Friday, October 7, 2011

Crown of Heavenly Roses

Since October is the month of the Holy Rosary, and today is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, I recently have started reading little excerpts from St. Louis de Montfort's The Secret of the Rosary.  During one of my "late night wanderings" at 1am, (pregnancy seems to throw all idea of sleep out of the window for me!) I decided to pick up the book and found a wonderful illustration of just how much Our Lady loves when we pray her Rosary:

"Our Lady has shown her thorough approval of the name Rosary: she has revealed to several people that each time they say the Rosary, they are giving her a beautiful rose and that each complete Rosary makes her a crown of roses.  The well-known Jesuit, Brother Alphonsus Rodriquez, used to say his Rosary with such fervor that he often saw a red rose come out of his mouth for the Our Father, and a white rose for the Hail Mary, equal in value, the only difference being in their color."

Our Lady made 15 promises to the children of Fatima for those who would recite the Rosary daily:

  1. Whoever shall faithfully serve Me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall receive signal graces.
  2. I promise My special protection and the greatest graces to all who shall recite the Rosary.
  3. The Rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.
  4. It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire of eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.
  5. The soul which recommends itself to Me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall not perish.
  6. Whoever shall recite the Rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its sacred mysteries, shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of eternal life.
  7. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die without the Sacraments of the Church.
  8. Those who are faithful in reciting the Rosary shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the plenitude of His graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the merits of the saints in paradise.
  9. I shall deliver from purgatory, those who have been devoted to the Rosary.
  10. The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in Heaven.
  11. You shall obtain all you ask of Me by the recitation of the Rosary.
  12. All those who propagate the holy Rosary shall be aided by Me in their necessities.
  13. I have obtained from My Divine Son, that all the advocates of the Rosary shall have for intercessors, the entire celestial court during their life and at the hour of death.
  14. All who recite the Rosary are My sons, and brothers of My only son Jesus Christ.
  15. Devotion to My Rosary is a great sign of predestination.
Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!