Blessed Alan de la Roche, that the Holy Rosary is the root and the storehouse of countless blessings. For through the Holy Rosary:
1. Sinners are forgiven;
2. Souls that thirst are refreshed;
3. Those who are fettered have their bonds broken'
4. Those who weep find happiness;
5. Those who are tempted find peace;
6. The poor find help;
7. Religious are reformed;
8. Those who are ignorant are instructed;
9. The living learn to overcome pride;
10. The dead (Holy Souls) have their pains eased by suffrages.
One day Our Lady said to Blessed Alan:
"I want people who have a devotion to my Rosary to have my son's grace and blessing during their lifetime and at their death, and after their death I want them to be freed from all slavery so that they will be like kings wearing crowns and with scepters in their hands and enjoying eternal glory."
- From: The Secret of the Rosary, St. Louis De Montfort
I absolutely love this book (The Secret of the Rosary)! I have been reading bits and pieces in conjunction with the Preparation for Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary. At times, some of my non Catholic friends have brought up the Rosary as one of the "problems" that separate us from our Protestant brothers and sisters. Lately, as I've been meditating on the readings and on the Rosary...I figured something out! I had an "aha" moment! There IS a difference between saying the Rosary and praying the Rosary. Semantics you say? Nope. Here's why:
"In order to pray well, it is not enough to give expression to our petitions by means of that most excellent of all prayers, the Rosary, but we must also pray with real concentration for God listens more to the voice of the heart than that of the mouth. To be guilty of willful distractions during prayer would show a great lack of respect and reverence; it would make our Rosaries fruitless and would make us guilty of sin. How can we expect God to listen to us if we ourselves do not pay attention to what we are saying?" --The Secret of the Rosary (Forty-Second Rose).
We are supposed to be meditating on the various mysteries, not just spouting off the memorized prayers. I think of all the times I've whizzed through my Rosary just to "get it done" without really even thinking about the Life of Christ at all. I am going to make a real effort to pray my Rosaries from now on. How about you?