“Among all the devotions approved by the Church none has been so favoured by so many miracles as the devotion of the Most Holy Rosary.” — Pope Pius IX
Seven years ago, when my wife and I first got married, we moved into an apartment building downtown. As we were moving in we ran into one of the students that she had taught as a supply teacher. It turned out, he was our new neighbour. Despite attending Catholic school, our neighbour was Jewish and over the years we’ve been able to share our faiths with each other. Occasionally, he would even bring a small Menorah over and light the candles with us. When his father died of tuberculosis while down in Argentina (where my neighbours originally come from), we went to a synagogue with him to pray the “Mourner’s Kaddish”, the Jewish prayers for the dead.
Recently, and quite to my surprise, I ran into my neighbour in the hallway as he was waiting for the elevator. He told me that he has been interested in exploring different faith traditions and wondered if I had an extra Rosary. He wanted to learn how to pray the rosary in order to learn more about the Catholic faith! I assured him I would get one for him. After buying one I also had it blessed. A few days later I ran into him again and he asked if he could get the Rosary from me. He explained that he was leaving for Argentina the next day to visit his aunt, who was also now sick with tuberculosis. I gave it to him, as well as a CD with all the prayers (I didn’t have a “How to Pray the Rosary” pamphlet handy). He thanked me very much and left for Argentina, assured of our prayers for him.
Now, as if a Jewish kid asking a Catholic for a Rosary isn’t a cool enough story, my friend messaged me the other day and told me that he went to the hospital to see his aunt, and while there, he prayed the Rosary I had given him. And it proved Pope St. Pius IX right: his aunt was healed of her tuberculosis and was released from the hospital the next day! Because of this, they’re planning to become Catholics!
So, pray your Rosaries! They’re powerful! And make sure to always have a few extras—you never know when someone might ask for one!
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