One day, Mother Teresa was going through airport security in a war-torn country. When she arrived at the front of the line to be checked, the security guard asked, “Ma’am, are you carrying any weapons?” I find this to be a slightly humorous question directed to a woman who was barely five feet tall who lived a life of service and love. But let’s give the security guard a break because he was just doing his job. The answer that Mother Teresa gave probably shocked the man. She replied, “Why yes I do. I have the most powerful weapon in the world in my pocket…” She then proceeded to gently remove a rosary and held it up for the security guard to see.
There is great truth in the statement of Mother Teresa. We are the Church Militant living in this world. You do not have to look to far to see that there is battle between good and evil in almost every aspect of our society. How are we to fight for what is right? May I suggest that we turn to the atomic bomb of prayer…the rosary!
About three years ago my friend, Ryan, and myself made a commitment to pray the rosary every day. We were both heading off to college and wanted to use the rosary as a way to stay grounded in our faith. I cannot express how powerful the rosary has been in my life. Do I pray it perfectly? Definitely not. Have I made a commitment to it? Most definitely. It is amazing how Mary, the Mother of God, can work in your life if you allow her to. By praying the rosary you are not turning you prayers away from Jesus; you are actually growing closer to Him through his mother. Would the Mother of God lead you away from her son? No way!
I encourage you to give the rosary a shot. You do not have to pray the whole thing at first. Start by just praying one decade a day. The thing I love about the rosary is that it there are so many different ways to pray it. You can pray it for different people in your life. You can pray it for something that you are struggling with. You can meditate on the mysteries of Christ’s life. It’s amazing how you will be transformed once you start praying the rosary. Trust me.
Hail Mary, full of grace…