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The Catholic Defender: The 15 Promises Our Lady gave for the Rosary. The Seventh Promise

7. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die without the sacraments of the Church.

"The Christian meaning of death is revealed in the light of the Paschal Mystery of the Death and Resurrection of Christ in whom resides our only hope. The Christian who dies in Christ Jesus is 'away from the body and at home with the Lord' (2 Cor 5:8)."

- Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1681

Jesus said, "Do not be afraid of anything that you are going to suffer. Indeed, the devil will throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will face an ordeal for ten days. Remain faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life." (Revelation 2:10). The Virgin Mary is making the promise that devotion to the Rosary, meditating on the life of Our Lord and His Mother, carries great weight in the eyes of the Lord. Jesus states that we must persevere not being afraid of suffering. The devil will try to throw spit balls at you testing to see if you will be faithful.

Despite all that the Devil does, he cannot defeat the soul who is dedicated to the Lord. Consider 1 Timothy 1:12-17:

"I am grateful to him who has strengthened me, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he considered me trustworthy in appointing me to the ministry. I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and an arrogant man, but I have been mercifully treated because I acted out of ignorance in my unbelief. Indeed, the grace of our Lord has been abundant, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Of these I am the foremost. But for that reason I was mercifully treated, so that in me, as the foremost, Christ Jesus might display all his patience as an example for those who would come to believe in him for everlasting life. To the king of ages, incorruptible, invisible, the only God, honor and glory forever and ever. Amen."

Through God's grace, the Sacraments help us through life, God's grace through the Sacraments help us on the journey from this life. Consider John Wayne whose family gathered around him praying the Rosary for him when he was on his death bed. John Wayne had became good friends with Archbishop Tomas Clavel of the Archdiocese Los Angeles. Because of this friendship, John Wayne began expressing his desire to become a Catholic.

1n 1979, John Wayne with his family surrounding him as he laid dying of cancer, after coming out of a coma he requested to be Baptized Catholic. He was administered the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick before he died. Like St Dismiss, John Wayne stole Heaven. Praying the Rosary is also a powerful prayer of intercession.

John Wayne’s wife, Josephine, she received the answer to her prayers with the conversion of her husband. She would never remarry until after his death recognizing her marriage to John Wayne was still valid in the Catholic Church. All four of their children were raised in the Catholic faith, and his grandson is even a priest!

Jesus made this promise related to the Holy Eucharist: "Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me."

Paul wrote along similar lines... "For I am already being poured out like a libation, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith. From now on the crown of righteousness awaits me, which the Lord, the just judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me, but to all who have longed for his appearance." (2 Timothy 4:6-8).

St. Padre Pio called the Rosary "The Weapon" because of it's power over the fires of hell. The 7th Promise for praying the Rosary faithfully you would not die without receiving God's grace through the Sacraments. How great is the love of God for the human race that He gives us the Queen of Heaven as our Mother.


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