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An Account of the Rosary - TheRock - 08-25-2021

From The Secret of The Rosary
Quote:WHATEVER YOU DO, do not be like a certain pious but self-willed lady in Rome, so often referred to when speaking about the Rosary. She was so devout and so fervent that she put to shame by her holy life, even the strictest religious in the Church.

Having decided to ask Saint Dominic’s advice about her spiritual life she asked him to hear her confession. For penance he gave her one whole Rosary to say and advised her to say it every day. She said that she had no time to say it, excusing herself on the grounds that she made the Stations of Rome every day, that she wore sack-cloth and also a hair shirt, that she gave herself the discipline several times a week, that she carried out so many other penances and fasted so much. Saint Dominic urged her over and over again to take his advice and say the Rosary, but she would not hear of it. She left the confessional, horrified at the tactics of this new spiritual director who had tried so hard to persuade her to take on a devotion that was not at all to her liking.

Later on when she was in prayer she fell into ecstasy and had a vision of her soul appearing before Our Lord’s Judgment Seat. Saint Michael put all her penances and other prayers onto one balance of the scales and all her sins and imperfections onto the other. The tray of her good works was greatly outweighed by that of her sins and imperfections.

Filled with terror she cried for mercy, imploring the help of the Blessed Virgin, her gracious Advocate, who took the one and only Rosary that she had said for her penance and dropped it onto the tray of her good works. This one Rosary was so heavy that it weighed more than all her sins as well as all her good works. Our Lady then reproved her for having refused to follow the counsel of her servant Dominic and for not saying the Rosary every day.

As soon as she came to herself she rushed and threw herself at the feet of Saint Dominic and told him all that had happened, begged his forgiveness for her unbelief and promised to say the Rosary faithfully every day. By this means she rose to Christian perfection and finally to the glory of everlasting life.


The part I have put in bold troubles me, as someone who has occasionally had a touch of scruples. It almost suggests that someone who strove to be holy - who presumably made regular use of the sacraments (e.g. confession) would be judged harshly. Then again, was this judgement for the amount of time the soul would spend in purgatory?

I imagine it is because of vague accounts like this that the Church teaches we do not have to put our belief into any apparitions, miracles, visions and so on.


RE: An Account of the Rosary - jovan66102 - 08-25-2021

I would say it was for the excessive pride shown in refusing the advice of her confessor.


RE: An Account of the Rosary - benedicite - 08-25-2021

(08-25-2021, 07:11 PM)TheRock Wrote: From The Secret of The Rosary
Quote:WHATEVER YOU DO, do not be like a certain pious but self-willed lady in Rome, so often referred to when speaking about the Rosary. She was so devout and so fervent that she put to shame by her holy life, even the strictest religious in the Church.

Having decided to ask Saint Dominic’s advice about her spiritual life she asked him to hear her confession. For penance he gave her one whole Rosary to say and advised her to say it every day. She said that she had no time to say it, excusing herself on the grounds that she made the Stations of Rome every day, that she wore sack-cloth and also a hair shirt, that she gave herself the discipline several times a week, that she carried out so many other penances and fasted so much. Saint Dominic urged her over and over again to take his advice and say the Rosary, but she would not hear of it. She left the confessional, horrified at the tactics of this new spiritual director who had tried so hard to persuade her to take on a devotion that was not at all to her liking.

Later on when she was in prayer she fell into ecstasy and had a vision of her soul appearing before Our Lord’s Judgment Seat. Saint Michael put all her penances and other prayers onto one balance of the scales and all her sins and imperfections onto the other. The tray of her good works was greatly outweighed by that of her sins and imperfections.

Filled with terror she cried for mercy, imploring the help of the Blessed Virgin, her gracious Advocate, who took the one and only Rosary that she had said for her penance and dropped it onto the tray of her good works. This one Rosary was so heavy that it weighed more than all her sins as well as all her good works. Our Lady then reproved her for having refused to follow the counsel of her servant Dominic and for not saying the Rosary every day.

As soon as she came to herself she rushed and threw herself at the feet of Saint Dominic and told him all that had happened, begged his forgiveness for her unbelief and promised to say the Rosary faithfully every day. By this means she rose to Christian perfection and finally to the glory of everlasting life.


The part I have put in bold troubles me, as someone who has occasionally had a touch of scruples. It almost suggests that someone who strove to be holy - who presumably made regular use of the sacraments (e.g. confession) would be judged harshly. Then again, was this judgement for the amount of time the soul would spend in purgatory?

I imagine it is because of vague accounts like this that the Church teaches we do not have to put our belief into any apparitions, miracles, visions and so on.
Don't underestimate the value of obedience to legitimate authority in all of this. All those penances she did she did of her own will. While her praying the rosary every day would be an act of obedience.
There is a story from the Fathers of the Desert. When John the Dwarf was a novice, his novice master stuck a dry stick into the ground and told John to water it every day. This entailed a walk of around 12 miles to and from the well every day. After three years that old stick put forth leaves, then flowers, and then fruit. The novice master took the fruit to the church and said, "Behold the fruit of obedience!"