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Sunday, July 11, 2010

A Good Reason to Give the Rosary to the Poor and Suffering

By Caryll Houselander

Do you find help from the rosary? I find just holding on to it, even, helps. Of course, some would say that is mere superstition, but it isn't if it symbolizes holding on to God, as it does for me. I have been visiting a girl once a week for a doctor; the girl was a baffling nerve case. She used to have about three attacks a day resembling acute attacks of Saint Vitus' dance, and followed by palpitations of so violent a nature that the doctors marveled that her heart could stand up to it. . . She had been previously two years in hospital and had seen every specialist, but no one could diagnose her case and she just went on getting worse. She had no religion, and her only reaction to God - a very vague idea to her - was fear and aversion.

I gave her a rosary and told her to try to say something with it in her hand - her own prayer - or say nothing, but mean to hold on to God. From the hour she took the rosary into her hand she has been better and is now almost cured... Her mind has flowered too, literally changed from a narrow self-obsessed mind to a big, objective, clever, and loving one.

Caryll Houselander (+ 1954) was a British mystic, poet, and spiritual teacher.
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