by Saint Louis de Montfort
MONTFORT PUBLICATIONS, New York
THIRTY-SEVENTH ROSE: A MONASTERY REFORMED
A NOBLEMAN who had several daughters entered one of them in
monastery where the nuns were very proud and thought of nothing else
but worldly pleasures. The nuns' confessor, on the other hand, was a
zealous priest and had a great love for the Holy Rosary. Wishing to
guide this nun into a better way of life he ordered her to say the
Rosary every day in honor of the Blessed Virgin while meditating on the
life, passion and glory of Jesus Christ.
She joyously undertook to say the Rosary and little by little she grew
to have a repugnance for the wayward habits of her sisters in religion.
She developed a love for silence and prayer and this in spite of the
fact that the others despised and ridiculed her and called her a
fanatic. It was at this time that a holy priest, who was making the
visitation of the convent, had a strange vision while he was making his
meditation: he saw a nun in her room, rapt in prayer, kneeling in front
of a Lady of breathless beauty who was surrounded by Angels. The latter
had flaming spears with which they repelled a crowd of devils who
wanted to come in. These evil spirits then fled to the other nuns'
rooms under the guise of vile anials.
By this vision the priest becarne aware of the lamentable state the
rnonastery was in and he was so upset that he thought he might almost
die of grief. He immediately sent for the young religious and exhorted
her to persevere.
As he pondered on the value of the Rosary, he decided to try to reform
the sisters by rneans of it. He bought a supply of beautiful rosaries
and gave one to each nun, imploring them to say the Rosary every day,
even going so far as to promise them that, if they would only say it
faithfully, he would not try to force them to alter their lives.
Wonderful and strange as it rnay seem the nuns agreed to this pact and
were glad to be given the rosaries and promised to say them.
Little by little they began to give up their empty and worldly
pursuits, letting silence and recollection corne into their lives. In
less than a year they all asked that the monastery be reformed.
So the Holy Rosary worked more changes in their hearts than the priest
could have worked by exhorting and commanding them.