by Saint Louis de Montfort
MONTFORT PUBLICATIONS, New York
5. As a fifth point I must add also perseverance in prayer. Only he
will receive, will find and will enter who perseveres in asking,
seeking and knocking. It is not enough to ask Almighty God for certain
graces for a month, a year, ten or even twenty years; we must never
tire of asking. We must keep on asking until the very moment of death,
and even in this prayer which shows our trust in God, we must join the
thought of death to that of perseverance and say: "Although he should
kill me, I will trust in Him"  and will trust Him
to give me all I
Prominent and rich people of the world show their generosity by
foreseeing people's wants and ministering to them, even before they are
asked for anything. On the other hand, God's munificence is shown in
His making us seek and ask for, over a long period of time, the grace
which He wishes to give us and quite often the more precious the grace,
the longer He takes to grant it. There are three reasons why He does
1. To thus increase this grace still more:
2. To make the recipient more deeply appreciate it;
3. To make the soul who receives it very careful indeed not to lose
it----for people do not appreciate things that they can get quickly and
with very little trouble.
So, dear members of the Rosary Confraternity, persevere in asking
Almighty God for all your needs, both spiritual and corporal, through
the Most Holy Rosary. Most of all you should ask for Divine Wisdom
which is an infinite Treasure: "(Wisdom) is an infinite treasure"  and
there can be no possible doubt that you will receive it sooner or
later----as long as you do not stop asking for it and do not lose
in the middle of your journey. "Thou hast yet a great way to go."  This
means that you have a long way to go, there will be bad times to
weather, many difficulties to overcome and many enemies to conquer
before you will have stored up enough treasures of eternity, enough Our
Fathers and Hail Marys with which to buy your way to Heaven and earn
the beautiful crown which is waiting for each faithful Confraternity
"(Let) no man take thy crown":  take care that your
crown is not stolen
by somebody who has been more faithful than you in saying the Holy
Rosary. It is "thy crown"----Almighty God has chosen it for you and you
have already won it halfway by means of the Rosaries that you have said
well. Unfortunately someone else may get ahead of you in the
race----someone who has worked harder and who has been more faithful
possibly win the crown that ought to be yours, paying for it by his
Rosaries and good works. All this could really happen if you stand
still on the beautiful path where you have been running so well: "You
did run well."  "Who hath hindered you?"  Who is it who will have
prevented you from having the Rosary crown? None other than the enemies
of the Holy Rosary who are so numerous.
Do believe me, only "the violent bear it away." 
These crowns are not
for timid souls who are afraid of the world's taunts and threats,
neither are they for the lazy and indolent who only say their Rosary
carelessly, or hastily, just for the sake of getting it over with. The
same applies to people who say it intermittently, as the spirit moves
them. These crowns are not for cowards who lose heart and down their
arms as soon as they see Hell let loose against the Holy Rosary.
Dear Confraternity members: if you want to serve Jesus and Mary by
saying the Rosary every day, you must be prepared for temptation: "When
thou comest to the service of God . . . prepare thy soul for
temptation."  Heretics and licentious folk,
"respectable" people of the
world, persons of only surface piety as well as false prophets, hand in
glove with your fallen nature and all Hell itself, will wage formidable
battles against you in an endeavor to get you to give up this holy
To help you to be better armed against their onslaught I am going to
tell you some of the things these people are always saying and
thinking. This is to put you on your guard against them all, but not so
much in the case of heretics and out-and-out licentious people, but
particularly those who are "respectable" in the eyes of the world, and
those who are devout (strange as it may seem) but have no use for the
"What is it that this word sower would say?" 
"Come, let us oppress
him, for he is against us." That is to say: "What is he doing saying so
many Rosaries? What is it he is always mumbling? Such laziness! And
what a waste of time to keep sliding those old beads along----he would
much better to work and not be bothered with this foolishness. I know
what I'm talking about, . . .
"All you have to do, I suppose, is to say your Rosary, and a fortune
will fall from Heaven into your lap! The Rosary gives you everything
you need without your lifting a finger! But hasn't it been said: "God
helps those who help themselves?" There's no need then of getting mixed
up with so many prayers. "A brief prayer is heard in Heaven," one Our
Father and Hail Mary will do provided they are well said.
"God has never told us to say the Rosary----of course it's all right,
not a bad devotion when you've got the time. But don't think for one
minute that people who say the Rosary are any more sure of Heaven than
we are. Just look at the Saints who never said it! Far too many people
want to make everybody see through their own eyes: folk who carry
everything to extremes, scrupulous people who see sin almost
everywhere, making sweeping statements and saying that all those who
don't say the Rosary will go to Hell.
"Oh yes, the Rosary is all right for old women who can't read. But
surely the Little Office of Our Lady is much more worthwhile than the
Rosary? Or the Seven Penitential Psalms? And how could anything be more
beautiful than the Psalms which are inspired by the Holy Ghost? You say
you have agreed to say the Rosary every day; this is nothing but a fire
of straw----you know very well it won't last! Wouldn't it be better to
undertake less and to be more faithful about it?
"Come on, my friend, take my word for it, say your morning and night
prayers, work hard during the day and offer it up----God doesn't ask
more of you than this. Of course you've got your living to earn; if you
were a man of leisure I shouldn't say anything----you could say as many
Rosaries as you like then. But as for now, say your Rosary on Sundays
and Holy Days when you have lots of time, if you really must say it.
"But really and truly----what are you doing with an enormous pair of
beads? You look like an old woman instead of a man! I've seen a little
Rosary of only one decade----it's just as good as one of fifteen
What on earth are you wearing it on your belt for, fanatic that you
are? Why don't you go the whole way and wear it around your neck like
the Spaniards? They carry an enormous Rosary in one hand---and a dagger
in the other.
"For goodness sake drop those external devotions; real devotion is in
the heart . . . etc. etc. . . ."
Similarly, not a few clever people and learned scholars may
occasionally try to dissuade you from saying the Rosary (but they are,
of course, proud and self willed). They would rather encourage you to
say the Seven Penitential Psalms or some other prayers. If a good
confessor has given you a Rosary for your penance and has told you to
say it every day for a fortnight or a month, all you have to do to get
your penance changed to prayers, fasts, Masses or alms, is to go to
confession to one of these others.
If you consult certain people in the world who lead lives of prayer,
but who have never tried the Rosary, they will not only not encourage
it but will turn people away from it to get them to learn
contemplation----just as though the Holy Rosary and contemplation were
incompatible, just as if all the Saints who have been devoted to the
Rosary had not enjoyed the heights of sublime contemplation.
Your nearest enemies will attack you all the more cruelly because you
are so close to them. I am speaking of the powers of your soul and
your bodily senses----these are distractions of the mind, distress and
uncertainty of the will, dryness of the heart, exhaustion and illnesses
of the body----all these will combine with the devil to say to you:
saying your Rosary; that is what is giving you such a headache! Give it
up; there is no obligation under pain of sin. If you must say it, say
only part of it; the difficulties that you are having over it are a
sign that Almighty God does not want you to say it. You can finish it
tomorrow when you are more in the mood, etc. . . . etc. . .
Finally, my dear Brother, the Daily Rosary has so many enemies that I
look upon the grace of persevering in it until death as one of the
greatest favors Almighty God can give us.
Persevere in it and if you are faithful you will eventually have the
wonderful crown which is waiting for you in Heaven: "Be thou faithful
until death: and I will give thee the crown of life." 
1. Job 13:15.
2. Wisdom 7:14.
3. 3 Kings 19:7.
4. Apoc. 3:11.
5. Galat. 5:7.
7. Matt. 11:l2.
8. Ecclus. 2:1.
9. Acts 17:18.
10. Apoc. 2:10.