The Secret of the Rosary - Thirty-seventh Rose

Thirty-seventh Rose - A Monastery Reformed

A NOBLEMAN who had several daughters entered one of
them in a lax monastery where the nuns were very proud
and thought of nothing else but worldly pleasures. The
nuns' confessor, on the other hand, was a zealous priest and
had a great love for the Holy Rosary. Wishing to guide this
nun into a better way of life he ordered her to say the Rosary
every day in honor of the Blessed Virgin while meditating
on the life, passion and glory of Jesus Christ.
She joyously undertook to say the Rosary and little by little
she grew to have a repugnance for the wayward habits of
her sisters in religion. She developed a love for silence and
prayer and this in spite of the fact that the others despised
and ridiculed her and called her a fanatic. It was at this time
that a holy priest, who was making the visitation of the
convent, had a strange vision while he was making his
meditation: he saw a nun in her room, rapt in prayer,
kneeling in front of a Lady of breathless beauty who was
surrounded by Angels. The latter had flaming spears with
which they repelled a crowd of devils who wanted to come
in. These evil spirits then fled to the other nuns' rooms under
the guise of vile animals.
By this vision the priest became aware of the lamentable
state the monastery was in and he was so upset that he
thought he might almost die of grief. He immediately sent
for the young religious and exhorted her to persevere.
As he pondered on the value of the Rosary, he decided to try
to reform the sisters by means of it. He bought a supply of
beautiful rosaries and gave one to each nun, imploring them
to say the Rosary every day, even going so far as to promise
them that, if they would only say it faithfully, he would not
try to force them to alter their lives. Wonderful and strange
as it may seem the nuns agreed to this pact and were glad to
be given the rosaries and promised to say them.
Little by little they began to give up their empty and worldly
pursuits, letting silence and recollection come into their
lives. In less than a year they all asked that the monastery be
So the Holy Rosary worked more changes in their hearts
than the priest could have worked by exhorting and
commanding them.

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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