The Secret of the Rosary - Forty-first Rose


How to say the Rosary worthily

Forty-first Rose - Purity of Intention

IT IS NOT SO much the length of a prayer, but the fervor
with which it is said which pleases Almighty God and
touches His Heart. One single Hail Mary that is said
properly is worth more than one hundred and fifty that are
badly said. Most Catholics say the Rosary, the whole fifteen
mysteries or five of them anyway or, at least a few decades.
So why is it then that so few of them give up their sins and
go forward in the spiritual life? Surely it must be because
they are not saying them as they should. It is a good thing to
think over how we should pray if we really want to please
God and become more holy.
To say the Holy Rosary to advantage one must be in a state
of grace or at the very least be fully determined to give up
mortal sin. This we know because all our theology teaches us
that good works and prayers are only dead works if they are
done in a state of mortal sin. Therefore they can neither be
pleasing to God nor help us gain eternal life. This is why
Ecclesiastes says: "Praise is not seemly in the mouth of a
sinner." (Eccl. 15:9) Praise of God and the salutation of the
Angel and the very Prayer of Jesus Christ are not pleasing to
God when they are said by unrepentant sinners.
Our Lord said: "This people honoreth Me with their lips, but
their heart is far from Me." (Mark 7:6) It is as though He was
saying: "Those who join My Confraternity and say their
Rosary every day (even perhaps the fifteen decades), but
without being sorry for their sins offer Me lip service only
and their hearts are far from Me."
I have just said that to say the Rosary to advantage one must
be in a state of grace "or at least be fully determined to give
up mortal sin;" first of all, because, if it were true that God
only heard the prayers of those in a state of grace it would
follow that people in a state of mortal sin should not pray at
all. This is an erroneous teaching which has been
condemned by Holy Mother Church, because of course
sinners need to pray far more than good people do. Were
this horrible doctrine true it would then be useless and futile
to tell a sinner to say all, or even part of his Rosary, because
it would never help him.
Secondly, because if they join one of Our Lady's
confraternities and recite the Rosary or some other prayer,
but without having the slightest intention of giving up sin,
they join the ranks of her false devotees. These
presumptuous and impenitent devotees, hiding under her
mantle, wearing the scapular and with rosary in hand, cry
out: "Blessed Virgin, good Mother----Hail, Mary! . . ." And
yet at the same time, by their sins, they are crucifying Our
Lord Jesus Christ and tearing His flesh anew. It is a great
tragedy, but from the very ranks of Our Lady's most holy
Confraternities souls are falling into the fires of Hell.
We earnestly beg everyone to say the Holy Rosary: the just
that they may persevere and grow in God's grace; the
sinners that they may rise from their sins. But God forbid
that we should ever encourage a sinner to think that Our
Lady will protect him with Her mantle if he continues to
love sin, for then it will only turn into a mantle of damnation
which will hide his sins from the public eye. The Rosary,
which is a cure for all our ills, would then be turned into
deadly poison. "A corruption of what is best is worst."
The learned Cardinal Hughes says: "One should really be as
pure as an Angel to approach the Blessed Virgin and to say
the Angelic Salutation." One day Our Lady appeared to an
immoral man who used to always say his Rosary every day.
She showed him a bowl of beautiful fruit, but the bowl itself
was covered with filth. The man was horrified to see this,
and Our Lady said: "This is the way you are honoring me!
You are giving me beautiful roses in a filthy bowl. Do you
think I can accept presents of this kind?"

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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