Draw Your Weapon

Maria Clinkenbeard

We are at war.  The forces of darkness are raging against us, trying to pull us down into the pit.  Sin has become the norm.  Disorder and chaos are guised under the terms “social justice” and “truth.”  Churches are being torn down, and the sacraments have been withheld from society for the supposed common good.  Where to find strength in the discord?  The answer is simple.  Pray the Rosary!  “It is through the most Blessed Virgin Mary that Jesus Christ came into the world, and it is also through her that He will reign in the world.” -St. Louis De Montfort

St. Pio of Pietrelcina, or “Padre Pio,” is a great saint of our time.  He lived through both world wars; he even fought in WWI.  As many already know, he was a mystic who suffered the wounds of the stigmata.  He could see and communicate with his guardian angel, and was regularly assaulted by demonic forces.  He could read a soul in the confessional, and knew if that soul was truly repentant.  He suffered greatly throughout his whole life, yet he was always at peace.  His favorite prayer was the Rosary, and on some days he recited 40 or 50.  He always carried a rosary with him, and he also kept a few under his pillow.  Our Lady told Padre Pio, “With this weapon you will win.”  

Padre Pio knew spiritual warfare all too well.  He, as previously mentioned, was attacked by the devil, physically and spiritually.  He had restless nights where he was brutally beaten, and his temptations were so strong at times that it seems anyone would naturally succumb to them.  Yet, he won the battles with the Rosary.  He often asked God to send him other people’s suffering so theirs could be relieved.  What a charitable soul!  What a beautiful example God has given us.  Is it surprising that the favorite prayer of such a great saint was the Rosary?  Padre Pio often said, “the Rosary, that is my weapon.”

We must draw the weapon!  Our Lady has stressed this through her earthly visitations to St. Dominick, St. Louis De Montfort, at Fatima to the three children, and to Padre Pio, to name a few.  She has promised us that her Immaculate Heart will triumph.  Our heavenly mother loves us so dearly, and she wants to bring us to her Divine Son.  Through these dark days, we must draw strength through prayer and devotion to Our Lady.  She is the channel that leads us straight to Christ. Padre Pio once said, “some people are so foolish that they think they can go through life without the help of the Blessed Mother.  Love the Madonna and pray the Rosary, for her Rosary is the weapon against the evils of the world today.  All graces given by God pass through the Blessed Mother.”  Pray the Rosary!  In the end, God wins.  Mary's Immaculate Heart will triumph.  Draw your weapon, and fight the good fight!