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15 Promises Of Blessed Virgin Mary To Catholics Who Pray The Rosary Daily

15 Promises Of Blessed Virgin Mary To Catholics Who Pray The Rosary Daily

Our Lady revealed to St. Dominic and Blessed Alan de la Roche these 15 promises or benefits for those who devoutly pray the Rosary daily.

These promises are different to the rosary indulgences.

The 15 Rosary Promises

1) To all those who shall recite my Rosary devoutly, I promise my special protection and very great graces.

2) Those who shall persevere in the recitation of my Rosary shall receive some signal grace.

3) The Rosary shall be a very powerful armor against hell; it will destroy vice, deliver from sin, and dispel heresy.

4) The Rosary will make virtue and good works flourish, and will obtain for souls the most abundant divine mercies; it will substitute in hearts love of God for love of the world, and will lift them to the desire of heavenly and eternal things. How many souls shall sanctify themselves by this means!

5) Those who trust themselves to me through the Rosary, shall not perish.

6) Those who shall recite my Rosary devoutly, meditating on its mysteries, shall not be overwhelmed by misfortune. The sinner shall be converted; the just shall grow in grace and become worthy of eternal life.

7) Those truly devoted to my Rosary shall not die without the Sacraments of the Church.

8) Those who recite my Rosary shall find during their life and at their death the light of God, the fullness of His graces, and shall share in the merits of the blessed.

9) I shall deliver very promptly from purgatory the souls devoted to my Rosary.

10) The true children of my Rosary shall enjoy great glory in heaven.

11) What you ask through my Rosary, you shall obtain.

12) Those who propagate my Rosary shall be aided by me in all their necessities.

13) I have obtained from my Son that all the members of the Rosary Confraternity shall have for their brethren the saints of heaven during their life and at the hour of death.

14) Those who recite my Rosary faithfully are all my beloved children, the brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ.

15) Devotion to my Rosary is a great sign of predestination.

Necessity Of The Blessed Virgin Mary And Of Devotion To Her

Necessity Of The Blessed Virgin Mary And Of Devotion To Her

Quotes from True Devotion to Mary.

• The world was unworthy, says St. Augustine, to receive the Son of God directly from the Father’s hands. He gave Him to Mary in order that the world might receive Him through her.

• 18. Just as Isaac of old was offered by Abraham’s consent to the will of God, it is she who nourished Him, supported Him, brought Him up and then sacrificed Him for us.

• 18. Christ gave more glory to God the Father by submission to His Mother during those thirty years than He would have given Him in converting the whole world by the working of the most stupendous miracles. Oh how highly we glorify God when, to please Him, we submit ourselves, to Mary, after the example of Jesus Christ, our sole Exemplar.

• 19. If we examine closely the rest of our Blessed Lord’s life, we shall see that it was His will to begin His miracles by Mary. He sanctified St. John in the womb of his mother, St. Elizabeth, but it was by Mary’s word. No sooner had she spoken than John was sanctified; and this was His first miracle of grace.

• 19. At the marriage of Cana He changed the water into wine, but it was at Mary’s humble prayer; and this was His first miracle of nature. He began and continued His miracles by Mary, and He will continue them to the end of ages by Mary.

• 20. God the Holy Ghost, being barren in God that is to say, not producing another Divine Person is become fruitful by Mary, whom He has espoused. It was with her, in her, and of her that He produced His Masterpiece, which is God made Man, and that He goes on producing daily, to the end of the world, the predestinate and the members of the Body of that adorable Head. This is the reason why He, the Holy Ghost, the more He finds Mary, His dear and inseparable spouse, in any soul, the more active and mighty He becomes in producing Jesus Christ in that soul and that soul in Jesus Christ.

MARY IS NECESSARY TO GOD IN THE SANCTIFICATION OF SOULS.

• 23. God the Father made an assemblage of all the waters and He named it the sea (mare). He made an assemblage of all His graces and he called it Mary (Maria). This great God has a most rich treasury in which He has laid up all that He has of beauty and splendor, of rarity and preciousness, including even His own Son: and this immense treasury is none other than Mary. Whom the saints have named the Treasure of the Lord, out of whose plenitude all men are made rich.

• 24. God the Son has communicated to His Mother all that He acquired by His life and His death, His finite merits and His admirable virtues; and He has made her the treasurer of all that His Father gave Him for His inheritance. It is by her that He applies His merits to His members, and that He communicates His virtues, and distributes His graces. She is His mysterious canal; she is His aqueduct, through which He makes His mercies flow gently and abundantly.

• 25. To Mary, His faithful spouse, God the Holy Ghost has communicated His unspeakable gifts; and He has chosen her to be the dispenser of all He possesses, in such wise that she distributes to whom she wills, as much as she wills, as she wills and when she wills, all His gifts and graces. The Holy Ghost gives no heavenly gift to men which He does not have pass through her virginal hands. Such has been the will of God, who has willed that we should have everything through Mary; so that she who, impoverished, humbled, and who hid herself even unto the abyss of nothingness by her profound humility her whole life long, should now be enriched and exalted and honored by the Most High. Such are the sentiments of the Church and the holy Fathers.

• 27. Mary, being altogether transformed into God by grace and by the glory which transforms all the saints into Him, asks nothing, wishes nothing, does nothing contrary to the eternal and immutable will of God. When we read then in the writings of Sts. Bernard, Bernadine, Bonaventure and others that in Heaven and on earth everything, even God Himself, is subject to the Blessed Virgin, they mean that the authority which God has been well pleased to give her is so great that it seems as if she had the same power as God; and that her prayers and petitions are so powerful with God that they always pass for commandments with His Majesty, who never resists the prayer of His dear Mother, because she is always humble and conformed to His will.

• If Moses, by the force of his prayer, stayed the anger of god against the Israelites in a manner so powerful that the Most High and infinitely  merciful Lord, being unable to resist him, told him to let Him alone that He might be angry with and punish that rebellious people, what must we not, with much greater reason, think of the prayer of the humble Mary, that worthy Mother of God, which is more powerful with Him Majesty that the prayers and intercessions of all the angels and saints both in Heaven and on earth?

• 28. In the Heavens Mary commands the angels and the blessed. As a recompense for her profound humility, God has empowered her and commissioned her to fill with saints the empty thrones from which the apostate angels fell by pride. The will of the Most High, who exalts the humble (LK. 1:52), is that Heaven, earth and Hell bend, with good will or bad will, to the commandments of the humble Mary, whom He has made sovereign of Heaven and earth, general of His armies, treasurer of His treasures, dispenser of His graces, worker of His greatest marvels, restorer of the human race, Mediatrix of men, the exterminator of the enemies of God, and the faithful companion of His grandeurs and triumphs.

• 30. He who has not Mary for his Mother has not God for his Father.

• 32. If Jesus Christ, the Head of men, is born in her, then the predestinate, who are the members of that Head, ought also to be born in her, by a necessary consequence. One and the same mother does not bring forth into the world the head without the members, or the members without the head; for this would be a monster of nature. So in like manner, in the order of grace, the head and the members are born of one and the same Mother.

• 33. St. Augustine, surpassing himself, and going beyond all I have said, affirms that all the predestinate, in order to be conformed to the image of the Son of God, are in this world hidden in the womb of the most holy Virgin, where they are guarded, nourished, brought up and made to grow by that good Mother until she has brought them forth to glory after death, which is properly the day of their birth, as the Church calls the death of the just. O mystery of grace, unknown to the reprobate, and but little known even to the predestinate!

• 35. When Mary has struck her roots in a soul, she produces there marvels of grace, which she alone can produce; because she alone is the fruitful Virgin who never has had, and never will have, her equal in purity and in fruitfulness.

• Mary has produced, together with the Holy Ghost, the greatest thing which has been or ever will be- a God-Man; and she will consequently produce the greatest saints that there will be in the end of time.

• 36. When the Holy Ghost, her Spouse, has found Mary in a soul, He flies there. He enters there in His fullness; He communicates Himself to that soul abundantly, and to the full extent to which it makes room for His spouse. Nay, one of the greatest reasons why the Holy Ghost does not do startling wonders in our souls is because He does not find there a sufficiently great union with His faithful and inseparable spouse.

 

CONSEQUENCES

I. Mary is Queen of All Hearts

• 37. We may evidently conclude so far, first of all that Mary has received from God a great domination over the souls of the elect.

• 38. Mary is Queen of Heaven and earth by grace, as Jesus is the King of them by nature and by conquest. Now, as the kingdom of Jesus Christ consists principally in the heart or the interior of man- according to the words, “The kingdom of God is with you” (LK. 17:21)- in like manner the kingdom of our Blessed Lady is principally in the interior of man; this is to say, his soul. And it is principally in souls that she is more glorified with her Son than in all visible creatures, and so we can call her, as the saints do the Queen of All Hearts.

II. Mary is Necessary to Men

1. Necessary to all men to attain salvation.

• 40. The learned and pious Jesuit, Suarez, the erudite and devout Justus Lipsius, doctor of Louvain, and many others have proved invincible, from the sentiments of the Fathers (among others, St. Augustine, St. Ephrem, deacon of Edessa, St. Cyril of Jerusalem, St. Germanus of Constantinople, St. John Damascene, St. Anslem, St. Bernard, St. Bernadine, St. Thomas and St. Bonaventure), that devotion to our Blessed Lady is necessary to salvation, and that (even in the opinion of Oecolampadius and some other heretics) it is an infallible mark of reprobation to have no esteem and love for the holy Virgin; while on the other hand, it is an infallible mark of predestination to be entirely and truly devoted to her.

• 41. “To be devout to you, O holy Virgin,” says St. John Damascene, “is an arm of salvation which God gives to those whom He wishes to save.”

 

2. Still more necessary to those called to a special perfection.

• 43. If devotion to the most holy Virgin Mary is necessary to all men simply for working out their salvation, it is still more so for those who are called to any special perfection.

• 44. Jesus is everywhere and always the Fruit and the Son of Mary; and Mary is everywhere the veritable tree who bears the Fruit of life, and the true Mother who produces it.

• 46. The greatest saints, the souls richest in graces and virtues, shall be the most assiduous in praying to our Blessed Lady, and in having her always present as their perfect model for imitation and their powerful aid for help.

3. Especially necessary to the great saints of the latter times.
True Devotion to Mary.

These 7 Joys of the Blessed Virgin Mary are All you Need to Live a Fulfilled and Blessed Life

These 7 Joys of the Blessed Virgin Mary are All you Need to Live a Fulfilled and Blessed Life

Many Catholics are familiar with the sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary but what about her joys?

Among the many different devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary, one that is often overlooked is devotion to her seven joys. Many Catholics might be more familiar with the seven sorrows of Mary, especially through the Chaplet of the Seven Sorrows.

However, few know about her seven joys, which are an equally ancient tradition. The Franciscans have helped preserve this tradition over the centuries through their “rosary” called the Franciscan Crown.

According to one story, this crown developed when the Blessed Virgin appeared to a young Franciscan novice in the 15th century and “instructed him how, by reciting daily a Rosary of seven decades in honor of her seven joys, he might weave a crown that would be more pleasing to her than the material wreath of flowers.”

The seven joys that are meditated on during the Franciscan Crown closely resemble the five Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary.

Annunciation
Visitation
Nativity of Jesus
Adoration of the Magi
Finding of Jesus in the Temple
Resurrection of Jesus,
Assumption of Mary (and/or the Coronation of the Virgin in Heaven)

Devotion to the seven joys of Mary is a beautiful counterpart to the seven sorrows and helps balance a person’s spiritual life, recognizing that existence is not just filled with sorrows, but also contains many joys in this life and the life to come.

Source: aleteia.org

10 Tips From Our Lady On How To Get Your Prayers Answered Very Fast

10 Tips From Our Lady On How To Get Your Prayers Answered Very Fast

“Lord, show me how to be the wife I need to be,” I asked each moment frustration visited during my restless nights.

Hubby had been diagnosed with diabetes. After the shock, I went to action. With the diligence of a loving, caring wife, I developed the perfect diet. I made sure I sent him links to videos that showed the best way to beat diabetes.

And to my chagrin, during my frantic dash to remedy the problem, hubby seemed relaxed, undisturbed in the least about his diagnosis.

So I did what every wise wife would do, I began to pray and to secure God’s assistance in this make-hubby-healthy again endeavor.

But God was silent. He wasn’t doing His part to transform my husband. To change his thinking and correct his eating habits. Or prompt him to exercise and at the very least, take his condition seriously.

The more I prayed, the more junk food hubby ate.

Sigh! I want him healthy, Lord. With visions of diabetic complications such as blindness, amputations, kidney failure, I prayed and prayed, yet his blood sugar levels remained high.

Then God put me on a diet of His truth, feeding my thinking with much-needed food for my own soul..

10 Reasons Your Prayers Aren’t being Answered

1. You’re dwelling on worry.

I was dwelling in the house of worry, I was abiding in the home of frustration and words of fear resided with me.

John 15:7 “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.

2. You need forgiveness… and to forgive.

I prayed, but was clueless about the prerequisite of forgiveness…or my need to forgive others. Gulp.

Mark 11:25 “And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

3. You’re focused on the problem, not the Solution.

Focusing on the situation often distracted me from concentrating and meditating on God’s law, on His promises and instructions.

Proverbs 28:9 “If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.”

4. You’re wallowing in the pain.

Why do we allow bad news or painful details to drown out what Jesus says?

John 14:12-14 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.”

5. You’re praying, but not believing.

It was easy to pray and pray. But believing, truly believing it was done became a struggle.

Mark 11:24 “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

6. You haven’t taken time to reflect to discover wrong thinking.

Reflecting on my past, the mistakes made, the selfish ways, the incorrect thinking and all the dark places my heart trudged through needed to be exposed before the Lord.

Psalm 66:18 “If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.”

7. You haven’t gotten quiet and listened for God.

In silent moments, reassurance that God heard me erased anxious thoughts.

1 John 5:14 “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.”

8. You haven’t prayed for wisdom.

Wisdom to know what to ask for adds anxiety. But God addresses that too.

James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts are like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.”

9. You’re trying to find the right words instead of letting the Spirit intercede.

In desperate times, the heart is broken, confusion reigns leaving us without words.

Romans 8:26 “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groaning too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”

10. You’re not seeking the right thing first.

I had my well-established No. 1 priority and what I was seeking first was to have my husband healed…

Matthew 6:33 ”But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

And God did add what was missing—a new awareness of my need to seek Him first. And in the process of seeking Him first, even above looking for hubby’s healing, came understanding

I understood to increase my faith, to declare victory in Jesus name, to rebuke anxious thoughts, worry and fear. And most importantly, to praise Him with all my strength no matter what the circumstances showed.