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"To be apostles of the Rosary it is necessary to have first-hand experience of the beauty and depth of this prayer, simple and accessible to all. It is necessary first to be led by the hand of the Virgin Mary to contemplate the face of Christ, a cheerful, bright, painful and glorious face."
Pope Benedict XVI Emeritus
"The Rosary is the most excellent form of prayer and the most efficacious means of attaining eternal life. It is the remedy for all our evils, the root of all our blessings. There is no more excellent way of praying."
Pope Leo XIII
"The Rosary is a powerful weapon to put the demons to flight and to keep oneself from sin. If you desire peace in your hearts, in your homes, and in your countries, assemble each evening to recite the Rosary. Let not even one day pass without saying it, no matter how burdened you may be with many cares and labors."
Pope Pius XI
The Importance of the Rosary
Excerpts from Fr. Hugh Thwaites, S.J. http://www.olrl.org
God sent His Mother to Fatima to tell us that we had to say the Rosary every day. There were no other prayers she asked us to say. Accordingly, we should do what she asked.

A layman I met once who did not say his Rosary told me that he read the breviary every day. That is fine. It is what priests have to do. It is the prayer of the Church. So in a way it is better than the Rosary. But it is not what Our Lady asked for. She asked for the Rosary. If a mother sends her child to the shop for a bottle of milk, and he comes back instead with ice cream, is she pleased? In a way, ice cream is better than milk, but it is not what she asked for.

In that most holy home at Nazareth, do you think that Our Lady had to ask for anything twice? If we want in any way to be like Jesus, we must do what His Mother asks. If we do not, can we expect things to go right? We cannot with impunity disobey the Mother of God. She knows better than we the dangers of our spiritual warfare. She sees more clearly than we do the dangers that beset us. She warns us: You must say your Rosary every day.

And if Our Lady comes to Fatima and tells us, not just once but six times, that we must say the Rosary every day, do we disregard that warning? If we do, we have only ourselves to blame when we find that our children have lapsed from the faith. I know that Fatima is only a private revelation, but nevertheless the Church has endorsed it, and that makes it rash for us to disregard it. If the Church informs us that Our Lady really did come to Fatima and tell us these things, then we must harken to her words.
In my work of going round visiting homes, I have seen this conclusion borne out time and again. Homes can be transformed by starting the recitation of the daily Rosary. I remember a woman telling me that she could not thank me enough for having nagged her into starting it; it had united her family as never before. And I remember another home where I called. There was a strange tension there: the children were silent and the wife seemed withdrawn, but the husband was willing to start the family Rosary. When I called back again a couple of months later, the atmosphere was quite different. The children were chatty and the wife was friendly, and the husband walked down the road with me afterwards and said how amazing it was that the home was so much happier.

One reason, I think, why the daily Rosary makes for a happy home, is this. From what some possessed people have said, and from what some of the saints have said, it seems certain that demons fear the Rosary. It makes their hair stand on end, so to speak. Holy water certainly drives them out, but they come back again. The daily Rosary drives them out and keeps them out. It is rather like living in an old house where there are mice everywhere. The only way to get rid of them is to bring cats. If you get a couple of cats, after a week or two there simply will not be any more mice. Mice fear the very smell of cats. And in a home where the Rosary is said every day, after a time the demons realize they are impotent in front of Our Lady, and go elsewhere.

This must be one reason why, as they say, "the family that prays together stays together." In that home, utterly free of evil spirits, there is an atmosphere one does not find outside. In a demon-infested city like London, where I live, such a home is an oasis of God’s grace, and people find a comfort and peace there which they enjoy greatly. We human beings are not meant to live in the company of demons, but with God and with the angels and saints in Heaven. So, as I see it, in this effort we are making to keep the faith and pass it on, the practice of the Rosary is absolutely indispensable. Whatever else a person may do, even though they go to Mass every day, they still need to say the Rosary in their home. It is the medicine Our Mother has told us to take, to keep our faith strong and healthy.
Benefits of Praying the Rosary
1. It gradually elevates us to a perfect knowledge of Jesus Christ.
2. It purifies our souls from sin.
3. It permits us to overcome our enemies.
4. It facilitates our practice of the virtues.
5. It embraces us in the love of Jesus Christ.
6. It proportions us the resources to pay our debts to God and mankind
7. It obtains all types of graces from God.
Blessings of Praying the Rosary
1. Sinners obtain pardon.
2. Thirsty souls are satiated.
3. Those who are fettered have their bonds broken.
4. Those who cry find joy.
5. Those who are tempted find tranquility.
6. The poor are succored.
7. The religious are reformed.
8. The ignorant are instructed.
9. The living triumph over vanity.
10. The dead obtain mercy by means of suffrages.
O Blessed Rosary of Mary, sweet chain that binds us to God, bond of love that makes us one with Angels, tower of salvation amid the attacks of adversaries, safe harbor in the turmoil and shipwrecks of the world, we shall never forget thee. Be thou everywhere blessed, now and for ever, on earth and in Heaven. Amen
The POWER of the Rosary
"The most Holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or, above all, spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families, of the families of the world, or of the religious communities, or even of the life of peoples and nations, that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary. With the holy Rosary, we will save ourselves; we will sanctify ourselves; we will console Our Lord, and obtain the salvation of many souls."
Conversation between Sr. Lucy of Fatima and Fr. Fuentes, Dec. 26, 1957
Saint Dominic prayed to Our Lady that she would force the devils who possessed a man to reveal the truth about devotion to her. The devils were forced by Our Lady to reveal: "Now that we are forced to speak we must also tell you this: Nobody who perseveres in saying the Rosary will be damned, because she obtains for her servants the grace of true contrition for their sins and by means of this they obtain God’s forgiveness and mercy."
Prayer before the Most Holy Rosary
My dearest Mother Mary, behold me, your child, in prayer at your feet. Accept this Holy Rosary, which I offer you in accordance with your requests at Fatima, as a proof of my tender love for you, for the intentions of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in atonement for the offenses committed against your Immaculate Heart, and for this special favor which I earnestly request in my Rosary: (mention your request).

I beg you to present my petition to your Divine Son. If you will pray for me, I cannot be refused. I know, dearest Mother, that you want me to seek God’s Holy Will concerning my request. If what I ask for should not be granted, pray that I may receive that which will be of greater benefit to my soul.

I offer you this Spiritual Bouquet of Roses because I love you. I put all my confidence in you, since your prayers before God are most powerful. For the greater glory of God and for the sake of Jesus, your loving Son, hear and grant my prayer. Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation. Amen
Rosary Miracle at Hiroshima, Japan - August 6th, 1945

There was a home eight blocks (about 1 kilometer) from where the A-Bomb went off in Hiroshima, Japan. This home had a church attached to it which was completely destroyed, but the home survived, and so did the eight German Jesuit missionaries who prayed the Rosary in that house faithfully every day. These men were missionaries to the Japanese people, they were non-military, but because Germany and Japan were allies during WWII they were permitted to live and minister within Japan during the war. Not only did they all survive with (at most) relatively minor injuries, but they all lived well past that awful day with no radiation sickness, no loss of hearing, or any other visible long term defects or maladies. Naturally, they were interviewed numerous times (Fr. Schiffer, a survivor, said over 200 times) by scientists and health care people about their remarkable experience and they say "we believe that we survived because we were living the message of Fatima. We lived and prayed the Rosary daily in that home." Of course the secular scientists are speechless and incredulous at this explanation - and they are sure there is some "real" explanation - but at the same time over 55 years later the scientists are still absolutely bamboozled when it comes to finding a plausible scenario to explain the missionaries’ unique escape from the hellish power of that bomb.
http://www.olrl.org
Virgin Mary with Christ Child and the Rosary Beads attributed to Gérard David (circa 1450/1460-1523); Museo del Prado, Madrid, Spain; http://cocinaycultura.blogspot.com
Madonna of the Rose by Simone Cantarini (Pesaro); (1612-1648) The Christ Child holds the Rosary Crucifix and a rose. http://cocinaycultura.blogspot.com
The Virgin of the Rosary by Carlo Cignani; (1628-1719); http://cocinaycultura.blogspot.com
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