by Saint Louis de Montfort
MONTFORT PUBLICATIONS, New York
Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur, 1954
A RED ROSE: FOR
POOR MEN AND WOMEN who are sinners, I, a greater sinner than you, wish
to give to you this rose----a crimson one, because the Precious Blood
of Our Lord has fallen upon it. Please God that it will bring true
fragrance into your lives----but above all may it save you from the
danger that you are in. Every day unbelievers and unrepentant sinners
cry: "Let us crown ourselves with roses." 
cry should be: "Let us crown ourselves with roses of the Most Holy
How different are theirs from ours! Their roses are pleasures of the
flesh, worldly honors and passing riches which wilt and decay in no
time, but ours, which are the Our Father and Hail Mary which we have
said devoutly over and over again and to which we have added good
penitential acts, will never wilt or die and they will be just as
exquisite thousands of years from now as they are today.
On the contrary, sinners' roses only look like roses, while in point of
fact they are cruel thorns which prick them during life by giving them
pangs of conscience, at their death they pierce them with bitter regret
and, still worse, in eternity, they turn to burning shafts of anger and
despair. But if our roses have thorns, they are the thorns of Jesus
Christ Who changes them into roses. If our roses prick us, it is only
for a short time----and only in order to cure the illness of sin and to
save our souls.
So by all means we should eagerly crown ourselves with these roses from
Heaven, and recite the entire Rosary every day, that is to say three
Rosaries each of five decades which are like three little wreaths or
crowns of flowers: and there are two reasons for doing this: First of
all to honor the three crowns of Jesus and Mary----Jesus' crown of
grace at the time of His incarnation, His crown of thorns during His
passion and His crown of glory in Heaven, and of course the three-fold
crown which the Most Blessed Trinity gave Mary in Heaven.
Secondly, we should do this so that we ourselves may receive three
crowns from Jesus and Mary. The first is a crown of merit during our
lifetime, the second, a crown of peace at our death, and the third, a
crown of glory in Heaven.
If you say the Rosary faithfully until death, I do assure you that, in
spite of the gravity of your sins "you shall receive a never fading
crown of glory."  Even if you are on
the brink of
damnation, even if you have one foot in Hell, even if you have sold
your soul to the devil as sorcerers do who practise black magic, and
even if you are a heretic as obstinate as a devil, sooner or later you
will be converted and will amend your life and save your soul,
if----and mark well what I say----if you say the Holy Rosary devoutly
every day until death for the purpose of knowing the truth and
obtaining contrition and pardon for your sins.
In this book there are several stories of great sinners who were
converted through the power of the Holy Rosary. Please read and
meditate upon them.
1. Wisdom 2:8.
2.1 Peter 5:4.