Armed with My Rosary

rosary-sword-2According to my confessor and spiritual director, we all have habitual sins. Each of us has an area of weakness, and that’s where our personal tempters and/or the devil attack first. In fact, when we’ve talked about my habitual sin, he used the word “addiction.”

I don’t know about you, but thinking of sin as an addiction took some getting used to. I mean, when I think of addiction, I think of drugs or Chips Ahoy.

A few years ago, I had a particularly tough time with my habitual sin of choice. It was embarrassing to keep going to confession with it, but my confessor is truly gifted and I did feel healed and forgiven.

And then I went and sinned again.

In the midst of the months, though, I realized something. In the darkest time of my fight with this sin, I had stopped praying the daily rosary.

I had a really good reason, mind you. I didn’t just give it up for Oreo binging; I was immersed in a family novena that took all my effort. I was concentrating and giving it all I had.

Oh, and I was exhausted from pregnancy.

Realizing that this habitual sin of mine was creeping in and taking over even as I was dealing with other matters and NOT praying my daily rosary seemed significant, though. It felt a lot like a two-by-four to the head, honestly.

Maybe, for me, the rosary just isn’t optional.

The sin became a habit I had to break…and break and break and BREAK. I picture the rosary, established as a habit in my routine, as putting a protective layering over me, rebuffing the tempters and things that could lead me back into the dark waters of sin.

How does the rosary help you, especially as you consider sin in your life?

Sarah Reinhard is a Catholic wife, mom and author whose nose is probably in a book if she’s not scraping something off of her shoes. Her latest book is A Catholic Mother’s Companion to Pregnancy: Walking with Mary from Conception to Baptism. Check out all of her books at

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  1. It has been since May ’13 since I prayed the Rosary and ’07 since I prayed it much. Before then I really believed. Is your article really true? I don’t remember. I started slipping and the devil/sin inside me caught me and I’m still here just not like I used to be. I’m 49 going through peri-menopause and that monthly (whenever it feels like coming) does not help either. Wish I had a confessor or spiritual director, but then they would probably run from me. Anyone involved in the Church usually does.
    Thank you for you article. I like reading articles from this website, they help me and give me hope.

    1. Daily Prayer and Rosary is powerful weapon against the satan/sin. Through prayer and Rosary we become victorious we overcome on diseases and healed from diseases. we are the intercessor as we baptized in Jesus. so we should Pray for each other and should always say “I’m happy in God” by saying this everyday, you feel happy from inside and all your worries and diseases vanished in Jesus Name. Amen

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