The Whole Armor

Catholic Culture in this article quotes the following from St. Paul, Athlete of Virtue:

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (Eph 6:11-13)

What does it mean to put on the WHOLE armor of God? It means employing all the resources at our disposal including daily scripture encounter, the Sacrament of CPR, and Adoration. It means relying on more than just yourself and your own virtue to complete the task at hand. For this we have a most powerful weapon: the Rosary.

By praying the Rosary with the Saints, by meditating on the life of Christ, we acknowledge that we are not in this alone. We have a cloud of witnesses standing with us.

I prefer the Montfort method of the Rosary because it allows me to invoke many of these heroes who stand with me in times of joy, sorrow, triumph, and contemplation. When praying the Joyful mysteries, for example, I can solicit Gabriel, Elizabeth, John the Baptist, Simeon, Anna, and Joseph. Simply to solicit Mary means we are enlisting the most powerful pray-er ever to be captain of our team.

Conveniently, the Rosary incorporates scriptural encounter, prayer, and Adoration in one easy-to-use format. You don't even need beads... the knuckles on your hand will suffice.

That's one hefty suckerpunch for Jesus.

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