Catholics are just … weird. I know this because I keep getting emails from the National Catholic Register, which keeps me abreast of the mainly bizarre but often comical antics Catholics get up to.
But the one I received today really had me blinking in disbelief after it led me to a blog run by
Reporting on the presentation of the “combat rosaries”,
At my prompting Fr. Heilman sent the gun-metal rosaries to all of the Swiss Guard … During his address to the new recruits about to be sworn in, the Commandant held up one of them during his address and told them that training and arms are necessary, but ‘the most important weapon is the ‘combat rosary’.
Is that not cool?
reported that the Commandant told the Swiss Guards:
Commenting on ‘s blog post, one “combat rosary” devotee, Jeff Liss, wrote:
It is important that we recover the way of prayer, especially the prayer of the Rosary. Our life, our works and our actions are in the hands of God. This doesn’t mean, however, that we can give up arms and drills. God uses us as instruments to thwart evil in certain situations. For this we need a firm faith, trust in God and prayer.
Unsolicited product endorsement: I have carried a combat rosary in my pocket every single day for two years – right in there with car keys, loose change, a phone, and whatever candy wrappers and goodness-knows-what-else one of my kids manages to deposit in there.
While I sometimes regret the indecorum of Our Lord on the Cross rattling against my phone when it’s on vibrate, I’m glad to have a rosary that can be my constant companion because it is INDESTRUCTIBLE. I have not made a single deposit to the family Repository of Broken Rosaries since purchasing it.
I remember, when I first received it, taking it out of the package and being impressed by its solidity and heft. It feels like a weapon – like fine Toledo steel…in bead form. Dubious metaphors aside, I highly recommend it.
Me? I’ll stick to my Fenix TK16 tactical torch, which I successfully deployed to see off a would-be mugger in Brighton a few weeks back.