The Holy Rosary, Miracles of Our Lady, Stories of the Supernatural

The Power of the Rosary Against Hell

The daughter of a certain prince had entered a monastery, where the discipline was so relaxed, that, although she was a young person of good dispositions, she advanced but little in virtue. By the advice of a good confessor, she began to say the Rosary with the mysteries, and became so changed that she was an example to all. The other religious, taking offence at her for withdrawing from them, attacked her on all sides, to induce her to abandon her newly-begun way of life.

One day while she was repeating the Rosary, and praying Mary to assist her in that persecution, she saw a letter fall from above. On the outside were written these words: “Mary, mother of God, to her daughter Jane, greeting;” and within : “My dear child, continue to say my Rosary; withdraw from conversation with those who do not help you to live well ; beware of idleness and vanity ; take from your cell two superfluous things, and I will be your protectress with God.” The abbot of that monastery soon after visited it, and attempted to reform it, but he did not succeed ; and one day he saw a great number of demons entering the cells of all the nuns except that of Jane, for the heavenly mother, before whose image he saw her praying, banished them from that. When he heard from her of the devotion of the Rosary which she practiced, and the letter she had received, he ordered all the others to repeat it, and it is related that this monastery became a paradise.

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There lived in Rome a woman, called Catherine the beautiful, who led a very sinful life. Hearing St. Dominic once preach on the devotion of the most holy Rosary, she had her name inscribed in the book of the confraternity, and began to recite it, but did not abandon her sinful life. One evening a youth, apparently a noble, came to her house, whom she received courteously. When they were at supper, she saw drops of blood falling from his hands while he was breaking a peace of bread, and then she observed that all the food he took was tinged with blood. She asked him what that blood meant? And the youth answered, that a Christian should take no food that was not tinged with the blood of Jesus Christ, seasoned with the memory of his passion and death. Amazed at this, she asked him who he was. “Soon,” he answered, ” I will show you;” and when they had withdrawn into another room, the appearance of the youth changed, and he showed himself crowned with thorns, his flesh torn, and said to her: Do you wish to know who I am? Do you not know me? I am your Redeemer. Catherine, when will you cease to offend me? See how much I have suffered for you. You have grieved me enough, change your life.” Catherine began to weep bitterly, and Jesus, encouraging her, said: “Now begin to love me as much as you have offended me; and know that you have received this grace from me, on account of the Rosary you have been accustomed to recite in honor of my mother.” And then he disappeared. Catherine went in the morning to make her confession to St. Dominic; and giving to the poor all she possessed, led so holy a life that she attained to great perfection. The Virgin often appeared to her; and Jesus himself revealed to St. Dominic, that this penitent had become very dear to him.

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The blessed Alan de la Roche relates of a lady, named Dominica, who was accustomed to recite the Rosary, that she gave up this devotion, and afterwards became so poor, that in desperation she stabbed herself in three different places. But just as she was breathing her last, and the devils came to take her to hell, the most holy Mary appeared to her, and said to her: “My daughter, you have forgotten me, but I have not been willing to forget you, on account of that Rosary which you have for a time recited in my honor. And now,” she added, “if you will continue to recite it, I will restore life to you, and also the possessions you have lost.” Dominica was restored to health, and continuing the practice of reciting the Rosary, recovered her possessions, and at her death was again visited by Mary, who commended her fidelity, and she died a holy death.

~Source:”Secrets of the Rosary”

Miracles of Our Lady, The Holy Rosary

How the Rosary Protected a Young Girl From A Serial Killer

How the Rosary Saved a Girl From being murdered by Ted Bundy

One night in January, 1978, Ted Bundy broke into a sorority house at Florida State University. After brutally raping and killing two sorority sisters, and seriously injuring two others, Bundy opened the door to another room. The young woman saw him open the door, and was sure he was going to kill her. Oddly, though, Bundy stopped, dropped his weapon, and fled.

When police arrived on the scene, they found this young woman in a near catatonic state. She refused to speak to anyone but a priest, so local priest Monsignor William Kerr was called to the scene. Upon his arrival, she recounted what had happened, and informed Monsignor Kerr that, when she went away to college, she had promised her mother that she would pray the Rosary every night before bed for protection. That night, she had fallen asleep while praying, and still held her rosary in her hand when Bundy opened the door to her room.

Years later, Bundy asked for spiritual guidance from the same priest who had met with that young woman, Monsignor Kerr. When asked about that incident in that Florida State sorority house, Bundy said that, when he’d opened the door to that young woman’s room, he had every intention of killing her. However, when he tried to step through the doorway, a mysterious force prevented him from doing so. He dropped his weapon and ran away!

Ted Bundy told Monsignor Kerr that he always wondered what had prevented him from killing the young woman.Msgr Kerr told him that it was Our Lady and the power of the rosary that had stopped his evil plans that night.Our Lady had protected her faithful daughter and she will protect you too if you will entrust yourself to her through the recitation of her Holy Rosary.

Through the intercession of Our Lady, the Rosary saved this young woman’s life. Imagine what it can do for you,families,parishes,dioceses,our country, and our world!

The Holy Rosary

The Old Irish Woman’s Rosary

Lady Beatrice Allen, a noble and wealthy English lady, an ardent Protestant by conviction, once accosted a poor Irish woman whom she found saying her Rosary.

In the hope of converting “the poor benighted creature,” as she considered her, good Lady Beatrice asked the poor woman why it was that she said that silly prayer. “Silly prayer, my Lady, you call it, but it is for me my joy and consolation. “When I am sad and sorrowful it consoles me, and when I am well and happy it gives me more joy and pleasure. “How could it be silly, my Lady, to speak to the Holy Mother of God, and sure that is what I am doing when I say the Rosary.”

“Well then,” replied Lady Beatrice,“will you tell me all about it?”—quite sure that she was going to hear a story of gross superstition. The explanation of the Rosary which this poor vendor of vegetables gave Lady Beatrice was so clear and, withal, so impressive that she afterward confessed that she had never heard from bishop or dean of her religion a sermon that gave her more to think about.

Weeks passed and months passed and she could not get the words of the old woman out of her mind, much as she tried. It was all so simple, so true, so sincere. Sufficient to say that our noble lady put herself under instruction and was received into the Catholic Church at the end of a year. This caused terrible trouble in her up-to-then happy home. Her husband and friends thought she was mad. During the bitter struggle that ensued, Lady Beatrice never abandoned the Rosary that she had so well learned to say and love and, at the end of the second year, her husband and children joined the Church!

Here is briefly how the dear, old, unlettered woman preached her sermon on the Rosary. Holding up her beads to Lady Beatrice, she showed her the crucifix and said: “When I begin to say my beads, my Lady, I kiss the five Wounds of Jesus Christ as His holy Mother did when He was taken down from the Cross and placed in her arms. I thank Him for all He suffered for me, and I beg Him to pardon my sins and take me to Heaven after my death. “Then, as you see, my Lady, there are two parts in the Rosary: one is small and has only five beads. “That tells me that life is short and that my sufferings will be soon over, and that I had better be ready for I may die any day, and I pray for a happy death. “There is the big part, the five decades, and that reminds me of the long life that is to come that will never end. And I say to myself, ‘Take care, Bridget Murphy, that you go to Heaven and not to Hell.’ And I try my best to be good and not to offend God.

“On the big beads we say the Our Father, the prayer that God Himself gave to us. He must hear us, for sure He promised to do so. It was He who put the words into our mouths, and He must be our Father if He says it. “Oh, it’s a beautiful prayer and I love to say it! To think that God is my Father! That is enough to make anyone happy. “On the small beads we say the Hail Mary, and that prayer, too, came from God for it is what the Angel Gabriel said to the Blessed Virgin when he told her that she was to be the Mother of God. “Oh, how pleased the Blessed Virgin must be to hear again the self-same words of the angel, for I wish with all my heart to give her again the happiness and joy the angel gave her! She is my Mother, and I make bold to ask her to give me some of her great joy and holiness, for a true mother gives everything to her children. “In the Hail Mary, I ask the Blessed Mother to pray for me, her poor child, now, during this hard and wearisome life, to help me in all my little troubles, but above all I ask her to pray for me when I am dying, at the hour of my death. Amen. “Now, my Lady, how could God’s Mother, who is so good and sweet, refuse to listen to my poor prayers? “I know she hears me, I am sure of it, and I am never tired saying the Hail Marys and giving her pleasure.” “But you must be tired repeating all those Hail Marys,” queried Lady Beatrice. “I am never tired, my Lady, of speaking to the Mother of God.

“I now want to explain to you that when we are saying the holy prayers we are thinking of how Our Lord became man and lived for 33 years on earth. These we call the Joyful Mysteries. “After that we think of all His terrible sufferings and how He died on the Cross. These are the Sorrowful Mysteries.” Here the good woman became wonderfully eloquent, talking about the Passion and death of Jesus Christ. She felt all she said, for her poor voice became broken and tears “Last of all, my Lady, we think of how Our Lord rose up from the dead, glory be to God, and how He went to Heaven. These are the Glorious Mysteries. “But before going, He told St. Peter and the other Apostles that He would send down the Holy Ghost to comfort and console them and us all and that He Himself would be always with us to help us.

“And truth He is in the Blessed Sacrament which we have in the Church. Every morning I go to Mass and poor and bad as I am, the priest tells me that I must go to Holy Communion. “And I say the Joyful Mysteries and I think that the good God comes into my heart as He did when He went into the womb of the Blessed Virgin herself, and I ask her to help me to receive my God as she herself did. And I am sure she does, for I feel such comfort and peace.” Lady Beatrice listened in wonder and asked the old woman: “Who taught you all these wonderful things?” “It was the nuns at home in Ireland where I went to school and the parish priest, Fr. O’Toole, God be merciful to him. He had a great way with him and used to explain everything very clearly.”

It was Lady Beatrice herself who told us this story, but at much greater length and with many more details which, due to our limited space, we cannot give in all their fullness. She loves to tell to priests the story of her conversion, and she wears on her arm the old Irish woman’s rosary in the form of a bracelet. She treasures this as one of her most prized possessions. From this fact we see how the Rosary can give to the humblest of the faithful a clear grasp and understanding of the great Mysteries of our Faith.

~Source:”How to be Happy,How to be Holy”

Miracles of Our Lady, Pious Devotions, The Holy Rosary

The Power of the Holy Rosary

How a Devout Woman Learned The Power of the Rosary and Why It Should Be Our Number One Devotion

Whatever you do, do not be like a certain pious but self-willed lady in Rome, so often referred to by speakers on the Rosary. She was so devout and fervent that she put to shame by her holy life even the strictest religious in the church.

Having decided to ask St. Dominic’s advice about her spiritual life, she made her confession to him. For penance he gave her one Rosary to say and advised her to say it every day. She excused herself, saying that she had her regular exercises, that she made the Stations of Rome every day, that she wore sackcloth as well as a hair-shirt, that she gave herself the discipline several times a week, that she often fasted and did other penances. Saint Dominic urged her over and over again to take his advice and say the Rosary, but she would not hear of it. She left the confessional, horrified at the methods of this new spiritual director who had tried so hard to persuade her to take up a devotion for which she had no taste.

Later on, when she was at prayer she fell into ecstasy and had a vision of her soul appearing before the Supreme Judge. Saint Michael put all her penances and to her prayers on one side of the scale and all her sins and imperfections on the other. The tray of her good works were greatly outweighed by that of her sins and imperfections.

Filled with alarm, she cried out for mercy, imploring the help of the Blessed Virgin, her gracious advocate, who took the one and only Rosary she had said for her penance and dropped it on the tray of her good works. This one Rosary was so heavy that it weighed more than all her sins as well as her good works. Our Lady then reproved her for having refused to follow the counsel of her servant Dominic and for not saying the Rosary every day.

As soon as she came to herself she rushed and threw herself at the feet of Saint Dominic and told him all that had happened, begged his forgiveness and promised to say the Rosary faithfully every day. By this means she rose to Christian perfection and finally to the glory of everlasting life.

Our Lady one day revealed to Blessed Alan de la Roche that, after the holy sacrifice of the Mass, which is the first and most living memorial of our Lord’s passion, there was indeed no more excellent devotion or one of greater merit than that of the Rosary, which is like a second memorial and representation of the life and passion of Jesus Christ. to know that, although there are numerous indulgences already attached to the recitation of my Rosary, I shall add many more to every five decades for those, who free from serious sin, say them with devotion, on their knees. And whosoever shall persevere in the devotion of the holy Rosary, with its prayers and meditations, shall be rewarded for it; I shall obtain for him full remission of the penalty and the guilt of all his sins at the end of his

Fr. Dorland relates that in 1481 our Lady appeared to the Venerable Dominic, a Carthusian devoted to the holy Rosary, who lived at Treves, and said to him:

“Whenever one of the faithful, in a state of grace, says the Rosary while meditating on the mysteries of the life and passion of Christ, he obtains full and entire remission of all his sins.”