Prayer Is A Battle!

Prayer Is A Battle!

Last week we were featured in an article on Catholic News Agency in response to a recent attack on the rosary in the Atlantic

It is no surprise that the militaristic language of the Church can be misunderstood, especially when it comes to the rosary.  Here at The Catholic Woodworker our tagline is "Spiritual Weapons Built for Battle", and our mission is, "Equipping Families for Battle in the Modern World".  This comes straight from sacred scripture (Read Ephesians 6), and the Catechism:

 …The great figures of prayer of the Old Covenant before Christ, as well as the Mother of God, the saints, and he himself, all teach us this: prayer is a battle. Against whom? Against ourselves and against the wiles of the tempter who does all he can to turn man away from prayer, away from union with God.
~CCC 2726
That's right.  Prayer is a battle, we are the Church Militant, and our mission in this life is to fight for the souls that have been entrusted into our care, starting with ourselves.  Every time someone makes a purchase on our website, you have an opportunity to share their mission with us.  A vast majority of the time, the mission is SPIRITUAL WARFARE.  Here are some of the missions our customers shared with us. 

  "To spread devotion to the Sacred Heart, and be obedient to the Blessed Virgin Mary’s call to pray the Rosary daily" 

"To stay faithful despite the hostile world as an example to my family and for my own salvation."
" My mission is to lead my family to God. I'm going to consecrate myself to Saint Joseph this fall. The rosary beads I intend to use for prayer in my home. I want more religious items in my home so that our faith isn't a mystery to my children."
Do these missions resonate with you?  That last one, in particular.  What a beautiful mission.  Not one of the missions shared with us has anything to do with the alleged violence and extremism grossly proposed in the Atlantic article.  Praise God for the inspired men and women who find their way to our website and armor up with spiritual weapons built for battle.  We are serious about our mission to equip families for battle in the modern world.  Every week a rosary and holy hour are prayed for your intentions.  Additionally, starting this month, a monthly mass will be prayed for your intentions as well.  Your mission matters to us.

Last week we celebrated the Assumption of Mary.  Monday we celebrated the Queenship of Mary.  Let us remember Mary's call to arms at Fatima and so many other Marian Apparitions: PRAY THE ROSARY DAILY.  The rosary changed my life.  I discovered the unconditional love of Mary, and she in turn led me straight to Jesus.  This is why I sign all my correspondents with "To Jesus through Mary".  If you are serious about joining the fight through daily prayer, there is no better way than with the rosary.    

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