The Secret of the Rosary
- By St. Louis de Montfort
The Secret of the Rosary - By St.Louis de Montfort (free .pdf download)
St Louis (1673-1716) was a Catholic priest, whose writings inspired many Popes, including Pope Leo XIII (often known as the Pope of the Rosary), Pope Pius X, Pope Pius XII (often called the most Marian Pope)and Pope John Paul II.
At the age of 12 he entered the Jesuit College of St Thomas Becket in Rennes, France. He gradually became aware of a call to the Priesthood and began his studies in philosopy and theology. He was inspired to preach missions among the very poor, and he also developed a strong devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, which continued and grew throughout his entire life from then on. He was ordained a priest in June 1700.
St Louis, worn out by hard work and illness, began a mission in April 1716, and died during the mission. He was only 43 years old, and had been a priest for only 16 of those years, and yet his writings and his preaching were so widely appreciated that his books have been read over the past two centuries , and continue to be read today.
Pope Leo XIII beatified him in 1888 (the second stage in being ultimately declared a Saint) and Pope Pius XII canonised him a Saint on 27 July 1947.
His "founder's statue" is now placed in the Upper Niche of the South Nave in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican
Among his classic books are "True Devotion to Mary", "God Alone", The Secret of the Rosary", "The Secret of Mary".
"The Secret of The Rosary" has sold almost five and a half million copies.
Of this book, Canon William says "It goes far beyond mere research. We might say that it contains everything that can be said about the Rosary - its content and form, its real worth, about the instruction necessary for its appreciation and use."
De Montfort calls the Rosary "The mystical rose tree of Jesus and Mary in life, death and eternity"
He warns us against both the ignorant and scholars who regard the Rosary as something of little importance. He says "The Rosary is a priceless treasure which is inspired by God."