Wherein Fr. Z sends Michael Sean Winters a “Combat Rosary”

Posted July 31, 2017 5:38 pm by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Wherein Fr. Z sends Michael Sean Winters a “Combat Rosary”

The other day Michael Sean Winters, the juggernaut writer for the Fishwrap, attacked you readers here. HERE  He did so, because one of you asked me about the Most Holy Rosary as a “weapon”.
He ignored the context of my response to the questioner. HERE  My answer was, go ahead, but it is better to carry it concealed.   Winters referred to the “militaristic” language, hence the concept of spiritual warfare, as a kind of profanity.
That bothered me.
It isn’t uncommon to refer to the Rosary as a “weapon”.  It is a commonplace to speak about “spiritual warfare”.
Warfare against what?
St. Josemaria Escriva said,
“For those who use their intelligence and their study as a weapon, the Rosary is most effective. Because that apparently monotonous way of beseeching Our Lady as children do their Mother, can destroy every seed of vainglory and pride.”
I opined,
“I wonder if MS Winters prays the Rosary. He uses his intelligence and study as a weapon, after all.”
I also said, in that post:
“I would be delighted to send to MS Winters both a Combat Rosary and one of these Rosary “Concealed Carry License” cards.  All I need is a good postal address.”
So, dear readers, on your behalf and mine I took matters into my own hands. 
Since I don’t have MSW’s address, I sent a Combat Rosary and Card to the main offices of the Fishwrap in Kansas City MO.
I sent it registered, with a cover letter asking that it be forwarded.  Inside the envelope, I put a postage-paid envelope with the Rosary and Card.
The contents of the inner, unsealed envelope which was to be addressed and sent to MSW:

I set it up in such a way that, when they opened it in KC MO, nothing within was sealed: they could check the contents easily.  There was nothing secret inside, just my personal card, and the Rosary.  I clearly identified

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