Literally I have been saved from dogs by carrying my Rosary and swinging it at them as they charged me to bite me. So it is clear that the Rosary is a weapon against dogs and the devil. The first time this happened I had gone to anoint a dying 98 year old man in Ceres California. As I left the house, to my surprise a very large German Shepherd growling and showing his teeth began to charge me. I have spent a great deal of time in Mexico where there are an abundance of dogs, so I have learned to protect myself by picking up a large stone and showing it to them. Usually this stops them long enough for me to get away without being bitten. Anyway I looked for something to pick up and there was nothing. Thanks be to God and Our Lady I had my rosary. I quickly took it out of my pant’s pocket and started swinging it at the dog. I kept it off until the owner of the house came out and called the dog. I asked her why she would let a dog that attacks be out free. She answered that it breaks out and she could not control that. If it were not for the rosary I would have dog teeth scars on my body.
The next time was when walking out in an orchard near St. Patrick’s in Ripon California. There was a pit bull there that would come out and bark at me. I always carried a large stick when passing by that part of the orchard. This time the stick was not affecting the dog and it kept getting closer and again beginning to attack me. I got out my rosary and kept swinging the stick and the rosary. That finally stopped the pit bull from biting me. I maybe could have even been killed this time, who knows. I was all alone.
When in Mexico I always walk around town praying the rosary. I saw a mentally ill woman I always would greet. There was a dog quietly sitting at her feet. As soon as I approach to shake the woman’s hand, the dog started to attack me. Again, thank God and Mary I was praying the rosary and started swinging it immediately and that saved me from bites and rabbis shots.
Also when riding my bicycle near St. Patrick’s the neighbors dog charged me. I stopped riding and again swung the rosary until the owner called the dog off me. I know there were two other times that I can not remember the details right now. So literally the rosary has been my salvation from dogs.
Many of you pray the rosary everyday. Thank you so much for that devotion. Hopefully you can see concrete results from that discipline. You probably have heard Padre Pio talking to the Blue Army (get it) to use the rosary as your spiritual weapon against the devil and all evil in the world.
St Dominic is the most famous when it comes to praying and preaching praying the rosary. This happened when he was trying to convert the Albigensians. So one day he went into the forest in France where he prayed and scourged himself to take the wrath of God for all the sinners, especially this heresy. “At this point Our Lady appeared to him, accompanied by three angels, and she said:
“‘Dear Dominic, do you know which weapon the Blessed Trinity wants to use to reform the world?’
“‘Oh, my Lady,’ answered Saint Dominic, ‘you know far better than I do because next to your Son Jesus Christ you have always been the chief instrument of our salvation.’ “Then Our Lady replied: “I want you to know that, in this kind of warfare, the battering ram has always been the Angelic Psalter which is the foundation stone of the New Testament. Therefore if you want to reach these hardened souls and win them over to God, preach my Psalter.”
What Mary means is the 150 beads representing the 150 psalms in the Bible with the salutation to her, or the rosary.
The rosary worked for St. Dominic. The rosary worked for the Dominican St. Pius V in the battle of Lepanto. The rosary worked in many many cases in the history of the catholic church. It freed Pope Pius VII who was imprisoned by Napoleon in 1809.
When Our Lady of the Rosary appeared in Fatima, her message was to pray the rosary to end World War I. The children took her message very seriously and devoutly prayed it when they were only 7, 9, and 10 years old.
After World War II, in 1948, Catholic Austria was given over to communist Russian. A Franciscan priest started a rosary campaign where half the Austrians daily prayed the rosary. By a total miracle, with out any battle, Russia left Austria after signing a treaty on May 13, 1955. Austria really needs the rosary today to convert it back to traditional catholicism.
Needless to say, God works through Mary and her holy rosary. Always carry your weapon in your pocket or purse. When you walk, pray it. When you drive, pray it. I pray the three traditional mysteries everyday. I am busy like you are, but I know that after the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the Divine Office, the rosary is the next best thing to do battle with and win.
Are we not so fortunate to know about the rosary and have all its power to help us in our lives. Try to pray together with friends and kids. Especially try to pray it together as a family. Do it early in the day, not when everyone is tired and grouchy. Yes, the devil will fight you on this. And when it comes time to pray the rosary, all hell will break loose and every type of excuse will come up. But do it any way.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.