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A Prayer of Miracles

A Prayer of Miracles
By FR. BEL R. SAN LUIS, SVD

Once a widow confided to a priest that she did not only pray the Rosary but applied it in her life. She said: “When I got married – it was joyful mysteries; when my husband’s bad habits surfaced – sorrowful mysteries; when my husband died – glorious mysteries; when I preferred to be single enlightened by my experience – luminous mysteries.”
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October is the month of the Holy Rosary and October 7 is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary in the Catholic Church. The feast recalls the decisive victory of Christian Europe over the invading Moslems in the naval battle of Lepanto, Spain, now known as “La Naval.”
The victory which had saved Christian Europe was attributed to the Blessed Mother’s miraculous intervention invoked through the recitation of the Rosary.
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Catholic tradition attests to the powerful intercession of Mary in our modern times. To cite examples: the miraculous healings of terminal ailments in Lourdes, France, since 1858 which baffles medical experts, Mary’s predictions of world peace in Fatima (1917) before World War II.
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A personal experience of mine may likewise illustrate Mary’s protection and intervention. As a kid

in grade school in Laoag, Ilocos Norte, I almost lost my life. Two of my classmates and I didn’t go to school. Instead we went swimming at a nearby irrigation canal.
Blissful in ignorance, we jumped into the water not knowing how swift the current was. Our feet were immediately swept off by the swirling stream. Excitement turned into panic. Like puppies, we kicked and flailed our hands desperately.
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My two companions managed to reach the bank but being the smallest, I just could not overcome the strong current. Seeing me helpless, my classmates fled in fear. Just when I was about to pass out, an old man appeared from nowhere. He looked around, got a bamboo pole and extended it to me.
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I grabbed the pole and the man pulled me out of danger. Exhausted and coughing out water, I forgot all about the man. He looked like a farmer and was unusually reticent. Shortly afterwards, he just vanished.


Who was that mysterious man? Was he an angel sent by God? Anyway, aside from using my experience as a warning to truant pupils, I considered the dramatic rescue a miracle.
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Looking back, I attribute the saving grace to the Lady of the Rosary and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel for whom I had special devotion and had been regular Mass sacristan. No doubt, there are other similar stories of Mary’s intervention in critical situations attested by Marian devotees.
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The Rosary is a meditative form of prayer where we contemplate on the extraordinary events that brought about our salvation by Christ with Mary as co-redemptrix.

In these times of economic crisis, calamities, and uncertainties, we need a greater power as firm anchor. Devotion to Mama Mary through Rosary praying serves that purpose.


“The family that prays together stays together.” Remember that slogan? It still works.
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THE LIGHTER SIDE. He who dies with the most toys is nonetheless dead.
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PRIEST: What’s the name of the baby?
PETE: Surf.
PRIEST: That can’t be. That’s the name of a soap.
PETE: But Father, my wife is Perla and my son is Ariel.
PRIEST: In that case, what do you want me to use to baptize him? Downy o Zonrox?
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