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A young novice of the Order of St. Francis was about to take the religious habit. When he was in the world, he always had the pious habit of weaving a crown of flowers every day, which he then placed on the forehead of a statue of the Blessed Virgin. Unable to continue this devotional practice in his convent, he was almost resolved to leave the religious habit. But while he was thinking about this, Mary appeared to him and ordered him to replace the crown of flowers with the spiritual crown of the Rosary.
The Rosary is like the breviary of all the servants of the Blessed Virgin. It is the only book for the blind and the poor. It is the book of the Christian mother who cradles her child while greeting the divine Mother who is in heaven. It is the most convenient book for the pilgrim; it is the book of the old man whose eye is insensibly closed to the things of this world; it is the book of the sick, better than any other it calms and puts to sleep their sufferings.
The Rosary is for pure souls the book of the night which defends them from deceitful dreams and the snares of the devil. All the Saints, the men most commendable for their knowledge and their virtues, have been faithful to this pious practice, so dear to Mary.
Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, and of the Mother of God. Amen.
O Jesus! We are going to walk with You on the road to Calvary which was so painful for You. Make us understand the greatness of Your sufferings, touch our hearts with tender compassion at the sight of Your torments, in order to increase in us the regret of our faults and the love we wish to have for You.
Deign to apply to all of us the infinite merits of Your Passion, and in memory of Your sorrows, show mercy to the souls in Purgatory, especially to those who are most abandoned.
O Divine Mary, who first taught us to make the Way of the Cross, obtain for us the grace to follow Jesus with the sentiments Your Heart was filled with as You accompanied Him on the road to Calvary. Grant that we may weep with You, and that we may love Your divine Son as You do. We ask this in the name of His adorable Heart. Amen.
My Jesus, forgiveness and mercy!
By the merits of Thy holy Wounds and the sorrows of Thy Mother.