Pope Pius IX

Among all the devotions none has been favored by so many miracles as the devotion of the holy Rosary. 

Jesus first Miracle was in Cana

And the wine failing, the mother of Jesus saith to  him: They have no wine. And Jesus saith to her: Woman, what is that to me and to thee? my hour is not yet come. His mother saith to the waiters: Whatsoever he shall say to you, do ye. John 1 : 1



The Catholic Church believes miracles are works of God, either directly, or through the prayers and intercessions of a specific saint or saints. There is usually a specific purpose connected to a miracle, e.g. the conversion of a person or persons to the Catholic faith or the construction of a church desired by God.



St. Thomas Aquinas, a prominent Doctor of the Church, divided miracles into three types in his Summa contra Gentiles: . . . Therefore properly speaking miracles are works done by God outside the order usually observed in things. Of these miracles there are various degrees and orders.

The Augustinian concept of miracle remained standard in the Church until the time of St. Thomas Aquinas. The latter adopted Augustine  terminology, with added clarification, and then made several formulations of his own that have since become classic in speculative theology. St. Thomas; most extensive treatment of the subject is in De potentia in ten articles, repeated with minor changes in the Summa theologica. The following is a summary of his doctrine, drawn from these two sources:

1. That which is arduous is called a miracle not because of the greatness of the thing produces, but in comparison with the faculty of nature. Consequently every effect is reckoned to be difficult and therefore miraculous no matter how insignificant the effect, if the latter surpasses the powers of nature.

2. A miracle is described as something unusual because it is contrary to the usual course of nature, even were it to be repeated every day.

3. A miracle may surpass the powers of nature in three ways:

(a) Substantially, as when two bodies are together in one place, or the sun is made to turn back, or when the human body is glorified. Such miracles are absolutely above the capacity of nature, and represent the highest degree.

(b) Subjectively, when the miracle consists not in the substance of what is produced but in the subject in which it occurs; for example, the resuscitation of the dead and restoring sight to the blind. Nature can indeed produce life, but not in a corpse; and it can give sight, but not to the blind.

(c) Qualitatively, when a miracle exceeds the mode or manner in which nature produces a given effect. Thus, for example, when a person is suddenly cured of a long-standing disease, without medication and without a period of convalescence which is usual in such cases.

Finally, when a miracle is said to be beyond the expectation of the one who beholds it, the hope in question is the hope of nature and not of grace, as, for instance, our hope in the future resurrection of the body.

Among the various definitions of miracle given by St. Thomas, the two most often quoted in subsequent literature are expansions on the doctrine of St. Augustine.

The first is based on an analysis of the term mirari, the Vulgate equivalent for thaumazein, which is used to describe the effect of wonder produced by the miracles of Christ:

The most hidden cause and the furthest removed from our senses is God, who works most secretly in all things. Wherefore those effects are properly called miracles which are produced by God power alone, on things which have a natural tendency to the opposite effect or to a contrary mode of operation.

The second definition is introduced by the words of the Psalmist: Pra the Lord, Who alone doth great wonder:

A miracle is something which happens beyond the order of nature. However, it is not enough for the essence of a miracle that something occur beyond the order of a particular nature. Otherwise when a man throws a stone he would be performing a miracle, since his action is beyond the natural capacity of the stone. Consequently, when something is called a miracle, it means an occurrence beyond the order of all created nature. No one but God can do this; because whatever an angel or any other creature does by its own power is still within the order of created nature and therefore not a miracle.

Immediately the question arises: How is St. Thomas to be understood when he says that only God can work a miracle? Does he exclude the possibility of miracles wrought by preternatural powers? As will be seen presently, a correct understanding of this point is essential for properly evaluating the Scholastic concept of miracle. St. Thomas treats the problem under the heading, The Power of the Angels over Bodily Creatures. The objection was raised that not only God but also the angels, certainly the demons, can work miracles, as evidenced from the pages of Scripture where false prophets and wizards are said to have worked wonders. He answers:

Miracles strictly so called are those which occur beyond the order of all created nature. However, since we do not know all the forces of created nature, when something happens beyond the order of created nature known to us, through created forces unknown to us, the occurrence is a miracle for us. Consequently when the demons do something by their natural power, these are called miracles not in the strict sense, but miracles relative to us.

In other words, St. Thomas recognizes only one type of miracle in the strict sense of the term: where the effect simply transcends the forces of all created nature, human and angelic. Extraordinary events which appear wonderful to us because the effect transcends the powers of man, are only relative miracles, i.e., relative to our ignorance of supramundane, preternatural powers, like those of the angels and demons.



Pope Pius XII

There is no surer means of calling down God’s blessings upon the  family . . . than the daily recitation of the Rosary.

 I The Rosary Defeats Muslim Forces in The Battle of Lepanto ~ 1571

II Saint Dominic and the Albigensian 

III The Rosary Converts Pompeii from Satanic Influence, Late 1800’s      IV  Fatima Miracle of the Sun 1917

V A Vision of Roses 

VI The Rosary Protects Jesuit Priests from The Atom Bomb at Hiroshima ~ 1945

VII Rosary Saves King from Eternal Fire

VIII Father Patrick Peyton, The Rosary Priest 

IX The Rosary Frees Austria from Communist Rule in 1955

X The Rosary stops a serial killer 1978

I The Rosary Defeats Muslim Forces in The Battle of Lepanto ~ 1571

The chapel of Christ of Lepanto in The Cathedral of San Eulalia in Barcelona, Spain.

The crucifix from the ship of Don Juan of Austria in The Battle of Lepanto. The oncoming Moslem Turks shot a cannon at it and the Corpus miraculously swerved to the right, avoiding the shot, and stayed that way ever since. This treasure is venerated at The Cathedral of San Eulalia in Barcelona, Spain.

The Battle of Lepanto, October 7, 1571 ~ At the end of the Crusades, Catholic naval forces, in a battle with Muslim forces, were at a decided disadvantage in numbers and resources. Knowing the odds for victory were poor, St. Pope Pius V requested all of Europe to pray the Rosary. While performing his duties in the Vatican miles away from battle, the good Pope is said to have suddenly stood up at the moment of victory, gone over to a window and exclaimed, “The Christian fleet is victorious!” while shedding tears of gratitude to God. Through the power of the rosary, the Catholic forces soundly defeated the Muslim Turks. In another point of interest, Admiral Andrea Doria commanding the Catholic forces carried a small image of Our Lady of Guadalupe into battle. This image is now venerated in the Church of San Stefano in Aveto, Italy.


II Saint Dominic and the Albigensian

In France in the 1100s and 1200s, the minds of Catholics were corrupted by heretics. The heretics, known as Albigensian, convinced many Catholics to kill themselves, so that they could be free from their bodies, which the Albigensian said were evil. Around 1214, Blessed Mother gave the Rosary to St. Dominic to defeat them and to stop the horrific lies they were spreading. Not only did he defeat them, he faithfully encouraged people to pray the Rosary to honor Jesus and Blessed Mother.

In The Secret of the Rosary, St. Louis DE Montfort wrote about St. Dominic devotion. As a reward he received countless graces from her; exercising her great power as Queen of Heaven she crowned his labors with many miracles and prodigies, he wrote. Almighty God always granted him what he asked through Our Lady. The greatest honor of all was that she helped him crush the Albigensian heresy and made him the founder of a great religious order.


III The Rosary Converts Pompeii from Satanic Influence, Late 1800’s

Bartolo Longo was born in 1841 to a devout Catholic family. When Bartolo grew up he decided to study law. Naples at that time was undergoing a tremendous spiritual crisis. Paganism and Satanism of all sorts were abounding. Bartolo was not immune to these influences and became a satanic priest, much to the chagrin of his family who tried their hardest to get him to convert.

As Satanism began to torment his mind, his family convinced him to make a good confession. Alberto Radente, a saintly Dominican priest, lead him back to the catholic faith and encouraged his devotion to the rosary. Bartolo had a miraculous conversion and In 1870, he became a third order Dominican and chose to live a life in penance for all the terrible sins he had committed against the church.

One day, he nearly succumbed to the sin of despair, feeling that God could never forgive the tremendous sins he had committed against the church. At that moment he received divine inspiration and remembered The Blessed Virgin promise that she would help in all their necessities those who propagate her rosary. He set out to restore the dilapidated chapel at Pompeii and promote the Rosary to whoever would listen.

Pamphlets about the rosary were distributed to help the people learn to pray this powerful devotion. He tried to find an image of Our Lady of the Rosary worthy of hanging in the chapel, but was only offered a worm-eaten painting with an image that he felt was coarse and not worthy of veneration, however he accepted it from the convent in which it was stored.

As Bartolo continued his work of propagating the rosary, the chapel membership grew tremendously and many miracles began to be associated with Our Lady of Pompeii. Cures and spiritual conversions occurred due to the devotions through this new shrine. The people pledged their support to have a large church built that would properly honor Our Lady of the Rosary. Pray the Rosary to receive Our Mother’s heavenly aid in saving souls.

IV Fatima Miracle of the Sun

In 1917, Blessed Mother appeared to three shepherd children    Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia in the Cova da Iria in Fatima, Portugal, following visits from an angel who appeared after the children said the Rosary. Between May 13 and October 13 of

that year, Blessed Mother appeared to the children six times. Not only did she ask them to pray the Rosary every day to bring peace to the world and to end World War I, she identified herself as Our Lady of the Rosary, and she held a radiant Rosary in her hands.

On October 13, 1917  because Blessed Mother had promised Lucia that she would perform a miracle so great that nobody could doubt the apparitions  around 70,000 people had gathered to witness what is now known as the Miracle of the Sun. The crowd watched as the sun burst through the clouds  looking like a silver sphere that spun or danced in the sky. Its rays illuminated areas in brilliant colors. Then, it seemed to hurl itself toward the crowd, completely drying all the mud and rain-soaked clothing, before zipping back up into the sky. Some people were cured of diseases. Many others converted.


V A Vision of Roses

In The Secret of the Rosary, St. Louis De Montfort also wrote about a young friar whom he had learned about through the chronicles of Saint Francis. The friar prayed the Rosary every day before dinner. One day, he hadn’t yet prayed it when the bell rang for dinner, so he received permission from the monastery Superior to go to his cell to pray it before eating.

After he had been gone a long time the Superior sent another Friar to fetch him, and he found him in his room bathed in a heavenly light facing Our Lady who had two angels with her, wrote St. Louis De Montfort. Beautiful roses kept issuing from his mouth at each Hail Mary; the angels took them one by one, placing them on Our Lady’s head, and she smilingly accepted them. Finally two other friars who had been sent to find out what happened to the first two saw the same lovely scene, and Our Lady did not go away until the whole Rosary had been said.

In the same book, St. Louis De Montfort also explained the meaning behind that miracle. The word Rosary means Crown of Roses, that is to say that every time people say the Rosary devoutly they place a crown of one hundred and fifty-three red roses and sixteen white roses upon the heads of Jesus and Mary, the saint wrote. Being heavenly flowers these roses will never fade or lose their exquisite beauty.


VI The Rosary Protects Jesuit Priests from The Atom Bomb at Hiroshima ~ 1945

On August 6, 1945 during World War II, an atomic bomb was dropped on the town of Hiroshima, Japan. 140,000 people were killed or injured. There was a home eight blocks (about 1 kilometer) from where the ABomb went off . This home had a church attached to it which was completely destroyed, but the home survived, and so did the eight German Jesuit missionaries who prayed the rosary in that house faithfully every day. These men were missionaries to the Japanese people, they were non-military, but because Germany and Japan were allies during WWII they were permitted to live and minister within Japan during the war.

Not only did they all survive with (at most) relatively minor injuries, but they all lived well past that awful day with no radiation sickness, no loss of hearing, or any other visible long term defects or maladies. Naturally, they were interviewed and examined numerous times (Fr. Schiffer, a survivor, said over 200 times) by scientists and health care people about their remarkable experience and they say “we believe that we survived because we were living the message of Fatima. We live and prayed the Rosary daily in the home.


VII Rosary Saves King from Eternal Fire

From The Secret of the Rosary by St. Louis de Montfort

Our Lady blesses not only those who preach her Rosary, but she highly rewards all those who get others to say it by their example. Alphonsus, King of Leon and Galicia, very much wanted all his servants to honor the Blessed Virgin by saying the Rosary. So he used to hang a large rosary on his belt and always wore it, but unfortunately never said it himself. Nevertheless his wearing it encouraged his courtiers to say the Rosary very devoutly. One day the King fell seriously ill and when he was given up for dead he found himself, in a vision, before the judgment seat of Our Lord. Many devils were there accusing him of all the sins he had committed and Our Lord as Sovereign Judge was just about to condemn him to hell when Our Lady appeared to intercede for him. She called for a pair of scales and had his sins placed in one of the balances whereas she put the rosary that he had always worn on the other scale, together with all the Rosaries that had been said because of his example. It was found that the Rosaries weighed more than his sins.

Looking at him with great kindness Our Lady said:

As a reward for this little honor that you paid me in wearing my Rosary, I have obtained a great grace for you from my Son. Your life will be spared for a few more years. See that you spend these years wisely, and do penance.

When the King regained consciousness he cried out: “Blessed be the Rosary of the Most Holy Virgin Mary, by which I have been delivered from eternal damnation!”

After he had recovered his health he spent the rest of his life in spreading devotion to the Holy Rosary and said it faithfully every day.

People who love the Blessed Virgin out to follow the example of King Alphonsus and that of the saints whom I have mentioned so that they too may win other souls for the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary. They will then receive great graces on earth and eternal life later on. “They that explain me shall have life everlasting life.”

(Ecclesiasticus 24:31)


VIII Father Patrick Peyton, The Rosary Priest

Fr. Patrick Peyton was born on January 9, 1909 in County Mayo, Ireland. He was the sixth among a family of nine children. At age 19 he and his brother, Tom, emigrated to the United States. He wanted to become a priest but his family in Ireland could not financially afford the required education.

He moved in with his sister Nellie and obtained a job working as a janitor at St. Stanislaus Cathedral in Pennsylvania. With help from Monsignor Paul Kelley, Patrick was able to pursue his schooling to become a priest. He entered the seminary at the Congregation of Holy Cross in Notre Dame, Indiana in 1932.

In October, 1938, he started coughing blood and doctors discovered he had advanced stages of Tuberculosis, which was incurable in those days. His sister Nellie encouraged him to ask our Holy Mother for help. Patrick consecrated himself completely to Mary and devoted himself to praying the Rosary. The doctors discovered that the patches on his lungs had disappeared with no scientific explanation. With this miraculous cure through the rosary of our Holy Mother, Father Peyton vowed to Mary that he would promote the rosary all his life.

On June 15, 1941, Father Patrick Peyton was ordained a priest.

Father Peyton was one of the first evangelizers to use the electronic media to spread the word of God, in particular, that families pray the rosary together. Father Peyton coined the phrase, “The family that prays together, stays together.”

Father Patrick Peyton died peacefully on June 3, 1992 holding a rosary in his hands. The cause for his sainthood began on June 1, 2001. Please visit the website dedicated to Father Patrick Peyton’s cause for sainthood and submit your prayer petitions and testimonials of miracles through the intercession of Father Patrick Peyton.


IX The Rosary Frees Austria from Communist Rule in 1955

For three years, Catholic Austria went under the tyrannical rule of communist Russia after World War II. A Franciscan priest named Father Petrus remembered the story of how Christians in the sixteenth century had defeated the Turks at the Battle of Lepanto through the rosary, despite being greatly outnumbered. Father Petrus launched a rosary crusade and 70,000 people pledged to say the rosary daily for the intention of Austria becoming free from Russian rule.

Although Austria was valuable to the Soviets because of its strategic location and rich resources, on May 13, 1955, the anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady at Fatima, the atheistic Russian regime, in a completely unprecedented move, signed the agreement to leave Austria. Not one person was killed, and not even one shot was fired. Today, historians and Military strategists still cannot explain how or why the Russians pulled out of Austria.

Those devoted to the rosary of Our Holy Mother know exactly the reason. Pray the rosary for world peace !


X The Rosary stops a serial killer 1978

DID You Know ?

Several acquaintances of Ted Bundy reported him as a suspect n a string of murders in Oregon and Washington but police did not believe a “clean cut law student with no adult criminal record could be the perpetrator.

He killed 35 people.

At 3: 00 am on January 15 Bundy entered the Chi Omega sorority house at Florida State University and murdered two girls before heading off to search for more victims. When he entered a third girl’s room with a bat for a weapon, he saw a rosary clutched in her hand, dropped the bat and fled.

Later the girl told authorities that before she left for college she had promised her grandmother that she would pray the rosary every night for protection, even if she fell asleep in the process. This is what she had done that night, and she was still holding the rosary when the murderer entered her room. Bundy later confessed to over thirty murders.

Father Joseph M. Esper says in his book With Mary to Jesus, “Ironically, when Ted Bundy was on death row, awaiting execution for his crimes, he asked Monsignor Kerr to serve as a spiritual counselor, and the priest took the opportunity to ask about that terrible night. Bundy explained that when he entered the girl’s room, he had fully intended on murdering her; some mysterious power was preventing him.”

Father Esper adds, “And not only does it (the rosary) aid our own spiritual growth — it also undermines the kingdom of Satan. The famous Vatican exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth testified, ‘One day a colleague of mine heard the devil say during an exorcism, “Every Hail Mary is like a blow on my head. If Christians knew how powerful the Rosary was, it would be my end.”‘

Pray the Rosary daily for protection and to defeat the forces of Satan!



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