The Holy Rosary
There is no doubt whatsoever that the world is being attacked on every front, whether it is on a national or international level, between religions and ideologies and even right inside our own homes. This attack is increasing and it is becoming clear that only a supernatural weapon will bring the world back from the brink of utter devastation.
The world desperately needs peace, and Our Lady of Fatima has the ultimate Peace Plan from Heaven – the Holy Rosary. Just imagine the power and graces unleashed from Heaven if 10% of the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics pledged to pray the Holy Rosary every day? (And let’s not forget many non-Catholics pray the Rosary as well.)
What the world needs is an international Rosary Crusade, a Tithe.
Sr. Lucia told Father Fuentes in 1957, ‘Look Father, the Most Holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary, to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families, of the families of the world, or of the religious communities, or even of the life of peoples and of nations, that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that cannot be resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary. With the Holy Rosary we will save ourselves, we will sanctify ourselves, we will console Our Lord, and obtain the salvation of many souls.’
Sr. Lucia asked Fr. Feuentes “How long is it until 1960?” Our Lady was sad because no one listened to Her message. (In fact the children never saw Our Lady smile.) A chastisement was imminent. Sr. Lucia said the devil was in the mood for a final battle with Our Lady. We would all have to take sides. Either we were for GOD or for the devil. Sr. Lucy’s mission was to warn people that if they persisted in their sins, they would lose their souls. Our Lady did not actually say it, but the children understood that these were the last times. However, Our Lord in His mercy was exhausting all means to ensure our salvation. He gave humanity two last weapons. After this there would be no more. 1) The Holy Rosary (made more efficacious for these times) 2) And the devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We didn’t listen to any other warnings so Our Lord sent His own mother. Our Lord does not like it when we disrespect His mother. If we reject these means of salvation there would be no forgiveness in Heaven. The devil knows how to get the most souls into hell. He goes after the consecrated, leaving the sheep abandoned, lulling them to sleep. ‘We would either be saved together or damned together.’
As well as asking the Pope to consecrate Russia to Her Immaculate Heart, Our Lady asked Sr. Lucia to propagate the Communion of Reparation: go to Mass for five consecutive months on the First Saturdays; make a worthy confession in that week; pray the Rosary every day; wear the Scapular-Our Lady’s uniform, but have it enrolled with the Carmelites first; make Reparation and offer Sacrifices for our own and other people’s sins; live our daily life well-to be heroic given we all have difficult lives. When enough people did this, ‘there would be a wave of grace over the world, greater than the wave of evil.’
Just imagine the power and graces unleashed from Heaven if even just 10% of the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics pledged to pray the Rosary every day? (And let’s not forget many non-Catholics pray the Rosary as well.) Here are some examples in history that attest to the miraculous power of the Rosary.
12th & 13th Century The Albigensian Heresy: The Albigensians were destroying the minds of Catholics by saying that the body was evil. Suicides were common.
1200s: Our Lady gave St. Dominic the Rosary and said, – “One day through the Holy Rosary and the Scapular I will save the world.”
After a while, the people forgot about praying the Rosary. This was the era of the Black Death, the Great Schism and the 100 Year War.
1460: Our Lady appeared to Blessed Alan de Roche and asked him to re-establish devotion to the Rosary. It became his special mission.
1571 Battle of Lepanto See above
King Galicia: King Alphonso wanted his subjects to pray the Rosary so as an example he wore a Rosary on his belt. As a result many of his subjects in his kingdom prayed the Rosary. Interestingly King Alphonso, never did himself. Once, when King Alphonso was critically injured in battle, he had a vision whereby Our Lord was about to condemn him to hell. Suddenly he saw Our Lady with some scales. She put all of his sins on one side, and on the other were all of the Rosaries he helped promulgate. These Rosaries outweighed his sins and he was spared. From then on King Alphonso prayed the Rosary with great devotion and did everything in his power to promote it.
Propagating the Rosary saved the King from eternal damnation.
1673-1716 The Jansenists were making great inroads into Catholic France. St. Louis Grignion de Montfort preached unceasingly the necessity of praying the Holy Rosary calling it - Holy Slavery to Our Lady.
The French Revolution 1789: The peasants of Bretagne and Vendee kept the Faith during the onslaught of the French Revolution.
1917 Fatima: See above.
1930: The local bishop approved the Fatima apparitions.
1931: The following year on May 13th, 300,000 people were present at Fatima when the Portuguese bishops consecrated their country to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. As a result, there was a renewal of faith throughout Portugal which included 'a drastic upsurge in priestly vocations.'
1936: The Portuguese bishops promised Our Lady they would renew their consecration if she spared Portugal from the effects of the bloody Spanish Civil War at their doorstep. Pope Pius XII acknowledged that this consecration saved Portugal from Communism/ Spanish Civil War.
1938: In 1938 the Portuguese bishops once more publicly consecrated Portugal to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. On February 6th 1938, Sr. Lucy, confirmed that the Portuguese bishops' consecration had indeed saved the country.
1945 Hiroshima: On 6th August 1945, a nuclear bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. Eight Jesuit priests lived one mile from the epicentre of the bomb blast. Miraculously they survived, while those all around them were killed. The men were examined by 200 scientists and doctors. Why did they survive? “Because we were living the message of Fatima.We prayed the Rosary every day.”
1945 Austria: After WWII the Austrian bishops noticed their seminaries were empty and the people's faith was lukewarm. They called a synod...the problem? Due to the war and the subsequent disruption to family life, the Family Rosary had been neglected. The bishops began promoting the Family Rosary and within a short time, the seminaries were full.
Fr. Patrick Peyton: The Rosary Priest ‘The family that prays together stays together.'
Father Peyton was born in County Mayo, Ireland in 1909. In 1938 he was desperately ill with TB and at his sister’s urging, he consecrated himself totally to Our Lady and devoted himself to praying the Rosary. Miraculously he was healed. He was ordained in 1941 and spent the rest of his life promoting the Rosary. 1950s-1960s: During Fr. Peyton’s life, a total of 30,000,000 people came to his Rosary rallies - 2,000,000 at one time in Manila. Several times during the 1950s, over 1,000,000 people attended his rallies.
1962-1964 Brazil: During this period, Brazil very nearly fell under the yoke of Communism, with the universities awash with communist propaganda and strikes were common causing widespread unrest and anarchy. A woman called Dona Amelia Bastos decided the future of the country was too important to leave to the men, so she established the Campaign of Women for Democracy. With the help of Archbishop Camara, Dona recruited women to pray the Rosary. For three hours 600,000 women gathered in the streets of Sao Paulo praying the Rosary and pleading with the Immaculate Heart of Mary to save Brazil. On April 1st, 1964 the communist government was defeated with not one life being lost. Shortly after, the president fled the country.
1975 Portugal: In 1975, Portugal was once more in danger of being taken over by the communists. The people prayed the Rosary with more fervor than ever and the country was spared.
1978 Florida: Ted Bundy murdered 30-35, possibly even 50 young women in the US. No one knows for sure. Many of his victims were university students from Florida. On one particular evening Bundy entered a student dorm and killed every women except for one. While on death-row, Bundy admitted to a priest that when he entered this particular student’s room he intended to kill her. However as Bundy entered the room he noticed she was clutching a Rosary. (The young woman’s grandmother had given it to her for protection and told her to pray the Rosary every night, even if she fell asleep while praying). As soon as Bundy saw the Rosary, he dropped his weapon and fled. He told the priest, some mysterious force protected the young woman and prevented him from murdering her.
Mother Angelica: A Protestant minister phoned Mother Angelica and wanted to know what those 53 prayers were Mother and her nuns said each night on TV. Mother explained it was the Holy Rosary. A little while later he rang Mother to say all of his congregation were now praying the Rosary. Sometime later he rang Mother again to tell her that his whole congregation had become Catholic.