The Secret of the Rosary - Thirty-second Rose

Thirty-second Rose - Don Perez

SAINT DOMINIC had a cousin named Don Perez, or Pedro,
who was leading a highly immoral life. When he heard that
his cousin was preaching on the wonders of the Rosary and
learned that several people had been converted and had
amended their lives by means of it, he said:
"I had given up all hope of being saved but now I am
beginning to take heart again. I really must hear this man of
God." So one day he went to hear one of Saint Dominic's
sermons. When the latter caught sight of him he struck out
against sin more zealously than ever before, and from the
depths of his heart he besought Almighty God to enlighten
his cousin and to let him see what a deplorable state his soul
was in.
At first Don Perez was somewhat alarmed, but he still did
not resolve to change his ways. He came once more to hear
Saint Dominic preach and his cousin, realizing that a heart as
hard as his could only be moved by something quite out of
the ordinary, cried out with a loud voice: "Oh Lord Jesus,
grant that this whole congregation may actually see the state
of the man who has just come into Your House."
Then everybody suddenly saw that Don Perez was
completely surrounded by a band of devils in the form of
hideous beasts who were holding him in great iron chains.
People fled hither and thither in abject terror and Don Perez
himself was even more appalled than they when he saw
how everyone shunned him.
Saint Dominic told them all to stand still and said to his
cousin: "Unhappy man that you are, acknowledge the
deplorable state you are in and throw yourself at Our Lady's
feet. Take this Rosary; say it with devotion and with true
sorrow for all your sins, and make a firm resolution to
amend your life."
So Don Perez knelt down and said the whole Rosary; he then
felt the need of making his confession and did so with heart-
felt contrition. Saint Dominic ordered him to say the Rosary
every day; he promised to do so and he entered his name on
the Rosary Confraternity list in his own hand.
When he left the Church his face was no longer horrible to
behold but had a glow like that of an Angel's. Thereafter he
persevered in devotion to the Holy Rosary, led a well-
ordered Christian life and died a happy death.

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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