The Secret of the Rosary
Publisher: TAN Books
Publication Date: 1993-08-01
This is quite simply the greatest book on the Rosary written by the greatest Marian saint, St. Louis de Montfort. It is as comprehensive as a book can get on the Rosary, covering every aspect you could imagine:
- Its marvelous effects.
- Proper dispositions.
- Indulgences gained.
- How to say it well.
- The benefits of being a member in the Confraternity of the Rosary.
- Stories of saints and miracles involving the Rosary
St. Louis says that even the most hardened sinners can free themselves of sinful habits, if they say the Rosary daily. This book will incite an absolute fervor in you to grow your prayer life, to say the Rosary more, and to say it better, which is why over 5 million copies of the book have been sold. There can be no greater feat in this life than to become a saint, and the way to do that is to have a strong devotion to Our Lady and her Rosary. If you want a book on the Rosary, it is essential that you start right here with this classic!
Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort (31 January 1673 - 28 April 1716) was a French Roman Catholic priest and Confessor. He was known in his time as a preacher and was made a missionary apostolic by Pope Clement XI. As well as preaching, Montfort found time to write a number of books which went on to become classic Catholic titles and influenced several popes. Montfort is known for his particular devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and the practice of praying the Rosary. Montfort is considered as one of the early writers in the field of Mariology. His most notable works regarding Marian devotions are contained in The Secret of Mary and the True Devotion to Mary. The Roman Catholic Church, under the pontificate of Pope Pius XII canonized Montfort on July 20, 1947.
Arrived as expected. Excellent book a treasure.
Reading this book requires patience and humility. Approach it with both, and the writing of St. Louis will deliver you into a state of wonder and abandonment to the generosity of our Lord.
This book has deepened my devotion to the Rosary and inspired me to pray it more frequently and reverently. Awesome cover art as well.
For beginners - like me - in the work of developing intimacy with the Divine, I consider this book secondary in importance only to St. Francis de Sales's Introduction to the Devout Life. However, I recommend reading this book first.
If, like me, you are worried about consuming modern Modernist theology, you don't have to worry about that with de Montfort.
If Marian devotion is not yet a vital part of your devotional life, I recommend reading his True Devotion to Mary before The Secret of the Rosary.
A wonderful review. My comment regards the latest book revised to include the Luminous Mysteries, which negates Mary's 3 Mysteries which total 153 Hail Mary's, which was based on The Psalms equivalent for the commoner, and the 3 mysteries were the books in the Psalms. I once ordered, and received the Vatican Updated version, so make sure the ISBN number is 978-0-89555-056-9. Take care. Great work.
This book totally made me fervent about saying the rosary and especially in public with others. The book is very easy to read, and St. Louis's words will have a huge impact on you. This book is an absolute must-buy for anyone who is serious about developing their spiritual life and their prayer life.
EDIT: I have read this book a second time, and was able to absorb so much more. The stories of the saints are great. St. Louis says that saying a rosary a day is a huge safeguard from ever committing a mortal sin again. I hope that's true! I've learned in my life that the best way to persevere in the faith is to pray, and the more you pray, the more your faith grows and perseveres. In that regard, this book is definitely top 5 most important spiritual books I've ever read.
I actually signed up for the Confraternity of the Rosary now at St. Louis's insistence. When I first read this, I didn't exactly understand what the Confraternity was, and I dismissed it. But now after some investigation, I see that this is a huge opportunity for everyone. There's so many benefits, and you have access to prayers from everyone else in the Confraternity. I encourage anyone reading this review to enroll in the Confraternity if you are at least saying 3 rosaries a week.
A wonderful book to help one pray the Rosary with greater devotion and thereby become closer to Our Lord and Our Lady. St. Louis De Monfort provides many examples of how lives were changed for the better through faithful recitation of the Rosary.
I haven't read anything else by Monfort as of this review, but I had heard prior to picking up this book that the author is a very enthusiastic proponent of Marian devotion. I was pleased to see that Montfort's enthusiasm is rich with practical advice on how to say the Rosary. Not only does he assuage your doubts, he also challenges you to strive to say the Rosary better and seems to answer any excuse you might be able to offer for negligence in this devotion. You will want to say the Rosary better after reading this.
Written by one of the greatest Marian saints of all time, this book is an invaluable resource if you want to increase your devotion to the Rosary. It was recommended to me multiple times by a number of different priests. It contains exhortations as to why we should pray the rosary, how we should increase our devotion during the rosary, and even some methods of prayer (particular virtues to ask for and some additional intercessory prayers) that have enriched my time with this ancient devotion.
Learn to pray the rosary from a "master" of the rosary. Enjoyed some exegesis on basic prayers. I wish this book were preached more often on Marian feast days.