The Wisdom of the Saints about the prayers of the Holy Rosary

“O name of Mary! Joy in the heart, honey in the mouth, melody to the ear of her devout clients!” St. Anthony of Padua (12th-13th centuries, Doctor of the Church)

“Never has it been known, dearest Lady and Mother, that anyone who fled to your protection was left unaided.” Bl. Nuno Alvares Pereira (14th-15th centuries)

“I declare that our Blessed Founder (St. Francis de Sales) also told me that while he was still a student he made a vow to say the Rosary every day of his life in honor of God and of the Blessed Virgin to obtain deliverance from a grievous temptation which molested him and from which he was delivered. He always carried it in his belt as a sign that he was the servant of Our Lady, he persevered until death in saying it and always said it with great devotion, spending an hour in so doing, for he meditated while saying it.” St. Jane Frances de Chantal (16th-17th centuries)

‎”The faults of children are not always imputed to the parents, especially when they have instructed them and given good example. Our Lord, in His wondrous Providence, allows children to break the hearts of devout fathers and mothers. Thus the decisions your children have made don’t make you a failure as a parent in God’s eyes. You are entitled to feel sorrow, but not necessarily guilt. Do not cease praying for your children; God’s grace can touch a hardened heart. Commend your children to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. When parents pray the Rosary, at the end of each decade they should hold the Rosary aloft and say to her,’With these beads bind my children to your Immaculate Heart’, she will attend to their souls.” St. Louise de Marillac (16th-17th centuries)

“In the evening before you go to sleep, hold your beads, doze off reciting them. Do like those babies who go to sleep mumbling, ‘Mama, Mama’!” St. Bernadette Soubirous (19th century)

“The Rosary is a long chain that links heaven and earth. One end of it is in our hands and the other end is in the hands of the Holy Virgin…The Rosary prayer rises like incense to the feet of the Almighty. Mary responds at once like a beneficial dew, bringing new life to human hearts.” St. Therese of Lisieux (19th century, Doctor of the Church)

“The rosary, like the crucifix, is always to be found in the Catholic household.” Bl. Ildefonso Schuster (19th-20th centuries)

“If you want peace in your heart, in your home, in your country, assemble together every night and say the Rosary.” Pope St. Pius X (19th-20th centuries)

“Airplanes must have runways before they can fly. What the runway is to the airplane, the rosary beads are to the prayer – the physical start to gain spiritual altitude.” Ven. Fulton Sheen (19th-20th centuries)

“The Rosary is a great test of faith. What the Eucharist is in the order of sacraments, that the Rosary is in the order of sacramentals – the mystery and the test of faith, the touchstone by which the soul is judged in its humility. The mark of the Christian is the willingness to look for the Divine in the flesh of a babe in a crib, the continuing Christ under the appearance of bread on an altar, and a meditation and a prayer on a string of beads. The more one descends to humility, the deeper becomes the faith. The Blessed Mother thanked her Divine Son because He had looked on her lowliness. The world starts with what is big; the spirit begins with the little, aye, with the trivial! The faith of the simple can surpass that of the learned, because the intellectual often ignores those humble means to devotion, such as medals, pilgrimages, statues, and Rosaries. As the rich, in their snobbery, sneer at the poor, so the intelligentsia, in their sophistication, jeer at the lowly. One of the last acts of Our Lord was to wash the feet of His Disciples, after which He told them that out of such humiliation true greatness is born.” Ven. Fulton Sheen

“There is seemingly much repetition in the Rosary; but actually this is no more wearying or monotonous than a man’s telling a woman ‘I love you’ for the 20th time. Since there is a new moment in time to be redeemed by love, his words may be the same, but the meaning of each avowal is slightly different. So, in the Rosary, we say over and over to God, ‘I love You. I love You. And I love You.” Ven. Fulton Sheen (19th-20th centuries)