Saint Dominc and the Rosary

(TAKEN FROM MIRACULOUS STORIES OF THE ROSARY by SAINT LOUIS de MONTFORT)

Saint Dominic, seeing that the gravity of people’s sins was hindering the conversion of the Albigensians, withdrew into a forest near Toulouse, where he prayed continuously for three days and three nights. During this time he did nothing but weep and do harsh penances in order to appease the anger of God. He used his discipline so much that his body was lacerated, and finally he fell into a coma. At this point our Lady appeared to him, accompanied by three angels, and she said, “Dear Dominic, do you know which weapon the Blessed Trinity wants to use to reform the world?” “Oh, my Lady,” answered Saint Dominic, “you know far better than I do, because next to your Son Jesus Christ you have always been the chief instrument of our salvation.” Then our Lady replied, “I want you to know that, in this kind of warfare, the principal weapon has always been the Angelic Psalter, which is the foundation-stone of the New Testament. Therefore, if you want to reach these hardened souls and win them over to God, preach my Psalter.” So he arose, comforted, and burning with zeal for the conversion of the people in that district, he made straight for the cathedral. At once unseen angels rang the bells to gather the people together, and Saint Dominic began to preach. At the very beginning of his sermon, an appalling storm broke out, the earth shook, the sun was darkened, and there was so much thunder and lightning that all were very much afraid. Even greater was their fear when, looking at a picture of our Lady exposed in a prominent place, they saw her raise her arms to heaven three times to call down God’s vengeance upon them if they failed to be converted, to amend their lives, and seek the protection of the holy Mother of God. God wished, by means of these supernatural phenomena, to spread the new devotion of the holy Rosary and to make it more widely known. At last, at the prayer of Saint Dominic, the storm came to an end, and he went on preaching. So fervently and compellingly did he explain the importance and value of the Rosary that almost all the people of Toulouse embraced it and renounced their false beliefs. In a very short time a great improvement was seen in the town; people began leading Christian lives and gave up their former bad habits. 
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WHEN YOU START PRAYING THE DAILY ROSARY, YOU CAN STOP FEARING DEATH…
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The Fifteen Promises of Mary Granted to those who Recite the Rosary Daily
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The Blessed Virgin Mary Promised to Saint Dominic and to all who follow that “Whatever you ask in the Rosary will be granted.” She left for all Christians Fifteen Promises to those who recite the Holy Rosary.
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Imparted to Saint Dominic and Blessed Alan de la Roche
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1. Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall receive signal graces.
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2. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the Rosary.
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3. The Rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies.
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4.The Rosary 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 for eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.
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5. The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall not perish.
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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.
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7. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die without the sacraments of the Church.
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8. Those who are faithful to recite the Rosary shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the plenititude of His graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the merits of the saints in paradise.
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9. I shall deliver from Purgatory those who have been devoted to the Rosary.
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10. The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in Heaven.
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11. You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary.
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12. All those who propagate the Holy Rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities.
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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.
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14. All who recite the Rosary are my sons and daughters, and brothers and sisters of my only Son Jesus Christ.
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15. Devotion of my Rosary is a great sign of predestination.

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