Should we pray the Rosary?

Should we pray (to/with) the Virgin Mary?

'My Experiences and other Testimonies'

This page is not for arguments for-or-against as it is a matter of personal faith

I struggled with this, and I know there are many others that do as well. I have had conversations with clients, friends and peers who have differing opinions on the Rosary and the Virgin Mary. I, personally, believe that there is a lot of misleading information out there, but not to worry. If you are reading this, you are interested in growing your relationship with God, and the Truth will become clearer to you as your relationship with Christ grows. When I am praying a Hail Mary, I see it as asking Mary to pray with me. I am not praying to her like she is another form of God. But it is seen in different ways, and this will be an ongoing research project. I am going to initially break it down into three sections:

1) My testimony, which provides personal as well as potentially miraculous experiences
2) The testimony of Saints and other Christians
3) The words and actions of the Virgin Mary as experienced at Marian apparitions around the world

My testimony, taken chronologically from my journal:

220107 We got a call from a couple in Sauk Rapids who needed help removing potential spirits. The strange happenings were the cause of a lot of fear for their family. They were a Christian family; that she said right away. The day of the investigation, I had just begun saying the Rosary as is custom for me before I go to help a client, and the phone rang. I never stop during prayer or the Rosary to answer the phone, but this time I had an incredible urge to pick up. So I did. It was the client. She said, I have been trying to muster the courage to call you for three hours. I’m not sure how to say this, but here it goes. We are strong Christians, but we are struggling with how the Virgin Mary and the Rosary fit into the picture, and we would appreciate it if you would not use them in the healing of our home. I didn’t mention that I had been in the middle of praying a Rosary on their behalf at that exact moment. We arrived at their house, and one of the first things we did was take a tour of the place. We were in the master bedroom. She said she felt unnerved, uncomfortable and didn’t sleep well on her side of the bed. There was an old box upon the dresser on her side of the bed. I asked what was in it. She popped it open while saying she wasn’t sure because she hadn’t looked inside it for quite a while. She reached into the box, and when she pulled her hand out, there was a Rosary wrapped around her fingers. She was speechless. She said she had no idea that there was even a Rosary in there, but it must have been from her grandmother. Later that night, we blessed the Rosary. I am not sure if the family’s feelings have changed on praying the Rosary, but I definitely know that it is on their mind. I have also since told her that I was praying the Rosary when she called, and none of us could believe the coincidence of that turn of events.

211011 There was a fellow from New York who was an ordained minister. He contacted me because something evil had moved into his house and the situation was out of his control. He had a genuine fear for his life. After working with him two times over the phone, I sent him a package. The package took forever to get there; it was as if the evil one was keeping it from arriving. But eventually it did. Inside the package were a blessed Rosary, blessed sage, and a blessed image of Jesus. He responded back to me shortly after he received the package: Since I received your package and brought them into my home, I can only say thank you. For the first time in a while, it’s been quiet here.

210830 I have had a few conversations lately, as well as have run across articles online, that indicate it is wrong to pray the Hail Mary, and that Mother Mary and the Rosary are only for Catholics. Or that it is a sin to pray to Mary. I did even more research and the topic became even muddier. I knew in my mind that I wasn’t praying to Mary like she was some type of God; I was asking her to pray with me. Wherever there is more than one, Jesus will be there, so if Mary and I pray together. Oh, I had so many thoughts and questions. I was confused. So I prayed and asked Christ to guide me. Then last night, I woke and I couldn’t get it off of my mind. My frustration at not having a direct answer caused me to spiral downward in my thoughts which lasted well over an hour. In an attempt to conclude so I could just get back to sleep, I told Christ that I would stop all prayers immediately which incorporated the Virgin Mary unless He told me otherwise. I kid you not. It was within seconds that I felt energy inside me. It began at my heart and pushed out to the rest of my body in a snap. Then I heard a male voice say softly but with a touch of distress: “I thought you loved me.” It was Jesus. I do love you, I screamed, in my head over and over, I do, I do. I prayed for another hour while apologizing for my weakness. Ever since, I have not questioned the Rosary or praying the Hail Mary.

210822 I met a man at the Queen of the Holy Rosary Shrine in Wisconsin. After a short conversation, he told me he wanted to show me something. He pulled a Rosary from his pocket and held it out in front of me. He said, this Rosary chain used to be silver, but one night, after praying the Rosary at the Marian apparition site, the chain turned to the color of gold. Indeed I was able to verify that the chain links on the end of each section were gold in color, while the center links were now a rose gold. Upon returning home, I researched this phenomenon, and found that this miracle has happened at other locations around the world, including at Portsmouth, RI, where 50 different people reported their rosaries had changed from silver to gold during the same time period. One woman claimed the color of her Rosary chain turned from silver to gold with a 15 minute period. Some will say it is just tarnished from use, but there are far too many testimonies out there claiming otherwise.

210809 Shortly after praying the Rosary in my office, I felt the presence of something or someone who was very holy. They were so warm; it felt as if I would melt right into them.

210713 I say the Rosary at least once a week, especially before I head to a client to help them. On the way to a clients today, I said the rosary and asked how I could help this woman who had been troubled so by dark entities. I was shown a water spout that was leaking bad water upon the woman, and an angel who would help turn the handle of the spout so the flow of bad energy would quit spilling on her and continue to flow straight through to its destination. Upon getting there, I talked with the client for about an hour, and during that time, I asked the angel to close the spout. Update: This woman is doing much better now.

210513 I was feeling horrible all day and didn’t know if it was physically sick or supernaturally sick. I prayed the Rosary, meditated, prayed some more and that went on for over 30 minutes. During that time of prayer, twice I felt a presence from the Light come and ‘tap’ me, so to speak, and each time it did, I felt a little better. When I got up, I was nearly normal other than feeling a little tired, but the dark and negative energy was gone.

210505 A woman called me the night before and said she hadn’t slept for two nights straight and was in dire straits. She also commented that her Rosary had disappeared. I made an urgent run to her home today, and within minutes of being there, I had a supernatural guide lead me to where the Rosary was located. I went to an old jewelry box of hers. I looked inside and found the Rosary right off. The client said she had already looked there, and added that it was definitely not where she would normally keep it.

210209 I was meditating after a daily Rosary. In a vision, I saw myself stepping out of our travel van. It was mid morning, and we had driven late into the night. There was a large crowd of over a thousand people gathered and praying on a large hillside, their gaze toward the top of the hill. As I scanned the crowd, there were so many that their faces appeared blurred. Then I saw one clearly defined face mixed in with the crowd. She had been praying as well, but was now looking toward me. Her presence was humble and beautiful in words that our language cannot describe. It was the Holy Mother Mary. Seeing her face brought tears to my eyes instantly. How did I know it was her you might ask? Because when those of the divine present themselves to you, their identity becomes known to you. There is no introduction needed.

200216 We were doing a paranormal investigation at a small hotel in Annandale. Though the main floor restaurant was open, the hotel on the top two floors were closed for business that night. I was setting up video camera equipment on the south end of the third floor when I felt something underfoot. I reached down and picked up a Rosary. I thought, what is the chance? I eventually made it back down to the first floor, and was handing the Rosary to the hotel manager to put in the lost and found when one of my investigators called out, hey, that’s my Rosary. I told him I found it on the south end of the third floor. He asked if I was kidding, and then told me that his Rosary was always kept in a zippered pocket in his backpack, which was currently locked up in his hotel room on the north end of the second floor. We went upstairs and verified that his room was still locked, and his zipper still zipped shut, but when he opened it, the pocket was empty. It definitely was his Rosary. How had that Rosary moved that far and why was it delivered…to me?


Words and Testimony of Saints and Christians on the Rosary

• Never will anyone who says his Rosary ever day be led astray
       - Saint Louis de Montfort

• Love the Madonna and pray the Rosary, for her Rosary is the weapon against the evils of the world today
       - Saint Padre Pio

• In any walk of life, there is going to be ups and downs, and what is going to sustain you in down times? That’s why, for me, the Rosary’s been a very strong tool (catholicdigest.com)
       - Actor and TV host Matt Gallant

• The holy Rosary is a powerful weapon. Use it with confidence and you’ll be amazed at the results
       - Saint Josemaria Escriva

• I’ve said the Rosary throughout many different times in my life; you’re saying the same mystery, but at different times in your life, it speaks to you in a different way (catholicdigest.com)
       - Actress Sam Doumit

• I’m very fond of the Rosary. It had great meaning in my life. I’ve become known as The Rosary Dispenser because I leave rosaries wherever I go (beliefnet.com)
       - Actor Martin Sheen

• The Rosary is a powerful weapon to put the demons to flight and to keep oneself from sin
       - Pope Pius XI

• No one can live continually in sin and continue to say the Rosary. Either he will give up the sin or he will give up the Rosary
       - Bishop Patrick Boyle

• Among all the devotions approved by the church, none has been favored by so many miracles as the devotion of the most holy Rosary
       - Pope Pius IX

• The Rosary is the most excellent form of prayer and the most efficacious means of attaining eternal life
       - Pope Leo XII

• Action: This athlete is known to carry a rosary in her training bag (media.ascensionpress.com)
       - Decorated Olympic Champion Simone Biles
 
An apparition of Our Lady has occurred many times around the world, and during those times she was either seen with a Rosary upon her wrist, or has encouraged those who saw her to say the Rosary:

• Lourdes, France, appeared in 1858 – Rosary hanging from her wrist
• Fatima, Portugal, appeared in 1917 – Rosary hanging from her wrist, and said, Pray the Rosary every day to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war (WWI)
• Banneux, Belgium, appeared in 1933 – Rosary hanging from her wrist
• Heede, Germany, appeared between 1937 and 1940 – She said, Pray often, especially the Rosary
• Akita, Japan, appeared between 1973 and 1981 – She said…Each day recite the prayers of the Rosary…
• Cuapa, Nicaragua, appeared in 1980 – She said, Pray, pray, my son, the Rosary for all the world. Tell believers and non-believers that the world is threatened by grave dangers. I ask the Lord to appease His justice, but, if you don’t change, you will hasten the arrival of the Third World War.
• San Nicolas, Argentina, appeared between 1983 and 1990 – She said, The weapon that has the greatest influence on evil is to say the Rosary.
 
 
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