Praying the Rosary for Spiritual Warfare

HUNTINGTON, Indiana, September 2016 – Even the most ardent Catholic worries about the present state of the world. Throughout history’s most appalling intervals – wars and civilizations that were all but lost, people enduring severe persecution, moral causes appearing hopeless – the faithful have combated the real enemy, demonic Evil, and prevailed against devastating odds.  No matter the century or circumstance, the winning approach has endured.

“By partnering with ‘Mary, the trampler of Satan,’ whom God identifies in the Book of Genesis as the one who will prevail over Satan, earnest Catholics serve as Mary’s fellow soldiers in that crusade,” says Fr. Dwight Longenecker, in his latest book, Praying the Rosary for Spiritual Warfare (Our Sunday Visitor, 2016).  This revolutionary prayer ‘weapon’ helps today’s Catholic pray the Rosary in a whole new way, to target specific moral and spiritual ‘battles’ through each of the 20 mysteries.

“With each mystery of the Rosary directed upon a particular modern-day evil – like identity confusion, doubt, despair, hatred and persecution, genocide, murder, abortion, illness, corruption, abuse and more – we actually cooperate with God in fighting against the evil of the world. This indeed changes the world, and it changes how we function within it,” Fr. Longenecker says.

To help focus one’s prayer for each petition, every chapter begins with a Scripture passage concerning the mystery, followed by a reflection unlocking the connection between the mystery and the shadow side of evil to which it is connected.  To further facilitate prayer-meditation, an example of the particular evil is described, along with an insightful ‘vision’ depicting how it can be overcome through prayer and positive action. Finally, each chapter concludes with a list of 10 positive intentions to pray for as well – antidote objectives and good-soldier opposers to the evil.

“We don’t always think of Mary as a warrior on our behalf,” says Longenecker, “but in the twelfth chapter of the Book of Revelation, she is shown in this role – in the ongoing battle against the ancient foe, the dragon, she is a great warrior. And so in the Hail Mary prayer invoked in the Rosary, we repeatedly say ‘the Lord is with thee’, reminding us that the battle against evil is never fought relying on our own strength, but only when the Lord is at our side. And since He is always at her side, through her we can hope to prevail.”

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Fr. Dwight Longenecker serves as the parish priest of Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Greenville, South Carolina. He is author of 16 books on Catholic apologetics, theology, and Benedictine spirituality including the best-selling title Praying the Rosary for Inner Healing. Read more at


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