This Catholic prayer has incredible power. Everyone who reads this account will
want to learn how to pray the Rosary.
When Saint Dominic, who spread the devotion of praying the rosary, was preaching the Rosary near Carcassone an Albigensian was
brought to him who was possessed by the devil.
St. Louis Mary DeMontfort has indeed given an impressive account of how powerful Mary's Rosary is in overcoming evil.
Saint Dominic exorcised him
in the presence of a great crowd of people; it appears that over twelve thousand
had come to hear him preach.
The devils who were in possession of this wretched man were forced to answer
Saint Dominic's questions in spite of themselves. They said that:
There were fifteen thousand of them in the body of this poor man, because he had attacked the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary;
They went on to testify that by preaching the Rosary he put horror into the very depths of hell and that he was the man they hated most throughout the whole world, because of the souls which he snatched from them through devotion to the Holy Rosary;
They then revealed several other things.
Saint Dominic put his rosary around the Albigensian's neck and asked the devils
to tell him who, of all the saints in heaven, was the one they feared the most,
and who should therefore be the most loved and revered by men.
At this they
let out such unearthly screams that most of the people fell to the ground, faint
Then, using all their cunning, so as not to answer, the devils wept
and wailed in such a pitiful way that many of the people wept also, out of purely
The devils spoke through the mouth of the Albigenisian, pleading
in a heartrending voice:
"Dominic, Dominic, have mercy on us - we promise you that we will never hurt you. You have always had compassion for sinners and those in distress; have pity on us, for we are in grievous straits. We are suffering so very much already, so why do you delight in heightening our pains? Can't you be satisfied with our suffering without adding to it? Have pity on us! Have pity on us!"
Saint Dominic was not one whit moved by the pathos of these wretched spirits and told them that he would not let them alone until they had answered his question. Then they said they would whisper the answer in such a way that only Saint Dominic would be able to hear. The latter firmly insisted upon their answering clearly and out loud. Then the devils kept quiet and refused to say another word, completely disregarding Saint Dominic's orders - so he knelt down and prayed thus to Our Lady: "Oh, all powerful and wonderful Virgin Mary, I implore you by the power of the Most Holy Rosary, order these enemies of the human race to answer me."
No sooner had he made this prayer than a glowing flame leaped out of the ears,
nostrils and mouth of the Albigensian. Everyone shook with fear, but the fire
did not hurt anyone. Then the devils cried:
"Dominic, we beseech you, by the passion of Jesus Christ and by the merits of
His Holy Mother and of all the saints, let us leave the body of this man without
speaking - for the angels will answer your question whenever you wish.
After all, are we not liars? So why should you want to believe us?
Please don't torture us any more; have pity on us."
"Woe unto you wretched spirits, who do not deserve to be heard." Saint Dominic
said, and kneeling down he prayed to Our Lady:
"Oh most worthy Mother of Wisdom, I am praying for the people assembled here
who have already learned how to say the Angelic Salutation properly.
Please, I beg of you, force your enemies to proclaim the whole truth and nothing
but the truth about this, here and now, before the multitude."
Saint Dominic had hardly finished this prayer when he saw the Blessed Virgin near
at hand, surrounded by a multitude of angels. She struck the possessed man
with a golden rod that she held and said: "Answer my servant Dominic at once."
(Remember, the people neither saw nor heard Our Lady, but only Saint Dominic.)
"Then listen well you Christians; the Mother of Jesus Christ is all powerful
and she can save her servants from falling into hell. She is the Sun which
destroys the darkness of our wiles and subtlety. It is she who uncovers our
hidden plots, breaks our snares and makes our temptations useless and ineffectual.
"We have to say, however reluctantly, that not a single soul who has really persevered in her service has ever been damned with us; one single sigh that she offers to the Blessed Trinity is worth far more than all the prayers, desires and aspirations of all the saints.
"We fear her more than all the other saints in heaven together and we have no success with her faithful servants. Many Christians who call upon her when they are at the hour of death and who really ought to be damned according to our ordinary standards are saved by her intercession.
"Oh if only that Mary (it is thus in their fury that they called her) had not pitted her strength against ours and had not upset our plans, we should have conquered the Church and should have destroyed it long before this; and we would have seen to it that all the Orders in the Church fell into error and disorder.
"Now that we are forced to speak we must also tell you this: nobody who perseveres in saying the Rosary will be damned, because she obtains for her servants the grace of true contrition for their sins and by means of this they obtain God's forgiveness and mercy."
Then Saint Dominic had them all say the Rosary very slowly and with great devotion, and a wonderful thing happened: at each Hail Mary that he and the people said together a large group of devils issued forth from the wretched man's body under the guise of red-hot coals.
When the devils had all been expelled and the heretic was at last entirely free of them, Our Lady (who was still invisible gave her blessing to the assembled company, and they were filled with joy because of this.
A large number of heretics were converted because of this miracle and joined the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary.
Remember she was the Woman in the book of Genesis that God promised would crush
the head of the Serpent.
The power of the Rosary must never be taken for granted.
It is a gift and a weapon given by the Mother of God to her children to bring
about peace in individual lives and throughout the world.