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We Are David, and the Rosary is Our Weapon

January 20th, 2010, Promulgated by Gen

Throughout the twenty centuries in which our Church has existed, there has seldom been a moment where we weren’t persecuted somewhere in the world. While people battled against the hostile natives of far-off lands and with the European Wars of the Reformation, they also battled against and were besieged by heresy and dissidence. The pope himself was a veritable prisoner inside the Vatican from the 1860’s until 1927 and the Lateran Treaty. However, through all this time and all these circumstances, two things have been true. We are David. The Rosary is our weapon.

The reading today shows the timidity of Saul, King of Israel, when confronted by David who, because his faith was strong and true, had the courage to slay the enemy. Through his faith and persistence, though, David wins out with Saul. He promptly goes out into the arena of history to do battle with the Philistine giant, Goliath. We all encounter Goliaths in our lives, some physical, some ecclesiastical, some emotional, some a little of each. However, we must not forget that we, the people of God, are David.

We are told “there’s nothing you can do. Just wait.” Well, that’s true. But in that wait, we can do one thing which is more potent than anything else in human experience: we can pray. Our Lady gave us her heavenly slingshot, the Most Holy Rosary, as a means to affect change, to blot out the evil influences and manifestations of the Evil One, and to conquer for Christ. Why else would we so humbly call her “Our Lady of Victories?” She has shown, time and time again, the power and the majesty that is the Rosary. This prayer is often attacked as being “too old-fashioned,” “un-Biblical,” “shallow in its understanding of the faith.” Those labels are incorrect in each instance. The Church is timeless. Her sacraments are timeless. Her sacramentals are timeless. Her Founder is timeless. His Mother is timeless, being assumed body and soul into Heaven to reign over that glorious realm and our own.

So, as David, and armed with prayer and the Holy Rosary, we can assail the scourges of evil with Christ-like zeal. We must not be silent, and we must not roll-over in face of evil. And, no, to call things such as liturgical abuse evil is not a stretch. The Mass is a Heavenly sacrifice – “Almighty God, we pray that your angel may take this sacrifice to Your altar in heaven.” It is simple – one does not change the Mass for political or social agendas. Believe what you want, but leave that belief in thought, not action, and let it fall by the wayside when you present yourself for Holy Communion. Sin has no place at the table of the Lord, nor do liturgical abusers.

Just as David flung the rocks of God’s Divine Grace at the wretched giant, so too may we fling our prayers and our every moment of silent adoration towards the purpose of eradicating selfishness and pride from our liturgies. Pray the Rosary for the sinner. May he be smitten with God’s Grace and find himself face-first before the supreme Judge. May he revel in humility and may he be cleansed. Prayer is a monumental gift. It would be a sin not to use it to its full potential. For what good can come from apathy? The only way to remove infidelity is to pray. Violence, anger, resentment – these are not Godly weapons. The Rosary is. Use it wisely.

Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us.

Our Lady of Victories, pray for us.

Our Lady of Perpetual help, pray for us.

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.



One Response to “We Are David, and the Rosary is Our Weapon”

  1. Ben Anderson says:

    amen! I was listening to the readings (usscb podcast) during my commute and thinking, "this is such a cool story. He cut off Goliath's head with Goliath's own sword!"

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