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"'Spiritual combat' is another element of life which needs to be taught anew and proposed once more to all Christians today. It is a secret and interior art, an invisible struggle in which we engage every day against the temptations, the evil suggestions that the demon tries to plant in our hearts."
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Although we have stressed the truth that the sacramentals derive their efficacy chiefly from the intercessory power of the Church, we may not minimize the role played by man's own subjective dispositions. The sacraments, too, for that matter, demand something of the individual recipient--at the very least that the subject place no obstacle in the way of grace. But in the case of the sacramentals man's cooperation has a very large part to play if they are to attain their full purpose. Their function is to provide an atmosphere in which the virtue of religion can thrive, and to produce a psychological reaction in man, to raise his thoughts and aspirations out of the realm of the profane and up to the realm of the sacred, to fix his heart on the things of the spirit, to impress on his consciousness God's will for him and God's providence always hovering over him.


Benefits of the Holy Rosary

“The Rosary is the most beautiful and the most rich in graces of all prayers; it is the prayer that touches most the Heart of the Mother of God…and if you wish peace to reign in your homes, recite the family Rosary.”
Pope Saint Pius X


I should like to give you even more reason for embracing this devotion which so many great souls have practiced; the Rosary recited with meditation on the mysteries brings about the following marvelous results:

  • it gradually gives us a perfect knowledge of Jesus Christ;
  • it purifies our souls, washing away sin;
  • it gives us victory over all our enemies;
  • it makes it easy for us to practice virtue;
  • it sets us on fire with love of Our Blessed Lord;
  • it enriches us with graces and merits;
  • it supplies us with what is needed to pay all our debts to God and to our fellow men, and finally, it obtains all kinds of graces for us from Almighty God. 

The knowledge of Jesus Christ is the science of Christians and the science of salvation; Saint Paul says that it surpasses all human sciences in value and perfections.” (Cf. Phil. 3:8)

This is true:

1.  because of the dignity of its object, which is a God-man compared to Whom the whole universe is but a drop of dew or a grain of sand;

2.  because of its helpfulness to us; human sciences, on the other hand, but fill us with the smoke and emptiness of pride;

3.  and finally, because of its utter necessity: for no one can possibly be saved without the knowledge of Jesus Christ-and yet man who knows absolutely nothing of any of the other sciences will be saved as long as he is illumined by the science of Jesus Christ. 

Blessed is the Rosary which gives us this science and knowledge of our Blessed Lord through our meditations on His life, death, Passion and glory. 

The Queen of Saba, lost in admiration at Solomon’s wisdom cried out: “Blessed are thy men and blessed are thy servants who stand before thee always, and hear thy wisdom.”  (3 Kgs. 10:8).  But far happier still are the faithful who carefully meditate in the life, virtues, suffering and glory of Our Savior, because by this means they can gain the perfect knowledge in which eternal life consists.  “This is eternal life.” (John 17:3). 

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.  Young children performed incredible penances and everywhere that he preached the Holy Rosary such fervor arose that sinners changed their lives and edified everyone by their penances and change of heart. 

If by chance your conscience is burdened with sin, take your Rosary and say at least part of it, honoring some of the mysteries of the life, passion or glory of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and be sure that, while you are meditating upon these mysteries and honoring them He will show His sacred wounds to His Father in Heaven.  He will plead foryou and will obtain for you contrition and the forgiveness of your sins.

One day Our Lord said to Blessed Alan: “If only these poor wretched sinners would say My Rosary, they would share in the merits of My passion and I would be their Advocate and would appease My Father’s Justice.”

This life is nothing but warfare and a series of temptations; we do not have to contend with enemies of flesh and blood but with the very powers of Hell.  What better weapons could we possibly use to combat them than the Prayer which our great Captain taught us, and the Angelic Salutation which has chased away devils, destroyed sin and renewed the world?  What better weapon could we use than meditation on the life and passion of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?  For, as Saint Peter says, it is with this thought we must arm ourselves in order to defend ourselves against the very same enemies which he conquered and which molest us every day.  (Cf. 1 Ptr. 4:1).

“Ever since the devil was crushed by the humility and passion of Jesus Christhe has been nearly unable to attack a soul that is armed with meditation on the mysteries of Our Lord’s life, and, if he does trouble such as soul, he is sure to be shamefully defeated.”  (Cardinal Hugues.)

“Put on the armor of God. “ (Eph. 6:11).  So arm yourselves with the arms of God-with the Holy Rosary-and you will crush the devil’s head and you will stand firm in the face of all his temptations.  This is why even the material rosary itself is such a terrible thing for the devil, and why the saints have used it to enchain devils and to chase them out of the bodies of people who were possessed.  Such happenings are reported in more than one authentic record. 

Admirable Effects

Blessed Alan de la Roche, Father Jean Dumont, Father Thomas, the chronicles of Saint Dominic and other writers who have seen these things with their own eyes speak of the marvelous conversions that are brought about by the Holy Rosary.  Great sinners-both men and women- have been converted after twenty, thirty or even forty years of sin and unspeakable vice, because they persevered in saying the Holy Rosary.  And these have been people who, beforehand, had been deaf to all pleading!  I shall not tell you about those wonderful conversions here because I do not want to make this book too long.  And I am not even going to refer to those which I have seen with my very own eyes: there are several reasons why I would rather not talk about them. 

Dear reader, I promise you that if you practice this devotion and help to spread it you will learn more from the Rosary than from any spiritual book.  And what is more, you will have the happiness of being rewarded by Our Lady in accordance with the promises that she made to Saint Dominic, to Blessed Alan de la Roche and to all those who practice and encourage this devotion which is so dear to her.  For the Holy Rosary teaches people about the virtues of Jesus and Mary, and leads them to mental prayer and to imitate Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  It teaches them to approach the Sacraments often, to genuinely strive after Christian virtues and to do all kinds of good works, as well as interesting them in the many wonderful indulgences which can be gained through the Rosary. 

People are often quite unaware of how rich the Rosary is in indulgences.  This is because many priests, when preaching on the Rosary, hardly ever mention indulgences and give rather a flowery and popular sermon which excites admiration but scarcely teaches anything. 

Be that as it may I shall say no more than to assure you, in the words of Blessed Alan de la Roche that the Holy Rosary is the root and the storehouse of countless blessings.  For through the Holy Rosary:

  • Sinners are forgiven;
  • Souls that thirst are refreshed;
  • Those who are fettered have their bonds broken;
  • Those who weep find happiness;
  • Those who are tempted find peace;
  • The poor find help;
  • Religious are reformed;
  • Those who are ignorant are instructed;
  • The living learn to overcome pride;
  • The dead (the 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 free from all slavery so that they will be like kings wearing crowns and with scepters in their hands and enjoying eternal glory.”

[Source: The Secret of the Rosary by Saint Louis de Montfort]

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