That Quick broad was pretty hot. She could interrogate me any day.”

      “I hear you can taste the rainbow. Might taste better than what you get in a bathroom stall if you lean that direction”

      Sure looks like, in your case, it’s working….”admirably”.

  • bdlaacmm

    “The rosary is so often said in a flood of thoughts.”

    Boy, I can sure testify to the truthfulness of that! For the better part of a year now, I’ve made it my custom to pray the rosary the last thing I do every day, just before going to bed. And thoughts about EVERYTHING seem to flood in while making a heroic effort to contemplate whatever mystery is attached to the particular decade I’m praying. But the funny thing is, these at first glance extraneous thoughts always seem to be exactly what I was supposed to be thinking about during prayer, with their significance being illuminated by whatever specific mystery I was trying to be focused on.

    I’m slowly learning to not fight it, but instead learn WHY such apparent distractions arise. I now believe they’re there for a reason.

    • Kathy Kollar

      I have a terrible time with distractions during the rosary whether I am in my car on way to daily walk, or alone at Eucharistic Adoration, or in my quiet room. I then think my rosaries do not count as I am not thinking about the mysteries. I catch myself and try but then digress again. I usually have special requests for each decade. Like the Poor Souls, Family members, Friends on Prayer List etc. Then I think about them while praying and get off track. Are these rosaries good?

  • Dhaniele

    The rosary’s power in changing lives finds a proof in the way the rosary changed the history of humanity. The Feast of the Most Holy Rosary on October 7 recalls the victory over the Muslim forces which threatened Europe and led the Pope to call for this prayer crusade in conjunction with the naval battle. At Fatima Mary appeared as the Lady of the Most Holy Rosary and promised the conversion of Russia and world peace. The rosary was part of her program for bringing this about. It stand to reason that if the rosary can change the history of humanity, which is so diverse, it can certainly change the life of an individual who commits himself to it.

  • echarles1

    I am happy to see you quote Dom Columba Marmion whose book Christ in His Mysteries I am reading this Lent. His works deserve to see more light today!