Blessed Alan de la Roche, Father Jean Dumont, Father Thomas, the chronicles of Saint Dominic and other writers who have seen theses things with their own eyes speak of the marvellous conversions that are brought about by the Holy Rosary. Great sinners—both men and women—have been converted after twenty, thirty, or even forty years of sin and unspeakable vice, because they preserved in saying the Holy Rosary. And these have been people, who beforehand, had been deaf to all pleadings! I shall not tell you about those wonderful conversions here because I do not want to make this book too long. And I am not even going to refer to those which I have seen with my own eyes: there are several reasons why I would rather not talk about them.
Dear reader, I promise you that if you practice this devotion and help to spread it you will lean more from the Rosary that from any spiritual book. And what is more, you will have the happiness of being rewarded by Our Lady in accordance with the promise that she made to Saint Dominic, to Blessed Alan de al Roche and to all those who practice and encourage this devotion which is so dear to her. For the Holy Rosary teaches people about the virtues of Jesus and Mary, and leads them to mental prayer and to imitate Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. It teaches them to approach the sacraments often, to genuinely strive after Christian virtue and to do all kinds of good works, as well as interesting them in the many wonderful indulgences which can be gained through the Rosary.
People are often quite unaware of how rich the Rosary is in indulgences. This is because many priests, when preaching on the Rosary, hardly ever mention indulgences and give rather a flowery and popular sermon which excites admiration but scarcely teaches anything.
Be that as it may I shall say no more than assure you, in the words of Blessed Alan de la Roche, that the Rosary is the root and the storehouse of countless blessings. For through the Holy Rosary:
1. Sinners are forgiven;
2. Souls that thirst are refreshed;
3. Those who are fettered have their bonds broken;
4. Those that weep find happiness;
5. Those you are tempted find peace;
6. The poor find help;
7. Religious are reformed;
8. Those who are ignorant are instructed;
9. The living learn to overcome pride;
10. The dead (the Holy Souls) have their pains eased by suffrages;
One day Our Lady said to Blessed Alan:
“I want people who have a devotion to my Rosary to have my Son’s grace and blessing during their lifetime and at their death, and after their death I want them to be freed from all slavery so that they will be kings wearing crowns and with scepters in their hands and enjoying eternal glory”
Amen. So be it.