059: Unleashing the Rosary with Fr. Don Calloway

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The Art of Catholic with Matthew Leonard

catholic_FINAL_150In case you hadn’t noticed, we’re at war.

We need a weapon. A powerful one. One feared by the Devil.

Most of us already have one.


It’s called the rosary. And if wielded properly it cuts through the darkness like a light saber (especially if it’s glow-in-the-dark:).

In this special episode of The Art of Catholic, I interview Fr. Donald Calloway, author, speaker, and Vicar Provincial of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception. He knows the rosary.

In fact, he wrote a great book static1-squarespaceon it titled Champions of the Rosary: The History and Heroes of a Spiritual Weapon. So I brought him in to give us all a greater appreciation for the history, beauty, and power of the “Bible on Beads.”

Among other things, we discuss:

  • The miraculous origin of the rosary through St. Dominic
  • The history of the Marian Psalter (which predated the rosary)
  • How the horrific Black Plague shaped the rosary
  • The epic defeat of the Ottoman Turks in the Battle of Lepanto (because of the rosary!)
  • Why you should know a guy named Alan de la Roche
  • The crucial role of England in preserving the rosary51ycyytfyol-_sx353_bo1204203200_
  • The indulgences associated with the praying the “Bible on Beads”

All that and more in this jam-packed episode of The Art of Catholic. It’s a show you don’t want to miss. So grab your rosary (and your coffee) and join us! Hail Mary!

God bless!


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2 Responses

  1. Matthew,

    Thanks for a good “kick-in-the-pants” presentation…that kind that we all need at times to keep us going when a case of the “stumbles” attacks us and tries to pull us out of the fray.

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