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Notre Dame du Laus

The Preacher of the Rosary

The Holy Rosary of the Mother of God was the ordinary subject of the preaching of Florent Puteano, a Dominican religious. He never went up to the pulpit without finding an opportunity to speak about the advantages of this heavenly devotion. God blessed his zeal and worked many miracles to show how pleasing to Him were the exhortations he addressed to the people to recommend this holy prayer. A woman reduced to the most terrible despair had given herself to the devil, had renounced her devotion to the Blessed Virgin and the recitation of the Rosary; a writing signed by her hand and entrusted to Satan had confirmed this criminal renunciation. The holy apostle of the Rosary, having learned of this sad event, undertook to help this unfortunate soul; he persuaded the wretched woman to confess, admitted her to the Confraternity of the Rosary, and celebrated mass for her at the altar of the Blessed Virgin. At the end of the Holy Sacrifice, the bill was seen to fall at the foot of the altar; this was proof that the devil had been forced by Mary to break the commitment made by this woman, and to grant her her original freedom.

(Barri, Journ., October 26)

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