Schooling The Horan of Babylon about the Rosary. YES, it IS a weapon!

Look at this:

I’ll tell you what is disgusting… this twerp’s distortion of reality.

Friends, we are the Church MILITANT while we are in this earthly realm, this vale of tears.  We are like pilgrim soldiers on the march in ENEMY territory, which is under the domination of “the prince of this world”.  We are at war with the twisted spiritual powers which are arrayed against us with relentless malice.

The Horan’s fellow Franciscan St. Maximilian Kolbe founded the Militia Immaculata… ooops!… to combat enemies of the Church, such as Freemasons and just about every one at Chicago’s catholic Theological Union.  Well… had he known about CTU he would have fought it too.

Moreover, he described the Miraculous Medal as a weapon. He had the medals widely distributed, saying that it is “our weapon with which to strike hearts” and “a bullet with which a faithful soldier hits the enemy, that is evil, and thus rescues souls.”

St. John Paul II wrote in his Letter on the Rosary:

2. Numerous predecessors of mine attributed great importance to this prayer. Worthy of special note in this regard is Pope Leo XIII who on 1 September 1883 promulgated the Encyclical Supremi Apostolatus Officio a document of great worth, the first of his many statements about this prayer, in which he proposed the Rosary as an effective spiritual weapon against the evils afflicting society.

YES. The Rosary is precisely a WEAPON for our spiritual warfare.

We’ve been over this ground before with Michael Sean Winters, who is the Fishwrap’s official tricoteuse, who wrote that he wants to watch people he disagrees with die.  We been over this with Massimo “Beans” Faggioli, the incessant self-promoter whose manifest logorrhea is matched only by his uncanny ability to be wrong so often.

I created this masthead image for them.

The image I used is a fresco in the Vatican Museums.

At a Mass for the Assumption 2013, Francis told the crowds:

“Mary joins us, she fights at our side. She supports Christians in the fight against the forces of evil. Especially through prayer, through the rosary. Hear me out, the rosary… Do you pray the Rosary each day? I don’t know, are you sure? There we go!”

Archbp. Wenski:

[I]n the contemplative prayer that is the recitation of the rosary, Mary has given us a simple yet powerful weapon for the spiritual warfare that is part of our daily life in this “valley of tears.” It is not a weapon of violence or intimidation but rather one of peace and healing, for praying the rosary leads us to a more intimate relationship with Mary, the Mother of Mercy, our Life, our Sweetness, and our Hope. In a world still threatened by weapons of mass destruction, we have in the rosary — as Mary indicated to the shepherd children of Fatima — a weapon of mass conversion.

Fr. Calloway recounts

Mother Teresa passed through the airport security checkpoint, she had to endure that embarrassing procedure that is part and parcel of our troubled times: “Any weapons on your person?” Unexpectedly, the childlike yet remarkably bold sari-clad woman replied in the affirmative! She did have a weapon. She then indicated the Rosary beads dangling from her hand.

Hey…. Franciscan twerp!  Your fellow Franciscan St. Pio of Pietrelcina says:

“Love the Madonna and pray the Rosary, for her Rosary is the weapon against the evils of the world today.”

Yeah… I think I’ll go with his version, not yours.

Finally… again…

Fr. Horan… you aren’t half the woman Sr. Dede is.

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24 Responses to Schooling The Horan of Babylon about the Rosary. YES, it IS a weapon!

  1. acardnal says:

    Unfortunately I cannot see or read or reply to either Horan’s or Martin’s Tweets. They have blocked me.

  2. DeGaulle says:

    “I have come not to bring peace, but a sword”.

  3. tho says:

    He is nothing more than a clerical bully.

  4. acardnal says:

    Father Horan, read John 2:15, “And making a whip of cords, he drove them all, with the sheep and oxen, out of the temple; and he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables.”

  5. Charles E Flynn says:

    From Padre Pio’s secret weapon against the evils in the world today:
    Philip Kosloski | May 18, 2019

    Padre Pio prayed the Rosary fervently on a daily basis and even kept a few rosaries under his pillow. One night he wasn’t able to find his rosaries, so he called Fr. Onorato of San Giovanni Rotondo and said to him, “Young man, get me my weapon; give me my weapon.

  6. Matthew78 says:

    Here’s his doctoral thesis if you’re particularly interested in developing a postcolonial Franciscan theology of creation : https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/151481963.pdf

  7. The Impoverished Lasts says:

    It’s frustrating to hear people who are visible representatives of the Church using “love” in such a shallow/saccharine manner.

    “Prayer is always about love”… does a father who rightfully punishes his son lack love for his son?
    Or is it his love that makes him do the difficult task of punishing his son?
    If your Catholic the answer is pretty obvious.

  8. Padre Pio Devotee says:

    Fr. Martin, Fr. Horan, & Prof. Faggioli are always preaching about the Franciscan way of doing things, smelling like sheep, be open for dialogue, and to be accommodating.

    When in reality a lot of their tweets/insta page they have a special feature on which only allows those whom they choose to respond too. They don’t just allow anyone to respond anymore. So much for accommodation, smelling like sheep and dialogue.

    Sadly, I’ve come to observe that the ones who preach to smell like one’s sheep (dialogue) who are the furtherest from their flock.

    Prayers all around.

  9. Kent Wendler says:

    Despite all the artistic representations down through the centuries, it was not a sword or spear that St. Michael used to drive out Lucifer. As purely spiritual beings the means of coercion also had to be purely spiritual, which I take to mean prayer. (I suspect “angelic prayer” is somewhat different and far more powerful than most human prayer. But we do what we can.)

  10. Philmont237 says:

    Time to bring back the best thing I ever wrote.

    This is my rosary. There are many like it, but this one is mine.

    My rosary is my best friend. Its prayer is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.

    Without prayer, my rosary is useless. Without praying my rosary, I am useless. I must pray my rosary true. I must pray earnestly to defeat my enemy who is trying to kill me. I must expel him even as he tempts me. I will…

    My rosary and I know that what counts in war is not the words from our mouth, the pain in our knees, nor the length of our prayer. We know that it is the prayer from the heart that counts. We will pray…

    My rosary is a warrior, even as I, because it is an extension of myself. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its beads, and its medals. I will keep my rosary clean and ready. We will become part of each other. We will…

    Before God, I swear this creed. My rosary and I are defenders of my soul. We are the masters of our enemy. And Christ is the Savior of my life.

    So be it, until victory is Christ’s and there is no enemy, but peace!

  11. Julia_Augusta says:

    My brother is a lapsed Catholic. I used to be one too, until I came back to the Church 3 years ago. I have been trying to bring him back to Holy Mother Church and urging him to make a general Confession but, guess what he says to me: the only thing necessary for salvation is LOVE. My brother believes that he doesn’t need to go to Mass, doesn’t need the sacraments, and doesn’t need the Church. He can just pray alone and interpret the Bible by himself and he will go to heaven. When priests like Fr. Horan fail to teach the Catholic Faith, it is more difficult for us to convince lapsed Catholics like my brother about coming back to the Church.

  12. Ms. M-S says:

    I think we have to understand that the Lord meant that the gates of Hell would not prevail against the spiritual weapons at our disposal—prayer, the sacraments, the sacramentals—and use them. It bears thinking about which side in any battle, spiritual or otherwise, would encourage the other side to lay down its weapons. Which side are Horan, Martin, Faggioli, et all really on?

  13. Marine Mom says:

    “But child, you are not yet in your homeland; so go, fortified by my grace, and fight for My kingdom in human souls; fight as a king’s child would; and remember that the days of your exile will pass quickly, and with them the possibility of earning merit for heaven. I expect from you, My child, a great number of souls who will glorify My mercy for all eternity.” (1489 Diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul)

  14. RosaryRose says:

    Just read your other post Father, about Fr Horan comparing Sister to a Nazi. With my rosary, and the Legion of Mary prayers I will be asking our Blessed Mother to come forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, TERRIBLE as an ARMY set in BATTLE ARRAY and defeat the enemy that is prowling the world seeking the ruin of souls.

    Do not grow faint! God is in control. We are a people of hope. Not a weak hope, but a firm hope. We know Mary’s Immaculate Heart will triumph. We know we are the church militant.

    Personally, I think the darkness will help many souls recognize Mary’s triumph. Like the miracle of the Sun – it has to be so obvious even the atheists could not deny it.

    God bless Fr Z!
    Go to confession! May our prayers be efficacious! Praying for us all!

  15. RosaryRose says:

    Just read your other post Father, about Fr Horan comparing Sister to a Nazi. With my rosary, and the Legion of Mary prayers I will be asking our Blessed Mother to come forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, TERRIBLE as an ARMY set in BATTLE ARRAY and defeat the enemy that is prowling the world seeking the ruin of souls.

    Do not grow faint! God is in control. We are a people of hope. Not a weak hope, but a firm hope. We know Mary’s Immaculate Heart will triumph. We know we are the church militant.

    Personally, I think the darkness will help many souls recognize Mary’s triumph. Like the miracle of the Sun – it has to be so obvious even the atheists could not deny it.

    God bless Fr Z!
    Go to confession! May our prayers be efficacious! Praying for us all!

  16. alwaysloaded says:

    To arms! To arms my friends! Let us pick up our weapons and pray a decade for the good Fr Horan!

  17. robtbrown says:

    Fr Horan didn’t form himself. Nb:

    Psalm 137 found in the Liturgy of the Hours:

    By the rivers of Babylon
    there we sat and wept,
    remembering Zion;
    on the poplars that grew there
    we hung up our harps.

    For it was there that they asked us,
    our captors, for songs,
    our oppressors, for joy.
    “Sing to us,” they said,
    “one of Zion’s songs.”

    O how could we sing
    the song of the Lord
    on alien soil?
    If I forget you, Jerusalem,
    let my right hand wither!

    O let my tongue
    cleave to my mouth
    if I remember you not,
    if I prize not Jerusalem
    above all my joys!

    Psalm 137 found in Scripture (NIV)

    By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept
    when we remembered Zion.
    2 There on the poplars
    we hung our harps,
    3 for there our captors asked us for songs,
    our tormentors demanded songs of joy;
    they said, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”

    4 How can we sing the songs of the Lord
    while in a foreign land?
    5 If I forget you, Jerusalem,
    may my right hand forget its skill.
    6 May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth
    if I do not remember you,
    if I do not consider Jerusalem
    my highest joy.

    7 Remember, Lord, what the Edomites did
    on the day Jerusalem fell.
    “Tear it down,” they cried,
    “tear it down to its foundations!”
    8 Daughter Babylon, doomed to destruction,
    happy is the one who repays you
    according to what you have done to us.
    9 Happy is the one who seizes your infants
    and dashes them against the rocks.

  18. RebelPaw says:

    As a Secular Franciscan and parishioner at a Traditional Latin Mass parish, Fr. Horan continues to embarrass and distort what it means to be a Franciscan. There are good Franciscans out there (in the OFM, OFM Cap, OFM Conv, TOR and the other Franciscan houses). For example, there is a local friar here who says the TLM regularly, and many good, holy Franciscans. So much of Franciscan spirituality has been twisted by the modernists. But Franciscan spirituality doesn’t equal Fr. Horan and Fr. Rohr. Their voices just tend to be the loudest.

    Pray for the Franciscan family that it might continue to follow the true Francis and not the caricature Francis that the modernists have constructed. There is much in Franciscan spirituality that is good for the church and the world.

    St. Francis, St. Clare, St. Anthony, and St. Bonaventure – Pray for Us!

  19. In this day and age…I’d sooner venture out of my residence in the morning without my pants on than not having the Rosary in my pocket. There is too much evil out there to not have this weapon, handed to Dominic by none other than the Blessed Mother herself, than to not venture forth without it at the ready.

    And why do orders for which the rosary is worn from the cincture wear it on the left? Because, just like a sword worn on the left so it can be drawn with the right hand, the Rosary is there to be wielded in times where this weapon is needed in the same way.

    [without my pants]

  20. ChrisP says:

    One of the most powerful and successful strategies in a war is to plant amongst your enemy turncoats, who appear legitimate, but take every opportunity to convince you your weapons are useless.

    They tend to focus on your weapons they fear the most.

  21. JakeMC says:

    Someone once remarked that the Rosary is a spiritual WMD. To which I reply, then let’s nuke those devils!

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  23. Deacon Ed Peitler says:

    I am glad to see that someone was man enough to stand up to this twerp.

  24. Semper Gumby says:

    If Horan of Babylon had been formed at the St. Gabriel Possenti Seminary by R. Lee Ermey he would think twice before insulting Sr. Byrne and the Rosary.

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