One of the oldest devotionals in the Catholic Church is the Rosary, the importance of which is overlooked by too many Catholics. But the 15 promises of the Blessed Virgin Mary offer something to catch the attention of anyone interested in obtaining happiness and joy.
Of particular note is a story recounted by St. Louis de Montfort in his brief spiritual classic The Secret of the Rosary. It deals with the 10th promise of the Rosary: "The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in Heaven."
The saint recounts an elderly nun, who died a drawn-out and painful death. Later, the deceased nun appeared at her former convent and told one of the sisters she would gladly return to earth and again suffer yet another agonizing death. Why? For the opportunity to devoutly pray just one more Hail Mary for the sake of the incredible amount of merit it would earn for her in Heaven.
Merit is still a very real teaching of the Catholic Church. The good deeds done in a state of grace and motivated by supernatural ends earn divine rewards from the Heavenly Father. They are spiritually meritorious not because of natural justice, but because human acts are preceded by supernatural grace and backed by God's promise that makes it so.
And that's just one of the promises of the Rosary! Check out the fifth promise of the Rosary: "The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the Rosary shall not perish."
Wouldn't it be great to know you won't land in Hell? Well, then, pray the Rosary.
Is there a particular habitual sin that won't go away? The third and fourth promises of the Rosary assure freedom: "It will destroy vice, decrease sin. ... 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."
Different people are attracted by different things. So find the most attractive promise, pray the Rosary daily for the sake of that one promise and all the other promises will come too!
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