A Powerful Weapon: 15 Quotes on the Holy Rosary

October 7, 2014

We live in evil times. I hardly need elaborate the multitude of crises that fill the globe. Sadly, many are being swept away by this flood of evil and are succumbing to an overwhelming anxiety and discouragement. But no matter how tempting it is, we must not shrink back. We must pray and fast with a living faith and a firm confidence—and there is no better way to do this than by praying the Holy Rosary.

Through this prayer of immense power, countless miracles have been obtained and victories won. In fact, we celebrate the feast of the rosary on this day, because through it, a powerful military victory was obtained at the battle of Lepanto.

In these dark days, we must not be afraid. Like our forebears in faith, we must one again turn again to the rosary, calling on the Immaculate Virgin to come to our assistance and put our enemies to flight.

Here are 15 quotes from popes and saints to encourage you in praying this powerful prayer.

1. “The Rosary is the ‘weapon’ for these times.” -Saint Padre Pio

2. “Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world.” – Blessed Pope Pius IX

3. “The greatest method of praying is to pray the Rosary.” – Saint Francis de Sales

4. “Some people are so foolish that they think they can go through life without the help of the Blessed Mother. Love the Madonna and pray the rosary, for her Rosary is the weapon against the evils of the world today. All graces given by God pass through the Blessed Mother.” -St. Padre Pio

5. “Go to the Madonna. Love her! Always say the Rosary. Say it well. Say it as often as you can! Be souls of prayer. Never tire of praying, it is what is essential. Prayer shakes the Heart of God, it obtains necessary graces!” -St. Padre Pio

6. “The holy Rosary is a powerful weapon. Use it with confidence and you’ll be amazed at the results.” -St. Josemaria Escriva

7. “Say the Holy Rosary. Blessed be that monotony of Hail Mary’s which purifies the monotony of your sins!” -St. Josemaria Escriva

8. “For those who use their intelligence and their study as a weapon, the Rosary is most effective. Because that apparently monotonous way of beseeching Our Lady as children do their Mother, can destroy every seed of vainglory and pride.” – St. Josemaria Escriva

9. “You always leave the Rosary for later, and you end up not saying it at all because you are sleepy. If there is no other time, say it in the street without letting anybody notice it. It will, moreover, help you to have presence of God.” – St. Josemaria Escriva

10. “The Rosary is a powerful weapon to put the demons to flight and to keep oneself from sin…If you desire peace in your hearts, in your homes, and in your country, assemble each evening to recite the Rosary. Let not even one day pass without saying it, no matter how burdened you may be with many cares and labors.” – Pope Pius XI

11. “The rosary is the book of the blind, where souls see and there enact the greatest drama of love the world has ever known; it is the book of the simple, which initiates them into mysteries and knowledge more satisfying than the education of other men; it is the book of the aged, whose eyes close upon the shadow of this world, and open on the substance of the next. The power of the rosary is beyond description.” – Archbishop Fulton Sheen

12. ““The Rosary is the most excellent form of prayer and the most efficacious means of attaining eternal life. It is the remedy for all our evils, the root of all our blessings. There is no more excellent way of praying.” Pope Leo XIII

13. “No one can live continually in sin and continue to say the Rosary: either they will give up sin or they will give up the Rosary” – Bishop Hugh Doyle

14. “The Most Holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families…that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.” -Sister Lucia dos Santos of Fatima

15. “Here is an example to help you understand the efficacy of the Rosary. You remember the story of David who vanquished Goliath. What steps did the young Israelite take to overthrow the giant? He struck him in the middle of the forehead with a pebble from his sling. If we regard the Philistine as representing evil and all its powers: heresy, impurity, pride, we can consider the little stones from the sling capable of overthrowing the enemy as symbolizing the Aves of the Rosary.

“The ways of God are entirely different from our ways. To us it seems necessary to employ powerful means in order to produce great effects. This is not God’s method; quite the contrary. He likes to choose the weakest instruments that He may confound the strong: “God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong — Infirma mundi elegit ut confundat fortia” (1 Cor 1:27).

“Have you not often met poor old women who are most faithful to the pious recitation of the Rosary? You also must do all that you can to recite it with fervour. Get right down, at the feet of Jesus: it is a good thing to make oneself small in the presence of so great a God.” – Dom Columba Marmion, Christ, the Ideal of the Priest

If you practice no other devotion in the spiritual life, pray the rosary. Through it, you will obtain all that you need and will vanquish the enemies of your soul. Through it, you will find peace and joy in the trials of life. Conquer the devil—pray the rosary!

If you need guidance in praying the rosary, check out the book Real Men Pray the Rosary. It is an excellent guide to this powerful prayer.

Sam Guzman


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  1. Ferdinand Mukhar says

    Great quotes and reminder of how essential Our Mother is in this time here on earth. She leads us to Christ since the very beginning, “do whatever he tells you.” – Jn 2:5. Totus tuus, Ad Iesum per Mariam. I shared this with my seminary. Thanks for the great post. God Bless!

  2. Michael says

    Try to learn it in Latin as well as in English. You can find the words and pronunciations on the internet no problem.

  3. Faustina says

    The crucifix on the rosary in the photo is the “pardon crucifix” which has several indulgences approved by St Pope Pius X. I believe these rosaries were issued to servicemen by the military if you can imagine! Replicas are available at churchmilitant.com.

  4. Suzanne Fisher says

    Beautiful article and timely reminder. Love all the quotes. Please add a Pinterest button so I can save your articles on my “Faith” board.

  5. Patricia vitti says

    The rosary is more powerful than the most advanced weapons on earth. Those religious who have devoted their lives to prayer in solitude , unknown and insignificant to the world, are truly The Power behind our armies and weapons—

  6. Richard A Savoy says

    Please Pray to our Mother in heaven and her work on earth through the blessed rosary we shall be victorious over evil and protected from evil Say the rosary as often as possible and live in peace and without fear Our Mother is so good to us and saying the rosary pleases our mother who loves us and protects us through the day and night Please pray the rosary always Amen

    • Levy says

      yes. works wonders, especially when you pray for others. There’s not one prayer left unanswered. If it’s not God’s will, he lets me know somehow, never has he left my prayers answered. As a reward, you get to know God better, you fall in love with Him.

  7. John Sposato says

    For a person with my psychology, it is very difficult to say the Rosary in one sitting, but I don’t let that stop me, I say part of the Rosary in the car during my morning travels (when I was working, this was on the way to my job), continue it in the afternoon, whether in my car or at home, and then finish it sometime after dinner. I have to use the Nike “just do it” philosophy. No excuses; get it done. It works. Please obey your heavenly Mother: pray the Rosary everyday.

  8. Dave Wood says

    So many personal miracles. Graces in abundance. Daily rosary brings one closer to the Eucharist and leads you to frequent confessions. It prompts one to a firm desire to save souls. It brings peace.


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