I had the good fortune this weekend to attend the St. Gertrude men’s Advent retreat led by Fr. Giles Dimock, O.P. The theme was “Go to St. Joseph,” and Fr. Dimock stressed the importance of an authentic and healthy Catholic masculinity. During his homily at Mass Saturday morning, he referred to an article from the Dominicana blog on the Rosary as the “best prayer for men.” He happened to have an extra copy with him, which he generously gave me, and which I now pass along to you. Here’s a key ‘graf:

2. The Rosary arms us for spiritual warfare. The fact of the matter is that spiritual life is war (cf. CCC 2725). St. Paul puts it this way, “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” (Eph. 6:12). To contend in the battle, we must put on the armor of Light (Rom. 13:12)! Dominican friars wear the Rosary on the left side, the side which bore the sword for knights of old. In the battle of the spiritual life, prayer is the only weapon, and it must be used. Frequently. Unceasingly. Devotion to the Rosary reclaimed the life of the 19th-century Italian lawyer Bartolo Longo (who had become entrapped in the world of the occult and often dreamt of taking his own life), and without a doubt, devotion to the Rosary will help us overcome the evils which plague us. The temptations and cycles of sin of the 21st century do not own us, for the Rosary narrates the greatest conquest of all time: the victory of life and light over sin and death.

My thanks to the leadership team for the St. Gertrude Men’s Group for organizing the retreat.

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