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Heresy vainly pursues the cult of Mary with its hatred and insults: God is pleased to raise up powerful defenders for the Queen of Heaven among the least of His children.
A catechumen from Oceania, wearing the rosary around his neck according to custom, found himself in an assembly in the presence of an Anglican missionary. The opportunity to insult Mary, and to win an easy victory, was too good to pass up. The man of error looked at the neophyte with a smile, and questioned him in a mocking tone about the futility of this diabolical necklace. Immediately the servant of Mary goes and sits down in the middle of the circle, opposite the minister, and says to him:
“You want to know what our lozalio means, (that is the name they give to the rosary); I will tell you: The rosary serves only to regulate a certain number of prayers, and the order in which we are accustomed to say them. These are the prayers we say: I believe in God the Father Almighty, etc. First you see that there is nothing diabolical about this prayer: I believe in God.”
He was about to continue, when the minister got up and went home to hide his defeat. All the spectators, even the Protestants, applauded the catechumen’s wise reply, and this well-meditated answer would be enough to convince any detractor of the rosary of ignorance.
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.