Have you ever noticed that the entire Dominican order wears a rosary on their left hip? Ever wondered why?
A Brief History
In the 13th century, the heresy of Albigenses was widespread. This heresy taught that all material creation was evil, causing a major problem for Church teaching; if all material things were corrupt then Jesus must not have become fully man. The heresy was an explicit denial of the mystery of the Incarnation — which, if it were true, would cause all sorts of Theological problems for the Church and the faithful.
St. Dominic was distraught by this. One night, feeling physical pain over the harm the heresy was causing, he spent the whole night in prayer in an attempt to do penance for the faithful. During the night, Mary appeared to offer guidance; “I want you to know that in this kind of warfare, the principal weapon has always been…