The Power of the Rosary

Our Lady of the Rosary with Saints, artist unknown, Brooklyn Museum

Today we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, formerly known as the feast of Our Lady of Lepanto, commemorating the decisive and miraculous victory of the Christian fleet over the large Turkish force.  Many of you have been participating in the 54 day Rosary Novena for our nation which concludes today.  We take hope from the many miracles Our Lady has wrought throughout history through the power of the rosary.  Here is another miracle story, which we originally posted a couple years ago:

In this month dedicated to the Holy Rosary we wanted to draw your attention to the power this prayer has in the most dire situations.  The rosary is one of the greatest weapons we have in the Catholic arsenal and stories of its power abound.  In fact, the reason we celebrated the Feast of the Holy Rosary on the seventh of this month is because the miraculous victory of the Christian fleet over the Turks at Lepanto is credited to the intercession of Our Lady through the rosary, which the whole Church was praying.

Last month we had the privilege of hearing Immaculee Illibagiza speak about her experience during the Rwandan genocide in the 1990s.  If you aren’t familiar with her story you need to read her book, Left to Tell, which has made a deep impact on each of us here.  Her incredible ability to forgive the men who killed her entire family is almost too much to believe – it gives one chills just thinking about it.  This is a grace that can only come from God, but it’s a grace He wants to give each one of us, if we dispose ourselves to receive it.

Brooklyn_Museum_-_Our_Lady_of_the_Rosary_with_SaintsImmaculee’s conversion to forgiveness happened through praying the rosary.  As she was trapped in a tiny bathroom with seven other women for three months, she prayed the rosary continuously.

Immaculee credits her salvage mostly to prayer and to a set of rosary beads given to her by her devout Catholic father prior to going into hiding. Anger and resentment about her situation were literally eating her alive and destroying her faith, but rather than succumbing to the rage that she felt, Immaculée instead turned to prayer. She began to pray the Rosary as a way of drowning out the negativity that was building up inside her. Immaculée found solace and peace in prayer and began to pray from the time she opened her eyes in the morning to the time she closed her eyes at night. Through prayer, she eventually found it possible, and in fact imperative, to forgive her tormentors and her family’s murderers. [Read the rest of this article]

This peace is for all of us, whatever the trials and stresses of our lives may be, whether great or small.  Immaculee writes on her blog:

When it comes to peace, I need to speak to you personally, because the only person we can really change is ourselves. And we can bring peace to the world only by first bringing peace to our own troubled, stressed out, and turbulent hearts. The great news is that we can all achieve this! When the Blessed Mother appeared in Kibeho she told us one of the greatest benefits of praying the rosary was its power to instantly restore peace to our hearts. Mary said, “My children…even if you don’t know what took your peace away, if you find a quiet place to pray and then pray your rosary from your heart, I promise that your peace will come back to you.”

I can assure you from personal experience Mary’s words are 100 percent true! Every time I get depressed, overly-stressed, or run down, I slip off to a quiet corner pray my rosary and, truly and without fail, my peace of mind and heart returns. It’s like the rosary prayers somehow enter our bloodstream and balance everything in our lives.

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After Immaculee’s talk in San Antonio last month we had the blessing of being able to meet  her.  The peace and joy that proceeds from prayer and union with Jesus and Mary shine out from her soul, and spending just a few moments with her was a grace-filled experience.

This month of the Holy Rosary is an opportunity to deepen and renew our love for this powerful prayer.  Through praying the rosary we open our hearts to the graces God wants to pour into our hearts, and through us, upon the entire world.

 

3 thoughts on “The Power of the Rosary

  1. As I have searched my family History, I have found many of my ancestors are early members of the Catholic Church. Many Saints and Crusaders were among these choice sprits. I am in love with the Gospel and the Faith of the Saints. God Bless You Sisters!

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  2. Something which is particularly relevant to San Antonians about the Lepanto story (and which I only just learned) is that Don John of Austria’s father, King Philip II of Spain, presented him with an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe which had been touched to the original tilma and sent by the Bishop of Mexico. That image was present at the battle (on the flagship of Genoese admiral Gianandrea Doria, who commanded the right wing of the Holy League fleet).

    I was privileged to celebrate this feast with a local “league of extraordinary Catholic gentlemen” of the Philadelphia area. We prayed Vespers, then sat around a fire outside while one of our members recited the entirety of GK Chesterton’s poem “Lepanto” from memory! Then we took turns all looking up favorite relevant poems on our phones and reciting them, like a scene out of Dead Poets Society. https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/47917

  3. To the dear Nuns,

    Greetings from the slowly changing environs of EWTN, and the increasingly crowded environs of Arn Dale.
    RE “Our Lady of Lepanto” vs “Our Lady of the Rosary”.

    I often wonder why the change in name took place, and why the victory at Lepanto over the muslims is now downplayed. Seldom is it mentioned in most parishes, Surely ANY day could be dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary, as it is not necessarily tied to any specific date or event. But Lepanto! The Divine turning of holy war, defending the followers of Christ from the murderous, evil and barbaric monsters determined to burn, rape or crucify everyone who would not forsake Christ and instead, bow to their pagan god.

    I know that my mind may indeed bubble bubble toil and trouble with a soupcon of cynicism and a dash of skepticism and the slightest sprinkle of sarcasm-tinged sidelong glancery, but as Saint James the Moorslayer, “Matamoros’ was always portrayed in paint and in statuary, as a warrior of God trampling down the godless heathen muslims beneath his horse –saving once again, the Christians from the encroaching evil of islam, seeking to subdue and dominate the world – and yet one of the most famous statues of him IN Santiago has recently had a bland piece of masonry installed all around the base of the statue so that he tramples NOT the defeated foes, the enemies of the Cross and the enemies of Christ and His followers, but now the noble steed tramples nothing, save perhaps some imaginary grass. I only hope that we are not seeing the remains of the Church going more toward the PC gutter into which most of our so-called ‘culture’ has sluiced over the years. Or as the great man said, slouching toward Gomorrah!

    Love to you all – and again I beg your prayers, especially Grace Marie who has doubtless forgotten me but who may yet pray for my health, and my only selfish prayer request – which is that I live long enough for all my remaining dogs to live out their natural lives. Since there is no family to take care of them I do not want to die and leave them as orphans, to the murderous mercies of a dog pound

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