Don Perez

October is the Month of the Rosary

I’ll finish the month of the rosary with two more stories from The Secret of the Rosary.

Saint Dominic had a cousin named Don Perez or Pedro who was living a sinful life.  When Don Perez heard that his cousin was preaching on the wonders of the Rosary and that some people had been converted and amended their lives by means of the Rosary, he said:

“I had lost all hope of being saved, but now I am beginning to be encouraged again.  I must hear this man of God.”

So he went to hear Saint Dominic preach.  When the Saint caught sight of him, he preached against sin more zealously than ever before.  From the bottom of his heart, he begged God to open his cousin’s eyes and let him see the miserable state of his soul.

Don Perez was at first somewhat alarmed, but not enough to resolve to change his ways.  However, he came again to hear Saint Dominic preach, and the Saint realized that a heart as hard as his cousin’s could only be moved by something out of the ordinary.  He cried out:  “O Lord Jesus, grant that all who are gathered here may actually see the state of the man who had just come into your house.”

Then everyone suddenly saw that Don Perez was completely encircled by a horde of devils in the form of hideous beasts who were holding him bound by iron chains.  People began to flee hither and yon in mortal terror, and Don Perez himself was even more horrified than they when he saw everyone running from him.

Saint Dominic brought them all to a halt and said to his cousin:  “Unhappy man that you are, acknowledge the miserable state that you are in and prostrate yourself at the Blessed Virgin’s feet.  Take this Rosary, say it with devotion and with true sorrow for all your sins, and resolve to amend your life.”

So Don Perez knelt down and said the Rosary.  He then felt the need to make his confession and did so with profound contrition.  Saint Dominic ordered him to say the Rosary every day.  Don Perez not only promised to do so but also entered his name on the Rosary Confraternity list in his own hand.

When he left the church his face, which had a bit earlier horrified everyone, now had a glow like that of an angel.  Thereafter, he persevered in devotion to the Holy Rosary, led a good life, and died a happy death.

–Thirty-second Rose, The Secret of the Rosary  by Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort

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