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OCTOBER 7, 2015

The Rosary Is Our Spiritual Weapon

of Mass Destruction Against Satan

The Rosary Is Our Spiritual Weapon of Mass Destruction Against Satan

I just returned from leading a retreat in Los Alamos, New Mexico. It was
organized by those belonging to TOOL, which stands for Teams of Our Lady.
What an exceptional group of Catholics, who witnessed to me while I
witnessed to them. Considering the location, you might say the retreat was
Now, if you didnt get that joke, you will understand in a minute. In this
retreat we focused on the leadership of families, the importance of
understanding your family why, the spiritual pillars that should be at its
foundation, and then some practical wisdom on how to live that. Among the
spiritual pillars is unquestionably the Holy Rosary. Since its introduction to
the Church through St. Dominic in the thirteenth century, it has always been
revered as a prayer of great power power to convert the greatest sinners and
hardened hearts and a prayer St. Padre Pio referred to as the weapon.

Speaking of weapons . . . that leads to todays reflection that comes from my

retreat in Los Alamos. As I was driving from Albuquerque to Los Alamos, I
was reminded of the rich Catholic history of New Mexico. And as I entered Los
Alamos on a late Thursday night I was greeted by a street named Trinity Drive
that took me right to my hotel. I kept thinking to myself: This town has
preserved well its Catholic patrimony! The next morning on my way to
Immaculate Heart of Mary parish, the first street I had to take to get there was
Oppenheimer Drive. My brain finally put the pieces together and what was
first thought of as awesome turned into a cold chill when I realized there was
nothing holy associated with the street sign named Trinity. In fact it
represented something the complete opposite of the Holy Trinity for it was the
name given to the first nuclear bomb detonated in America in southern New
Mexico. And Trinity was created right where I was giving this retreat in Los
Alamos. Lets look at this a little closer to bring out its greater significance.

The harnessing of the atom is one of the greatest breakthroughs in science. It

is at the center of life and from it emits light and life-giving power which we
see and experience every day from the sun. And the internal dynamics of the
atom are somewhat reflective of the Divine Trinity in that you have protons,
neutrons and electrons all working perfectly with each around a nucleus. God
watermarks so much of Himself behind His creation! Clearly, the discovery of
the inner operations of the atom is something God has always known those
created in His image and likeness would discover. And this is a good thing.
And now a gigantic, however . . . instead of orienting that discovery to the
glory of God and the betterment of humanity, man in his pride turned once
again away from the Tree of Life and saw that the fruit of the tree of the
knowledge (scientia) of good and evil was good to eat, and ate of it trying to
become more like gods manipulating creation for its own selfish and
destructive use.
The fruit of this pride was the creation of the greatest destructive force known
to man, the atomic bomb. And what did man arrogantly call this anti-God
creation, the first atomic bomb ever created? Trinity. Do you now see the
truth of Ephesians 6:12 as the real driver of history?

For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the
principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present
darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
And when the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima that early
morning of 6 August 1945, mankind crossed the final moral boundary that
paved the way to justified intentional killing of hundreds of thousands of
innocents by accepting a weapon for that sole purpose. This is why saintly and
prophetic figures like Blessed Mother Theresa and Venerable Fulton Sheen
linked the acceptance of atomic weapons to the acceptance of abortion. Take
that one to prayer.
But there is another story about what
happened on 6 August 1945 that many do not know about today. Little boy*
did not get the final applause that day, but Our Lady did! Did you know that
only eight city blocks from ground zero of the atomic explosion lived eight
subsequent radiation poisoning! The most notable survivor, Fr. Hubert
Schiffer, SJ, who retold the story countless times to press and other interested
parties, revealed the secret that he believed was behind his miraculous
survival. Faithful to the messages of Our Lady of Fatima, Fr. Hubert Shiffer
said of his Jesuit residence: In that house the Holy Rosary was recited
together every day.
Almost 30 years prior, on 13 October 1917, Our Lady revealed to the world that
the power entrusted to her is incomprehensibly more than our greatest
scientific advancements, even collectively! On that rainy October 13, Our Lady
fulfilled her promise to show the world that she was, indeed, appearing in
Fatima by performing what is now popularly called the miracle of the sun
when she showed her power over the atom by making the sun her play thing
as Fulton Sheen described it. Rather than use that power to destroy humanity,
she showed her power is for the conversion which brings true life and peace in
humanity. In other words, the world wont find peace by manipulating the
powers of creation like gods. Rather, by turning to Mary, who has been given
power over all nature, she will obtain the greatest possible conversion and
growth and holiness in those souls who entrust themselves to her something
she explicitly asked for at Fatima.
And after she dazzled the now-believing crowds, she revealed herself as Our
Lady of the Rosary, a prayer she asked the children to pray every day since
she first appeared to them on 13 May 1917. And those eight Jesuit priests at
Hiroshima became evidence of her power over the atom because she protected
her own when they listened to her call at Fatima and prayed her rosary every
Years after Fatima, Sr. Lucia dos Santos said the following, which I will leave
for your prayerful reflection:

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
familiesthat 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
Seriously, what more do we need here? If Sr. Lucias words arent enough to
inspire a deeper love for and devotion to the daily rosary, then I dont think
anything will.

Nuclear war, ISIS,** world-wide economic collapse, global moral collapse,

attacks against marriage and the family, serious personal problems, you name
it . . . the Rosary is our go-to remedy. Why? One major reason is because you
are reciting (at least) 50 times the words that announced the greatest and most
powerful act in history, God becoming man, when you say the first part of the
Hail Mary. When we enter into that mystery and recite the same words with
the same Holy Spirit in us that was in Mary, we ask and invite God to continue
to do His greatest works through the same words said in the here and now! No
wonder the Jesuits (and countless others) have experienced unfathomable
miracles by being faithful to the daily rosary. And this is why the FAMILY
ROSARY is the most important daily devotion you can incorporate, if only one
had to be chosen.
No matter what your spiritual preferences
are, Our Lady has hers and the Rosary is at the top of her list. Writing and
marveling about the wonders of the Rosary does little to no good if they dont
stir within us a greater fervor to pray it every day and spread this devotion to
as many people as possible. The faithful TOOL group in Los Alamos is taking
this seriously and whether they know it or not, they have a special connection
to be on the Army of Our Lady considering the historic significance of their
location. They are already being mobilized with over 100 parishioners recently
consecrating themselves to Our Lady. How powerful is that!?!
So, make this post worth it and before you click on to another page . . . start
your rosary right now (or set a time for your family rosary) and ask Our Lady
to obtain for you and your family the remedy of your biggest problem. And
share her merciful response with others to encourage and inspire them to do
the same! Remember to AIM HIGH!

Our Lady of the Rosary, PRAY FOR US!

P.S. And do you want to learn more about the rosary in a very palatable way
each day? I highly recommend you get a copy of Fr. Donald Calloways Rosary
Gems: Daily Wisdom on the Holy Rosary.
*Little boy the name of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima
**ISIS Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

Art: Detail of Madonna of the Rosary, Janez Wolf, 1873; Rosary Mother of
God with Sts Dominic and Francis of Assisi, Nicola Grassi, first half of 18th
century; La Visione di San Domenico (The Vision of St. Domenic), Bernardo
Cavallino, circa 1640-1645; all PD, Wikimedia Commons. Picture of Rosary
made in Los Alamos, New Mexico, received by Dr. Peter Howard, used with

About Peter Howard

Dr. Peter Howard presently lives in Colorado with his wife, Chantal, and five
children. Dr. Howard is a professor of Theology at the Avila Institute for
Spiritual Formation ( In 2015, Peter and Chantal
founded dedicated to the mission of awakening Catholic
families to their critical call to live their faith with courage, passion and
purpose. He is also a Catholic videographer (, author and
national Catholic speaker who has spoken at the 2012 Midwest Catholic
Family Conference in Wichita, Kansas; the United States Air Force Academy;
parish retreats and on Catholic radio programs such as Radio Maria. Peter
earned his Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.) from the Pontifical
University of St. Thomas Aquinas [Angelicum] in Rome, Italy. Dr. Howards
theological expertise lies predominantly in Mariology and the teachings of
Venerable Fulton J. Sheen. He is the author of the 2014 book: The Woman:
The Mystery of Mary as Mediatrix in the Teaching of Fulton J. Sheen. Like his
spiritual mentor, +Fulton Sheen, Dr. Howard is passionate about evangelizing
families by communicating the truth and beauty of the Catholic faith as the
answer to the challenges and errors of the world.