1. Whosoever 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 those 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 good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant
Mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men [and women] 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.
5. The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the Rosary shall not perish.
shall recite the Rosary devoutly, applying himself [herself] 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 to recite 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
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 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.
Give us, O Lord, a steadfast heart, which no unworthy affection may drag downwards; give us an unconquered heart, which no tribulation can wear out; give us an upright heart, which no unworthy purpose may tempt aside. Bestow upon us also, O Lord our God, understanding to know you, diligence to seek you, wisdom to find you, and a faithfulness that may finally embrace you; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
first missionaries to North America arrived in 1608 in Acadia, Nova
Scotia. They were the Jesuits Pierre Biard and Ennemond Massé, who began
work among the Souriquois Indians. This phase of the work of preaching
the Gospel was brought to a standstill in 1613 as a result of an English
things had settled down, the indefatigable Governor of New France,
Samuel Champlain, continuously asked for missionaries from France. At
his request, several Franciscans came in 1615. These labored heroically,
but in need of additional help, appealed to the Jesuits. In 1625 three
Jesuits landed in Quebec: Jean de Brébeuf, Charles Lalemant and
Ennemond Massé returning from France.
joined the missions including: Antoine Daniel, Isaac Jogues, Charles
Garnier, Noël Chabanel, René Goupil, Jean de Lalande, and Gabriel
By the late 1640's, after years of heroic perseverance,
oftentimes in appalling circumstances, the Jesuits were making a
considerable number of conversions mostly among the Hurons. The
Iroquois, deadly enemies of the Hurons, considered the missionaries
targets, and indeed massacred the seven mentioned above and also Jean de
Brébeuf. Some of them were tortured beyond belief before being
tomahawked, beheaded or having their still-beating hearts wrenched from
their chests. Having survived the first round of tortures, Fr. Isaac
Jogues had returned to France maimed, but he chose to rejoin the
missions and finally met his death by martyrdom like his companions.
in 1930 by Pope Pius XI, the martyrs are, collectively, the secondary
patrons of Canada. Sts. René Goupil, Isaac Jogues and Jean de Lalande
are considered the first U.S. saints because they were martyred in
upstate New York.
If you desire peace in your hearts, in your homes, and in your country, assemble each evening to recite the Rosary. Let not even one day pass without saying it, no matter how burdened you may be with many cares and labors.
was not a Jew but a Gentile, and thought to have been a Greco-Syrian,
probably born in Antioch. Though one of the four Gospel writers – known
as the Evangelists – he was not one of Christ's Twelve Apostles. Whether
he converted to Christianity from Judaism or paganism is not certain.
was a disciple and companion of the Apostle Paul who mentions that he
was also a medical man, “Luke, the most dear physician” and he probably
helped St. Paul with his much-tried health. Luke was certainly with the
great apostle in his first two imprisonments in Rome.
to tradition, the physician and Evangelist was also an artist and
painted several pictures of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary. Among the most
famous is the Salus Populi Romani enshrined in the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome.
only is the third Gospel, written in Koine Greek, attributed to Luke by
the early fathers, but Biblical scholars are in wide agreement that he
also wrote the Acts of the Apostles. While traditional Christian
scholarship dates the writing of his Gospel to the 60’s, others place it
in the last decades of the first century.
St. Luke is believed to have died a martyr though accounts of his death vary.
is venerated as St. Luke the Evangelist and his symbol is the bull. He
is patron saint of artists, physicians, surgeons, students, and
born in Syria, converted to Christianity at a young age, and was
thought to be a disciple of St. John the Evangelist. He is one of the
five Apostolic Church Fathers, who were instructed personally by
An early tradition has it that he was the
child that Our Lord took up in his arms, as recorded by St Mark: “And
taking a child, he set him in the midst of them. Whom when he had
embraced, he saith to them: Whosoever shall receive one such child as
this in my name, receiveth me (9:35-36).
Consecrated bishop by the Apostles, he succeeded St. Peter and Evodius as the third Bishop of Antioch about the year 69.
ideal pastor and true soldier of Christ, Ignatius comforted and
strengthened his flock when the persecution of Domitian broke out. He
was arrested during the persecution of Trajan, and shipped aboard a
vessel bound for Rome. Along the route his ship made several stops,
which afforded the saint opportunity of confirming the faith of various
churches. He wrote several letters to these communities which have been
preserved, and deal with early Catholic theology. St. Ignatius was the
first to use the Greek word “katholikos”, “universal” in reference to
the Church founded by Christ.
At Smyrna, he had the joy of
meeting his former disciple and dear friend, St. Polycarp. His route to
martyrdom was a sort of triumphant march, with Christian communities
flocking to meet him everywhere, hailing and encouraging him on his way. He
was martyred in Rome on the last day of the public games, December 20
in the year 107. Condemned to be devoured by lions in the public arena,
his prayer before his death was: “I am God's wheat, and I am to be
ground by the teeth of wild beasts, so that I may become the pure bread
of Christ. Indeed the lions devoured all of his body leaving only the
Today, these relics of St. Ignatius rest in the Church of San Clemente in Rome.