September 2, 2010Dear Family of Mary!"Dear children!
"The fruit of getting the children in touch with the Blessed Mother is already proving incredible. Father F. brought into my classroom about 70 rosaries, and in less than one day they were all gone! I hadn't even offered them to students. They saw them and started taking them. As I walked into one class, I saw the students had taken them, and I collected them back because I had them promised to other students. But after repeated pleas from them that they really did want them and were not just taking them because others had done so, I let them have them. "One girl from that class shared with me on the way out after the period with tears in her eyes that the night before she had tried to pray but found it too difficult. She said that she told the Lord that she didn't believe that He was real. 'The things that Mr. Nolan says can't be true. You can't exist. But if you do exist, then give me a sign. If you exist, I need help to pray. Give me a rosary.' She remembered that as she gazed down at the Rosary in her hand. She got up in front of the whole class the next time we met and witnessed to her miracle. "On Friday, several students told me they had, the night before, said the Rosary for the first time in their life. Another student's mother who tried to commit suicide is now saying the Rosary at night with her daughter. A girl who was missing from class for several days came back to school today. She had run away from home. Just by looking at her you could tell the poor little girl is suffering. As she left the room after class, I told her things were going to be fine and asked if she was still saying the Rosary. She said it was the one thing she made sure to take with her when she ran away. She had said it every day and now, she told me, she felt that things were going to work out at home. Her parents had agreed to get counseling along with her. "Several sophomore girls went to confession last week for the first time in a year, and they told me it was a direct result of starting to say the Rosary. Last week, as a result of the Rosary, another girl broke off a potentially catastrophic relationship with a man more than twice her age, a teacher in the school, and went to confession. She told me specifically that it was the rosary that lead her to break off the relationship with the man. Often in classes juniors and seniors are coming in from their study halls or lunch periods in order to pray the Rosary with us. I make sure they have passes. But I know I'm still sticking my neck out for them when I let them come in. But what am I to do? Turn them away? A girl last week came in and sat down. She said she just had to pray. As she left later, she handed me a note that explained that a good friend of hers was going to commit suicide and she had told the dean and now her friend was mad at her and she was confused and burdened.
"A senior who gets a pass every day from his study hall in room 110 and comes into my study hall in room 115 (where the students also insist on praying at the beginning of the period, and it really is because of their insistence), turned away from drugs last semester as a result of getting into a relationship with the Blessed Mother. (It is quite a dramatic story. I wish I had time to tell you.) A junior who I have in study hall (he's a Protestant) plays in a rock band. He told me yesterday that he stopped doing drugs over the summer as a result of praying the Rosary every day. Now, this is what has me so excited.
"Another student shared that, several weeks earlier, her father had come into her bedroom and informed her that he and her mother were getting a divorce. She, a senior, decided, along with her brother, a sophomore, to go into the basement each night and pray the Rosary. She told me that one week later her father had again come into her bedroom to inform her that the divorce was off. The next week, she told me, he had gone to Mass with the family for the first time in ten years! She said that next week their family life was happier than she could remember it ever having been. All this was a result of her and her brother starting to pray the rosary each night and bringing their whole family under the mantle of Our Lady!" (from Denis)
The Rosary is exploding with power! Our Lady, through the Rosary, is changing the world, one person at a time. Never underestimate the power of the Rosary, especially in the hands of young people! In Jesus and Mary!