It goes without saying that, these days, too many people turn to trendy ways to meditate or encounter “the space within” or “beyond.” However, the Rosary is a timeless and incredibly powerful tool – even weapon, as Johnette Benkovic and Thomas K. Sullivan, authors of The Rosary: Your Weapon for Spiritual Warfare, attest. Why turn to what’s popular or trending when you can grab your blessed rosary and return to a prayer that is rooted deeply in contemplation, miraculous power, and life-changing transformation?

As a cradle Catholic, I grew up with the Rosary. I received my first blessed rosary at my First Holy Communion, which is still my most beloved rosary of all time today. I keep it in my purse and frequently pull it out for spontaneous prayer during times of waiting or to fill in the gaps when I have not completed my rosary at home.

Caressing the beads somehow draws one out of oneself and into the heart where God lives and speaks. Pondering the mysteries of each decade of Hail Marys lures us into the lives of Jesus and Mary. Somehow, when we pray the Rosary, we are forever changed – but often in ways we do not immediately comprehend.

In Benkovic’s and Sullivan’s newest book, they provide a comprehensive guide to the history and origins of the Rosary, powerful anecdotes from others on how the Rosary has changed their lives, tales from the saints who were deeply Marian in their spirituality, and complete with meditations on each mystery, as well as how to begin a Rosary group to combat the spiritual warfare that is rife in our times.

The Rosary: Your Weapon for Spiritual Warfare is compatible with many popular Catholic books about the message of Fatima today, as well. The message is urgent but hopeful: during times of intense strife and struggle, a resurgence of praying this ancient prayer of miracles often occurs. We are living in those times once again, another epoch of debauchery, moral relativism, and hedonism. As Benkovic and Sullivan explain so eloquently, the Rosary is our antidote. The Rosary is our weapon against Satan, against sin, and against the world’s enticements.

Perfect for the new Catholic, The Rosary: Your Weapon for Spiritual Warfare is sure to be a comforting companion to one’s spiritual journey into the interior life. The book is also well suited for study groups within parishes or for those who wish to begin a rosary group within their homes.

Text (c) Jeannie Ewing 2017, all rights reserved.