If you notice, the tag line for my website is, “A rosary a day keeps the devil away.” As clever as that sounds, there is a great deal of truth in that statement. The rosary is not a piece of fashion or some sort of magical talisman. It is more like medicine or a vitamin that helps fight off the devil who is as real as any disease but many orders of magnitude deadlier. It is extremely important to use the rosary and pray for Mary’s intercession for She is incredibly powerful against evil and will keep you safe.
Why is the devil deadlier than any physical disease? He is such a grave threat because he can kill something far more precious than your body and that is your eternal soul. Keep in mind that your physical body only exists for an instant when compared to the eternity of the afterlife. Any physical pain and suffering endured in this world is minuscule compared to the joy or torment in the afterlife. But in that instant you are in this world, the devil is actively trying to claim your soul for all eternity. It is an ongoing battle and you must be prepared to fight and resist sin.
But like many diseases, there is a very effective, preventative medicine to prevent ESD (eternal soul death). In case you didn’t guess, it’s the rosary. It may be made of simple rope or a chain, but it is your life line to keep your soul healthy and resistant to the devil. Praying it will build up your immunity to evil and prevent you from falling into mortal sin. When you focus on the rosary, you focus on God and doing His will, not indulging in sinful activity. By praying routinely the temptation to fall into sin will diminish. However, even the best medicine is useless if you never take it. For the rosary to be effective, you need to take it off your rear view mirror of your car or out of your desk drawer and pray it. And you have to match that prayer with a spiritually healthy lifestyle with the intent to do God’s will.
Prayer is an effective antidote to sin because it was given to us from the Mother of God. The Virgin Mary gave us the rosary like a good mother gives medicine to a child. She intends for us to use it so that we may live in a state of grace. The Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, had this to say about appealing for Mary’s intercessions to fight the devil:
She brings us to Jesus, she protects us and cares for us in this difficult ministry … Mary also participates in exorcisms. She herself is an exorcist and expels the devil through her sanctity.
Mary is our heavenly mother and one tough opponent for the devil. With Her, our Lord Jesus Christ, the saints, and the angels in Heaven, you are well protected from the devil and anything he may throw at you. So let’s take advantage of this great, heavenly medicine and pray regularly because our immortal souls depends on it.