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Why Padre Pio called the Rosary a “weapon”

For Saint Padre Pio, the Rosary was a “weapon” to be used only against spiritual enemies, and not against human adversaries.

Saint Padre Pio, one of the most beloved saints of the Catholic Church, is often quoted as saying that the Rosary was his “weapon”.

Did Saint Padre Pio advocate violence against other human beings?

In the biography Padre Pio: The Real Story by C. Bernard Ruffin, the author explains that, “The Rosary was his ‘habitual prayer’ and his ‘weapon’ against the powers of hell.”

Padre Pio prayed the Rosary every day and did it out of love for the Blessed Mother. He also loved every human being and desired them to reach all of Heaven’s eternal shores.

However, he also believed strongly in St. Paul’s words to the Ephesians.

Put on the armor of God so you can stand firm against the devil’s tactics. For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with evil spirits in the heavens.

Ephesians 6:11-12

His fight was not against political opponents or anti-Catholic individuals. Padre Pio clearly prayed the Rosary as a “weapon” against “evil spirits” in the world, who “prowl like a roaring lion in search of [someone] Devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

Padre Pio did not advocate a physical crusade, where the beads of the rosary would be used as a weapon, nor did he desire the death of his adversaries.

He simply believed that there was a spiritual war going on in the world that was invisible to the eye and that the Rosary was one of the most effective weapons against demonic forces.