The Nun and the Rosary 


The daughter of a certain prince had entered a monastery, where the discipline was so relaxed, that, although she was a young person of good dispositions, she advanced but little in virtue. By the advice of a good confessor, she began to say the Rosary with the mysteries, and became so changed that she was an example to all. The other religious, taking offence at her
for withdrawing from them, attacked her on all sides, to induce her to abandon her newly-begun way of life. One day while she was repeating
the Rosary, and praying Mary to assist her in that persecution, she saw a letter fall from above.
On the outside were written these words: “Mary, mother of God, to her daughter Jane, greeting;” and within : “My dear child, continue to say my Rosary ; withdraw from conversation with those who do not help you to live well ; beware of idle- ness and vanity ; take from your cell two super- fluous things, and I will be your protectress with God.” The abbot of that monastery soon after visited it, and attempted to reform it, but he did not succeed ; and one day he saw a great number of demons entering the cells of all the nuns except that of Jane, for the heavenly mother, before whose image he saw her praying, banished them from that. When he heard from her of the devotion of the Rosary which she practiced, and the letter she had received, he ordered all the others to
repeat it, and it is related that this monastery became a paradise.

Excerpt from “The Glories of Mary”

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