Newsletter for Sunday 4 October 2020

2 Oct

The Miracle of the Rosary

Seventy-five years ago on 6th August 1945, when the nuclear bomb was dropped on Hiroshima in Japan, the whole city was destroyed and around 80,000 people were killed instantaneously by the blast. In the midst of this something truly miraculous happened. Eight Jesuits who were living less than a mile away from where the bomb dropped escaped virtually unscathed from the effects of the bomb. Their house remained standing, while all the buildings around were flattened. Fr Hubert Schiffer (1915-1982) one of the survivors, said, he had a few quite minor injuries, but nothing serious, and indeed later examinations by the American army doctors and scientists showed that neither he, nor any of his companions had suffered any ill-effects from the radiation or from the bomb. Fr Schiffer and his fellow Jesuits said, “that we survived because we were living the message of Our Lady of Fatima. We lived and prayed the Rosary daily in that home. Fr Schiffer was told his body would soon begin to deteriorate because of the radiation, but it never happened. Scientists examined the priests more than 200 times over the next 30 years, and no ill effects were ever found.

October is the month specially dedicated to the Holy Rosary and today is Rosary Sunday. We must never forget how much importance Heaven places on the Holy Rosary. Pope Leo XIII (1810-1903) said that “the origin of this prayer is divine and not human”, hence its power. Just as the Rosary and living the message of Fatima saved Fr Schiffer and his fellow Jesuits from physical harm and death, this is a sign that if we say the Rosary devoutly, it will save us from spiritual death, which of course is much worse. Satan is terrified of the Rosary because he has no weapon powerful enough to overcome it.

At Lourdes, Fatima, Beauraing and Banneux Our Lady carried the Rosary on her person. At Fatima she said, “I am the Lady of the Rosary.” At all the approved Marian apparitions, the Rosary always features big because it is the remedy for the ills of our world. When we pray it against the works of Satan, such as the destruction of marriage and the family, abortion, drug addiction, pornography, the occult, scandals and heresies in the Church, it changes things. It will protect you and your family and help you to arrive safely in Heaven. What a great gift God has given us in His Mother and in the Holy Rosary. Make the commitment today to say the daily Rosary, and if you already do so, seek to say it with ever greater devotion.

Fr Paul Gillham, IC

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