Dear Father Angelo,
July 16th is the recurrence of Our Lady of Carmelo and the day of my enrollment in the great confraternity of the Holy Rosary. First of all, I want to thank you very much for your touching words which I totally agree with.
You father, said it very well, “the enrollment in the confraternity is a gift that I receive directly from you.” This inspired statement of yours prompts me to share my following testimony that brought me up to here.
For some time I had been a devotee of the Blessed Virgin Mary, however despite my occasionally participation to the group of Our Lady of the Cenacle and the numerous pilgrimages to Medjugorje (about 13), I sadly say that I had never managed to pray the full Rosary. I started occasionally for a week and then gradually or for laziness or for other reasons, the prayer, to my regret, diminished until it stopped completely.
Things are changing. From January 2nd, 2019,when, by the grace of God, I began participating in the Rosary to Our Lady of untied knots (this is a perpetual novena established by our Bishop Giovanni D’Ercole and recited before the Blessed Sacrament of Jesus, which is exposed for 24 hours in the church of Sacred Mother of Charity in Ascoli Piceno). To my amazement, I confess that towards the end of the first novena, I felt the need to recite the Holy Rosary. I persevered in the recitation of this prayer for about four months (although, in an incomplete way, reciting only one part, which was only 50 Hail Marys). Towards the end of the third consecutive novena to Our Lady of untied knots, I felt a sort of little interior voice which suggested me to try to push myself further and to pray the complete Rosary (150 Hail Marys).
Father, I confess that from that Saturday (it was June 22nd, 2019) a world opened up to me!
From the single rosary, I went to the daily recitation of the complete Rosary, arriving a few days even at 4/5 Rosaries! I am still amazed.
This thing did not end there. Surfing the Internet, I providentially came across your site and almost immediately felt the need to enroll in the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary. I was pushed in part (I do not hide it) by the beautiful promises that the Holy Virgin would have made to Alain de la Roche. The moral of this is that I requested material graces from Mary Most Holy and She, the excellent Mother she is, granted me, as I believe, spiritual graces, bringing me back to the heart of the matter: the prayer of the Holy Rosary, Medicine for our evils.
Let me be clear Father. I am here to bear witness not to myself, a miserable sinner in search of redemption, but to the glorious and always virgin Mary who always intercedes with her son Jesus, our Lord and only Savior, who bestows particular graces through this wonderful and powerful novena (so dear to our Pope Francis) and whose practice and devotion I invite you, with affection, to spread.
I promise my prayers for you and for all the friars and priests of the great Dominican order and I ask you to continue to pray for my conversion and for my perseverance in the recitation of the Holy Rosary.
God bless you. Our Lady protects you.
Long live St. Dominic!!!!
1. I can only be pleased with the grace you have received and of which you bear witness. While you were making novenas to Our Lady who unties the knots for the solution of some material problems, you received a grace that you did not ask for, but which it is immensely greater that of the recitation of the Holy Rosary, or rather of the entire daily Rosary.
How beautiful it would be if from now on and forever you could say together with John Paul II, “The Rosary has accompanied me in moments of joy and in moments of difficulty. To it I have entrusted any numbers of concerns; in it I have always found comfort” (Rosarium Virginis Mariae, 2).
2. I would like to underline in this comment to your email how the prayer of the Rosary is the Medicine for our evils.
It is not really difficult to understand why. When we pray the Rosary, our gaze turns first of all to Christ, of whom a saving event is mentioned. At that moment, it is as if we opened the door to Him and allowed Him to enter our life to do with each of us what the good Samaritan did towards the one who had ended up in the hands of the brigands who had robbed him and left him half dead, “He approached the victim, poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them. Then, he lifted him up on his own animal, took him to an inn and cared for him” ( Lk.10;34).
3. A preface of the Eucharistic prayer praises Jesus with these words, “Even today, as a good Samaritan, he comes close to every man wounded in body and spirit and pours the oil of consolation and the wine of hope on his wounds.”
Pour the wine, symbol of his blood, which atones and purifies. It soothes with oil, symbol of the grace and consolation of the Holy Spirit that it brings into our soul. Jesus does all this while we are with Him with Mary’s feelings.
This is why the Rosary is the Medicine for our evils. Without realizing it, we are treated.
4. But there is another reason why the Rosary is the medicine of our evils, it helps us to see the events of our life with the gaze of faith that is with the eyes of God.
It is a prayer that saves us from loneliness and discouragement because it makes us live a wonderful experience of union with the Lord, our Savior, with Our Lady, with the inhabitants of heaven, and with the whole world.
5. In particular, together with the saving presence of the Lord, the Rosary brings Our Lady, who is never idle, into our life. The Rosary enters with the attitude assumed in the event of the annunciation. It is the event that marks the beginning of our opponent’s defeat.
For this reason, the Rosary has also been called a weapon, a weapon of salvation. Pius XI, in the letter Inclytam et perillustrem, addressed in 1934 to the master general of the Dominicans, wrote, “Among the weapons used by St. Dominic to convert heretics, the most effective, as the faithful know well, was the Marian Rosary, the practice of which, taught by the Blessed Virgin herself, has spread so much throughout the Catholic world.”
6. St. Louis Grignion de Montfort observes that “the salvation of the world began precisely with the Hail Mary, and the salvation of each one is linked to this prayer.”
It was this prayer that brought the Fruit of life to the dry barren land, and it is still this prayer, recited well, that makes the word of God sprout in our souls and bear the Fruit of life, Jesus Christ (True Devotion to Mary, no. 249).
7. I think I can say that the words written by Father Antonino of Monroy, master general of the Dominicans (1634-1715), are valid not only for the Dominican Order but also for each faithful who loves the Rosary, “The Rosary is the flower more beautiful than the Order. When that flower begins to wither, the charm and splendor of our institute also fade…But when it comes back to life, it draws upon us the abundant dew of Heaven.”
8. The reason is that when we pray the Rosary we experience a particular communion with our Savior Jesus Christ. The Rosary, as observed by a Dominican saint, Father Marie-Etienne Vayssière OP (1864-1940) who was prior provincial of the Dominicans of Toulouse and whose beatification process is underway, “is not simply a series of Hail Mary’s devotion; it is Jesus who returns to live in the soul through the maternal action of Mary.”
For you too, I hope that Jesus will return to live in your soul every day through the maternal action of Mary. What is more beautiful?
I entrust you to the Lord and I bless you.
traslated by Marina