Tenth Rose - Miracles
WHILE SAINT DOMINIC was preaching the Rosary in
Carcassone, a heretic made fun of the miracles and the
fifteen mysteries of the Holy Rosary, and this prevented
other heretics from being converted. As a punishment God
suffered fifteen thousand devils to enter the man's body.
His parents took him to Father Dominic to be delivered from
the evil spirits. He started to pray and begged everyone who
was there to say the Rosary out loud with him, and at each
Hail Mary Our Lady drove one hundred devils out of the
heretic's body and they came out in the form of red hot
After he had been delivered he abjured his former errors,
was converted and joined the Rosary Confraternity. Several
of his associates did the same, having been greatly moved by
his punishment and by the power of the Rosary.
The learned Franciscan, Carthagena, as well as several other
authors, says that an extraordinary event took place in 1482:
The Venerable James Sprenger and other religious of his
order were zealously working to re-establish devotion to the
Holy Rosary and also to erect a Confraternity in the city of
Unfortunately two priests who were famous for their
preaching ability were jealous of the great influence they
were exerting through preaching the Rosary. So these two
Fathers spoke against this devotion whenever they had a
chance, and as they were very eloquent and had a great
reputation they persuaded many people not to join the
One of them, bound and determined to achieve his wicked
end, wrote a special sermon against the Rosary and planned
to give it the following Sunday. But when it came time for
the sermon he never appeared and, after a certain amount of
waiting somebody went to fetch him. He was found dead,
and evidently had died all alone without anyone to help him
and without seeing a priest.
After convincing himself that death had been due to natural
causes, the other priest decided to carry out his friend's plan
and to give a similar sermon on another day. In this way he
hoped to put an end to the Confraternity of the Rosary.
However, when the day came for him to preach and it was
time to give the sermon God punished him by striking him
down with paralysis which deprived him both of the use of
his limbs and of his power of speech.
At last he admitted his sin and likewise that of his friend and
immediately, in his heart of hearts, he silently besought Our
Lady to help him. He promised her that if she would only
cure him he would preach the Holy Rosary with as much
zeal as that with which he had formerly fought against it.
For this end he implored her to restore his health and speech
which she did, and finding himself instantaneously cured he
rose up like another Saul, a persecutor turned defender of
the Holy Rosary. He publicly acknowledged his former error
and ever after preached the wonders of the Most Holy
Rosary with great zeal and eloquence.
I am quite sure that freethinkers and ultra-critical people of
today will question the truth of the stories in this little book,
in the very same way that they have always questioned most
things, but all that I have done has been to copy them from
very good contemporary writers and also, in part, from a
book that was written only a short time ago: The Mystical
Rose Tree, by the Reverend Antonin Thomas, O.P.
Everyone knows that there are three different kinds of faith
by which we believe different kinds of stories:
To stories of Holy Scripture we owe Divine faith;
To stories concerning other than religious subjects, which do
not militate against common sense and which are written by
trustworthy authors, we pay the tribute of human faith;
To stories about holy subjects which are told by good
authors and are not in the slightest degree contrary to
reason, faith or morals (even though they may sometimes
deal with happenings which are above the ordinary run of
events) we pay the tribute of pious faith.
I agree that we must be neither too credulous nor too critical
and that we should remember that "virtue takes the middle
course"----keeping a happy medium in all things in order to
find just where truth and virtue lie. But on the other hand I
know equally well that charity easily leads us to believe all
that is not contrary to faith or morals: "Charity . . . believeth
all things;" (1 Cor. 13:7) in the same way pride induces us to
doubt even well authenticated stories on the plea that they
are not to be found in the Bible.
This is one of the devil's traps; heretics of the past who
denied Tradition have fallen into it and over-critical people
of today are falling into it too without even realizing it.
People of this kind refuse to believe what they do not
understand or what is not to their liking, simply because of
their own spirit of pride and independence.
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
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