Saturday, October 4, 2014

Have You Read the Promises of the Rosary to Your Children?

This past Wednesday was the Feast of St. Therese.  With a large picture of the Little Flower set up in our living room the children and I prayed a Rosary before bed.  Our middle son Konstantin had found a little prayer book given to us at one time and was looking through it.  When we finished the Rosary he walked over to me on his kneels as we had just finished praying.  He asked if I could read something to them.  It was the promises of the Rosary.  I was familiar with these promises and my first inclination was to say no, we can read them another night as it was late.  But then I waited and thought better of it and agreed to read them.  Both Konstantin and his sister remained kneeling and looking down at the ground as the promises were read.  With each one that was spoken there was love bellowing up in ones heart.  A freshness to the promises as if they were new to me as well.  There was a feeling of validation as if all heaven was nodding that indeed such graces have been granted by the Father to those who pray the Rosary.  As the last promise was read nothing was said.  We all were soaking in the grandeur of what was promised to us.  The next night again I found Konstantin reading the page of promises himself and then again today.  We all seemed to be thinking about the list and also that which was not said but rather felt in our hearts.  The promises have an Imprimatur associated with them and I will include them here.  Although I had not thought to read them to the children it was they that showed me that sometimes it is worth appreciating all that has been purchased for us.

The 15 Promises Of Mary to Christians Who Recite the Rosary:
(Given to St. Dominic and Blessed Alain)
Imprimatur: Patrick J Hayes D. D Archbishop of New York
  1. Whoever shall faithfully serve Me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall receive signal graces. 
  2. I promise My special protection and the greatest graces to all who shall recite the Rosary. 
  3. The Rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies. 
  4. It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire of eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means. 
  5. The soul which recommends itself to Me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall not perish. 
  6. Whoever shall recite the Rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its sacred mysteries, shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of eternal life. 
  7. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die without the Sacraments of the Church. 
  8. Those who are faithful in reciting the Rosary shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the plenitude of His graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the merits of the saints in paradise. 
  9. I shall deliver from purgatory, those who have been devoted to the Rosary. 
  10. The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in Heaven. 
  11. You shall obtain all you ask of Me by the recitation of the Rosary. 
  12. All those who propagate the holy Rosary shall be aided by Me in their necessities. 
  13. I have obtained from My Divine Son, that all the advocates of the Rosary shall have for intercessors, the entire celestial court during their life and at the hour of death. 
  14. All who recite the Rosary are My sons, and brothers of My only son Jesus Christ. 
  15. Devotion to My Rosary is a great sign of predestination.

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