Item description for The Secret of the Rosary by St Louis Mary Grignion De Montfort...
Overview New translation of the classic work by the great Marian writer who nurtured Pope John Paul II's devotion to Our Blessed Mother.
Publishers Description New translation of the classic work by the great Marian writer who nurtured Pope John Paul II's devotion to Our Blessed Mother. Printed in large easy-to-read type.
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Studio: Catholic Book Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.85" Width: 4.4" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.38 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2004
Publisher CATHOLIC BOOK PUBLISHING #547
Edition Large Type
ISBN 0899421083 ISBN13 9780899421087
Reviews - What do customers think about The Secret of the Rosary?
An absolute MUST HAVE for any Catholic or someone interested in learning more Jan 6, 2007
Wow, this book was a real eye-opener for me in a subtle, yet convincing way, which has only served to strengthen my faith. I highly recommend this book to everyone interested in learning more about why the Catholic church holds the Virgin Mary in such high regard and why every single person should too.
Go buy this book and 5 rosaries. Then give 4 rosaries away. Aug 14, 2006
If the rosary is the weapon (as Padre Pio attests), this classic will give it a good edge. And like the rosary itself, its greatest accolade is the contempt that its detractors heap on it.
For example, the Faithless Athiest will say that it is full of lying fables. These are the same ingenuous folks who believe the world created itself (of course, they don't *really* believe that, just as long as God didn't create it).
The Pompous Materialist will point out condescendingly that Montfort is only for the simple-minded. "Enlightened," elite intellectuals, no doubt such as himself, have no time for medieval superstitions (like demons, miracles, and apparitions?). This poor fool needs a dose of humility. I humbly put forth "The Idiot," by Dostoevsky.
The focus on Mary will make the Shamefaced Catholic positively squeamish. At every turn, he will be tripping over himself to point out (like the defeated man showing with exaggerated gesticulations how he was *really* on the winning side from the start) how Chistocentric "that whole Mary hang-up" is.
Here's the long and the short of it: If you're just one more modern cynic, don't buy this book--you'll think it's stupid. If you want to find out more about the power of the rosary, buy two and give one away.
When Your Very Soul Hits The Wall... Feb 27, 2006
You might want to have this non-pious but incredibly inspirational book handy. It will mystically...and miraculously encourage you to pick up your rosary and pray - in perhaps a very different and more powerful way than you have ever done before. And if you don't believe in any of this, just try it. A life changing book as much as the rosary is a soul-saving spiritual weapon against evil - (that few can deny is alive and well on planet earth) and one of the most effective heavenly life-preservers gifted to we mere mortals.
The Most-Pleasing Prayer Jul 31, 2005
In "The Secret of the Rosary" the author, Saint Louis De Montfort, sets out to persuade his readers why the rosary is the supreme prayer, and what benefits those who recite the rosary can receive. It might seem that this small treatise on prayer would be outdated, since it was written over two centuries ago; however, the applications and directions that De Montfort explains are applicable to today's faithful and faithless.
De Montfort begins his treatise by addressing various readers, giving them 'gifts', as he calls them, concerning the rosary and the message he is about to present. The first part of this book reads as a sermon from the saint. He gives a history of how the rosary came about, how it was first prayed, and the results that various saints achieved from doing so. He tells of miracles and wonders that accompanied those who faithfully said their rosary. De Montfort also explains about the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary - how members can choose how often they wish to say the rosary. His point is that the rosary is a prayer that should be concentrated upon; that one well-said rosary is worth more than one hundred hastily said rosaries.
The second part of "The Secret of the Rosary" is dedicated to the instruction on how to say the entire rosary. De Montfort gives several ways, as well as explanations on what poses we should be in and what our mindset should be when offering this devotion up to heaven. De Montfort's work is a quick read, especially informative for non-Catholics, and one that not only offers instruction, but also appreciation for the Holy Rosary and the role it can play in the life of one who says it faithfully.
Incomparable...just a wonderful book! Aug 22, 2004
This is a little bit of pious reading you will return to again and again. Although the writing style may make it somewhat dated, the truths that come forth are just as potent today as they were when this was first written. Vatican II types who have tried to reduce devotion to Mary to something optional and outdated will hopefully have their eyes opened wide after reading this, and re-discover why the Rosary is, after the Mass, the most powerful prayer the Holy Catholic Church posseses. Miss this book at your soul's peril!