My testimony to the power of the “Mystical Rosary” began in 2005 when I returned to the Catholic Church. I was immediately introduced to this efficacious prayer by some friends who encouraged me to multiply my prayers of the rosary for all of my family members who were away from the church.
Why is the offering of the “Mystical Rosary” so powerful and somewhat different? It was inspired by the founder of the Servants & Handmaids, SHJMJ and unites all of our prayers to each and every Eucharistic Liturgy celebrated throughout the world throughout all time. Imagine that our prayers are perpetually placed before the throne of God every minute of every day until the end of time! If that isn’t enough, in this prayer, we invite all of the angels and saints, the holy souls in purgatory and the whole family of God to pray with us and for us!
When praying the rosary, I do not think of the words in the prayers but I contemplate the mysteries by placing myself in them—engaging my thoughts, imagination, emotion and desire. This is true Catholic meditation.
Shortly after I started to pray in this way, my mother gave me my grandmother’s shiny silver filigree rosary. One day as I prayed, I watched in awe as the whole rosary turned from shiny silver to sparkling gold! I was told that this is a mystical phenomenon.
One by one, my family started to return to the church and develop a personal relationship with our Lord and his Blessed Mother. One of my nieces often said, “God never helps me much in my life.” Little did she know that she would be next on God’s list to bring back to the church: two weeks later she was singing in the choir!
Soon after, my mother and sisters came back to the church. When they witnessed that my rosary had turned to gold, they couldn’t get to confession fast enough! They also learned how to pray the “Mystical Rosary,” and in a short time we had a strong family prayer team.
My nephew was a little more difficult. He had been addicted to Crystal Meth for several years and had no interest in returning to the church. One day, he was rushed to the hospital after ingesting peanuts. Due to a peanut allergy, he went into shock and then a coma. For a couple of days he was in critical condition. At this point, a priest was asked by a family member to administer the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick to him. When he finally came out of the coma, he had a desire to make a good confession. Through Our Lady’s intercession, my nephew was completely delivered from his drug addiction with no withdrawal symptoms whatsoever. He has faithfully been attending Mass ever since and has been drug free for over 11 years!
The rosary, with its “53 bullets”, called the Hail Marys, dealt a mighty blow to the power of evil behind my nephew’s addiction. Padre Pio said, “The rosary is the weapon…”
I also have a cousin that was trapped in the cult of Scientology for over 37 years. I can tell you that there is no darkness that the light of Christ can’t pierce. The prayers of Our Lady’s “Lasso”, (the rosary), was too powerful for this evil. She had been devoid of faith all this time, but suddenly began to pray, asking for a way out. The Lord heard her cry and opened the door for her to escape. She is now free!
Blessed Pope Pius IX said, “Among all the devotions approved by the Church none has been so favored by so many miracles as the devotion of the Most Holy Rosary. “Through the intercession of the Blessed Mother, in the “Mystical Rosary”, there have been 14 of my family members that have either returned to the church or are in the process of finding Jesus! Praise God!
Something unexpected was also happening to me as I prayed the “Mystical Rosary”! The more I prayed for others, the more I was being transformed; healing was taking place for me and also for my husband. These divine mysteries are meant to lead us into such a profound union with God, that we are forever changed by the experience. Through meditating on the mysteries of our salvation in the rosary, it becomes like an umbilical cord to our Lady in which my soul is being fed. I am drawn into the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of his mother. My life becomes a symphony of prayer and the rosary is the song of my heart.
I truly believe that my experience with the “Mystical Rosary” mirrors the view of St. Louis de Montfort when he says that, “the Hail Mary is a blessed dew that falls from heaven upon the souls of the predestinate. It gives them a marvelous spiritual fertility so they can grow in all virtues. The more the garden of the soul is watered by this prayer, the more enlightened one’s intellect becomes, the more zealous his heart and the stronger the armor against his spiritual enemies.”
And, St. Dominic tells us, “One day, through the Rosary and the Scapular, Our Lady will save the world.”
Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18