“You rescued me from the strife of peoples” (Ps 18:44).
As the election nears and communication gets ever more verklempt, this is a reminder that You’re on the Winning Side.
Maybe not the winning side of the election — but the winning side of history.
Yes, however the election goes, victory for the human race was won two thousand years ago on a remote hill in Palestine.
Wins and losses
The saints tell us that when we have lost peace of soul, we have lost Jesus. But it doesn’t have to be that way! To promote peace during these days, I offer this meditation on a decade of the Holy Rosary. As we pray it, may it keep us close to the Prince of Peace and help us avoid the snares of our enemy, who wants us to be upset. Let’s not give him the satisfaction!
Pray with me on a decade of your choice:
Victory over the spirit of falsehood
In this bead I stand on the foot of Mary Immaculate as she crushes the head of the father of lies. I add my full weight, small as it is compared to the mighty power of Mary’s foot, to destroy evil through the blood of her son. I unite myself with the spirit of truth. “I am the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6). Hail Mary….
Victory over the spirit of accusation
In this bead, I unite with Mary as she crushes the serpent in his spirit of accusation. Knowing his time is short, the air is thick with the arrows of his spite. I renounce the spirit of accusation and cling to the spirit of humility. “I am meek and humble of heart” (Matthew 11:29). Hail Mary….
Victory over the spirit of rebellion
In this bead I unite with Our Lady, crushing the serpent writhing in his last agony. Save us, Almighty God, from the coils that want to squeeze us into the prison of rebellion. I unite myself with the spirit of the freedom of the children of God—the freedom to obey. “He humbled himself, becoming obedient to death” (Philippians 2:8). Hail Mary….
Victory over the spirit of division
In this bead I unite with Mary as she crushes the serpent of division. Let us cling to the spirit of unity brought through the Holy Spirit, her Spouse. “He is One and there is no other than he” (Mark 12:32). Hail Mary….
Victory over the spirit of mockery
In this bead I grieve with Mary at Our Lord mocked and abused. I share the depths of Our Lady’s sorrow in seeing him pierced by thorns and covered in spit. I unite myself with the spirit of dignity that is the birthright of every person. “God created mankind in his image” (Genesis 1:27). Hail Mary….
Victory over the spirit of hatred
In this bead, I stand with Mary as she crushes the head of the serpent who hates God and man. I renounce the spirit of hatred born of fear and envy. By blessing those who hate me, I unite with the eternal spirit of God, who is love. “Whoever loves God must also love his brother” (John 4:21). Hail Mary….
Victory over the spirit of retribution
In this bead, I unite myself with Mary as she crushes the head of the vengeful serpent. I unite myself with the spirit of forgiveness. “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” Hail Mary….
Victory over the spirit of doubt
In this bead, I stand with Our Lady, transfixed at the foot of the Cross as her Divine Son’s heart is pierced with a lance. I feel the piercings of that spear that would prod me, testing whether God is still alive in my heart. I renounce the spirit of doubt, and unite myself with a spirit of faith in life everlasting. “Whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Hail Mary….
Victory over the spirit of despair
In this bead, I unite myself with Mary as she crushes the spirit of despair at the tomb of her Divine Son. God’s miraculous action in her life draws her to trust in his promise. With Mary, I renounce the spirit of despair and clothe myself in the spirit of hope. “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23). Hail Mary….
Victory over the spirit of death
In this bead, I stand with Mary as she crushes, by the power of Jesus’ resurrection, the spirit of him who was a murderer from the beginning. With Mary, I unite myself with Jesus Christ, Author of Life, who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen. “Death is swallowed up in victory” (1 Corinthians 15:54). Hail Mary….