Yesterday, as I was walking to my car in the parking lot of the gym, I did a double take. The car parked next to me had a Rosary hanging from the rear view mirror. It’s of course not that uncommon, but I got a little excited knowing that there was a fellow Catholic at the gym whom I didn’t know about.
As great as the Rosary is as a badge of honor, it’s not just a decoration for our cars. It’s a weapon. And depending on the Rosary you get, that could be a physical weapon, but all Rosaries are spiritual weapons.
Whether we want to admit it or not, we are at war. “For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens.” Eph 6:12
And, in this battle, the Rosary is a formidable weapon against evil.
A story to illustrate. In 1978, the serial killer Ted Bundy broke into a Florida sorority house and assaulted and killed multiple women. However, there was one woman who was spared after Bundy entered her room. Upon opening the door, he suddenly dropped his weapon and fled. As it turns out, before the young woman left for college, she promised her mother that she would continue to pray the Rosary every day. That particular night, she fell asleep while praying and held the Rosary in her hand. Years later, Bundy himself described that night and how he felt a mysterious force keeping him from that girl’s room.
So, that Rosary hanging from the rear view mirror? Use it.