At 3:00 am on January 15, 1978, Ted Bundy entered the Chi Omega sorority house at Florida State University. He proceeded to murder two girls then headed out looking for more victims. When he entered another room, bat in hand as a weapon, he saw a girl laying asleep on her bed. As he approached her, he immediately dropped the bat and ran out! Later, when he was on death row, he asked to see a priest who then asked him what happened that night. Bundy explained that when he entered that girl’s room, he had fully intended on murdering her “but just couldn’t do it.”
Later, when the girl was interviewed by the authorities she told them of her promise to her mother: she would pray the Rosary every night for protection, even if she fell asleep in the process. That night she was still holding the Rosary when Bundy entered the room. Jesus protected her from this potential assault! All of the other girls in that dorm were dead or near dead. Bundy later confessed to over 30 murders that night!
The Rosary… is it superstitious?
Before I became Catholic, I was completely turned off by the Rosary. I wasn’t interested in understanding it and subconsciously, I suppose, I felt like it was some kind of superstitious crutch that Catholics used.
My relationship with Jesus Christ has become so intimate since becoming Catholic. And, believe it or not, praying the Rosary has much to do with it!
Jesus and the Rosary
Little by little, upon inquiring the meaning and use of the Rosary, I began to understand how Jesus has used it to complete His Will in more ways than I would ever have imagined! I had no idea the Rosary was connected to Jesus! Once I decided to step out in faith and pray the rosary, I couldn’t believe the results! By doing so I witnessed several immediate answers to my own personal prayers as well as those for whom I was praying.
President Marcos of the Philippines*
The president of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos, and his wife lived in lavish luxury. Remember, she was known for her ownership of 3000 pairs of shoes, 15 mink coats, 1000 purses and 508 evening gowns! Meanwhile the people were very poor and starving. They wanted to elect a new president but the one who was to run, Benigno Aquino, was assassinated in front of his wife and family as he stepped off the plane to run for office. His wife, Cory, was presented with one million signatures urging her to run for president in her husband’s place. On February 7, 1986, Marcos called for a snap election. It was bloody and fraud-filled and he was declared the winner by his corrupt government.
The Cardinal of Manila then asked for a peaceful protest and Catholics came out by the hundreds. They peacefully surrounded the military tanks and armed soldiers, praying the Rosary and singing. Holy Masses and prayer vigils took place and in less than a week, the soldiers unexpectedly stepped away from their tanks, put down their guns, and actually joined the peaceful crowd! President Marcos fled the country on Feb 26th and Cory Aquino became the new president! Under her presidency the Philippines became a free and democratic society. To this day people are still in awe that the evil, corrupt regime of Marcos was completely overturned through a peaceful means. They prayed the Rosary!
The Gospel Accounts and the Rosary
The Rosary prayers are said in conjunction with the Biblical accounts of Jesus’ life here on earth, beginning with the Angel Gabriel announcing to Mary that she was to bear the Savior of the world, continue to Christ’s death, resurrection and ascension, and end with the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.
I was sweetly surprised when I saw that the Rosary is clearly based on the biblical accounts of Christ’s life! Note: I frequently find myself saying, regarding my discoveries of the truth of the Catholic church, this phrase: “Who woulda thought!?!” (I was so prejudiced toward the Catholic Faith that I never even considered it as Christian!)
We as believers in Jesus Christ, trust Him to answer our prayers that we ask according to His Will. The more we focus on His life, death and resurrection, the more we understand His Heart for his people and His desire that we be free from sin, Satan and evil. The Rosary is a weapon of warfare against Satan’s plans because we pray using God’s Word as did Jesus in the wilderness. God’s Word is a certain weapon against Satan!
These Gospel events are called “mysteries” and rightly so, because we know that everything that Jesus is and was and will be revolves around the profound mystery of His Divine Love for each and every one of us! They are as follows:
The Five Joyful Mysteries
- The Annunciation of St. Gabriel to Mary – that she would be the mother of Jesus.
- Mary visited Elizabeth and John the Baptist jumped in her womb when Mary approached her.
- The birth of Jesus Christ
- The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple to Simeon
- Jesus is found in the Temple among the religious scholars
The Five Luminous Mysteries
- Jesus’ Baptism
- Jesus at the wedding at Cana
- Jesus proclaims the Gospel of the Kingdom of God
- The Transfiguration of Jesus
- The Last Supper (The institution of the Holy Eucharist)
The Five Sorrowful Mysteries
- Christ’s agony in the Garden of Gethsemane
- Christ’s scourging at the pillar
- Christ being crowned with thorns
- Christ carrying His Cross to Calvary
- The crucifixion of Jesus on the Cross
The Five Glorious Mysteries
- The Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead
- The Ascension of Jesus Christ to Heaven
- The descent of the Holy Spirit in the upper room
- The Assumption of Mary into heaven (Her body was never found)
- The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Jesus is the Victor!
I have the privilege of meditating on these events of Christ’s life every single day when I pray the Rosary, using these events of Christ’s life as my spiritual weapons in prayer. Our warfare can only be victorious with Jesus Christ as the center of our prayers! (I also, of course, continue to pray personal prayers like I used to before I became Catholic).
In these days of constant worldwide turmoil, with evil surrounding the human race, may our hearts be open to use the spiritual weapons of warfare in prayer for peace. One of my weapons is the Rosary. What are yours?
*This article is from the same website as the above story of Ted Bundy.