But now nothing is heard but hymns and the chant of the Our Father and Hail Mary. Our Lady and the angels were overwhelmed with joy the moment the Son of God became incarnate. In this spirit of deep thankfulness should we, then, always say the Hail Mary, making acts of faith, hope, love, and thanksgiving for the priceless gift of salvation. Shortly afterwards the King rallied some troops and with the help of his allies boldly attacked his enemies. They still say the Our Father, but never the Hail Mary; they would rather carry a poisonous snake about them than a rosary. The Secret of the Rosary by St.
All the angels and the blessed unite to praise him unceasingly. You are giving me beautiful roses in a dirty bowl. This faith must be strong and constant, that is, one must not be looking for sensible devotion and spiritual consolation in the recitation of the Rosary; nor should one give it up because his mind is flooded with countless involuntary distractions or one experiences a strange distaste in the soul and an almost continual and oppressive fatigue in the body. So I went up into the pulpit. When the time came, he went up into the pulpit and, in spite of the feast day, made no mention of Saint John other than to say that he had been found worthy to be the guardian of the Queen of Heaven. I have mentioned this earlier 7th Rose. It is a very dangerous temptation to lose interest in the prayer that our Lord gave us and to take up prayers that men have written instead.
We might say that it contains everything that can be said about the rosary, its content and form, its real worth, about the instruction necessary for its appreciation and use. You who are people of prayer, learn from this the power, the value and the importance of this devotion of the holy Rosary when it is said with meditation on the mysteries. Seventh Rose Crown of Roses Ever since Blessed Alan de la Roche reestablished this devotion the voice of the people, which is the voice of God, called it the Rosary. The meditation on the mysteries and prayers of the Rosary is the easiest of all prayers, because the diversity of the virtues of our Lord and the different situations of his life which we study, refresh and fortify our mind in a wonderful way and help us to avoid distractions. The holy sacrifice of the Mass gives infinite honour to the most Blessed Trinity because it represents the passion of Jesus Christ and because through the Mass we offer to God the merits of our Lord's obedience, of his sufferings, and of his precious blood. In the Rosary mental prayer is none other than meditation of the chief mysteries of the life, death and glory of Jesus Christ and of his blessed Mother. Another time he defeated twenty thousand heretics with only ten companies without losing a single man.
It was given to the Church by St. Secret of the Rosary discusses why the Rosary is the most important prayer we can and how to pray it well. In 1571, Europe was threatened by the Muslim forces of the Ottoman Empire; Pope Saint Pius V asked the faithful to pray the Rosary and, against great odds, Christian forces prevailed at the Battle of Lepanto, saving Europe. It is She who uncovers our hidden plots, breaks our snares, and makes our temptations useless and ineffectual. This holy Carthusian's vision is very much like that which the Beloved Disciple had, in which he saw a great multitude of angels and saints, who continually praised and blessed Jesus Christ for all that he had done and suffered on earth for our salvation. The second truth is that those who love this divine salutation bear the very special stamp of predestination.
But they will do better still and will please Me even more if they say these salutations while meditating on the life, death, and passion of Jesus Christ — for this meditation is the soul of this prayer. Similarly, sick people are not obliged to say the whole Rosary or even part of it if this effort might tire them and make them worse. To what ends does not the evil one go against us while we are engaged in saying our Rosary against him. The chief concern of the Christian should be to tend to perfection. Dominic ordered him to say the Rosary every day; he promised to do this and he entered his own name in the register of the Confraternity.
I have a word for you, devout souls who pay little attention to the prayer that the Son of God gave us himself and asked us all to say: It is high time for you to change your way of thinking. And if we ask God for our daily bread, we shall learn to hate gluttony and sensual pleasures which thrive in rich surroundings. He discovered that whenever he took it off the devil tormented him cruelly, so he resolved to wear it night and day. Our Lady revealed to Blessed Alan that no sooner had Saint Dominic begun preaching the Rosary than hardened sinners were touched and wept bitterly over their grievous sins. Dominic had a cousin named Don Perez or Pedro, who was leading a highly immoral life. In this way she was delivered from the devil by the authority of Mary and by devotion to the holy Rosary. During her whole life, our Saviour's holy Mother was occupied in meditating on the virtues and the sufferings of her Son.
Religious fervour and Christian charity began to flourish. If the repentance and conversion of one sinner is enough to make the angels rejoice, how great must be the happiness and jubilation of the whole heavenly court and what glory for our Blessed Lord himself to see us here on earth meditating devoutly and lovingly on his humiliations and torments and on his cruel and shameful death! In past articles, I have explored the and developing. Please call for quantity discounts— 800-437-5876. Louis-Marie Grignion De Montfort 1673-1716 remains one of the greatest apostles of Marian devotion the world has ever known. Not that I disapprove of prayers that saints have written to encourage the faithful to praise God, but it is not to be endured that they should prefer these to the prayer which was uttered by Wisdom incarnate. These words and many others which could be given here should be more than enough to convince us that we must not only say the Rosary with our lips in honour of Jesus and Mary, but also meditate upon the sacred mysteries while we are saying it.
Your life will be spared for a few more years. For since the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, it is through the virtue of the fear of God that men avoid sin. Of course, you understand what I mean, since you are spiritually minded; this mystical rose tree is Jesus and Mary in life, death and eternity. Take great care to avoid the two pitfalls that most people fall into during the Rosary. The chronicles of Saint Francis tell of a young friar who had the praiseworthy habit of saying the Crown of Our Lady the Rosary every day before dinner. Augustine assures us that there is no spiritual exercise more fruitful or more useful than the frequent reflection on the sufferings of our Lord. Our Lady has approved and confirmed this name of the Rosary; she has revealed to several people that each time they say a Hail Mary they are giving her a beautiful rose, and that each complete Rosary makes her a crown of roses.
The greatest honor of all was that she helped him crush the Albigensian heresy and made him the founder and patriarch of a great religious order. We offer you, O Holy Spirit, this thirteenth decade in honour of the mystery of Pentecost. We fear her more than all the other saints in heaven together, and we have no success with her faithful servants. The Hail Mary is a sharp and flaming shaft which, joined to the Word of God, gives the preacher the strength to pierce, move, and convert the most hardened hearts, even if he has little or no natural gift for preaching. The rosary has always been a struggle for me. Twenty-Second Rose The Meditation of the Mysteries Make us resemble Jesus The chief concern of the Christian should be to tend to perfection. Dominic's and had learned from him to have a great devotion to the holy Rosary.