Madonna and Child
by Saint Louis de Montfort
MONTFORT PUBLICATIONS, New York
ROSE: MEANS OF SALVATION
SAINT DENIS said that there is nothing more noble and more pleasing to
God than to cooperate in the work of saving souls and to frustrate the
devil's plans for ruining them. The Son of God came down to earth for
no other reason than to save souls.
He upset Satan's empire by founding the Church, but the former rallied
his strength and wreaked cruel violence on souls by the Albigensian
heresy, by the hatred, dissensions, and abominable vices which he
spread throughout the world in the XIth, XIIth and XIIIth centuries.
Only stringent measures could possibly cure such terrible disorders and
repel Satan's forces. The Blessed Virgin, Protectress of the Church,
has given us a most powerful means for appeasing her Son's anger,
uprooting heresy and reforming Christian morals, in the Confraternity
of the Holy Rosary. It has proved its worth for it has brought back
charity and frequent reception of the Sacraments which flourished in
the first golden centuries of the Church and it has reformed Christian
Pope Leo X said in his Bull that this Confraternity had been founded in
honor of God and of the Blessed Virgin as a wall to hold back the evils
that were going to break upon the Church.
Gregory XIII said that the Rosary was given us from Heaven as a means
of appeasing God's anger and of imploring Our Lady's intercession.
Jules III said that the Rosary was inspired by God in order that Heaven
might be more easily opened to us through the favors of Our Lady.
Paul III and Saint Pius V stated that the Rosary was given to the
faithful in order that they might have spiritual peace and consolation
more easily. Surely everyone will want to join a confraternity which
was founded for such noble purposes.
Father Dominic, the Carthusian, who was deeply devoted to the Holy
Rosary, had this vision: Heaven was opened for him to see and the whole
heavenly court was assembled in magnificent array. He heard them sing
the Rosary in an enchanting melody and each decade was in honor of a
mystery of the life, passion or glory of our Lord Jesus Christ and of
His Blessed Mother. Father Dominic noticed that whenever they said the
sacred name of Mary they bowed their heads and at the name of Jesus
they genuflected and gave thanks to God for the great good that He had
wrought in Heaven and on earth through the Holy Rosary, which the
Confraternity members say here on earth. He noticed too that they were
praying for those who practise this devotion. He also saw beautiful
crowns without number which were made of gorgeous perfumed flowers held
in readiness for those who say the Holy Rosary devoutly. He learned
that by every Rosary that they say they make a crown for themselves
which they will be able to wear in Heaven.
This holy Carthusian's vision is very much like that which Saint John
the Beloved Disciple had. He had a vision of a very great multitude of
Angels and Saints who continually praised and blessed Our Savior Jesus
Christ for all that He had done and suffered on earth for our
salvation. This is precisely what the devout members of the Rosary
It must not be
thought that the Rosary is only for women and for simple and ignorant
people; it is also for men and for the greatest of men. As soon as
Saint Dominic acquainted Pope Innocent III with the fact that he had
received a command from Heaven to establish the Confraternity of the
Most Holy Rosary, the Holy Father gave it his full approval, urged
Saint Dominic to preach it and said that he wished to become a member
himself. Many Cardinals embraced the devotion with great fervor too,
which prompted Lopez to say: "Neither sex nor age nor any other
condition has kept anyone from devotion to the Holy Rosary."
Members of the Confraternity have always been from all walks of life:
dukes, princes, kings, as well as prelates, cardinals and Sovereign
Pontiffs; it would take too long to give all their names in this little
book, which is but a summary. If you join the Confraternity, dear
reader, you will share in the devotion of your fellow members and in
the graces that they gain on earth as well as in their glory in heaven.
"Since you are united to them in their devotion you will share in their