The Secret of the Rosary - Thirty-eighth Rose

Thirty-eighth Rose - A Bishop's Devotion

A SPANISH COUNTESS, who had been taught the Holy
Rosary by Saint Dominic, used to say it faithfully every day
with the result that she was making wonderful strides in her
spiritual life. Since her one and only thought was how she
might attain to perfection she asked a Bishop who was a
renowned preacher for some practices that would help her
become perfect.
The Bishop told her that, before he could give her any
counsels, she would have to let him know the state of her
soul and also what her religious exercises were. She
answered that her most important exercise was the Holy
Rosary which she said every day meditating on the Joyous,
Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries, and that her soul was
greatly helped by so doing.
The Bishop was overjoyed to hear her explain what priceless
lessons the mysteries contain. "I have been a Doctor of
Theology for twenty years," he exclaimed "and I have read
many excellent books on various devotional practices. But
never before have I come across one better than this----for it
is of the essence of Christianity and is a devotion which
cannot but bear fruit. I shall follow your example, and from
now on I shall preach the Rosary."
The Bishop's preaching met with great success, for in almost
no time his diocese changed for the better. There was a
notable decline in immorality and worldliness of all kinds as
well as in gambling. There were several striking instances of
people being brought back to the Faith, or sinners making
restitution for their crimes and of others sincerely resolving
to give up lives of vice. Religious fervor and Christian
charity began to flourish. These changes were all the more
remarkable because this Bishop had been striving to reform
his diocese for some time but with hardly any results.
To better inculcate devotion of the Rosary, the Bishop also
wore a beautiful Rosary at his side and always showed it to
the congregation when he preached. He used to say:
"My dear brethren in Jesus Christ, I am a Doctor of Theology
and a Doctor of Canon as well as Civil law, but I say to you,
as your Bishop, that I take more pride in wearing Our Lady's
Rosary than in any of my episcopal regalia or academic

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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