The Rosary Saves Souls
The Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, appeared at Lourdes and at Fatima to urge and advise us particularly on the recitation of the Rosary. At Lourdes, She Herself held a brilliant Rosary and counted the beads with Her own hands while Bernadette recited the Hail Mary's. In every apparition at Fatima, She exhorted the recitation of the Rosary. Furthermore, in the last apparition, She presented Herself as the “Lady of the Rosary”
Our Lady has indeed given great importance to the Rosary. When She spoke at Fatima on the salvation of sinners, of the ruin of many souls in hell, of wars and of the coming unavoidable events that would occur in our time, Our Lady has specified and has advised the Rosary as a prayer that saves.
Lucia of Fatima says in short that "from the time the Blessed Virgin gave great efficacy to the Holy Rosary, there is no problem, material or spiritual, national or international that cannot be solved by the Rosary and our sacrifices."
Saves and Sanctifies
An episode of Grace.
One morning, Saint Joseph Cafasso, while passing through the streets of Turin, met a poor old woman, all-bent and walking while silently reciting the Rosary.
“Why are you out so early my good lady?" asked the saint.
"Oh, Reverend, I am passing by to clean up the streets again!"
"To clean the streets? What do you mean?"
“Look, last night, there was a carnival and many sins have been committed. Now, I am passing by here and reciting Hail Mary's so that the places infected by sin may be made fragrant..."
The Rosary purifies the soul of sins and perfumes it with grace.
The Rosary saves souls
Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe wrote in his little note book of agenda: "Many Rosaries, many souls saved!" Do we think of this? We could all save souls by reciting Rosaries. What charity of priceless value would this be! What can be said on the conversion of sinners obtained through the Rosary? The saints would have plenty to say - St. Dominic, St. Louis de Montfort, the holy Curate of Ars, St. Joseph Cafasso, Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, etc.The Rosay does good to all sinners, just men, and Saints. When St. Philip Neri was asked what prayer to choose, he immediately responded without delay, "recite the Rosary and recite it often." Also when Pdre Pio of Pietrelcina was asked by one of his spiritual sons what prayer would be preferred throughout one's whole life, he answered almost suddenly, " The Rosary."
The Saints, above all have proven the Rosary's power of grace. How many Saints have been true "apostles of the Rosary"? St. Peter Canisius, St. Charles Borromeo, St. Camillius de Lellis, St Anthony M. Gianelli, St. John Bosco, etc. Perhaps, the greatest and most prominent among them was Padre Pio of Pietrelcina. His example is extraordinary to a degree which is totally beyond any human capability. For many years, he succeeded in reciting daily, more than a hundred Rosaries! He is a gigantic example who has assured of the fruitfulness of the Rosary by his holiness and in the salvation of souls. How many millions of souls have not been attracted mysteriously to that friar who for hours and hours, day and night, would finger the beads of the Rosary at the feet of Our Lady, with wounded and bleeding hands....? He has truly demonstrated that "the Rosary is the chain of salvation which hangs from the hands of Our Savior and His Most Blessed Mother and which indicates the source of every grace that comes down to us, and through which our every hope must go up...." (Pope Paul VI)
Every day the Rosary
All the prayers, all the knowledge and all the love of St. Bernadette seem to be based on the Rosary. Her sister Antoinette would say, "Benadette did nothing but pray and did not know what else to do than to finger the beads of the Rosary..."
The Rosary is an evangelical, Christological and contemplative prayer in the company of Our Lady (Marialis Cultus, 44-47).Praises and petitions fill the Hail Mary's, pushing the mind towards the mystery present in the meditation.
Whether this may be done at the foot of the altar or on the street, is not an obstacle to the Rosary. When the mind is recollected and turned towards Mary, it does not matter much whether one is in a church or on a train, whether one is walking or flying in an airplane. This ease with which the Rosary offers to whoever desires to recite it adds to our responsibility: Is it possible that every day, we cannot find even a quarter of an hour to offer a Rosary to Our Lady? Any place, any time, with anybody, praying aloud or softly, without the need for books or so much fuss....
Let us think of the Rosaries recited in the hospital wards by St Camillus de Lellis and St. Bertilla Boscardin; along the streets of Rome by St. Vincent Palotti; on trains and in ships by St. Frances Cabrini; in the Sahara desert by Br. Charles de Foucauld; in Royal palaces by the Venerable Maria Christina of Savoy; in concentration camps and in the death bunker by St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe; above all in families, by Blessed Anna Maria Taigi, by parents of St. Therese and by the mother of St. Mary Goretti.... Let us not waste time on vain and harmful things.
Fr. Stefano Maria Manelli (Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate).