The Secret of the Rosary - Eighth Rose

Eighth Rose - Marvels of the Rosary

IT WOULD HARDLY be possible for me to put into words
how much Our Lady thinks of the Holy Rosary and of how
she vastly prefers it to all other devotions. Neither can I
sufficiently express how highly she rewards those who work
to preach the devotion, to establish it and spread it, nor on
the other hand how firmly she punishes those who work
against it.
All during life, Saint Dominic had nothing more at heart
than to praise Our Lady, to preach her greatness and to
inspire everybody to honor her by saying her Rosary. As a
reward he received countless graces from her; exercising her
great power as Queen of Heaven she crowned his labors
with many miracles and prodigies. Almighty God always
granted him what he asked through Our Lady. The greatest
honor of all was that she helped him crush the Albigensian
heresy and made him the founder and patriarch of a great
religious order.
As for Blessed Alan de la Roche who restored the devotion
to the Rosary, he received many privileges from Our Lady;
she graciously appeared to him several times to teach him
how to work out his salvation, to become a good priest and
perfect religious, and how to pattern himself on Our Lord.
He used to be horribly tempted and persecuted by devils,
and then deep sadness would fall upon him and sometimes
he used to be near to despair----but Our Lady always
comforted him by her sweet presence which banished the
clouds of darkness from his soul.
She taught him how to say the Rosary, explaining its value
and the fruits to be gained by it and gave him a great and
glorious privilege: the honor of being called her new spouse.
As a token of her chaste love for him she placed a ring upon
his finger and a necklace made of her own hair about his
neck and gave him a Rosary.
Father Triteme, Carthagena and Martin of Navarre (both
very learned men) and others as well have spoken of him in
terms of the highest praise. Blessed Alan died at Zunolle in
Flanders September 8th, 1475, after having brought over one
hundred thousand people into the Confraternity.
Blessed Thomas of Saint John was well known for his
sermons on the Most Holy Rosary, and the devil, jealous of
the success he had with souls, tortured him so much that he
fell ill and was sick so long that the doctors gave him up.
One night when he really thought that he was dying, the
devil appeared to him in the most horrible form imaginable.
There was a picture of Our Lady near his bed; he looked at it
and cried with all his heart and soul and strength: "Help me,
save me, my sweet, sweet Mother!" No sooner had he said
this than the picture seemed to come alive and Our Lady put
out her hand, took him by the arm and said:
"Do not be afraid, Thomas my son, here I am and I am going
to save you: get up now and go on preaching my Rosary as
you used to do. I promise to shield you from your enemies."
When Our Lady said this the devil fled and Blessed Thomas
got up, finding that he was in perfect health. He then
thanked the Blessed Mother with tears of joy. He resumed
his Rosary apostolate and his sermons were marvelously
Our Lady blesses not only those who preach her Rosary, but
she highly rewards all those who get others to say it by their
Alphonsus, King of Leon and Galicia, very much wanted all
his servants to honor the Blessed Virgin by saying the
Rosary. So he used to hang a large rosary on his belt and
always wore it, but unfortunately never said it himself.
Nevertheless his wearing it encouraged his courtiers to say
the Rosary very devoutly.
One day the King fell seriously ill and when he was given up
for dead he found himself, in a vision, before the judgment
seat of Our Lord. Many devils were there accusing him of all
the sins he had committed and Our Lord as Sovereign Judge
was just about to condemn him to Hell when Our Lady
appeared to intercede for him. She called for a pair of scales
and had his sins placed in one of the balances whereas she
put the Rosary that he had always worn on the other scale,
together, with all the Rosaries that had been said because of
his example. It was found that the Rosaries weighed more
than his sins.
Looking at him with great kindness Our Lady said: "As a
reward for this little honor that you paid me in wearing my
Rosary, I have obtained a great grace for you from my Son.
Your life will be spared for a few more years. See that you
spend these years wisely, and do penance."
When the King regained consciousness he cried out: "Blessed
be the Rosary of the Most Holy Virgin Mary, by which I
have been delivered from eternal damnation!"
After he had recovered his health he spent the rest of his life
in spreading devotion to the Holy Rosary and said it
faithfully everyday.
People who love the Blessed Virgin ought to follow the
example of King Alphonsus and that of the Saints whom I
have mentioned so that they too may win other souls for the
Confraternity of the Holy Rosary. They will then receive
great graces on earth and eternal life later on. "They that
explain me shall have life everlasting." (Ecclus. 24:31/DRV –
This text is absent from KJV and modern translations of

The Canada54 National Novena includes a daily reading from the Secret of the Rosary.

There are exactly 54 readings. 
  • A white rose for priests;
  • A red rose for sinners;
  • A mystical rose tree for devout souls;
  • A rosebud for little children;
  • Plus 50 roses representing each Hail Mary recited during 5 decades of the Rosary  - Le Secret du Rosaire - ICI

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