The Secret of the Rosary Author:St. Louis de Montfort In "The Secret of the Rosary" the author, Saint Louis De Montfort, sets out to persuade his readers why the rosary is the supreme prayer, and what benefits those who recite the rosary can receive. It might seem that this small treatise on prayer would be outdated, since it was written over two centuries ago; however, the applications and directi... more »ons that De Montfort explains are applicable to today's faithful and faithless.
De Montfort begins his treatise by addressing various readers, giving them 'gifts', as he calls them, concerning the rosary and the message he is about to present. The first part of this book reads as a sermon from the saint. He gives a history of how the rosary came about, how it was first prayed, and the results that various saints achieved from doing so. He tells of miracles and wonders that accompanied those who faithfully said their rosary. De Montfort also explains about the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary - how members can choose how often they wish to say the rosary. His point is that the rosary is a prayer that should be concentrated upon; that one well-said rosary is worth more than one hundred hastily said rosaries.
The second part of "The Secret of the Rosary" is dedicated to the instruction on how to say the entire rosary. De Montfort gives several ways, as well as explanations on what poses we should be in and what our mindset should be when offering this devotion up to heaven. De Montfort's work is a quick read, especially informative for non-Catholics, and one that not only offers instruction, but also appreciation for the Holy Rosary and the role it can play in the life of one who says it faithfully.« less