The Secret of the Rosary - Twenty-eighth Rose

Twenty-eighth Rose - Salutary Effects

SAINT AUGUSTINE says quite emphatically that there is no
spiritual exercise more fruitful or more useful to our
salvation than continually turning our thoughts to the
sufferings of Our Savior.
Blessed Albert the Great who had Saint Thomas Aquinas as
his disciple learned in a revelation that by simply thinking of
or meditating on the passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, a
Christian gains more merit than if he had fasted on bread
and water every Friday for a whole year, or had beaten
himself with his discipline once a week until the blood
flowed, or had recited the whole Book of Psalms every day.
If this is so, then how great must be the merit that we can
gain by the Holy Rosary which commemorates the whole
life and passion of Our Savior!
One day Our Lady revealed to Blessed Alan that, after the
Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which is the most important as
well as the living memorial of Our Blessed Lord's passion
there could not possibly be a finer devotion or one of greater
merit than that of the Holy Rosary, which is like a second
memorial and representation of the life and passion of Our
Lord Jesus Christ.
Father Dorland says that in 1481 Our Lady appeared to
Venerable Dominic, the Carthusian, who lived at Treves,
and said to him: "Whenever one of the faithful who is in a
state of grace says the Rosary while meditating on the
mysteries of the life and passion of Jesus Christ, he obtains
full and entire remission of all his sins."
Our Lady also said to Blessed Alan: "I want you to know
that, although there are numerous indulgences already
attached to the recitation of my Rosary, I shall add many
more to every fifty Hail Marys (each group of five decades)
for those who say them devoutly, on their knees----being, of
course, free from mortal sin. And whosoever shall persevere
in the devotion of the Holy Rosary, saying these prayers and
meditations, shall be rewarded for it; I shall obtain for him
full remission of the penalty and of the guilt of all his sins at
the end of his life. Do not be unbelieving, as though this is
impossible. It is easy for me to do because I am the Mother
of the King of Heaven, and He calls me full of grace. And,
being full of grace, I am able to dispense grace freely to my
dear children."
Saint Dominic was so convinced of the efficacy of the Holy
Rosary and of its great value that, when he heard
confessions, he hardly ever gave any other penance. You
have seen an example of this already in the story that I told
you of the lady in Rome to whom he gave one single Rosary
for her penance. Saint Dominic was a great Saint and other
confessors should be sure to walk in his footsteps by asking
their penitents to say the Rosary together with meditation on
the sacred mysteries, rather than giving them other penances
which are less meritorious and less pleasing to God, less
likely to help them advance in virtue and not as efficacious
as the Rosary for helping them avoid falling into sin.
Moreover, while saying the Rosary, people gain countless
indulgences which are not attached to many other
And, as Abbe Blosius says: "The Rosary, with meditation on
the life and passion of Jesus Christ, is certainly most pleasing
to Our Lord and His Blessed Mother and is a very successful
means of obtaining all graces; we can say it for ourselves as
well as for others for whom we wish to pray and for the
whole Church. Let us turn, then, to the Holy Rosary in all
our needs, and we shall infallibly obtain the graces we ask of
God to save our souls."

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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