The Hail Mary of A Protestant
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The “Hail Mary” of a Protestant is powerful!—( A True Story)
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A little six-year-old Protestant boy had often heard his Catholic companion reciting the prayer ‘Hail Mary.’ He liked it so much that he copied it, memorized it and would recite it every day. ‘Look, Mummy, what a beautiful prayer,’ he said to his mother one day. ‘Never again say it,’ answered the mother.’ it is a superstitious prayer of Catholics who adore idols and think Mary a goddess. After all, she is a woman like any other. Come on, take this Bible and read it. It contains everything that we are bound to do and have to do.’
From that day on the little boy discontinued his daily ‘Hail Mary’ and gave himself more time to reading the Bible instead. One day, while reading the Gospel, he came across the passage about the Annunciation of the Angel to Our Lady. Full of joy, the little boy ran to his mother and said: ‘Mummy, I have found the ‘Hail Mary’ in the Bible which says: ‘Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou amongst women. ‘ Why do you call it a superstitious prayer?’
On another occasion he found that beautiful Salutation of St. Elizabeth to The Virgin Mary and the wonderful canticle. Magnificat in which Mary foretold that ‘the generations would call her blessed.’ He said no more about it to his mother but started to recite the ‘Hail Mary’ every day as before. He felt pleasure in addressing those charming words to the Mother of Jesus, our Savior.
When he was fourteen, he one day heard a discussion on Our Lady among the members of his family. Every one said that Mary was a common woman like any other woman. The boy, after listening to their erroneous reasoning, could not bear it any longer, and full of indignation, he interrupted them, saying: ‘Mary is not like any other children of Adam, stained with sin. No! The Angel called her FULL OF GRACE and BLESSED AMONGST WOMEN. Mary is the Mother of Jesus Christ and consequently Mother of God. There is no higher dignity to which a creature can be raised.
The Gospel says that the generations will proclaim her blessed and you are trying to despise her and look down on her. Your spirit is not the Spirit Of the Gospel or of the Bible which you proclaim to be the foundation of the Christian religion.’ So deep was the impression which the boy’s talk had made that his mother many times cried out sorrowfully: ‘Oh my God! I fear that this son of mine will one day join the Catholic religion, the religion of Popes!’ And indeed, not very long afterwards, having made a serious study of both Protestantism and Catholicism, the boy found the latter to be the only true religion and embraced it and became one of its most ardent apostles.
Some time after his conversion, he met his married sister who rebuked his and said indignantly: ‘You little know how much I love my children. Should any one of them desire to become a Catholic, I would sooner pierce his heart with a dagger than allow him to embrace the religion of the Popes!’ Her anger and temper were as furious as those of St. Paul before his conversion. However, she would change her ways, just as St. Paul did on his way to Damascus.
It so happened that one of her sons fell dangerously ill and the doctors gave up hope of recovery. Her brother then approached, her and spoke to her affectionately, saying: ‘My dear sister, you naturally wish to have your child cured. Very well, then, do what I ask you to do. Follow me, let us pray one ‘Hail Mary’ and promise God that, if your son recovers his health, you would seriously study the Catholic doctrine, and should you come to the conclusion that Catholicism is the only true religion, you would embrace it no matter what the sacrifices may be.’
His sister was somewhat reluctant at the beginning but as she wished for her son’s recovery. She accepted her brother’s proposal and recited the ‘Hail Mary’ together with him. The next day her son was completely cured! The mother fulfilled her promise and she studied the Catholic doctrine. After long preparation she received Baptism together with her family, thanking her brother for being an apostle to her.

*The story was related during a sermon given by the Rev. Father Tuckwell. ‘Brethren, he went on and said, ‘The boy who became a Catholic and converted his sister to Catholicism dedicated his whole life to the service of God. He is the priest who is speaking to you now!
What I am I owe to Our Lady. You, too, my dear brethren, be entirely dedicated also to Our Lady and never let a day pass without saying the beautiful prayer, ‘Hail Mary’, and your Rosary. Ask her to enlighten the minds of Protestants who are separated from the true Church of Christ founded on the Rock (Peter) and ‘against whom the gates of hell shall never prevail.’


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Found that story from Facebook just now.

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This is a beautiful story. My own conversion has a few parallels to this as well. I just wanted to note one thing about Protestantism, something that, having been a Prot myself, I know 100% to be true, but it is not clear for Prots until they are pushed to the limit: no man can truly worship a book. The book in question may contain the Word of God, but divorced from the personal process that gave us this book, it is really just a book. United to the process that gave us this book, we are united to the bishops of the Church who decided which works were to be canonical and which were not. There is a huge difference in this for us, and you see it in how very pious Protestants react when pushed to the limit compared to how very pious Catholics react in similar circumstances: Catholics pray for the life and health of their people, but we are okay with death and the afterlife. Pious Protestants will often give up their religious convictions to save the physical form of a life. The reason is that we worship a Person, while they worship a Book, and when ti comes down to choosing between a Book and a child, a Protestant will be pushed harder, and will often choose the child's physical life. Notice how pious and violently ant-Catholic the sister was, and how she traded all that she believed to save the physical life of her child? I mean, obviously also there is the work of the Holy Spirit urging her on as well, but we don't know really how or where. How many pious Catholic parents do you know that would choose to reject the Faith entirely and become Protestant and say a Protestant prayer which they believe to be evil, in order to save the physical life of a child? Not many, I would say. We are okay with death. And I think that in so many of the cultural battles lost in the West we see this happen again and again. Very pious Protestants institutions ended up choosing birth control, and abortion if there is rape, and so on.

Anyway, it is just an observation from a former Protestant. I also was set on the road to conversion by wondering about my neighbour's statues of Our Lady and their rosary-praying every night. And I remember that the business of devotion to Our Lady was a stumbling block. But once you enter the Church and realize you are a part of the family of Christ Himself, all the foolishness dissolves. If there is one thing I will never even be tempted to abandon it is devotion to Our Lady. When you see you are "related" to Our Lady, and St. Elizabeth, and St. Joseph and Zachary, and the Baptist, and Our Lord, religion becomes Personal, not 'textual'. And for this, the Holy Rosary is the best thing.
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