“Love the Madonna and pray the rosary, for her rosary is the weapon against the evils of the world today.”

St. Padre Pio

Over the past couple of weeks, I have enjoyed hearing from many people who have shared their thoughts on Summit 2019.  The day impacted many people.  Some were touched in prayer or in confession, some where taken by something Fr. Riccardo said.  Many people have shared that his explanation of the reality of evil in the world was eye-opening to them and perhaps a bit unsettling.  Fr. Riccardo spoke clearly and boldly the truth that Satan is real and he is at war with us.  He wants to destroy us.  He hates us with a passion.  

Fr. Riccardo also shared at the Summit, though, that the Lord loves us very much and He has not left us to be destroyed by this powerful enemy of ours.  First and foremost, Jesus came to save us and as Fr. Riccardo said, “He is unconquerable.  He is invincible.”  The Church, our Mother, also does not leave us defenseless. I thought about this on Monday when the Church celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.  Early in its history, the Church called it the Feast of Our Lady of Victory. There is great power in the intercession of Mary.  She truly is Our Lady of Victory. And the Rosary is both a gift and a weapon in our battle with the temptations of the evil one.  

For instance, think about the traditional fruits associated with the Rosary:  

  • Humility
  • An increase in the theological virtues of faith, hope and charity
  • Detachment from worldly goods
  • Love of neighbor
  • Obedience
  • Piety
  • Openness to the Holy Spirit
  • Openness to allowing Mary to bring us closer to Jesus
  • Repentance of sin
  • Desire for holiness
  • Love of Jesus present in the Eucharist
  • Conformity to the will of God
  • Purity
  • Moral Courage
  • Patience
  • Salvation
  • Self-denial
  • Wisdom
  • Love of the Virgin Mary
  • Eternal happiness 

See anything on this list you wouldn’t want to have?  See some virtues that might be of great help to us in our battle against the temptations and lies of evil? I certainly do!  There is great power in these virtues for strengthening our will against temptation and for clearing our intellect so that we can better recognize that which is true and good and beautiful.  

And then we can add to these virtues the truth that meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary provides for us an opportunity to reflect on Jesus; on His life, his miracles; and his teachings.  We have the opportunity to immerse ourselves in Him, learn from Him and learn how to conform our lives to His.  

Lastly, in the Rosary we have Mary as our guide.  Who knows a child better than their mother?  Mary knows Jesus, she loves Jesus more than we can imagine and she is the first and best of his disciples.  In the Rosary, she guides us to her Son; she intercedes for us; she loves us.  

The month of October, traditionally the month of the Rosary, is a perfect time to discover or re-discover the gift of praying with Our Lady of Victory.

 

 

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