“... In the year of the Lord 1475, that is, at the time when Carlo Duke of Burgundy was besieging Nuissian, a worthy castle on the Rhine, seeing the citizens of the holy city of Cologne who were falling into great danger,... he took precautions ... invoking his patrons, that is, the Kings (Magi),... a venerable priest very devoted to the glorious Virgin Mary... priest responsible for the convent of the preaching friars (Fr. Giacomo Sprenger)... he promised to create the glorious Virgin the brotherhood and ancient devotion of her rosary... on condition that the glorious Virgin defended and preserved the city from those dangers and others that were yet to come. A wonderful thing... because where great bloodshed was feared, with the help of the glorious Virgin Mary and the Saints, great hope for future peace arrived.” (From the “Quodlibet” by Friar Michel de Lille, Cologne 1476; Pisano vulgar text of the title of the early 1500s, chapter V).

To the venerable memory of Pope John Paul II, tireless messenger of the Holy Rosary, and to the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, who celebrated WYD in Cologne on the 530th anniversary of the institution of his Brotherhood, on the same day on which, on the night of 7 September 1475, the Apostle of the Holy Rosary, Blessed Alano da Rocha, concluded his earthly life in Zwolle. He is the author of this great literary work in Praise of Mary. This is the first Italian translation of the work so that, in a no less distressing global situation, it continues to show the Church the immense help of the Most Holy Rosary. Also so that through you and with the help of the Confraternity, Our Lady of the Rosary intercedes with her Son Jesus, so that the light of Christ and his peace soon reaches every heart!

Rome, May 8, 2006.

The translators of the work Alberta, Annalisa, Gaspare and Rosa, Roberto

 

INTRODUCTION

1. Preface.

In love for Jesus Christ, Our Lord and the Virgin Mary, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, we venture on the fragile boat of our strength to cross an ocean of incalculable dimensions, through immensity and depth. We are not afraid in front of the general public to say that we are simple Latinists from a parish in Rome. We are moved by common devotion and passion for the Most Holy Rosary. After having experienced countless times in person how much celestial power and effectiveness is contained in the Crown of the Glorious Virgin Mary and how valuable it is to belong to her Confraternity, we humbly ask forgiveness from the intelligentsia and theologians if we prove inadequate in deeper passages. than our possibility of translation, especially due to the embarrassment of presenting a not very fluent Italian translation. On the one hand, we tried to respect the original flavor of the work, trying to maintain as much fidelity to the Latin text as possible. On the other hand, some constructions of a very archaic nature were simplified, whilst seeking to respect absolute fidelity to the spirit of the text. Our work still presents itself as a sketch, or better yet, as a rough diamond. With God's help, a revision of the text and the correction of so many inaccuracies are reserved for a successive edition, in order to make a Latin composition of the highest poetic degree Italian and later Portuguese. Even with the awareness of our limits, exercised to the best of our potential, today we are radiant with the joy of giving to the Church the complete works of Blessed Alano da Rocha in the first Italian version 1 . The edition has the text on the front photographed in the last Latin edition, of Imola in 1847, which high peaks of its ascetic and spiritual contents have deeply marked the life and devotion of several Christian generations, due to the immense gift that God, through Mary SS., has given us: the prayer of the Holy Rosary, the Psalter of Jesus and Mary, the gift of grace from Mary SS. to São Domingos, and, two centuries away, to Blessed Alano da Rocha, with easy access to Heaven, and as an instrument of petition for all graces.

1 There is only one Italian version of the “Compendium Psalterii beatissimae Trinitatis ad laudem Domini nostri Iesu Christi et beatissimae Virginis Mariae” (Compendium of the Psalter of the Blessed Trinity or praise of Our Lord Jesus Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary), by Friar Alano da Rocha, published in Pisa in 1500. But the Compendium is just a synthesis of the works of Blessed Alan, which more than a century later, in 1619, which P. Andrea Coppeinstein OP, brought together in Alanus redivivus. We use this text.

May Our Lady be pleased with our sweet and great efforts, in re-presenting the Golden Work of the Psalter of Jesus and Mary, that is, of the Most Holy Rosary. For this reason, we absolutely and perpetually want there to be no profit in the sale of our work, which will then only be the cost price of the work. This choice is not based on philanthropic reasons, but on what is expressly desired by the Holy Virgin in relation to Her Confraternity of the Rosary. This structure is similar to a bank, however, in reality it is a savings bank just for prayers: the member of the Confraternity who prays the Rosary deposits it in the spiritual bank of Maria SS., and it will accumulate in the common heritage of the Rosaries of all the Brothers, for the benefit of all those enrolled, living or dead. But for this “credit institute” to remain purely “Marian”, it must be completely separated from money, because the coins used here are the Our Fathers and the Birds of the Crown of the Rosary, offered to Jesus and Mary.

Pope John Paul II, of venerable memory, ardent apostle of the Most Holy Rosary, in 2003 with the Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae, added to the Holy Rosary, without changing its structure, another five mysteries two . These are derived from the one hundred and fifty “articles” or mysteries, which Blessed Alano had prepared so that each Hail Mary, or Angelic Salutation, effectively corresponded to a mystery of the life of Christ Jesus and Mary. The mysteries, however, are like a clause to be added at the end of each Hail Mary, when it did not yet contain the second part of the prayer (“Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death , amen”), but it ended in “Your Son Jesus”, to which “Christ” was added, and soon after it was linked to the mystery clause 3 . We can appreciate these one hundred and fifty “articles” or mysteries today at the end of the IV section of Blessed Alano’s work. It was precisely in the year 1568 that Saint Pius V introduced the Angelic Salutation or Hail Mary as we have it today in the Breviarium Romanum next to the Our Father or Lord's Prayer, to be recited before each hour of sacred activity: since then, the second part of the Ave Maria became the fixed clause of the Angelic Salute 4 .

2 We bring almost the entire text of the Rosarium Virginis Mariae, in paragraph 19, in the Portuguese and Latin text: “Of the many mysteries of the life of Christ, the Rosary, as well as being consolidated in the most common practice valued by ecclesiastical authority, indicates only a few . This selection was imposed by the original project of this prayer, which was organized around the number one hundred and fifty, corresponding to that of the Psalms. I understand, however, that, to enhance the Christological depth of the Rosary, an integration is opportune that, even leaving it up to the free appreciation of each individual and communities, allows us to also embrace the mysteries of Christ's public life, between Baptism and Passion. .. (Mysteries of light). This integration of new mysteries, without harming any essential aspect of the traditional organization of this prayer, is destined to make it live with renewed interest in Christian spirituality, as a true introduction to the depth of the Heart of Christ, an abyss of joy and light, of pain and of glory.” “Tot vitae Christi mysteriorum quaedam dumtaxat indicat Rosarium, quemadmodum compositum est in latissimo pietatis usu auctoritate ecclesiali comprobato. Electio haec imposita est pristina huius precationis forma, quae secundum numerum centesimum quinquagesimum constituta est Psalmorum videlicet numero responderem.

Nevertheless, in order to increase the Christological substance of the Rosary, we think that some perfection is appropriate which, left to the free judgment of individuals and communities, allows it to also include the mysteries of Christ's public life, including Baptism and Passion... (which are mysteries of light). This completion of the new mysteries, without detracting from any necessary aspect of the traditional formula of this prayer, rather aims to live it with a renewed interest in Christian spirituality as a true initiation into the depth of the heart of Christ, which is an abyss of joy and light, pain and glory.

3 Today, as a widespread fashion, we see a Rosary interspersed with clauses, between the first and second parts of the Ave Maria. This practice, instead of relieving, makes the Rosary heavy and difficult to pray. We understand that the addition of a clause to the clause is superfluous and harmful to the spirit of prayer, which is not only meditative, but also contemplative, of intercession and exaltation. The Rosary has such a divine and Marian beauty that no human improvement is necessary.

4 We advise you to study ROSATI, G. L'ave Maria ei francescani, p. 117-125.

According to G. Rosati, the Ave Maria, just as Saint Pius V codified it in 1568, was already found in the “libreciolecto”, that is, the little book of devotion that accompanied Blessed Anthony of Stroncone from his youth until the moment of his birth. death, between the years 1371 and 1450. This reunion is one of the many historical confirmations that the Hail Mary, in the current version, is very previous to Saint Pius V.

Comments G. Rosati (ibidem, p. 125): “One fact in particular arouses some curiosity: the Ave Maria in Latin,... received by Pius V in the Breviarium Romanum of the year 1568, after so many formulations, consists of 31 words (from Ave to Amen): 15+1+15. It is difficult to think that the central word is the name Jesus. Whoever definitively codified this prayer wanted to express through it also the centrality of Jesus in the Marian devotion of the People of God”.

 

2. Origin and development of the Holy Rosary, from the Revelations of Our Lady to Saint Dominic (1212), until the Bulla Consueverunt of Pope Saint Pius V (17/9/1569).

The Rosary, or Psalter of Jesus and Mary, appears impromptu in history in the year 1212 (although, from the Apostles onwards, there was never a lack of prayers of intercession to Mary SS.), when in Toulouse, in the Haute-Garonne region of France, Our Lady appeared several times to Saint Dominic de Guzmàn (1170-1221). Blessed Alano tells us 5 , that Saint Dominic was prostrate on the ground, incessantly asking and doing penance for her to help him in the face of the heresy of the Albigensians. Our Lady appeared while he was praying carefully to the Blessed Virgin, and, placing upon his head a Crown of fifteen mysteries, she taught him about the potency of her Rosary or Psalter. Our Lady said to Saint Dominic: “Take courage then, take this Psalter and preach it constantly next to me”. 6 This is the first in a long series of Revelations about the Rosary, presented throughout Blessed Alano's book, for this reason we recommend reading the work.

5 See part II, chap. III, p.50 of our work.

6 See part II, chap. III, p.52 of our work.

Since then, this devotion has marked the course of the second millennium of the Church, as we will see in some important historical literary or art documents, between the years 1300 and 1600. We will use for this difficult task, two important texts, the masterful historiographical work of Father Estefano Orlandi OP .7 , and the studies of Father Raimondo Spiazzi 8 .

1) Fr Raimondo Spiazzi OP, a great Dominican historian, who recently passed away, among his many writings, left us a wonderful page about Saint Dominic, which we bring in full: “That Father Saint Dominic was the first to create the devotion of the Rosary is a peaceful opinion, which is confirmed in the Bulls of Leo , ut creditur, afflatum excogitatum” 9 . That's why you can't doubt it. And the ancient tradition of this way of praying was also confirmed – the use of the Our Father and much of the Hail Mary began in the time of the Apostles. It is also true that the specific way of praying the Sunday prayer and the Hail Mary (fifteen Our Fathers and one hundred and fifty Hail Marys) was introduced only by Saint Dominic with the clear intention of making people meditate on the joyful, painful and glorious mysteries. This form of mental and verbal prayer is much more noble and worthy, as it embraces all the main events in the life, death and glory of Jesus Christ as well as the main mysteries of our faith. It is not easy, however, to define in what year the Holy Patriarch began to spread the Rosary and carry out his Campaign.

7 ORLANDI S., book of the Rosary of the Glorious Virgin Mary, International Dominican Rosarian Center, Rome 1965, XVI-240.

8 SPIAZZI P. RAIMONDO, OP, Chronicles and foils of the monastery of San Sisto all'Appia: Collection of historical studies, traditions and archive texts, Rome, ESD, 1994, p. 356-357.

9 “The Rosary of the benign Mother of God was instituted through Blessed Dominic of the Order of Friars Preachers; It is assumed that he is an author inspired by the breath of the Holy Spirit”.

Some historians claim that the Patriarch preached the Rosary and promoted the institution, while in France he fought the Albigensian heretics. In the year 1209, according to Castiglio; in the year 1210, according to others. This is the peaceful opinion, the same as that present in the book of the Most Holy Rosary by Friar André Coppenstein in Germany, where his “De dignitate psalterii BVM” was cited by Blessed Alano da Rocha, renewer of the Rosary. Religious with a holy life worthy of all faith, and it was the same Virgin who appeared to them and encouraged them to reestablish the practice of the Rosary. Alano da Rocha narrates 10 that in the year 1200, São Domingos was captured, with his companion Bernardo, on the coasts of Spain near Santiago de Compostela.

10 See part II, chap. XVII, p. 84-88 of our work.

He had not yet founded the Order and was at the mercy of his captors for three months, during which he was placed at the oar of a boat. Our Lady, showing dissatisfaction with the outrage done to her beloved Domingos, unleashed a terrible storm that shook the boat where her Servant was being mistreated. When the boat was close to sinking, Saint Dominic asked his jailers to do penance and to invoke the names of Jesus and Mary for help. But they didn't care and instead of repairing their sins, they still allowed themselves to blaspheme, physically attacking the servant of God, whom they thought was crazy. Due to their obstinacy and disregard for the Saint's advice, the storm became even more threatening. However, even with the inhumane conduct of the pirates, Saint Dominic's prayers were so effective that they obtained the mercy of the Holy Virgin. The pirates would be saved from sinking and could even recover the cargo thrown overboard, if they promised to pray every day, one hundred and fifty Hail Marys and fifteen Our Fathers. Along with prayer, they would meditate on the fifteen main mysteries of the life and death of our Redeemer, and would establish a new Society of Christ and Mary. Repent of their atrocities, they promised and kept all their promises. These facts were narrated by Blessed Alano, to whom the Virgin revealed the dramatic episode of the storm and the salvation of the pirates. This is how the Rosary was born, and in addition to Blessed Alan, Friar André Coppenstein in his treatise on the Rosary and Friar Giovanni Michele Pio in “Progênie da Order”, while other historians argue that it was Saint Dominic himself who spread the devotion of the Rosary in France when it confronted the Albigensian heretics. But Saint Dominic's warnings for pirates and sailors to pray the Rosary always constitute a limited episode in relation to the preaching he gave in France. Here the new way of preaching became so popular that the spiritual and prodigious fruits were soon seen. It was from that time on that historians began to talk about and spread the practice throughout the Christian world and even among heretics. It should be added that through the devotion of the Holy Rosary, many returned to the bosom of the Church, recognizing mistakes and faults of the past. The success that Saint Dominic obtains everywhere is inexplicable, if one does not take into account the promise made to him by the Virgin herself, when she said "Eam precandi formula omnes doce” 11 . The victories against the Albigensians were due, in part, to this devotion.

It must be remembered that against them, by order of the Pontiff, a crusade was promised with ten thousand armed men under the command of Count Simão de Monteforte. As if they were supposed to fight another Joshua, they marched against the enemy with temporal weapons, while Saint Dominic, like Moses, fought spiritually by praying and preaching.

11 They teach everyone to pray in this way.

The Virgin's help to those ten thousand soldiers, armed with the Rosary, was so great that they defeated the army of heretics, which numbered thousands of men, much more numerous than the Christian army. The fact impressed the whole world and it was recognized that the victory was due to the strength of the Most Holy Rosary. It is also remembered that Saint Dominic, through the Rosary, converted more than one hundred thousand heretics, public sinners and famous harlots, as can be seen in the works that deal with his mission. He penetrated so much into the hearts and souls of those faithful to the practice of the Holy Rosary, that not only the religious of that time retained the inviolable law of praying the holy prayer every day in churches, in monastic cells, in libraries, on trips; but even lay people, princes, ecclesiastics, popes, cardinals, emperors, kings and other nobles wanted, among the concerns and anxieties of governments, among delights and pleasures, to find time and way to dedicate themselves to praying the Rosary. There was no task that prevented the craftsman, upon waking up in the morning, from praying his Rosary before going to work. So virtue, art and holiness grew together.” 12 Father Estéfano Orlandi OP in the Libro del Rosario della Gloriosa Vergine Maria, brings many testimonies about the Rosary, some of which we report because they cover the distance of more than two centuries between Saint Dominic and Blessed Alan.

12 SPIAZZI P. RAIMONDO, OP, Chronicles and foils of the monastery of San Sisto all'Appia: Collection of historical studies, traditions and archive texts, Rome, ESD, 1994, p. 356-357.

2) In 1237, Margherita d'Ypres died at the age of 21. She was the spiritual daughter of Friar Sigeri of the Dominican convent of Lille (convent founded in 1224). Her life was written by Friar Tomas di Cantimprè OP, between the autumn of 1240 and the end of 1244. Her devotion to the Marian Psalter is very clearly attested, of which she used to pray a third part (“quinquagenam de psalterio”) , distinct from the other prayers and the Psalter of David that he read every day in the sacred activity: “Every day I prayed forty Lord’s Prayers and another forty Hail Marys, even kneeling, and after the Psalter, another fifty…” 13

3) In 1243, Friar João de Mailly OP in his work “Abbreviatio in gestis et miraculis sanctorum” writes: “This way of greeting the Blessed Virgin, as the numbers prove, was practiced by very many people. In fact, many mothers and virgins performed it one hundred and fifty times, and to the greetings they added a Glory to the Father and they say that they prayed the Psalter of the Virgin Mary, according to the same number of the Psalms”. 14

4) In 1251, Friar Tomas de Cantimpré OP in his famous work “Bonum universale de apibus” 15 , narrates that he met a young man from the region of Brabant (Flanders) who used to pray the Psalter of Mary every day, made up of three groups of fifty Angelic Salutations: “What do we have about the triple group of fifty prayers of the Salutation of the Angelic Song of the Ave Maria , took place in the year 1251 of the incarnation of the Lord. That year I saw and met a good young man in the region of Brabant (Flanders), who, despite being completely worldly, was a devotee of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and every day he committed himself to praying the three groups of fifty Salutations”. 16

5) In the 1265 Statutes of the Confraternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Abbey of Saint-Trond, it is read: “The religious, when he becomes a priest, will pray over the years a Psalter of David for his brothers, sisters and benefactors of this brotherhood, living and dead. The lay people, brothers and sisters, will pray during the year a Psalter of the Blessed Virgin for the living and another for the dead brothers, sisters and benefactors.” 17 .

6) The founding of the Congregation of Ghent, the oldest in Flanders, dates back to the year 1233, when devout women gathered at the Byloke Abbey Hospital under the guidance of Dominican priests, present there since 1228. In 1242 the Congregation was established. first Congregation independent of the Abbey, in which, according to the primitive rule, devotees were asked to pray the Psalter of Mary. In July 1277 John Sersanders asked his devotees to recite on the anniversaries of his death a “psalterium beatae Virginis Mariae”, that is, “a Psalter of the Blessed Virgin Mary”. 18 .

7) Outside the Dominican environment, we have the testimony of two monk writers: Gautier de Coinci (died in Soisson in 1238) who narrates, in poetry, the devotion of the one hundred and fifty Birds of the devout Eulália, and Cesário de Heisterbach (monk 1199, died around 1240), who in the “Dialogus miracolorum” 19 knows the Psalter of the Virgin divided into three series of fifty Hail Marys. We have, in addition to the examples mentioned, the Marian confraternities of Saint-Trond, Notre-Dame, the Treille de Lille and the one in Namur 20 .

13 "Every day he said four hundred Sunday prayers and a Hail Mary, and this with as many bows, but also fifty from the psaltery...", cit. in MEERSSERMAN OP, “Les Frères Precheurs et le Mouvement Dévot en Flandre au XIII siècle”. In: “Archiv. FF. Pred.", v. XVIII (1948) p. 69-130, in ORLANDI S., libro del Rosario della Gloriosa Vergine Maria, Centro internazionale domenicano rosariano, Roma 1965, XVI- 240, p. 3.

14 "This manner and number of salutations to the Blessed Virgin are customary to be observed by many.

For many matrons and virgins do this a hundred and fifty times, and with each salutation they add the Glory to the Father, and thus they say that they sing the Psalter of the blessed Mary for the same number of psalms. in MEERSSERMAN OP: "Les Congrégations de la Vierge, in "Archiv. FF. Pred.", v. XXII, (1952) p. 44, note 44, in St. ORLANDI, Libro del Rosario, p. 4.

15 Lib. Chapter 2 XXIX, § 6 e 8.

16 "What, then, of the triple fifty in the greeting verse of the angelic Hail Mary, in the year from the Incarnation of the Lord M.CC. LI happened, let us report. I saw and knew a noble young man in the parts of Brabant, who, although he was totally devoted to the world, was nevertheless devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and every day he paid out three fifty-five words in salutations", St. ORLANDI, Libro del Rosario, p. 4.

17 "A cleric who has been a priest shall recite one Davidic Psalter each year for the brothers, sisters and benefactors of this fraternity, both living and deceased. But the lay brothers and sisters shall say every year one psaltery of the Blessed Virgin for the living and one likewise for the deceased brothers, sisters and benefactors", cit. in MEERSSERMAN OP: "Les Congrégations de la Vierge, in "Archiv. FF. Pred.", v.

XXII, (1952) p. 42, in ORLANDI S., Book of the Rosary, p. 5.

18 Cit.: MEERSSERMAN OP, “The Preaching Brothers and the Devout Movement in Flanders in the 13th century”, in “Archiv. FF. Praed.”, v. XVIII (1948) p. 85-87, in ORLANDI S., Libro del Rosario, p. 5-7.

19 Lib. Chapter 3 24 out of 37

20 ORLANDI S., Rosary Book, p. 95.

8) In a painting from the school of Guido da Siena, today in the Pinacoteca de Siena, from the end of the 13th century, Blessed Andréa Gallerani, who died in 1251 and was buried in the church of São Domingos, is represented. The Blessed is represented kneeling before the Crucifix and has in his right hand a Paternostro with around fifty grains. Represented with the crown in his hand, he is also found in a painting by the Vecchietta, preserved at the Academy of Siena 21 .

9) In the scene of Saint Francis in which Pope Innocent III appears, painted by Giotto in the Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi, a knight with a crossed cape is represented who is praying to his long crown 22 .

10) Blessed Francisco Venimbeni de Fabriano died on April 22, 1322 and his body remained exposed for three days. Among the crowd that came to venerate him was a devout woman who had her “Rosary” or Crown, or Paternostro hanging around her waist, to pray the Psalter of the Blessed Virgin. The devout woman placed the end of her Rosary in the hand of the dead Blessed, who, prodigiously, pressed it between his fingers, preventing her from moving away. There are two different narrations of this fact:

a) “While he lay in the coffin for those three days, a devotee entered to venerate the holy body. As was common, she lifted the final part of the Rosary that she had attached to the cord, and placed it on the holy man's hand. He took him and pressed his hand, while the woman, paying attention to his figure, prayed. When she wanted to leave, she felt something stopping her, noticed the Rosary was held by the holy man, and immediately screamed…” 23 .

b) From the life of the Blessed, written by his nephew Frei Domingos: “A woman appears to be devoted to God and to the Holy Father Francisco; and taking the grains from the Paternostro, that is, from the Crown of the Blessed Virgin, she placed them in the hand of the saint. She did it because of the great devotion she had towards the saint; understanding, as is normal, that her Crown, or rather, that the grains of the Lord's Prayer and the Virgin's Crown in contact with the saint would have been sanctified. For that woman, having fulfilled her wish while she was about to return to her own activities, could not because the string of part of the Crown was fixed to the skirt..." 24 .

21 ORLANDI S., Rosary Book, p. 96.

22 ORLANDI S., Book of the Rosary, p. 96-97.

23 "While he was lying in the coffin for three days, a pious woman approached, venerating the holy body, and touching the rosary, as is customary, raised the extreme part of the rosary with the girdle attached to it, and placed her hand on the holy man. He took it and clasped his hands, while the woman, looking into his face, prayed; as he wanted to withdraw, he felt that he was being detained, the rosary being seized by the holy man, and he suddenly cried out", BOLLANDISTAE, Acta SS., April t.III, p. 92.

24 BOLLANDISTAE, Acta SS., April t.III, p. 988: "There is a woman devoted to God and Saint Fr. Francis; and receiving the signs of our Father, that is, the crown of the Blessed Virgin, he placed it in the hand of the saint out of the devotion he had, and especially to the saint; thinking, like men and women, to make their crowns, or the signs of the Lord's prayer, and the Virgin's crown holy by the touch of the saint. But the aforesaid woman, wanting to return to her own with complete devotion, could not because the cord of the crown was tied on one side in her skirt...", St. ORLANDI, Libro del Rosario, p. 7-8

11) Saint Vincent Ferreri (1350-1419), was remembered by Blessed Alano da Rocha, as a venerator of the Rosary of the Virgin, and in Nantes, next to the Women Hospitallers of Great Providence, his Rosary is still preserved. This is composed of fifty grains of wood, distributed in five tens of five thicker grains, and ending with a cross. A Eulogy is attributed to Saint Vincent Ferreri in vulgar Catalan, entitled “Goigs del Roser” or “Exultation to the Rosary”, for which reading we recommend the “Libro del Rosario...” by Father Estéfano Orlandi and in which the seven Exultations of the Blessed Virgin: the Annunciation, the Nativity, the Adoration of the Magi, the Resurrection, the Ascension, the Descent of the Holy Spirit, the Assumption, and at the end you are invited to enter the Confraternity of the Virgin Mary, in the Church of the Friars Preachers 25 .

25 "Your Lordship commanded/ to the Friars Preachers,/ that of your Confraternity,/ were founders,/ and thus they have founded it/ obeying your will,/ worthily entitled/ Virgin and Mother of the Rose./ Then show your power/ by performing miracles every day:/ Preseveren, Virgin Mary,/ to the brothers of the Rose", cited in LEVI EZIO, "Inni e laudi d'un frate piemomtese del secolo XIV", in "Archivio Stor. Ital.", ser.VII, vX, 1, 1928 (a. 86), p. 91-100, in: Orlandi S., op. cit., p. 15-17

12) Even today, some very old Rosaries are preserved, such as the one next to the Convent of Cascia among the relics of Saint Rita of Cascia (1377-1447), as well as another example in the ancient Sanctuary of Paula, in Calabria, among the relics of Saint Francisco de Paula (1416-1507) contemporary of Blessed Alano. He was a great miracle worker and achieved infinite graces through his deep devotion to the Rosary of the Virgin. São Francisco de Paula also received it from the hands of Maria SS. the Holy Rosary, as represented in a printed work from the early 16th century 26 , and as can be deduced from his life, from his continuous praying of Rosaries and making them to give to the people. When in Rome he met Pope Sixtus IV, who wanted to consecrate him as a priest, the Saint of Paula replied that he only wanted to be able to bless the Holy Rosaries and candles to give to the sick. 27 .

13) Recalling the most important tomb stones, in Florence in the Portico of the Church of S. Egidio next to the Hospital of Santa Maria Nuova, there is the tomb stone of Lady Tessa (died in 1317), represented there in full. The deceased holds between her folded hands the book of the Rule from which a large Rosary crown descends and it is possible to clearly distinguish the Hail Marys from the Our Fathers. 28 . Still in Florence, in addition to the Monastery, on the tombstone of Lady Lapa dos Acciaiuoli in Buondelmonti (died in 1370), there is also a Rosary crown that the woman holds between her lightly joined hands. The Crown is made up of more than fifty grains, irregularly interspersed with four crosses 29 .

It was probably the Crown or Paternostro that Saint Catherine of Siena had in her hands, when she took from it a small silver cross to give it in alms to a poor man: “While she was thinking, a small silver cross came to mind, which according to According to custom, it should be interspersed with those knots that are commonly called Rosary. This Rosary then that the holy virgin held in her hands...” 30 .

Mamaqui, writing before the French revolution, that is, before so many testimonies of art were lost, can describe two tombs that were in the Dominican church of Saint Jacomo in Paris 31 .

Muito do descrito por Mamaqui tem, importance pela história do Saltério de Maria. O primeiro sepulcro é aquele de Alain de Villepierre, senhor de Tabur, onde eram representadas três figuras das quais aquela do meio tinha pendurado nas mãos uma coroa de 150 grãos, divididos em dezenas de grãos majoros. O segundo sepulcro é aquele de Umberto, que renunciando ao Delfinado em favor do Rei da França, no ano 1349 entr24 BOLLANDISTAE, Acta SS., Aprilis t.III, p. 988: "There is a woman devoted to God and Saint Fr. Francis; and receiving the signs of our Father, that is, the crown of the Blessed Virgin, he placed it in the hand of the saint out of the devotion he had, and especially to the saint; thinking, like men and women, to make their crowns, or the signs of the Lord's prayer, and the Virgin's crown holy by the touch of the saint. But the aforesaid woman, wanting to return to her own with complete devotion, could not because the cord of the crown was tied on one side in her skirt...", St. ORLANDI, Libro del Rosario, p. 7- 8.ou na Ordem de Reims em 1354. O seu sepulcro em bronze tinha no centro a sua figura, com a mitra na cabeça eo pastoral entre as mãos unidas. Aos lados estana various figures of Dominican friars, dois deles, had uma coroa. O Getino, in his work "Origen del Rosario" ilustra dois sepulcros do secuulo XIV, um em Portugal e outro na Espanha 32 .

The first is the tomb of Dona Beatriz, second wife of King João I, who died in 1307 and was buried in the church of the Toro Monastery. From the neck of the image of Dona Beatriz hangs a large rosary. On the sides of the tomb are images of saints of the Dominican Order. In Valladolid, Spain, in the Cistercian Monastery of Santa Maria in Real, the tomb of Dona Maria de Molina, called the “Great”, Queen of Castile and Leon, who died there in 1321, leaving writing that she wanted to be buried with the Dominican habit. Above the sarcophagus, the figure of the queen can be seen reproduced in alabaster, with a beautiful Crown of the Rosary hanging from her neck. 33 .

26 The print, the work of an anonymous person, depicts the Beatus Franciscus de Paula, and is dated between the years 1513 and 1517.

27 FIORINI MOROSINI P.GIUSEPPE, The penitential charism of San Francesco di Paola and the Order of Minims, History and Spirituality, Rome, General Curia of the Order of Minims, 2000, p. 592-596.

28 ORLANDI S., Rosary Book, p. 97.

29 ORLANDI S., Book of the Rosary, ibidem.

30 "The thinker encounters a silver cross of small size which, according to custom, is usually inserted with a thread between those nodules which are commonly called the Paternoster, because to their number the Sunday prayer is replicated. Having therefore this sacred virgin in your hands...", BOLLANDISTAE, Acta Sanctae Sedis, t. 2, Apr. al g. 30, in St. ORLANDI, Book of the Rosary, p. 98.

31 Cf. MAMACHI THOMAS MARIA, FRANCISCUUS M. POLLIDORIUS OP, Annals of the Order of Preachers, Rome, ex typ. Palladis, 1756, t. 1, p. 326-29, in St. ORLANDI, Book of the Rosary, p. 98-99.

32 Cf. GETINO LUIS G. ALONSO OP, Origin of the Rosary and Spanish Legends of the Thirteenth Century sopre S.to Domingos de Guzman, Vergara, Tip. of "The Holy Rosary," 1925, p. 39-40, in ORLANDI S., Book of the Rosary, p. 99.

33 ORLANDI S., Rosary Book, p. 99-1

14) Gorce studied a Dominican manuscript from the beginning of the 14th century, from a Monastery of Poissy 34 . The main sources of such manuscripts are the “Vitae Fratum” by Friar Gerardo de Frachet and the “Bonum comune de apibus” by Friar Tomás de Cantimpré, both Dominicans and belonging to the first generation of friars after the death of Domingos.

The prologue and thirty chapters of the first volume are missing from these manuscripts. The original work was composed of three volumes, each of them divided into 50 chapters: this division is intentional, because it follows the Rosary of the Virgin, which is divided into three crowns of fifty Hail Marys.

The manuscript as it exists today begins in chapter XXXI, with the exhortation to pray the Hail Queen. After having performed the prayer in praise of Mary, as a remedy for the world's problems, the author states that in her work of salvation, the Virgin is helped by the Dominican Order: “the Order” 35 .

34 Cf. GORCE MAXIME, The Rosary and its historical antecedents according to manuscript 12483, French collection of the National Library, Paris 1931, in ORLANDI S., Libro del Rosario, p. 18-32.

35 Cf. GORCE M., ibidem, fol. 11v.

Next, there is a long explanation about the symbol of the Rose, the virtuous flowering, that is, fragrant, which everyone does well to place on their head, because these roses combat pain, that is, evil. 36 After this description, the author deals with the five Exultations of Mary, which, like the rose, has five petals 37 . The five joys of Mary, however, according to tradition are: the Annunciation; the birth of Jesus; the Resurrection; the Ascension; the Assumption and Coronation of Mary 38 . Not only are the Exultations described, but also the sorrows of Mary, which are the five sorrows of Jesus Christ. 39 The manuscript narrates a young devotee (around the year 1250) who used to pray one hundred and fifty Hail Marys 40 . In the margin the author notes Rosarius and in the text of the manuscript he specifies that the devotion of the one hundred and fifty Birds is called the Psalter of Our Lady. Then he continues to talk about the devotion of roses and lilies to the Virgin Mary, saying that the Christian must be nourished by Mary “mangies Maria”, “feed Mary”, as well as being nourished by the Eucharist, since Mary is the flower of Christ 41 .

The second volume insists on the importance of the Bird, with Mary being the star that guides her devotees, pilgrims on earth, on the difficult path, protecting them from all evil. Successively the Psalter of Mary is called “la Paternostre-Damedieu”, 42 that is, the Our Father of the Lady of God, and then recommends that a Psalter be prayed every day, because the Hail Mary is life, and whoever does not pray it is dead 43 .

We thus reach the culmination of the work, where it is stated that the great apostle of Mary was Saint Dominic 44 . The saint, before dying, had a heavenly vision of his Dominican children, gathered under the protective mantle of the Virgin Mary. After this sublime vision, Saint Dominic summoned his children, narrated the vision and strongly urged them to honor the Celestial Lady 45 .

Gorce concludes in his study: “Do you know what the Dominican author means to honor Mary our Lady... This paragraph informs us that Saint Dominic had the mission of saving the world with the preaching of the Rosary of the Virgin, spreading this devotion of his florida” 46 .

36 “...For rose virtue/Ciascun puts in his chief and poses./Pets rose hat in your chief/The pain oste and the mischief...”, cit. in GORCE M., ibidem, fol. 32r.

37 “Des V joys illuminated / The rose with its barbeal Vs” cit. in GORCE M., ibidem, fol. 39v.

38 Cf. GORCE M., ibidem, fol. 45.

39 “The five sorrows that Jesus Christ had”, cit. in GORCE M., ibidem, fol. 42.

40 “Of a young man whom Our Lady resurrected who greeted her with a hundred and fifty Hail Marys”, quote. in GORCE M., ibidem, fol. 48v.

41 Cf. GORCE M., ibidem, fol. 64 v.

42 Cf. GORCE M., ibidem, fol. 156.

43 “He is dead” quote. in GORCE M., ibidem, fol. 163.

44 “Saint Dominicque fut prud'hom/.../ Te préchant: Ave Maria... », cit. in GORCE M., ibidem, fol. 238v.

45 “The brothers call a chapter/...And tell them the vision/...Mult admonishes them and prays/That they honor Lady Mariae...” in GORCE M., op. cit., fol. 238v.

46 GORCE, op. cit. p. 75, in ORLANDI S. Rosary Book, p. 18-3

15) Fr Raimundo Spiazzi OP, offered an excellent description of Blessed Alano and the events following Alano. He writes: “But due to our human fragility, over time, devotion cooled to the point of almost falling into oblivion. But the Virgin watched and sought again to rekindle it in the hearts of the people. And as Patriarch St. Dominic was the founder, he wanted a Dominican to preach the blessed prayer formula again. This Dominican was Blessed Alano, master of the Order. Around the year 1460, PN Alano was in Brittany celebrating Holy Mass one morning, when at the moment of consecration, he saw Jesus Christ crucified on the Host saying: 'Alano, you crucify me again'. Confused, the religious man replied: 'Lord, how could I commit such evil?' The Lord answered him: 'You crucify me with your sins of omission. You have wisdom, the sacred function and the license to preach the Holy Rosary and you do not do it.' The world is full of wolves and you have become a docile dog, incapable of even barking. I swear that if you don't correct yourself, you will become food for poor mortals.' After saying these words, he made him see the infernal punishments and torments to which souls in hell were exposed. The Lord said, 'Did you see those feathers?'

That will be your place, if you delay in preaching my Rosary. Go and I will be with you, as well as the entire court of Paradise against those who try to be an obstacle'. Blessed Alano was very intimidated.

Later, the Blessed had a second vision, which encouraged him again and brought him new hope. On the day of the Assumption he was preaching, when the Lord made him know what he wanted from him. He saw the Blessed Virgin enter Paradise with her Little Son and all the angelic spirits bowed before her saluting her with the words “Ave Maria”. He saw the angelics play instruments almost in the shape of a Rosary and sing “Ave Maria” and another choir respond 'Benedicta tu in mulieribus' 47 . The celestial spirits offered the Rosary to the Virgin in groups of one hundred and fifty. One of them said to Blessed Alan: 'This number is sacred. It is present in Noah's ark, in Moses' tent, in Solomon's temple, in David's psalms, in which Christ and Mary are represented. With this number the Lord likes to be glorified and for you to preach the Rosary the Lord wanted to let you know how much he likes it'. He later warned him that it was necessary to preach this devotion to the world, because there were so many evils that afflicted him. Anyone who praised God in this way would have great joy; while those who had despised him would have fallen victims to calamities. He saw that the punishments threatened in the world are caused by the three deadly sins: lust, avarice and pride. For such sins the remedy was the Rosary. She also saw the Holy Trinity crown Mary Empress of Heaven. She turned to Blessed Alan and said: 'Preach what you saw and felt. And do not fear because I will always be with you and with all the devotees of my Rosary'. He began to preach this devotion, obtaining great spiritual fruits everywhere. In the year 1475, the Blessed Virgin also appeared to the Superior of the Cologne convent, who was also part of the Order of Preachers. 48 The Virgin told him that if the city of Cologne really wanted to free itself from the enemies that besieged it, it was necessary to preach and spread the practice of the Rosary. Only in this way would the city be saved.

47 “Blessed are you among women.”

48 This is Father Jacomo Sprenger, already mentioned in the introduction.

The Superior cult made public the command of the Queen of Angels and after the people embraced and practiced the Rosary prayer, the city was liberated. The Holy Pontiff Pius V knew well how much strength the Rosary had in defeating God's enemies. He taught him the experience and trust he placed in the Virgin and Saint Dominic. The Rosary served to repress the pride of the Ottoman emperor, who, overwhelmed by victories, intended to have Rome in his power. But he was humiliated by the prayers of the holy Pontiff and the brothers of the Confraternity of the Rosary 49 .

49 SPIAZZI PR, op. cit. p. 359-360.

16) Saint Pius V, left in the history of the Church a document of vital importance on the Holy Rosary, the Bull Consueverunt of September 17, 1569 50 , in which it deals with Saint Dominic who, during the spread of the Albigensian heresy, “raising his eyes to Heaven, and to that mountain of the Glorious Virgin Mary, benign Mother of God” 51 , saw “an easy and accessible way for everyone, as well as a very devout way of praying and begging God.

The Rosary or Psalter of the Blessed Virgin Mary, through which she is venerated with the Angelic Salutation repeated one hundred and fifty times, according to the number of the Psalter of David and with the Lord's Prayer interspersed in each decade. To this we add some meditations that cover the entire life of Our Lord Jesus Christ”. 52 Saint Pius V stated in relation to this way of preaching, spread by the Friars of Saint Dominic and through the Confraternity: “The faithful of Christ, exalted by meditations and prayers, soon transformed into other men.

The shadows of heresies were removed and the light of the Catholic Faith was revealed.” 53 . And so many other possibilities were presented to Christians: “We too, following the examples of our predecessors and seeing the Church Militant entrusted to us by God, which in recent times is being agitated by so many heresies and so many wars, tormented and afflicted atrociously by the evil customs of men, worried, but full of hope. We lift our eyes to that mountain, from which every help comes, we exhort and invite each believer of Christ to do the same thing kindly in the Lord.” 54 . On the occasion of Lepanto's victory on October 7, 1571 (it was the first Sunday of the month), Saint Pius V proposed the creation of the Feast of the Holy Rosary, as a commemoration of Saint Mary of Victory. Then Gregory XIII, on April 1, 1573, with the Bull “Monet Apostolus” 55 relaunches the Confraria do Rosário, and Clemente XI with a Decree from the Congregation of Rites 56 , on October 3, 1716, universalizes the feast of the Rosary, foreseeing its celebration on October 7.

50 BULLARIUM ORD. PREY Tom. V, p. 223 On September 17, 1569.

51 "Lifting his eyes to Heaven, and that mountain of the Glorious Virgin Mary, Mother of God", in BULLARIUM ORD. PROED., tom. V, p. 223, on September 17, 1569.

52 "An easy way, and accessible to all, and very pious, of praying and preaching to God, called the Rosary, or the Psalter of the same Blessed Virgin Mary, which the same Blessed Virgin repeated with the Angelic Salutation a hundred times, and fifty times to the number of the Davidic Psalter, and with the Sunday Prayer to each The tenth, with certain meditations showing the whole life of the same Lord Jesus Christ, should be venerated", in Bullarium ord. pred., tom. 5 p. 223, on September 17, 1569.

53 "The Christian faithful, inflamed by meditation, inflamed by these prayers, suddenly changed into other men, the heresy of darkness was dismissed, and the light of the Catholic Faith opened," in Bullarium ord. pred., tom. V, p. 223, on September 17, 1569.

54 "We, too, following in the footsteps of those predecessors, seeing this Militant Church entrusted to us by God, agitated by so many heresies in these times, terribly harassed and afflicted by so many wars, and the bad behavior of men, our eyes full of tears, but full of hope, turned to that mountain, whence all help proceeds, we lift up, and we exhort and admonish each Christian faithful to do the same with kindness in the Lord", in BULLARIUM ORD. PROED., tom. V, p. 223, on September 17, 1569.

55 Cf. Acta, 2,27,96-98.

56 Cf. Acta, 2,322,775-787.

 

3. Biographical sketches of the life and works of Blessed Alano da Rocha.

Alano da Rocha (Alanus de Rupe, Alain de la Roche, Alain Van der Rutze, or in Flemish Alain Van der Clip), was born around the year 1428 in Brittany 57 . He entered the Dominican order at a young age, in the diocese of Saint-Malo, where he took up his religious profession, and then transferred to Lille.

He studied philosophy and theology at Saint John's in Paris where, during the feast of Pentecost in 1459, the Assembly of general ecclesiastical dignities entrusted him with the activity of teaching Peter Lombard's “Sentences of the Second Year” to lower-level students, to the school year of 1460-61.* There he taught from the year 1459 until the year 1464, with the exception of the year 1460. During this period he was in Lille, as a member of the Reformed Congregation of Holland 58 , to try to bring the convents back to good religious observance. During his teaching in Paris he had as a disciple Friar Michel de François de Lille, who, later, would have exalted the maestro's Marian piety, his zeal for the dissemination of the Psalter of the Virgin and the homonymous Confraternity. 59 In the autumn of 1461 Alano returned to the monastery of Lille, where he was admitted on April 2, 1462 and where he lived, working as a reader and preacher until 1464.

57 Modern authors have added nothing new to the excellent biography of QUETIF-ECHARD, I, 849-852 based on the acts of the general ecclesiastical Assembly of the order, on those of the Congregation of Holland and on the documents of the Lille Archive, which today they are lost.

* Translation note: the European school year starts in September and runs until June/July of the other year. Thus the school year of 1460-61 begins in September 1460 and ends in June/July 1461. Thus explaining the Blessed's stay in Lille during 1460.

58 In reality, it was on October 9, 1464, that the delegates of the reformed Dominican monasteries of Borgognoni Holland met in Lille to discuss their constitution as an autonomous “congregation”. The congregation was then called “of Holland,” as the reformation began in Rotterdam. called “from the Netherlands”, since the reform began in Rotterdam.

59 We indicate as important the work of Friar MICHEL DE FRANÇOIS DE LILLE, the “Quodlibet de veritate Fraternitatis Rosarii, seu Psalterii beatae Mariae Virginis” published in Cologne in 1476, from which we bring a passage, from the first version in the vulgar dialect of Pisa in the first years of the 16th century (part IV n.8, in ORLANDI S., Libro del Rosario, pp. 174-175), which makes us see the extraordinary emotional charge that linked the disciple Michel de Lille to his master, Beato Alano : “the excellent master of theology Blessed Alan, chief lover of this psalter... of which I sometimes deserved to be a disciple, was fervent in the love of the glorious Virgin, and as he walked, spoke, preached, he had the Angelic Salutation in his mouth, and induced more than thousand people praying this psalter. Blessed Alano, without a doubt, now receives paradise from the glorious virgin”. ORLANDI S., Libro del Rosario, p. 174-175.

On October 9, 1464, the delegates of the reformed monasteries, meeting in Lille, among the decisions taken on that occasion, appointed Alano reader of the Monastery of Douai. In this monastery he lived during the school year of 1464-65 and most probably remained there until the Assembly of ecclesiastical dignities of the Congregation of Holland sent him to Ghent in the year 1468. 60 At this time he had the Revelations of the Virgin Mary, which forced him to propagate his Psalter and his Confraternity. 61 Alano remained as a reader in Ghent until May 13, 1470, when he was transferred to teach at the Dominican studio in Rostock, incorporated into the University of Meckenburg. In the years 1470-71 Alano commented on the first books of the Sentences, then on September 4, 1471, as a “graduated” bachelor, he pronounced his commentary (Principium) on the third book of the Sentences, in which he deals with the power of the Angelic Salutation . This comment by Alano reached us and is set out in part IV of his book.

The booklet, of extreme importance for Alano's biography, transmits to us his deep Marian faith. Between the years 1470 and 1475, Alano began to reap the first fruits of his work: the Reformed Congregation of Dominicans in the Netherlands granted the Marian Confraternity of Douai participation in the spiritual assets of the same congregation. The assembly of ecclesiastical dignities of 1473 imposed on the converted brothers “unum psalterium beatae Mariae virginis” (a psalter of the Blessed Virgin Mary), as a prayer of suffrage, to pray for the living and the dead: it was the first time that this prayer was prescribed in the Dominican Order. In Cologne in 1472 the first “Tractatus de Rosario B. Mariae Virginis” was written, and in Frankfurt, in the Dominican church, in 1474 an altar was built for the Confraternity of the Rosary.

60 Since there is no news of Alano between 1466 and 1468, someone maintains that he returned to Brittany to preach.

61 “When narrating this revelation, Alano confesses to having suffered for seven years of spiritual aridity and carnal temptations. That is why the beginning of such a moral crisis dates back to the year 1457, when he was still in Brittany... The vision of 1464 seems to be a kind of heavenly reward for his fidelity, for having prayed the Marian Psalter every day during the moral crisis who had accompanied him since 1457. At least that is how Alan understood it (...). Alano, then explained how the Virgin gave him to drink from her womb, placed the ring made with her hair on his finger, instructed him to preach his Psalter and spread his brotherhood, threatening him from Christ with a terrible death, until he had fulfilled the mission entrusted to him. Alano will always cling to this revelation, without, however, demanding that others be forced to believe him. Keeping the name of the beneficiary of an identical vision anonymous, he recounted it in a sermon, in Rostock, on the day of Pentecost in 1471. And, shortly afterwards, he explained its allegorical meaning in a letter addressed to the certain Jancomo de Marienehe ; in May 1475 he narrated it again preaching to Douai; in June of the same year, he finally defended it before the Bishop of Tournai, to justify having it preached in the diocese. It seems, then, that already in the year 1464, shortly after receiving such a mission, Alano introduced the Marian Psalter into the brotherhood of Douai. This date marks a strong change in his life: the beginning, that is, of the propaganda of the Marian Psalter and his brotherhood”. ORLANDI S., Libro del Rosario, p. 50-51

In 1475 Alano returned to Lille where he participated in the Assembly of ecclesiastical dignities of the Congregation of Holland, as master of theology. In this, after visiting the Douai confraternity, and preaching for eight days to the members of the Confraternity, he is led by events to compose some decisive writings for the history of the Psalter-Rosary. In this situation he had finished the Apology of the Psalter of Mary. 62 From the preaching in Douai “a compendium of the work of a member of the confraternity came to us which brings the best of Alano's teaching and perhaps many of his words: it is the Livre et ordonnance de la devote confraire du psaultier de la glorieuse Vierge Marie 63 , a writing that is not by Alano, but which is very much from the spirit and which can be cited as his”. 64

62 O título exato em latim é: Apologeticus or treatise responsorius de Psalterio V. Mariae, ad Ferricum de Cluniac, ep. Tourists, from the first part of our work.

63 Text in ORLANDI S., Libro del Rosario, p. 58-65. It is an old French text with flamingo influences, but still comprehensible.

64 Cf. BARILE R., The Rosary, Psalter of the Virgin”, Bologna, 1990, p. 65.

At the end of June, after having handed over his work to Bishop Ferrico, he visited his friends from Herine and especially his superior Lorenzo Musschesele and, before the new scholastic year began in Rostock, he remained in Ghent for a few days and then went up to Zwolle; There Alano fell ill on August 15th, the feast of the Assumption of Mary SS., and died at the age of 47, on the night of September 7th, 1475, the eve of the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 65 He was buried in the Church of the power of the Angelic Salutation. This comment by Alano reached us and is set out in part IV of his book.

65 According to the testimony of Friar MICHEL DE FRANÇOIS DE LILLE, contemporary and disciple of Blessed Alano, in the “Quodlibet”, in the vulgar Pisano version from the first years of the 16th century (part IV n.8, in ORLANDI S., Libro del Rosario , p. 175) “in the year 1475, that is, in that year, in fact on that same day that this holy confraternity was established in Cologne, that is, on the day of the birth of the glorious Virgin Mary (B. Alano) left this life with great devotion."

The booklet, of extreme importance for Alano's biography, transmits to us his deep Marian faith. Between the years 1470 and 1475, Alano began to reap the first fruits of his work: the Reformed Congregation of Dominicans in the Netherlands granted the Marian Confraternity of Douai participation in the spiritual assets of the same congregation. The assembly of ecclesiastical dignities of 1473 imposed on the converted brothers “unum psalterium beatae Mariae virginis” (a psalter of the Blessed Virgin Mary), as a suffrage prayer, to pray for the living and the dead: it was the first time that this prayer was prescribed in the Dominican Order. In Cologne in 1472 the first “Tractatus de Rosario B. Mariae Virginis” was written, and in Frankfurt, in the Dominican church, in 1474 an altar was built for the Confraternity of the Dominican Rosary in Zwolle. This Church suffered a fire a few years later and was rebuilt in an imposing and majestic way in 1511. It still exists today, but unfortunately it was sold privately, deconsecrated and currently houses a market. It appears that Blessed Alano's tomb is still under the pavement of the former church, but it is not known precisely at what point in the Church. The old monastery, where the agony and death of the highest Propagator of Our Lady of the Rosary took place, is close to the church (where today there is a restaurant).

When Alano died, he was passing through Zwolle, his diary and writings remained in Rostock, and the letters he wrote were with their respective recipients. The only writings that had been published were the Principium super III Sententiarum and Apologia.

On May 25, 1476, the ecclesiastical Assembly of the Congregation of the Netherlands of the Dominicans of Haarlem ordered all the friars to collect and send Alan's writings on that occasion. From his death he was called Blessed. Of his cult, which originated only at the diocesan level, like all saints before the Council of Trent, there is no official documentation, probably lost or destroyed. In the year 1478 Adriano Van Der Meer, superior of the Congregation of Holland, compiled two booklets, based on the material collected and left by Alan in Rostock: the “Instructio Psalterii” 66 , in defense of the memory and Marian doctrine of Alano, and the Compendium psalterii beatissimae Trinitatis magistri Alani” (Compendium of the Psalter of the Holy Trinity by master Alano), a work published for the first time in Anvers, around the end of 1480, which resumes the entire doctrine of Alano, in view of a greater dissemination of the Marian Psalter and his universal Confraternity. Around 1480, some certain people from Marienehe near Rostock, friends and esteemers of Alan, published in Lubeck a collection of writings, including some Marian treatises and some letters of doctrinal content and, finally, some confidences about the revelations of the Most Holy Virgin, after the year 1463. This harvest had the title: “De immensa dignitate et utilitate psalterii precelsae ac intemeratae Virginis Mariae”.

Mariefred's Certosinos then reprinted the Lubeck edition of Alano's work in 1498 and the second time in 1506 in Sweden. German translations of his works were carried out in the cities of Augusta and Ulma before 1500. In 1629, the Dominican Father João André Coppenstein organized all of Alano's writings and printed them in Freiburg (followed by many editions). 67 , as cinco works ("Apology"; "Revelations and visions"; "Sermons of St. Dominic Alan revealed"; "Sermons and treatises"; "Examples or miracles") with the title: "B. "Alanus recursus, treated of the Psalter or the Rosary of Christ and Mary". 68 This edition was the basis of all the successive ones, including that of Ímola in 1847, which we prepared to publish in complete form and with the Italian translation of the entire work.

66 “Cod. lat. monk 13573 fol. 123r-142r: "Instructorium of the psaltery of the bridegroom and bride of Christ Jesus and the glorious Virgin Mary." Copia anteriore al 19 April 1486", in ORLANDI S., Libro del Rosario, p. 44

67 From the year 1665, we have an edition with the title: COPPENSTEIN JOANNES ANDREAS OP, “Beati fr. Alan redivive Rupensis, a wonderful treatise on the rise and progress of the Psalter of Christ and Mary and its brotherhood", Venice, at Paulus Baleonium, 1665.

68 Entre as tantas edições temos também o titulo: COPPENSTEIN JOANNES ANDREAS, OP “On the fraternity of the most holy Rosary of the blessed Virgin, ortu, progressu, and precellentia, book three, Friburgo 1619; Heidelberg 1629.

The work is subdivided as follows: the first part begins with the Apology, directed by Ferrico de Cluny, bishop of Tournai, in defense of the Holy Rosary and to justify the success of the Confraternities; The second part of the work consists of the Revelations and Visions, which narrate in detail the mystical experience of Blessed Alano. Experience that he had already presented succinctly in the Apology; the third part collects some Sermons from Saint Dominic, which Our Lady revealed to Alano. Remarkable for its length and importance is chapter III, in which the Virgin Mary reveals to Blessed Alan how the Psalter saves him from diabolical presences that have human form.

São Domingos, captured by some pirates, was taken to the Castle of a Prince, who manages to free him from the presence of fifteen beautiful women who were hiding horrible demons. These obtained permission from the Saint to move away with their boat and sink into Hell.

Chapter IV follows with the Sermon of Saint Dominic to catechize the Prince and his pirates. Chapters V and VI cited Saint Dominic's Sermon on the 15 virtues, represented by 15 Queens.

The fourth part is a short treatise on the excellences of the Angelic Greetings, which Blessed Alan exhibited in Rostock to obtain his baccalaureate degree; Next are some Examples that can be used in preaching, and some short treatises on the 15 excellences of priests and religious. Next, the 150 articles or “mysteries” of the Alan Psalter are found in the work. The fifth part collects the Examples: 23 examples of devout men and 14 examples of devout women. Some small examples are not written by Alano, but by Fr João A. Coppenstein, who always and accurately indicates them at the beginning of each example. Alano's work concludes with the Examples.

In the 1847 edition, we also have an Appendix, written in the 17th century by the Dominican Fr André Rovetta of Brescia, which adds the memorable dates of the year 1212 (institution in Toulouse, France of the Confraternity of the Psalter); and from the year 1663 (publication of the Brief “Ad Augendum” by Pope Alessandro VII. To Alano is attributed: Compendium psalterii B.mae Trinitatis et s. Mariae; La confraire du psautier de Notre Dame; Expositio in regulam S. Augustini (divided in 15 chapters, number of the mysteries of the Marian Psalter). Such works, however, were not included by Fr. Coppenstein in the list of works from which the book is composed.

The cult of Blessed Alano, as it developed quickly, was also quickly forgotten. Several portraits of him remain on altars that represent him among the Dominican saints close to Our Lady of the Rosary. His feast day is on September 8th, but there is no Church named after him. 69

69 In the "Acta Sanctorum", September 3, in Paris and Rome, by Victor Palme, 1868, these are the words: "Alanus de Rupe, of the Order of Preachers, is called Blessed today by Raissius, and by the writers of his Order, who have written long eulogies of him." But I find nothing of his public worship; and Saussayus only joined him to the venerables. “Alano della Rupe, dell'Ordine dei Predicatori, oggi è festeggiato come Beato da Raissio e dagli scrittori del suo Ordine, i quali longamente ne hanno tessuto logi. Ma niente I return to his public worship..."

4. Historical indications about the development of Alano's work, in the magisterium of the popes and in the Dominican order, from Alano's death to the year 1600.

The holy Rosary has always been a family asset in the Dominican Order, and the preaching friars were assiduous promoters of its dissemination.

The superior of the convent of Cologne Fr. Jácomo Sprenger, the most active promoter of the devotion of the Rosary after Alano and founder of the first renewed Confraternity of the Rosary, 70 In 1479, he obtained from Pontiff Sixtus IV the first Bull of indulgence for those who prayed the Rosary: ​​the Bull “Ea quae ex fidelium” (May 8, 1479). Soon after the dissemination of Alano's work, the general Masters of the Dominican order became active promoters of the Rosary. Already in 1479, Master Leonardo de Mansuetis officially authorized Fr. Corrado Wetzel to give greater publicity to the Psalter or Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary and her Confraternity. As well as enrolling the faithful in the same Brotherhood and delegating others with this objective.

70 “It is necessary to consider the exact relationships of the brotherhood with previous history: these are analogous to the psaltery/rosary in the sense that Alan does not invent anything absolutely new, but organizes, selects, and brings previous phases to maturity. From the point of view of social aggregation, Alano finds in the realities of Dominican monasteries: the order of penance of Saint Dominic (the future third order) which is based on a rule promulgated in the year 1285 by the master of the order Munio de Zamora and the “ Confraternities of the Virgin (and Saint Dominic)” founded by Saint Peter Martire (died in the year 1252)... the confraternities of the Virgin... knew the psalter of the one hundred and fifty prayers and perhaps also practiced it personally, but the prayer envisaged according to the statutes, a certain number of Pater and Ave were divided according to the scheme of canonical hours of sacred activity; He particularly honored the feast of the Annunciation and, for obvious reasons, the memory of Saint Peter the Martyr and Saint Dominic; Finally, they knew and practiced some ways of praying linked to the exultations of Mary or the pains of Christ... we find similar confraternities among the Franciscans. In the 15th century, the Marian confraternities were somewhat decadent and Alano, through the work developed in Douai, acted on them, revitalizing them with two new proposals: universality and the replacement of the Pater and Ave divided according to the canonical hours, with the new and most respected psalter of the Virgin”. See BARILE R., Il Rosario, Salterio della Vergine, pp. 99-100.

In the records of the General Masters of the Order it appears that, especially from the year 1479 to 1509, many German and Italian Dominicans were responsible for preaching the Rosary and creating Confraternities.

Master Bartolomeu Comazi obtained from Innocent VIII the plenary indulgence "semel in vita et in morte" (once in life and in death) for all writings to the Confraternities of the Rosary. This Bull, dated October 15, 1484, is present in the Acts of the General Ecclesiastical Assembly (1484). It is the first time that a general ecclesiastical Assembly mentions "il Salterio della Beata Vergine" and the "Società o Confraternità del Rosario".

At the request of Master Gioacchino Turriani, Alessandro VI confirms the privileges and indulgences already granted to the writings of the Rosary Confraternities and grants others.

After the Bull of Sixtus IV, the Supreme Pontiffs expressly recognized the close connection between the Rosary movement and the Order of Saint Dominic. The general master of preaching friars was entrusted with the direction of the movement and exclusively granted to him and his delegates the ability to create new Confraternities of the Rosary. Confraternities, eventually founded without the authorization of the Master General of the Dominicans, are not recognized by the Holy See.

The supreme pontiffs also grant preaching friars the faculty of preaching the Psalter of the Blessed Virgin or Rosary everywhere, without territorial limitations hitherto imposed by canonical laws. The Rosary confraternities, however, must be founded in Dominican churches. Only in cities where there is no Dominican monastery can confraternities be created in a non-Dominican church. In this case, however, the heresy decree expressly states that, when the Dominicans later founded a monastery in this city, the confraternity would be held in their church.

A manifestation of the intimate relationship between the Rosary movement and the Order of the Dominicans is the fact that the General Masters grant all those enrolled in the Rosary Brotherhood participation in the spiritual benefits of the Order. 71 On June 29, 1569, the Dominican Pope Pius V confirmed to the master of the Order the authorization to create, exclusively, in person or by delegation, the Confraternities of the Rosary.

He then published the Bull "Consueverunt Romani Pontifices" (September 17, 1569), which can be considered a type of Magna Carta of the Rosary. The Pontiff there described the origin of the Rosary, the name, the essential elements, the effects, the purpose and the way of propagating it.

71 Cf. Bullarium OP, IV, p. 392; Acta S. Sedis... for the Society of SS. Rosary II, p. 1027 -1028.

The Bull contains the classic definition of this prayer: “The Rosary or Psalter of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, writes the holy Pontiff, is a most pure way of praying to God; easy and accessible way to everyone, which consists of praising the same Blessed Virgin, repeating the Angel's greeting one hundred and fifty times, like the psalms of David's psalter, interjecting the Lord's prayer every decade, with certain meditations illustrating the entire life of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 72 In this document, the Pontiff declares, for the first time, that to obtain the indulgences of the rosary it is essential to meditate on the mysteries. This official declaration contributes to the dissemination of the already existing use of inserting brief meditations on the mysteries while praying.

One cannot certainly summarize centuries of history about the Most Holy Rosary of the Glorious Virgin Mary in so few pages. So we put into her hands our lively and heartfelt desire: that this be the first in a long series of publications with the aim of giving new form to a story, which time and men have covered with errors and forgetfulness.

72 BULLARIUM OP, V, p. 223.

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CHAPTER I

Prologue of praise from the Psalter of the Husband and Wife, (that is) of Jesus Christ and Mary, Virgin Mother of God.

God, I will sing to you a new Song: I will sing to you with the Psalter with ten strings (Psalm 143). The same Psalmidian also exhorts the worshipers of God: Sing to the Lord a new song, because he did it (Ps.97), certainly in the Incarnation, in the Passion and in the Resurrection of his Son. Such (wonderful things), together with the other benefits obtained for us from God, clearly give him the most important place. Every Christian is wholeheartedly obliged to God for these wonderful things.

It is extremely important that we, almost in competition, expand our souls in the presence of God, in his praises with all our heart, word and action; and let them not accuse us of having an ungrateful soul. How much more should he follow the Psalmidian and sing a new song to the Lord.

I. New: since according to Saint Bernard, the Wedding Song of the Bridegroom and Wife is divine, the double prayer of the New Testament, coming from the mouth of God. In one of these (prayers), he explained Gabriel's auspices to Mary Spouse of God, in another (prayer) Christ espoused his Church. And therefore, that is the Angelic Salutation and this is the Lord's Prayer: both will be named after the same event, and the title of the Author.

2. The same new Song honors the Mother of God, like a pleasant symphony to divine ears.

3. (This prayer) was the beginning of the New Testament, and also the first word of the Gospel, which, like the smallest mustard seed, gave birth to the largest tree among trees, the Gospel. The small parts and concise words of (such prayers) were like numerous seeds of a poppy flower.

4. The other (prayer) of the Holy Gospel, in the New Testament, was the first and only, new and universal way of praying and honoring God delivered by the Lord of the disciples: and this became the new generating Church, source and principle of all the other celebration formulas that follow. All things follow this prayer, just as rivers flow into the sea.

II. It is also new: 1. Because (this Song) is the new help given by Heaven to men, to ask, with divine prayers, the forgiveness of our sins.

2. And this is of extraordinary effectiveness, of infinite usefulness, of unspeakable value and ultimately of inestimable sweetness before God.

3. He makes divine consolations more flexible, seeks sacred revelations and performs great miracles. This was the beginning of the Gospel, the greeting of the Angel: The word became flesh: this is the gift of gifts thrice Most Holy: it is the luminous direction of all revelations: it is the highest of miracles and the highest thing of all.

4. It is new after all: because the new Church was generated by both prayers, and when it emerged it believed and also grew from all the charisms of grace, and was corroborated in spirit, vigor and blood, attacked without a doubt, but destroyed by no means.

III. What Christian would not welcome with joy the two Divine Songs: that of Christ, Husband of Mary, and that of the Bride, as a heavenly Wedding Hymn? In these there is the holy exultation of the Angels, the Jubilee, the joy of Christ and Mary; That is why the entire heavenly Court exults triumphantly, and the militant Church fights strongly in the open field. The pleasant spectacle offered by God, to angels and men! Who would be able to take their eyes, their soul, their care and their love away from this for even a moment?

IV. A new song, among many, harmonizes.

1. As in David's ten-stringed Psalter, with the repeating, composing and fulfilling the tens of prayers to the number of one hundred and fifty. Since our grandparents' time, this way of praying has been called the Psalter of Christ and Mary.

2. If you look very deeply into the mystery of this harmony and gift of the Psalter, you can see admire and venerate the three great, holy, divine and universal Jubilees of nature repaired, of grace offered and of glorious promise. To these three is also added the most important joy: personal salvation, (because of) the Incarnation, the Passion and the Resurrection of Christ in glory.

3. Everyone knows that the fiftieth anniversary is also a Jubilee in the law of Moses: everyone knows that, every fiftieth anniversary, in the city of Rome, the absolutions of the Indulgences of Christians, carried out by the Pope, are and are called Jubilee: everyone knows that, After completing fifty years of Priesthood, the Jubilee solemnly removes the Priest from his exercise. Like a judge in the Religion, after having served his term, he can enjoy the Jubilee, being exempted from priestly duties until death. This also happened to the Levites, who as slaves, land and camp slaves after fifty years, according to the Law of Moses, had a jubilee rest, throughout the year of Jubilee.

V. Christ and Mary are for us the cause and origin of Jubilees, and also of Songs. It is worthy, just and deserving that a solemn sacred, holy and perpetual jubilee year be celebrated in their honor in the Church.

For the Jubilee to be experienced not only by a limited number of God's servants by status, order and degree, a public Jubilee should be held in the Church of God and for God. Any type of faithful Christian could participate in this. The Jubilee would be universal, for all places throughout the world; continuous and uninterrupted during the day and night hours, for one year. And truly divine Providence, like a founder raised up upon the Angelic Salutation and the Lord's Prayer, this divine Sparta, as the kingdom of devotion offered to all: so also in the Psalter of Christ and Mary, this Canticle repeated one hundred and fifty times , did wonderful things, raised up that Sparta: as David foresaw in the spirit, when he exclaimed: Oh! God, I will sing to you a new Song, I will celebrate you with hymns in the Psalter with ten strings (Ps.143).

CHAPTER II

Origins, practice, revelation and dissemination of the Psalter.

I. Origin of the Psalter. Behold, the three-times Holy Trinity who invented the Salute, conceiving it in his divine mind: the Archangel Gabriel, after having received it, took it to earth and announced it to the Glorious Virgin Mary; the Holy Spirit, through Isabel, said the third clause and finally Holy Mother Church added the last clause. Jesus Christ brought the Lord's Prayer to life, taught the Disciples to preach, and commended them to prayer. These, as they constituted the entire Church, did so. This is the origin of the Psalter.

II. The practice. 1. It is said that in the life of Saint Bartholomew the Apostle (as narrated by a Holy Doctor), he always prayed the two prayers a hundred times a day and many more at night, kneeling, when he prayed to God. The Psalter of Christ and Mary is composed of these one hundred and fifty small prayers repeated until now. Saint Bartholomew, out of personal devotion, added a fourth group of fifty prayers.

2. The Church, Society of Christ's faithful, wishing to follow the example of praying in the Synagogue, like the Psalter of David (composed of one hundred and fifty Psalms) opted for the same number of Lord's Prayers and Angelic Salutations for the practice of the Psalter. The fervor of faith, however, diminished over time, because the practice of the Psalter was very long with the union of the Lord's Prayer and the Angelic Salutation. The Church then reduced the form of the Psalter, returning it to its previous size and welcomed the separation of prayers.

III. It is told of a revelation that happened, by the kindness of God, to the holy parents in the desert in relation to the Psalter of the Virgin Mary.

1. They had long been tormented by demon temptations and disease, and it was feared that there was still greater danger. All of them then began to pray zealously continuously, insistently asking God, the Mother of God and the Saints in Heaven, to be freed from satanic temptations or to be able to endure and overcome these temptations.

2. He did not plead in vain. Those who prayed had a revelation, in which they had to practice the Psalter of Mary, in addition to that of David. So every day they recited praises to God and the Mother of God. Through praises they obtained all the Heavenly graces.

They dedicated themselves to a continuous Psalter 81 , carried out by all as a competition, as well as an order, with all the affection and religiosity of the soul: these celebrated the Psalter of Christ and Mary, as well as that of David. The Psalter of Mary, however, as it is shorter, was prayed more frequently.

3. The result was equivalent to the effort. The power of the demons diminished, placating the libido. The temptations calmed down and there was a great tranquility, which was accompanied by many virtues and graces. The Rose of grace and the strength of the Crown of Roses become visible to these: that perfume of the most holy prayers brought them closer to God, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary. They wonderfully practiced religiosity and holiness. The order and society of hermits, also due to the miracles obtained, became worthy of admiration and veneration by everyone.

4. As time passed, however, the memory of the Fathers themselves was cancelled. The practice of the Psalter diminished and little by little the name, the institution and the number of hermits also reduced so much that it precipitated discredit and ultimately destruction. The great tree of the Church fell, wounded and felled by the wounds of Muhammad: John the Greek testifies in the lives of the Church Fathers. God, however, did not allow the Psalter to be ruined and replanted it.

81 This is the foundation of the Hour of Guard in the Rosary Association, still present today in the historic and most important Dominican Churches.

IV. The spread of the Psalter increased over time. Saint Basil the Great in the East gathered the monks dispersed in deserts and lonely places.

He grouped them into seven monastery communities and organized them with new institutions. Saint Benedict founded and made famous in the West the life of a monk that already existed in the East and became the illustrious Patriarch of the new institution. He spread among his disciples the Psalter of Mary, to which he had long been accustomed, not as a precept, but as a practice.

This fact occurred following a holy custom, developed and implemented in the Religious Order: as a witness, much later, João do Prado, a follower of Saint Benedict.

2. He followed the Venerable Bede, Anglican (what an admirable man!), who prospered and preached the Psalter of Mary throughout Anglia, Brittany and France. He took and disseminated this very healthy practice to distant regions. The cult was followed by other generations and remained especially in Anglia. Where there was less strength in the trunk, the branches also dried up.

And today there are many testimonies; Thanks to the sanctity of the Venerable Bede, the ancient devotion of the Rosary remained in some temples, along with votive objects in common use or even Crowns for praying.

3. Saint Bernard, who also spread the Psalter, followed Bede. What else could Mary's passionate husband have done? Not even his ardor stopped here. He gave the same number of prayers to the Psalter of Mary as to the Psalter of David, according to the content of the Psalms. This I saw and touched with my hands. This great man had much grace within him, to the point of becoming greater before God than many saints on earth. He was the promoter and founder of a most holy and vast Order, through the Psalter, surpassing many great men.

4. Saint Otto, full of the Spirit of Saint Benedict, gave this discipline to the same sacred Order and later became Bishop and Apostle of the Slavs. He spread among those people, as well as the Christian faith, the Psalter. Those people absorbed the juice placed drop by drop by the Divine Rose. Men and women carry the Psalter around their necks to this day.

5. Saint Mary of Egniaco, who customarily prayed the Psalter of David every day, at the end of each Psalm she placed the Angelic Salutation, thus praying the Psalter of Mary.

This is just one example of the exercise of the holy Virgins and at the same time it is a real proof of the custom of a large part of the faithful.

V. We will also talk about São Domingos in the next chapter.

1. Saint Francis, as many have testified, received the Psalter from Mary, and handed it over to his Holy Order to be prayed. He advised him through his example, praying, no written order being necessary. I'm sure I saw one of the Rosaries he used.

What can we say about the illustrious men, successors of Holy Orders? What can we say about the innumerable saints, such as Saint Ludgardo, Saint Cristina of Cologne, Saint Cristina da Vaga, or the miracles, along with the many other things that we do not have time to enumerate? And if you did, wouldn't it be too long? Return to an old memory.

2. Saint Augustine, incomparable Doctor of the Church, used the Psalter. One would never dare say that this great man did not know the great Psalter, which we know and which the Church preaches and prays.

3. We know through the testimony of Saint Jerome that the Blessed Virgin revealed the Psalter to Saint Augustine. The way of praying, with one hundred and fifty beads, was a defense against heretics. With the practice of this he excelled qualitatively in each type of science, marveling the world.

4. We know, from the revelation of the three times Blessed Mother of God, that Saint Ambrose and Saint George knew the most holy dignity of this Psalter, and knew its necessity, greatness and quality. Who could believe or think that they were guilty of negligence and omission in this way of praying?

SAW. The Saints Certosinos, most worthy servants, through the Psalter of Christ and Mary, prayed a lot for the people of God. They have always honored and still honor this Psalter, first of all through their secret and private devotion. This will be explained with examples later.

CHAPTER III

The known story of the Preacher of the Psalter, Saint Dominic.

I. The Blessed Dominic ennobled the illustrious lineage of the fathers of the church, with a brilliant holiness of life, which his followers did not have, so much so that the splendor of his glory spread throughout the Church. Without a doubt, the flames of his early childhood were already a sign of the light of holiness. He threw himself with tenderness and ardor in faith towards Christ and the Mother of Jesus, when he was only ten years old. Since then he delighted in the Psalter of Mary, not only praying, but holding it in his hands and praying with assiduous devotion.

2. He found joy in praying and having it hanging around his waist, more than if he had a gold or diamond necklace. He learned to pray it from his mother's breast and had as his childhood rector and teacher a priest who also encouraged him. The child's nature, higher than that of a man, was used by God as a worthy teacher for a mystical experience.

3. When he was approximately ten years old, the Virgin Mary revealed the Psalter to him and since then he has always carried it and preached it.

4. When he became older and wiser, following the rule of Saint Augustine, he dedicated three Psalters a day to God at different times. He prayed it as one of his other obligations, tied to himself like an iron chain. Not even the many and important activities for the salvation of souls could take him away from the double sacrifice of prayer and the scourge.

5. When he obtained any special grace, he would pray the Psalter nine or even twelve times, often spending the night awake.

6. And it was also of great importance that this great man was able to establish such great familiarity with Christ and Mary. Thanks to this familiarity he received admirable, great and numerous Revelations and Visions: of divine realities and of the Psalter. He was able to perform many extraordinary things, such as preaching and miracles.

7. And there were several reasons that increased his zeal in preaching and praying the Psalter among the people: establishing (the Psalter) was already a path to holiness, due to its divine dignity; the practice (of the Psalter), universal in the world, the ease of such prayer, its brevity, its comfort, the annunciation (to Mary) of God through (the Archangel Gabriel), the Church that recommends it, the fruit: the extraordinary results in spiritual and material things, as many books testify.

8. And it was not enough to have the ardor of Preaching, to have spread the Psalters to reach the spirit, to have held assemblies to speak to the people; he also preached doctrines, Rosaries, wonders everywhere, traveling everywhere.

With his example and advice, he encouraged nobles and numerous men and women to distribute the Psalters as donations.

9. His wisdom was recognized and observed by many and, if it seemed to him that preaching doctrines gave less fruit to souls, he launched himself with spirit and effort recommending the Psalter. With this argument, even speaking of simple things, he marvelously enkindled and fortified his listeners, tormented, criticized and confused the heretics and the Huns. He relieved the suffering and they were filled with veneration and admiration for him. It is not possible to say who, how many souls and places, he made return to God through miracles, signs and wonders. However, due to the exceptionality of the fact, it is believed that it was shortly after the conversion of the inhabitants of Toulouse, where he established a fraternity, a prelude to the birth of the Religious Order.

HISTORY II

The inhabitants of Toulouse (a very illustrious city in Gaul, famous for its domination of the principality), fought with great strength and authority the heresy of the Albigensians, in defense of the Churches and families.

1. These would rather die than give in to evil. Saint Dominic, with his preaching (and God with his miracles), had already spread the Psalter throughout Italy and Spain, with a wonderful conversion of souls and customs. This is what Gregory IX attests to in his Bull of Canonization, saying: By piercing the pleasures of the flesh and shining the stony minds of sinners, he made every thirst of heretics tremble and every Church of believers exult.

But Blessed Domingos was never able to enter the city, only the souls of the Tolousenses.

2. Therefore, tormented by worry and pain, he retired to a cave in a nearby jungle to plead, more intensely, the power of the Mother of God. He added to prayer, fasting and rigorous flagella, asking for the punishments for the Tolousenses' sins.

With spikes bristling with wire and branches with thorns, he mistreated his body until he lost strength and passed out.

3. The powerful Patron and Queen of Heaven approached the fallen and bloodied disciple and with her face, words and caresses, she woke him up. Next to the Holy Queen of Heaven were three Queens, who accompanied her, similar in size and ornament, but below her. Surrounding each of the three queens were fifty Virgins, almost following her, all of them looking so majestic above human nature, splendid in their dresses. São Domingos was enchanted by the sight.

4. The Benign Virgin Mother of God said: Dominic, son and intimate Husband, why do you fight strongly against the enemies of faith, if Jesus called you and I helped you. You called on me and I come to your help. These words were also said contemporaneously by the three Queens. Domingos was picked up from the ground, almost dead, by the three queens. These took him, with great veneration, to Mary who welcomed him with virginal embraces, kissed him affectionately, and bringing him to the breasts of the chaste Chest, satiated him with her Milk and restored him completely. The supreme Queen then said: From the bottom of my heart, dearest son Domingos, can you tell me well, what weapons did the Holy Trinity use three times, when it decided to renew the whole world? And he said to her: Oh Lady of the world, You know it very well: through You comes salvation in the world, and being Yourself the mediatrix, the world has been renewed and redeemed from sins. And she, smiling inwardly, Husband said: The Holy Trinity, to annihilate all the crimes of the world, chose among its main weapons the Angelic Salutation, from which our Psalter is composed, the foundation of the entire New Testament. Therefore, if you want your request to be answered, preach my Psalter: and you will immediately feel the help of the three times Holy Trinity.

STRUCTURE OF PSALTERS III

The supreme Queen also said the following things: I have as witness to this the three Queens who are with me. They represent the Holy Trinity.

1. The first of these, as you see, which shines through its white clothes, designates the Power of the Father, which was manifested in the Most Holy Incarnation of His Son, born of me. These fifty Virgins, equally worthy of veneration for their splendor, designate the first Jubilee of grace and Glory, the Power that is in the Father and that comes from the Father. The second Queen, reddened by her purple robes, indicates the Wisdom of the Son, which in the world he manifested himself through Redemption in his Passion. The fifty Virgins of his companions, recognizable by their purple clothes, remember the second Jubilee of the fiftieth year of grace and glory, which derives from the merits of the suffering Christ. The third Queen covered with stars represents the Clemency of the Holy Spirit, and indicates the sanctification of the world Redeemed by mercy; the fifty virgins who attend her, sparkling with stars, promise the third Jubilee of grace and glory, which flows in the Holy Spirit and from the Holy Spirit.

2. You must know that I, as I am the Queen of the three Queens, am also the Queen of the three Jubilees, throughout this life and in my country: I am the Queen of Natural Law, of that Writing, and of that of Grace, which are eternal for the happiness of the Blessed. This is the reason why the Holy Trinity who (in this world) titled me and conferred a Psalter, with the holy number of one hundred and fifty, which in the first fifty prayers on the Incarnation shines very white; in the second group of fifty prayers about the Passion of the Son, the color purple is reflected; In the third group of fifty prayers about his Resurrection and the glory of the Saints, the stars twinkle.

3. Therefore, take this Psalter and pray it constantly to me. 82 Enter courageously into the city and among the legions of enemies, where so many people will gather, praise and commend him; advise Prayer and believe: you will soon see the greatest wonders of divine power. He said and walked away, towards the stars.

82 This is the solemn moment of the delivery of the Holy Rosary to Saint Dominic, coming to Toulouse, a small town on the Upper Garonne in France, in 1212.

IV. 1. Saint Dominic believes in the promise, obeys the command and enters the city of Toulouse; At the same time, the bells of the main Church, by divine intervention, ring from the towers, with a sound different from the known one.

Terror, emotion and stupor assault everyone's soul, as does the curiosity to know what they were hearing and its origins.

Almost the entire city immediately goes to the main parish, and there appears before everyone, the much hated, the intrepid and divine preacher of the Psalter, Saint Dominic, the hammer of hearts: he is then listened to and seen with admiration. The stupor was greater due to the sound of the bells than due to the preaching. Everyone was fearful and amazed by the presence of the Saint, but even so they did not give in to their heretical obstinacy. Then there was a storm in the sky, quite strong and frightening.

2. Thunder was heard, lightning flashed one after the other, lightning echoed as it struck: the city was shaken, all the inhabitants trembled due to the scourges that were approaching. It seems that the earth becomes smaller and blends with the sky, with the waves and the flames. And as if that weren't enough: an earthquake hits the city and it seems that everyone will be sucked into an immense whirlwind. Not even the waters remain in their course, as they withdraw and flood all things; and the full force of the winds, spreading a horrendous end of the world, creaks and cracks.

3. Horrible things happened, but amidst all the scourges Dominic's voice did not diminish, which was heard by everyone, preaching the Psalter. This one, who conquered everything, also conquered heretical hearts. He stirs them, sweetens them, transforms them and, among other things, says: “This is the right hand of the Exalted One: it is the voice of God that you hear, citizen. Give God a place: he is at the door of your heart and knocks.

It is God who strikes and thunders among the clouds. It scares to correct, it does not punish to kill. However, punishment surpasses the heads: avoid punishment and be afraid of the last punishment, the eternal one. You learn as an example those who crucified Jesus Christ, who were frightened by these events. Wait for the salvation of Jesus and the Mother of Jesus. Come on, ask everything from the Virgin Mother of the Savior, advocate Mother of mercy, because the beloved Son denies nothing to the beloved Mother. You love the prayer of both, you use the Psalter. You honor God and Mary, you reject heresy with an oath. And trust: I promise salvation, the grace of the Mother of God will confirm this promise of mine. An unexpected calm and tranquil security, by God's will, will free them from these torments. Do you believe: I see here the hundred and fifty Powers, the Angels executing the punishment of God, sent by Christ and the Virgin Mother of Christ from Heaven against you, to punish you for your sins.”

4. During these words of the Saint, ruinous voices are heard, and the confused cries of demons are heard: God! We are bound with chains of fire, because of the infinite power of the Psalter and we are sent away from this world, to Hell, unhappy. Their enormous screams could be heard, it seemed as if they covered the voice of the Psalter Preacher. They would have covered him if God had not given a greater tone to Dominic's voice.

5. In the end, a terrible and wonderful event was added to the others. By chance, in the largest Church there was a statue of the Mother of God on display, in an elevated and visible place. Everyone saw Our Lady raise her right hand pointing to Heaven and repeat the warnings three times, as if she were saying: If you don't follow orders, you will rot. Saint Dominic interpreted the gesture of the statue in this way, immediately saying: The punishments and the terrible signs will not cease, if you do not put aside your obstinacy and ask with the Psalter for salvation through the Advocate of mercy.

Therefore, you appease Her anger with the sacred prayers of the Psalter and She will bend with mercy the arm raised threateningly.

V. 1. God had already shaken the fibers of everyone's hearts, and Dominic had wounded them. They were all desperate and kneeling, with their pleading hands extended to God and the Mother of God. Terrified, their arms and entire bodies trembled. We could hear groans coming from the depths of their hearts, sobs, moans confused with screams and screams. The tears of men and women mixed together. Everyone was bathed in tears, dressed in dirty clothes, beating each other's chests, throwing themselves in the mud and pulling out their hair, all together invoking mercy, as if they had attended their own funeral.

2. Saint Dominic, faced with this passionate spectacle, turned to the statue of the Mother of God and kneeling supplicatingly, he prayed: Lady of heaven and earth, powerful Virgin, look, listen to the penitent suppliants, the shame of the past and the pain of the present, promises better things for the future.

Abandon anger, remove threats and place your arm back in the bosom of your mercy. The Beloved Mother listened, moved and refolded the arm of her statue. The winds, thunder and earthquakes calmed down.

3. All Toulouseans who experienced those terrors and dangers placed their hands and their souls in the hand of the only God and under the guidance of Saint Dominic. Peace and a deep calm came, with admiration and total change of souls. They abandoned their errors, rejected the shadows of heresies and opened to the light of the Catholic faith.

4. The next day, the citizens repeated the spectacle again. They wore white clothes, carried lit candles in their hands, and prayed in the same church as the day before.

For all those who gathered, Saint Dominic began the teaching of the Psalter and God continued to perform miracles through his servant.

SAW. 1. These things happened approximately three or four years before the creation of the Holy Order of Preachers.

2. In memory of the event, the Bishop of Toulouse Fulco donated the sixth part of his Church's tithe, forever, to Saint Dominic and his Friars.

3. And so the Sacred Order of Friars Preachers began, in the Church, called Saint Romanus, founded and dedicated to the Holy Trinity and the Holy Virgin Mary.

4. This was the beginning not only of the Order, but also of the Psalter, to be spread elsewhere. Along this path the Psalter entered the Order, and has been transmitted to this day without interruption.

5. Since the foundation of the Holy Order in the Church and the Psalter, it is evident how great the things done by God and the Mother of God are. The result where the Christian name extends is notorious.

CERTIFICATE

All the most lovely words, the Virgin Mary, Mother of God referred to those whom She espoused with a ring made of their hair and with the (gift of a) wonderful Psalter, which hangs on the Bridegroom's neck. These facts are true, visible and real.

CHAPTER IV

Blessed ALANO, Spouse of the Mother of God, renewer of the Psalter, according to the narrative attested in the Apology to chapter ten.

I. Gracious God of all Mercy and all consolation, from the abundance of his indulgent piety and eternal charity, revealed the Psalter of Christ and Mary to a Priest, Friar of the Order of Preachers.

1. Through him, with the help of God's grace, innumerable and unexpected miracles were performed; this Friar Preacher was particularly devoted to the Psalter of God and the Mother of God.

2. The same Father, before conquering the divine vocation, the grace of extraordinary preaching, prayed the Psalter of Mary for a long time, in assiduous daily devotion to God. Freed from the temptations of the devil, the flesh and the world, and immune to them through the Psalter, he lived a safe life with God in his vocation. He was freed from some temptations, but he was very tortured and had to fight a cruel fight against many diseases.

3. God allowed him to escape temptation after being cruelly tempted for seven whole years by the devil. During this period, São Domingos attacked himself with spheres, and received hard blows with whips, trying to free himself from temptations. Those blows were so cruel that the benign Virgin of God, with pity, brought help and medicine to the afflicted, so that he would not fall into despair.

4. The great hidden strength of the impetuous torturer very often made him approach despair. He thought about killing himself, separating the soul from the blood through a knife or renouncing life with any other type of death. In one of his moments of despair, in the Church of his Sacred Order, Saint Mary saved him, appearing to him unexpectedly, dispelling his temptations.

5. The hand, although not yet decided, was already holding the knife to attempt suicide. When he bent his arm and threw the knife against his own throat, in a deadly blow, the savior Maria approached, mercifully, and with a decisive act grabbed her arm, preventing him from committing suicide. He slapped the desperate man and said: What are you doing, wretch?

If you had asked for my help, as you have done on other occasions, you would not be in such great danger. Hearing this, the wretch fainted and remained alone.

II. 1. After a short time, he fell victim to a very serious and incurable bodily illness and all those who knew him believed that he was the next son of death.

2. When he left the Church and entered his monastic cell, he was pursued by demons, psychologically disturbed, mistreated by a new illness, and lay miserably with ardent groans, while praying and invoking the Virgin Mary: They placed me as a son of death . What will I do? Heavenly things are hostile to me: for me the sky is iron. Hellish things torment me; human things abandon me. I don't know what to think, what to say and where to go. I expected Mary Help of Christians, that I would be stronger and safer with your help: and behold, pain! I fell into a greater curse. Why was I born? Why did I see this light? Why did I enter this Religion, also possessing it? Why did you give me such a long and difficult service of vocation? Where, please, is the truth of him who says: my slavery is easy, and my burden is light? Where is the truth, which does not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can? Truly, giving reverence to God and also offending Him, I would rather not exist, or be a stone, than spend the days of my life like this. So he pleaded like Job and Jeremiah: and uncertainly he asked himself whether he should abandon the service of the Lord for the rest of his life or continue it.

III. In the midst of doubt, the Saint of Saints suddenly appeared.

1. While he debated between the states of his soul, and leaned towards one thing or another, almost half of the stormy night, between the tenth and eleventh hour, in the monastic cell where he was, he denied the splendor of God with an improvised light, and in this the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared majestically, who greeted him in a very sweet way.

2. After many holy conversations, the Virgin spread her most pure Milk over the many mortal wounds of the demons and healed them completely.

3. At the same time, in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ and many Saints, who were around, he married his servant, and gave him the ring of his Virginity, carefully made with his Virginal hair. 83 This ring of glory that is worn on the finger, and (with which) one marries in such an admirable way without being seen by anyone, is inexplicable and priceless. He deeply feels, through this, undoubted help against all diabolical temptations.

83 We indicate the old image used on the cover, to contemplate the majesty of the scene.

4. In the same way, the Blessed Virgin Mother of God hangs around his neck a Chain with braids of Virginal Hair, on which were attached one hundred and fifty precious stones, and (interspersed with others) fifteen, according to the number of his Psalter.

5. After all this, She said that these things she does in a spiritual and invisible way, to those who devoutly pray her Psalter. The same number of stones is also contained in the ring, but in a smaller form.

6. After these things, the same gentle Lady gave him a kiss, and allowed him to suck from her Virgin Breasts. Sucking greedily from these, he felt refreshed in all limbs and strength and transported to Heaven. Thus very often the benign Mother gave him the same grace of suckling.

IV. I narrate things (worthy of) being admired by all mortals.

1. This Queen of both worlds, after the Marriage, appeared to him frequently and, leaving him astonished, divinely restored his strength, and reinvigorated him, so that they could bring courage to other devotees, through the Psalter of the Mother of God. She once said: “Dear husband, you must never again consider me separate from you and you must not separate yourself from your trust in me and my service. The union between me and you is so great that not even the Holy Corporal Marriage (if we had been united so many times, how many women are there in the world) could unite me to you as much as the spiritual Marriage we have. I am united to you, without carnal union because this is worthless compared to spiritual and divine union. Spiritual union consists of virginal procreation and the heavenly fertilization of souls, which no one with reason or erudition can understand, only the one who receives it.

2. So, courage, dear husband. It is necessary that, by marital law, all things be shared between us. That is why I want to communicate to you through spiritual Marriage, the graces conferred on me.

3. Know that corporal Marriage is a Holy Sacrament in the Church, because it symbolizes the spiritual Marriage between Christ and the Church.

4. I espoused you through the Angelic Psalter, just as God the Father espoused me through the Angelic Salutation, for the generation of his Son. I, most pure and incorrupt Virgin, was united to you, by the will of God to renew the world, as (my) Son did, through the Sacraments and Virtues.

5. Let no one think anything impure about this (union). Spiritual generation is purer than the sun, cleaner than the stars, containing the embrace of the infinite Trinity. In this this Marriage is consummated, in which all things are, from which all things come and through which all things exist.

6. Rejoice, Husband, since you have made me so happy, how many times you have greeted me in my Psalter. Why was it that when I was unhappy, you were distressed, greatly tormented or severely afflicted? I had promised to give you sweet things, but for many years, I gave you bitter things. So rejoice now. From the abundance of my gifts, I give you fifteen Jewels, like the fifteen Lilies of my Virginal Psalter.”

CHAPTER V

The fifteen Jewels given by the Wife, to the Husband BEATO ALANO.

I. First Jewel: it is the final remission of sins. “I have obtained for you, Husband, the remission of all sins, even the most serious: you will not die in the guilt of sin, but if you make a mistake, in this world you will be punished, since you have often greeted me with “Hail”: without guilt” . She gave this forgiveness, because he was a great sinner, and had lived surrounded by diverse and numerous types of sins. This was an example to others, so that sins may be forgiven (In Her).

So Mary did not choose an innocent person, just as Christ chose for Spiritual Marriage a Magdalene (disciple), full of gratitude, for believing in her repentance. And the same Magdalene participated in this Marriage, as auspice and initiator, together with her daughter Catarina Mártir, who also married Jesus Christ.

II. Second Jewel. The Presence of Mary: “This is why 'Mary' often offered herself to me, enlightened (of Grace): “for this reason I give you this heavenly light, so that you may always have a present light in me, and you will always have me and you will see me as your Assistant and Helper. “And this is stronger and truer through the spirit than through the bodily senses.”

III. Third Jewel. The grace to obtain the things asked for: “Since you have often offered to me the prayer of “Thanks,” by which I have pleased God and deserved the advantage of the world, therefore I give to you the grace to obtain anything and everything. Pray and ask in the right way, and then you will have things even greater than those you desire.” And this has been proven.

IV. Fourth Jewel. Help from Heaven. “Since you have often offered me the lily of “Cheia”, I, as I am full in all my powers, works and graces, grant to you that (from head to toe, inside and outside), no there is a part or power that does not feel the divine help in joy and sadness, as in every action”. And so it happened. He felt deeply and frequently in all his limbs a certain light that insinuated itself, in an inexplicable way, and led him to the will of the Holy Trinity.

V. Fifth Jewel. The Presence of God. “Since you have often offered me the lily of the “Lord”, which is the same Holy Trinity, behold, for you I have obtained that the Lord God is always with you”. Since then he always saw the Holy Trinity in himself, which assimilated him. He no longer saw himself, but only her. And next to her are three distinct Persons: one inside the other. All things present in one were also present in the others. But this vision is not linked to the imagination, and is not material, but is characteristic of faith, a light higher than all created science.

This is how he felt and saw, according to his greater or lesser disposition and devotion. If at times he was not pious, or was occupied in worldly things, or was idle, the vision would disappear for a little while.

After works of devotion and penance, it slowly returned to how it was before.

SAW. Sixth Jewel. The Presence of the Saints. “Since you have often offered me “With You”, because I went to the Tabernacle of the Holy Trinity. Behold, I grant you to see within yourself and feel the entire Celestial Court, clearly.” And so it happened. She saw within herself the Saints and Angels, whom she invoked with great devotion. He also heard special things and (saw) a light that illuminated him, with great joy, but also with great regret.

VII. Seventh Jewel. Santos’ way of expressing himself. “Since you offered me the “Blessed One”, because the way of expressing myself was blessed, behold, I grant to you my and the Saints' way of expression, so that you hear our language”.

And so it happened. He often heard words from the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, Mary or the Saints. That voice was not linked to the imagination nor was it material, but it was of another kind, clear and distinct, which influenced his mind and instructed him. I don't know of anything like this in nature.

VIII. Eighth Jewel. A certain Omnipresence. “Since you have often offered me the “You”, like the Doctors when exposing, referring and supporting the illnesses of the people; I give you knowledge not conquered with human ability, but granted by my grace.” Since then he was an expert and trained in all divine, moral and human science: he did not need books to research. Through prayer, he could meet the Virgin Mary and learn much more than if he had studied all day in a great Library. To the same man, the Blessed Virgin revealed the origins and subtleties of the sciences: if men knew them, they would despise the human sciences, due to the great imperfection they have.

IX. Ninth Jewel. The Innocence of women. “Since you offered me the lily: “Among women”, meant Saints; since it is not a praise, to be blessed among captives; I grant you this grace: women will not bother you, not even in the slightest. And since you accepted me as your Wife, I grant you, in addition to the presence, the help and favor of my Young Women, that is, all the Saints.” He often saw Saint Anne with her daughter Mary, Saint Magdalene, Saint Catherine Virgin and Martyr, saw that of Siena, and Agnese, as well as many others, with great devotion and angelic love.

X. Tenth Jewel. Eloquence. “Since you often offered me the “Blessed E”, which is the Word of Wisdom, I grant you the Grace that in your expression and in your speech you feel the heavenly glory and see the great things of God. What you see in yourself, you will also see in the word.” And so I saw and felt. The SS. Trinity was seen by him as a whole, and every part of it, equally potent, equally perfect. To these things the Blessed Virgin added: “You will have this grace so that, when you preach or teach, you will have due faith and devotion. Feel Christ in you, who says what you should (say), and (feel) me too, who answers you so that you pray, teach or read.” And it happened like that.

1. When expressing himself, he felt an inexplicable joy and this (happened) especially after the assumption of the Holy Eucharist.

2. He felt inexplicably and extraordinarily an inspired man who absorbed ideas and feelings throughout his body, as Saint Augustine said: You will not change me in yourself, but you will change yourself in me.

3. And this man, assimilated into him, did all things, spoke, walked, etc., as the saying goes: It is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.

This way is difficult and tiring, especially when devotions and great faith are lacking.

XI. Eleventh Jewel. The Presence of Christ: “Since you offered me the lily of Virginity, the “Fruit”, which is my Son, who is within each fruit of the Holy Spirit, and wants for himself, among the first things, the heart and the soul: indeed with the heart, more than with the flesh, I conceived: to God I offered (Virginity) and received it in the heart of God, which clothes itself with my flesh. Therefore I grant your heart the blessing of Virginity, so that you may clearly feel the life of my Son.”

And these things happened: 1. In fact, in his heart he felt like a globe, inside which he looked with wonder at the life of the Lord Jesus, that is, the Incarnation, the Passion and the Glorification. And after this, his heart is oriented either toward joy or toward compassion.

2. Likewise in the depths of his own heart he clearly had an extraordinary light, from which he is wonderfully comforted in doing all good things, in enduring adversity and turning away from the evils of anger, sloth and other passions.

3. If this light goes out, then he soon feels unable to do anything. The twelfth, third, fourth and fifteenth Jewel, the husband did not write. It is not known why: it is believed that there are so many sublime secrets that she preferred not to reveal them to mortals.

CHAPTER VI

 

How to look at the Blessed Virgin Mary during prayer.

Marian Revelation to BLESSED ALANO.

I. The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to her New Husband when he asked: “What is the best way to honor the Mother of God and the Saints in Heaven?” To him the Wife replied: "My husband, put my figure before the eyes of your mind and contemplate it, not in its purely human existence, which is a minimal reality, but in a different way of existing, which has four aspects Listen:

1. Being in grace, since I am the Temple of all the graces of God, each of which greatly surpasses each grace of the Saints.

2. Being in glory, through my Christ, who surpasses the glory of all the Saints.

3. Being, in part, in God, because without a doubt in my soul lives the Holy Trinity by essence, presence and power: just like in other creatures. But in a higher way it is in me, through grace, by which I became the Triclinium of the Holy Trinity, therefore it concerns Nature, Grace and Glory.

4. The Being (in itself), “because I am the mother of the Son of God”.

II. “Since in the absolute way, the souls of all are in God, so in the same (man) is my image in the most absolute way.

This soul, as it is in God, is nothing other than an image of the reality of the same God, but with a different nature. Therefore, if you saw me in Paradise, you would contemplate in me existence according to human Nature, Grace and the Trinity. In each of these realities, the first is completely surpassed by the successive one. That is why the figure of Mary is equally fourfold: Natural because she is a most beautiful reality: Graceful, because she is an even more beautiful reality: Glorious, because there is nothing more divine than this. And finally, Divine through perfection, because the Holy Trinity, which is perfection, exists in me.

Mary is the Lady of all things existing, preserved and governed throughout the world. She is the first in perfection and respect for all creatures. Mary is the one I think about, know and love in a very special way, and I want her to be thought of, known and loved by her servants. She is, above all, the Mother of God, of the Incarnate Word, so that her nature would be in me. 84 First of all, it refers to the Angelic Salutation, since my nature had the blessing of having Mary, Mother of God, living in me. This human reality of mine is quite important, and must first be understood by the mind, as the image of Christ and the Saints. Therefore truly observe, my beloved Husband 85 , the following way of praying, memorable for the ages and wonderful to be followed, of my Only Begotten Son Jesus Christ, for the progress of your soul.”

84 As can be seen, the Revelations of Mary are interposed with those of Jesus, as in this case, without this being very specific.

85 Holy Mary speaks again that this Revelation has, at the same time, Jesus and Mary, being interlocutors with Blessed Alan.

HOW TO PRAY

Meditations on the parts of the body of Christ and Mary, according to the teaching of the Mother of God.

In the first fifty prayers.

“Regarding the mind, meditate as much as possible:

1. It is the royal Lordship, who measures merits and awards, because the Holy Trinity lives in this, as in his Triclinium.

2. Regarding the eyes, meditate the luminosity of all knowledge, according to merit, prize and divine nature. Where the vision you have of yourself also manifests.

3. Regarding the sense of smell, meditate on the fragrance of all graces. Indeed, all the grace of life and truth is in me.

4. In relation to the mouth, meditate on the supreme abundance, the smoothness, the flavor and the eloquence of all God's gifts.

5. Regarding the throat, meditate on the sound and modulation of speech and voice, with which God and all the Saints are pleased.”

In the second group of fifty prayers.

1. Regarding the ear, meditate on why your words always resonate in my ears, like the agreement of all virtues and the gifts of grace.

2. In relation to the stomach, meditate that this is the storehouse of all softness and pleasure.

3. Regarding the breasts, consider that they contain every consolation and sweetness.

4. Regarding the left arm, (meditate) that all the advantage of grace and natural glory is contained in it.

5. Regarding the right, (meditate that it contains) the infinite types of all joys.

In the third group of fifty prayers.

1. In relation to the womb, meditate on the immense power of giving birth and how much maternal respect is maximum.

2. In relation to the femurs, (meditate) the great strength.

3. Regarding the knees, (meditate) the tireless grace of saving and freeing from evils.

4. Regarding the shinbones, (meditate) the anointing, which is in almost all the Sacraments.

5. In relation to the feet, meditate on the gift of agility, constancy, etc. And these things (meditate also) on the blessed body.”

IV. “In relation to the Soul, then, in an appropriate way, you can meditate and at the same time pray, flying through the Intellect, the Will, the Memory, the Irascible power and the Desirable one: at the same time (flying) through the sense common to all, the Imagination, Fantasy, Discernment and Remembrance. Thus the powers of the five inner senses. In each of these you will venerate spiritual things, which are infinitely better, more worthy, more true, saner, purer, clearer, etc., than the things created in this world.”

V. To the husband who thinks: Could those things be pure fantasy and imagination? The Lady responds: “They are true for three reasons.

1. I reveal it with reason. In fact, the Holy Trinity is in all nature, power and presence: therefore it is also in every created image, especially in the figure of Saint Mary, who, from eternity was conceived in the divine mind, and espoused to God. And so the Holy Trinity is more present in all created things, than the form within matter, or the position in a place. Here there is a divine being, in whom there is no falsehood.

2. Here is an obvious example. Soon after, the Bridegroom observed in the Wife Mother of God, and also in each part (of her body), the entire world and innumerable other worlds, and it seemed that one thing was contained in another. This is the view of the body.

3. Regarding the soul, the Bridegroom believed that all parts of the soul had been absorbed and taken to the spirit of the Virgin Mary and more than before, the same Mary saw, felt and could do everything. Then the Bridegroom obtained the kiss and was fed from the divine breasts, etc.

SAW. Likewise, through the intercession of the Mother of God, he saw the same things in the image of Christ and the Saints. The Saints, however, seemed to avoid being honored and imagined in human minds in pure human nature, which they esteem for nothing. They must, however, be honored in this way and they do so by the disposition of the Holy Trinity.

VII. Then observe their degree and difference, says the Wife. They wish to be honored with worship, the Holy Trinity, Christ, I and the Saints, and this in two forms.

1. The main (form) is submission to the Holy Trinity, which must be worshiped.

2. Soon after, that is, the second (way) is that through worship, Christ chose me before everyone else: 86 I am then before everyone else, in absolute mode. We adore (Holy Trinity), and venerate (me). And the Holy Trinity, on account of the soul of Mary, is the Spouse of all the Blessed and of Christ: so also Christ, who is the Spouse of all those who must be saved.” In this way, that new Spouse often had a truly habitual conversation with Christ and Mary.

86 We understand that it is “expedit” and not “exedit”, because otherwise the phrase would be meaningless.

CHAPTER VII

Brief revelations made by the Mother of God to BLESSED ALANO

1. To the Holy Trinity men can offer nothing more pleasant than the Praise of the Psalter; whether with (the Psalter) of David, where in each Psalm the entire Our Father and the Hail Mary are contained; whether with our (Psalter) of Christ or of Mary. That is why you praise the Lord and the Lady through the Psalter.

2. Because this is very pleasing to God, the Mother of God revealed it to the Venerable Bede, to Saint Dominic, to Saint Catherine of Siena and to her Husband, who used to recite the Psalter a long time ago.

3. Also in the Choir he recited the Psalms, since Christ was imagined to be on the right of the Altar, and the Virgin Mary on the left of it, to whom he alternately addressed the Psalms with ardor.

Likewise, Saint Dominic normally prayed the psalms.

4. In (reciting the) Psalter of Mary afterwards, that Bridegroom was particularly luminous, with an admirable joy combined with an inexplicable exultation.

In such circumstances it once happened that the Most Holy Wife Virgin Mary deigned to make very brief Revelations. And these are exposed next, just as the words are from the Mother of God.

I. “Most Holy Mary, whatever you have asked of God, you will certainly obtain it: anything, however great it may be and however much God may be contrary to the request.”

II. “Thus has commanded God, that mercy will be granted to no one, except through the strong prayer of Mary Most Holy.”

III. “The world would have been lost a long time ago, if the Virgin Mary had not defended it with her help.”

IV. “She loves the salvation of any sinner to such an extent that if God allowed it, she would be ready to endure the punishments of the world and Hell (except sin) every day, for the reparation of each one. Therefore, let no one despise sinners, because they are worth a lot to the Mother of God.”

V. “The smallest act of piety offered to the Virgin Mary, also with a single Salute, is worth more than a thousand times than the devotion offered to other saints (making a comparison between a Saint and the same), however much Heaven is greater than any star.”

SAW. “Within her there is more mercy than in all the Saints.”

VII. “In the New Testament there is no Saint whose greatest work has not sought the praise of the Mother of God. That's why Saint Dominic, Saint Francis, Saint Vincent, Saint Thomas, Saint Bernard, etc. they lived devoutly in relation to her in the devotion of the Psalter”.

VIII. “Those who served her constantly in the Psalter received any special grace. Like São Domingos, São Francisco, etc. they had the merit of becoming Founders of Holy Orders and Saint Dominic also deserved to be called Son of God, Brother of Christ, Son and Husband of Mary”.

IX. “The Lord Jesus, when Holy Communion is taken, does not cease to be in the one who took it when the host is consumed, the grace remaining. In a pure soul the (presence of Christ) is greater than in the host: since the purpose and reason for its being in the host is to be in the soul. And this (presence in the soul) is so much better (than the presence in the Sacred Hosts) as the soul is compared to simple hosts. In a way it is (in the hosts) and in another soul. The new Spouse, after Communion, sensitively and spiritually feels Christ, alive within him. Likewise, Saint Catherine of Siena and many other Saints.”

X. “Our Lawyer loves more than anyone can ever (love) anyone (other)”.

XI. “A single Hail Mary said is more precious than anything under Heaven or more precious than any temporal gift of body, soul, life, etc.”.

XII. “The worship of the Saints is like silver, the worship of me is like gold, Christ is like adorned with precious stones, the Holy Trinity is like the splendor of the stars.”

XIII. “As the sun has more value in the world than all the stars, so I help my little servants more than the Saints.”

XIV. “The favors done to the Saints are almost nothing, if they are not animated, after Christ, my merits and my light”.

XV. “My true Psalmodians live fortified by the Sacraments: they do not lose their words or the use of reason.”

XVI. “The service shown to me brings joy to all the Saints.”

XVII. “The names of Jesus and Mary are two furnaces of charity, in which demons are burning and defeated: and the minds of devotees are purified by these, devotion is inflamed, the flesh is punished.”

XVIII. “As for the generation of the Son of God and the repair of the world, God chose the Angelic Salutation, so, those who dedicate themselves with zeal to generating and renewing others, happen to greet me with the Hail Mary”.

XIX. “As God, through me, as well as through the Road, reaches men, it is necessary that they also, right after Christ, reach virtues and graces through me”.

XX. “Know that God the Father took me as a Wife, the Son as a Mother, the Holy Spirit as a Friend, the Holy Trinity as Triclinius, and so I love to be venerated.”

XXI. “My true Salmodians surpass most in glory: in general they are placed in the first hierarchy, called Epiphany”.

XXII. “In the glorious world there is the spiritual unity of the Saints, and all things will be seen in anything else; but in me (this unity) it is maximum. And any Husband and Wife are spiritually united in the most chaste joy of God’s Love.”

XXIII. “Every day I release some from Purgatory.”

XXIV. “If men knew and meditated on the beatific vision, the highest charity, faith, hope and fear of God would soon arrive.”

XXV. “My Husband, I want you to think that Christ is all in you, his forehead on your forehead, his foot in his foot and so are the other members. Since I cannot see you in such a mood, I will indeed embrace you sweetly, and you will overcome all adversities.”

XXVI. “The Mass is the memory of the Passion of my Son, and I would still like to suffer for those who hear the Mass, as many times, as many times as I could: replace it with his infinite merit”.

XXVII. “The Virgin Mary, every time she saw that the new Bridegroom had clothed himself with Christ, enjoyed calling him in a sweet and respectful way with the name Spouse. And then he feels a wonderful power in his limbs.”

XXVIII. “Those who celebrate the Mass must have so much charity, to the point of wanting to be crucified by those for whom they offer the Sacrifice.”

XXIX. “Very often, in a certain way, I conceive and give birth to Christ, due to the virtues operated by my servants, and I embrace Him and these, etc.”.

XXX. “It is a very devout act, to elevate yourself with your mind through the truth of faith, the ladder to God, and imagine the steps one by one, as if it were truly visible.”

XXXI. “The marriage between angels and men is spiritual: therefore great reverence must be paid to them, they are in fact the Custodians of each one, and I am the universal Custody of all; and my eyes, like the eyes of God, are above the good and the evil.”

XXXII. “God is the lovable Husband of all devotees and of each one. Marriage then happens, not considering itself and maximally always God: and returning itself to God, to the point of existing, understanding, wanting, acting, suffering, power and everything else.”

XXXIII. “The new Husband was a great sinner, I preached for you with the desire to face all the punishments for you, if possible, so that I could save you. Because converted sinners are my glory.”

CHAPTER VIII

Vision that SAINT ALANO had of the assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

I. The Psalter of Mary opposes all the machinations and filth of the devil, the flesh and the world, because through the Salutation, the Word of God, who became Flesh, came into the world. Where Saint Jerome said: With reason Mary is queen of all, because she generating the Word of God, she regenerated all things in the world. This (truth of faith) is proclaimed in the prelude to the Assumption.

The new Spouse of Mary, on the feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary Assumed into Heaven, after having received the heavenly Sacraments, briefly contemplated the wonderful Assumption of the Virgin Mary. She saw how it happened, when she in Jerusalem calmed down, among the apostles who surrounded her like a crown.

1. He saw her soul, seven times more splendid than the sun, as she advanced through the Temple of the body, and threw herself with admirable celebrity into the arms of her son, Husband Jesus Christ, with the triumphant Church present, and, above all, the Choir of Angels, destined for the protection of men. She only arrived at the gates of Heaven when she heard the voice of Jesus; You lift up your main gates, and you lift up your eternal gates; and the King and Queen of Glory will enter: at the same time the Lord, strong and powerful, entered into battle with the Wife, who leaned on his Husband.

2. Here the celestial exultations suddenly manifest themselves, and at the same time the Celestial Legions met, and having knelt, with a melodic harmony of different sounds, they acclaim the Angelic Salute, with an indescribable triumph, reverence, happiness and solemnity . None of the Celestials was seen without a musical Psalter, hearing nothing other than the Angelic Salutation, with a softness of admirable melody.

3. Among the other things, &c.

SCHEME OF THE PSALTTERY

history and revelation of the Most Holy Rosary.

II. (The Psalter) was similar to a very large instrument, which alone contained one hundred and fifty Psalters, each of which was equally composed of one hundred and fifty staffs. On each stick, in a wonderful way, they played one hundred and fifty modulations again, in great chords.

The Holy Archangel Michael had fun in this, like a Musician and there were one hundred and fifty concert artists around; Next to these was the Angel who served Christ when he was a pilgrim.

It seems that, finally, the dead could be resurrected by singing.

The Bridegroom who listened there felt that he was carried away by the wonderful love of Christ and Mary.

4. The choirs alternated and after they had sung about that glorious Psalter: “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you”, the entire court of Heaven responded: “Blessed be you among women, and blessed is the fruit from your womb Jesus Christ.” A single repetition of this name occurred, and a new melody (started) suddenly, and so on continuously: the same meaning and understanding of the words was never repeated. It seemed as if this Psalter had received the infinite Wisdom of God.

5. The Husband then feels that his Guide was saying: Through this sentence, the whole world was forgiven, and the King of Heaven became incarnate and the ruins of the Angels were repaired. For this reason the angelic spirits sang this new Song to God eternally.

Then approaching all the Celestials of Mary in the various legions (in each of which the number was not more than one hundred and fifty), each one offered him this very Psalter.

6. Since the Bridegroom was very surprised, one of those present said: What are you surprised at? This number is most holy and is represented in Noah's Ark, in the Tabernacle of Moses, in the Temple of Solomon: and this through several numbers of ten, which were very frequently repeated in the face of this mystery; this (is the number) of the measurement of the new temple, seen by Ezekiel. With the Psalms of David the number one hundred and fifty is in common use: and (the Psalms) prophesy to all around Christ and the Mother of Christ. This is in fact the true and living Psalter of the Holy Trinity, and therefore of all, and the Churches 87. That is why in the Psalter of men, prayers are offered in equal numbers to those that rejoice the Celestials, and God is honored. Therefore, God wanted you to hear and see such great things here, so that you can preach to everyone that these prayers please God so much.

87 This is the pilgrim and militant Church on earth, and the triumphant one in Heaven.

III. (About) preaching: “The great critical moment of the world calls for the Psalter, because of the evils that persecute it. Anyone who takes it will feel its strength and support: anyone who discredits it will be dragged down by future evils. A miserable devastation threatens the world: and only the Angelic Psalter, which has already recovered the world, can now save it again.” The Husband heard this and, by chance turning his eyes to the world inferior to him, he saw three quite disproportionate things advancing against him.

1. From the edges he saw an abyss of immense depth, from which smoke mixed with dark fire rose and brought devastation to the world. And then the voice of an eagle was heard flying and shouting: “Curse to flesh and blood, in the fire, the whole world burns in fire”.

2. Another region saw a horrific preparation for war expand and unleash, generating immense devastation, along with storms, lightning and thunder across the world. And among these things a woman's voice shouted: Evils bring misfortune to the world. And she still cried out: Since there is no mercy in the world: do not ask Heaven for mercy anymore, since the end is approaching, the end is approaching.

3. In another region, he saw innumerable groups of demons, who with two wounds made almost the entire world plunge into the abyss of hell, with one hundred and fifty ovens, in addition to infinite torments of all types.

What an end of the world! What horror came from there! He feels that the three wounds mentioned were due to the three evils of the world, Lust, Avarice, Pride, and against these the Psalter was effective.

IV. However, King Jesus made the Queen of Heaven rise above the Choirs of Angels and said to her: “My Mother, Wife and Virgin Queen, it is fair to present to you the Holy Trinity, and your merits, for having come to help the world. Those who arrive from earth, consecrating themselves to the Holy Trinity, offer their gifts and merits to it (SS. Trinity). I will be your Guide: you are about to enter into possession, in fact, of the Celestial Kingdoms.” He said: and after having said this, behold, immediately, the new Husband saw before him a spectacular thing.

THE (FIRST) VISION OF THE PSALTERS

Fifteen queens, quite majestic, appeared above the mortals: and around each were the Handmaids themselves.

1. The first five queens, together with their fifty servants, carried before (Mary Most Holy) five Roses of wonderful beauty: it was written in letters of gold on the first of these: “Ave”, on the second: “Mary”, about the third: “Cheia”, about the fourth: “Graças”, about the fifth: “Lord”.

2. Another five queens, together with their fifty servants, carried five Gems of great value: on the first of these was written “With You”, on the second: “Blessed”, on the third: “You”, on the fourth: “ Among women”, about the farm: “And Blessed”.

3. The last five queens, together with their fifty servants, carried five stars before the Mother of God. On the first of these it was written: “Fruit”, on the second: “Your”, on the third: “Womb”, on the fourth: “Jesus”, on the fifth: “Christ”.

Then her Son said to the Mother: “Dearest Mother, dearest Wife; three are the supreme Empires of the Heavens, and the three are One (Empire): that Paternal, that Filial and that Spiritual, and each (of these) has five kingdoms of its own. It is right that You should be the Queen of Heaven, not only participant and consort, as are all the Saints, but also that You should be the Lady of Empires. Courage: here is you.”

THE FIRST: THE FATHER'S EMPIRE

V. Of these, five are the Kingdoms that are in agreement with the Father: 1. Fatherhood; 2. Unity; 3. Power; 4. Eternity; 5. Creation.

These, alone and together, are immense, lovely, divine. Then the Holy Virgin Mother, supplicating, with great humility, said to the Emperor and Omnipotent Father: Hail Father, Being of Beings. For myself and for all my chanters I offer this Rose, previously donated in your grace. At the same time, from the hand of the first Queen, she received the Rose adorned with the inscription “Ave” and offered it to the Father for the Imperial Kingdom of Paternity.

Having received the Rose of Fatherhood, the Father said: This rose is worthy and glorious!

Because of this, you will forever be Queen of the Father's Kingdom, as the only Mother of all Beings. Since before the Bird I begat my Son, the Creator of all things. It seemed to the Husband that the entire Celestial Court was writing this donation in a Book, made to Mary and her Psalmidians.

II. Presenting herself to the King, and to the Kingdom of Unity, Mary, offering a Rose, said: Hail, King of Lights, behold the Rose of infinite unity, from which all things derive; I, Mary, offer it for myself and mine, as you know and want.

Received, the King said: You will be the blessed Queen in the Kingdom of my Unity. I want the Units of Beings, together and separately, to be under your power.

III. She offering a Rose, written “Thanks”, introduced herself to the King and the Kingdom of Power, saying: Hail Gracious King: here is this donation for me and my Psalmidian servants. I hope you like it and calm down. The King said to Her: I like it soothes me, and it will soothe me. You are the Queen of my Power; and may you be Queen over every power in Heaven and on earth. Since you generated the Son, Power of the Father, who is the Grace of the world.

IV. Introduced by the King into the Kingdom of Eternity, the supplicant said: King, receive the “Full” Rose from me and my servants. The King said to Her: You Mother of Full Eternity, in reward for your merit, you receive, Queen, this Kingdom of Eternity.

V. Offering the Rose in the same way to the King, and to the Kingdom of Creation, the Lord said: The Queen receives the Kingdom of Creation, since she generated the Creator Son. After this, how great is everyone's exultation?

THE SECOND: THE EMPIRE OF THE SON

Five Kingdoms of Exultation belong to this Empire, according to the properties of the Son: 1. Sonship; 2. The Word; 3. Wisdom; 4. Redemption; 5. Providence. The Virgin, who had to present herself to the King and the Kingdom of each of these, followed the Guide in humility.

I. Therefore, speaking normally, he offered for himself and for his chanters the precious Stone “With You”, to the King of Sonship, to the King of the Sons of God.

II. He also gives the King the “Blessed” Stone, for the Kingdom of the Incarnate Word; and the Queen receives him.

III. For the Kingdom of Wisdom, she gives the King the Stone “Yours”, and becomes Queen of Wisdom.

IV. To the Kingdom of Redemption, she gives the Stone: “Among Women”, and becomes Queen of Wisdom.

V. For the Kingdom of Providence, he gives the Stone: “And Blessed”, and receives the Kingdom. Here again new exultations of the Celestials sing and wondrous praises.

THE THIRD: THE EMPIRE OF THE (HOLY) SPIRIT

This Empire also has five Kingdoms, according to the properties of the Holy Spirit: 1. The Sanctifying Spirit; 2. The Gifts; 3. The Mission; 4. Kindness; 5. Custody.

I. To the King Holy Spirit, the supplicant offers the star on which it was written: “Fruit”. And the King said to her: Dearest friend, occupy the Kingdom of all Spirits: may your will be done upon these. Because you willingly conceived the Fruit of the Holy Spirit.

II. She then offers the star on which it was written: “Womb”, to the Kingdom of Gifts. Before this the King said: Yes Queen of the Gifts of God; and no one will be given any natural, moral, grace or glory gift if you are not a cooperator and mediator.

III. She offers the star on which it was written: “Yours”, to the Kingdom of the Mission. Then the King said: Just as through your blessed Womb all goods were given to the world: equally my appearance, supreme Mission, was known through the Mission given to You, to generate the Son.

Therefore, you will be Queen of all Missions in both worlds, and no changes will happen without your consent.

IV. She then gives the star on which it was written: “Jesus”, to the Kingdom of Goodness, and the King said: You will be the Queen of Goodness. And I will communicate it to no one without your mediation.

V. She who delivers the star on which it was written: “Christ”, to the Kingdom of Custody, and the King said: I do not want anything that is in nature, nor in grace, to be protected without you. You indeed, Conservative Queen, gave birth to the Savior of the world.

After this, immense exaltations occurred again.

HERE IS THE CONCLUSION

SAW. Finally, (Maria SS) offered herself, to the Holy Trinity, for herself and for her Salmodiante servants. And to Her God said: I have and want the donations made to you to be valid eternally. You will be the noble Triclinius of the Holy Trinity: I will be thus entirely in you, and you will be entirely in Me: not by Assumption, but especially by glorification. I will never deny anything to your will. After these things: Because you linked those fifteen Donations to my ten Precepts, my ten main Virtues contrary to the ten Vices of the world, the ten subdivisions of nature to be renewed: therefore I want that in Heaven and on earth, under this number you be praised in the Psalter. At the end the Wife, turning to the Husband, said: Preach the things you saw and heard. Do not be afraid: I am with you; I will help You and all my Psalmidians. I will punish those who oppose You: they will fall to ruin; as you saw that many died through a bad way.

Now, however, pay attention.

CHAPTER IX

Second part of the Vision. The struggle between the Queen's Mercy and Justice, etc.

NOTE.

The Blessed Virgin, at the end of the chapter, reminds BLESSED ALANO: in Heaven there is supreme peace, no discord, there is no change in God: but to human intelligence, this is how it appears in the different times, of the Law and the Gospel; God's wrath will eliminate it with His Grace.

I. The Psalter of Mary is the Key and the Vessel of Mercy: it is like Rebekah's vessel of water, which refreshes travelers from the Fountain of the Mother of Mercy (Gen.24). This is how the second part of the Vision teaches, and how to ward off evils through the Psalter, as well as also and mainly, how to ask for good things. That very clear vision had by the New Husband was followed by another, quite severe and comforting. Here is the new (vision).

THE (SECOND VISION) OF THE PSALTERS

Mary had already been established as Empress of the three eternal Empires in the Heavens and Queen of the fifteen Kingdoms, and was about to happily begin her Empire of Mercy.

Behold, (other) three larger (Empires) appeared, on the opposite side, (which are the Empires) of man, of the world that fell and of the usurped world (of God); with great agitation these empires move, and arise against the extraordinary Mercy of God and the Mother of God. That's how things seemed to happen. God, angry at the fall of the first men, having thus set Clemency aside, began to govern those who were submissive to him with the iron scepter of his Power, Justice and Truth: now, as man received reparation from the Son, he was calmed released the brakes of Mercy in the world of his Empire; but for this, the new Triple Empire, it was necessary that the usurped Old Triple Empire (from God) be suppressed. Therefore the Three (handmaids) of this Empress, Power, Justice and Truth, together say: Sovereign Mercy alone governs all things? If we give in, we will perish. The Law will be destroyed, the Power of God over the wicked will cease, and also Justice against them, and even the Sentence of Truth on the condemnation of captives.

So: do we want to fight? Everyone was in agreement. Things to behold with admiration! To the Husband (this) appeared practically before his eyes, as if he saw them: THE POWER OF THE FATHER'S EMPIRE.

II. This Empress moves with her large size, and advances in battle. Five perfidious Queens follow: (1. Curse; 2. Ignorance; 3. Hardness; 4. Poverty; 5. Slavery). Innumerable menacing legions similar to these were present, in disarray and with great confusion.

They were there. The Sovereign Mercy of Mary was also in that place, together with the Power. This, trusting in the weapons of Mercy and Virtues, and in the Merits of Christ, her (Maria SS) and the Saints, and those who were sitting on the white horses; after having sent flags against the enemy army, she came, saw and won. She took that severe Power of the Father, joined her Queens and all the militias.

They were all of gigantic magnitude and invincible strength. Those who had their hands tied behind their backs, Queen Mary said: “Most powerful sovereigns, is it fair that God's will be observed, that Wisdom be fulfilled, that goodness be maintained? Since he called me, who am not worthy of his special grace, (became) Empress of Mercy, it was necessary for my Empire to be defended by me with all my strength. You, threatening, have for more than four thousand years kept mercy away from the world, closed only in the Heavens. Now (so it seems fair to God) I, Queen of you and of all, by the Authority of the Holy Trinity, release you and declare that you are free. At the same time, I name you Sovereigns of Mercy, and I restore you to the Kingdoms.

I. Therefore you, Curse, withdraw: may my Blessing draw near in the Kingdom of the “Bird”, which is without Guilt.

II. Ignorance, long powerful in the world, disappear: enlightenment, advances in the Kingdom of “Mary”.

III And you Dureza, flee: Good Grace, approach the Kingdom of “Grace”.

IV. Ah, giant Poverty, who have eliminated all good things until now, move away: and you, Plenitude, enter penury and reign “Fully” in the Kingdom.

V. Cruel Slavery, why do you persecute? You disappear: Come closer, Freedom of the children of God, and reign in the Kingdom of the “Lord”.

Listen: all you Psalmidians, my subjects who serve Christ and me, listen, take your privileges.

I want my Psalmidians in life, in death, and after death, to have Blessing, Illumination, Grace, Plenitude and Freedom and to reign unharmed and safe from Curse, Ignorance, Hardness, Poverty and Slavery.

II. THE JUSTICE OF THE SON'S EMPIRE

III. This Empress, when she learned of her sister's arrest, rushed to arms and called her five allied Queens to arms. These cruel ones flew, with a mass of evils (1. Pilgrimage; 2. Infamy; 3. Severity; 4. Impiety; 5. Bad Luck). They group together and go on the offensive in combat against the Mother of God, Queen of Mercy.

The assault takes place and Maria's strength overcomes Violence and Justice, capturing their armies. With her head wounded, her hands and feet tied, Justice said to the Mercy of Mary: You have wounded my heart, my sister: indeed your sharp rays and the coals that spread desolation penetrate, and advance. And to him he said to Clemente Maria: For a long time and very harshly you ruled over the children of Adam, I order the end and completion of your Empire. I desire that you command Mercy, (and I want) that from now on your perfidious Sovereigns do so. And you, I. Pilgrimage, stop mistreating the exiles and fugitives under heaven, the miserable mortals and the foreigners on earth and in limbo. Away: Come closer my Queen Hospitality and take your Kingdom “With You”.

II. Infamy, ignorant and hostile to the human name: go away. Enter the Good Fame and get the Kingdom, “Blessed”.

III. Severity, now cruelly infers: stay away from the Kingdom: for a long time you rejected and delayed the Mediator. You, Conciliation, take the Kingdom “You”.

IV. Impiety turn you away and avoid the Kingdoms, (come) you Piety, in the Kingdom “among women”.

V. Bad luck keep you away: come closer, Good Luck, to the “And Blessed” Kingdom. Here Mary: Listen, all of you, I order you. I want the Psalter to have in me the Triclinium of the Holy Trinity: 1. Hospitality. 2. Good reputation with God. 3. Mediation of me, the Son and the Saints. 4. Piety and 5. Good Luck; “and be freed from all things contrary to these, because they obey me in the Kingdoms: with you, Blessed, You, among women, and Blessed”.

III. THE TRUTH OF THE EMPIRE OF THE (HOLY) SPIRIT

IV. Once these things are known, he launches into battle, together with the five allies and the entire Kingdom, inventing new plans (plans), which are added to those from before.

Maria invades, fights and, with the help of the Holy Spirit, defeats her and, bringing her with her family, to the door of the SS court. Trinity, where Mary said from above: “This is the one who until this moment deprived the children of our father Adam of the truth, and kept them tied in the dark shadow, come out now, and abandon the Empire. Also turn away from your Sovereigns: (1. Sterility; 2. Infertility; 3. Poverty; 4. Prison; 5. Bad death). Stay away from our Kingdoms: the Fruit, from the Womb, Yours, Jesus Christ.

In the place of these you enter, exultant Queen of the Holy Spirit: 1. Fruitful. 2. Fertility. 3. Abundance. 4. Freedom 5. Health and Holy Life. I want my Salmodians to enjoy these things, and to be deprived of things contrary to these.

THE CONCLUSION

V. The SS. Trindade, spectator of such great conflicts, begged by Power, Justice and Truth, who were prisoners, responds: Dearest daughters, my daughter Paz, be arbitrator between you. Listen to her.

Here was the beautiful Peace and said: “Let each one be given what is his and Peace be made in his Virtue. Three times SS. Trinity, I have established a double sentence. The first: Mary chose the best part of the fifteen Kingdoms, which is Mercy. Therefore, each one, in the Psalter of Christ and Mary, must submissively serve the Empire of the other (Queens) already defeated: but (must) exult blessedly in the Kingdom of Mary”. The Omnipotent approved and the entire Court of Heaven applauded. Again with a terrible voice, Peace proclaims the second part of the Sentence to the prisoners. “Power, Justice and Truth once again exercise (their) Dominion: but it imposes harsh submission on those who, in the Kingdoms of Mercy, refuse to be submissive to the banner of the Psalter of Christ and Mary out of contempt for pride, for neglect of laziness or eternity.” The voice of the Saints together cried out: “Be it done, be it done. Amen, amen.” Truth, smiling, added:

SAW. “Certainly, three times Virgin Mary, most worthy Empress, your Kingdom will be very small, ours very great. Since a very small part will bend the banner of preaching, taking and spreading the Psalter.

Narrow is the road that leads to Heaven, and few enter it. The majority groans, is served, is purified under our summity, and this purification is incessant.”

A NOTE OF CAUTION

Finally, turning to her Spouse, the maxim Saint warns: “Do not believe that in Heaven war is waged and discord is sown. Don't believe that. Here peace is infinite. You saw these things, as if they had happened, for your advantage and for the advantage of men who must be instructed by you, to announce to men, the Grace of God and the Psalter, which came to change Wrath into Grace.” She said and at the same time gave him a kiss and suckled him through her breast to confirm the truth. And after he had been suckled, he regurgitated with such great exultation, that he seemed to be disgusted with all human and earthly things. Thus that Bridegroom, restored human things and their humanity, understanding then that it is through this vision that the Church sings at the Assumption: Today Mary ascends to Heaven, rejoice: since with Christ she Reigns in Eternal.

CHAPTER X

The treasures of the Angelic Salute revealed by Jesus, to the Husband of Mary.

Mary's new Husband, undeservedly, saw and heard what follows: Jesus said to the Mother: Sweet Mother and Wife, I am very pleased that you are praised in the Angelic Salutation. Therefore, I am happy to reveal to your Husband the praises contained in your Dignity. Turning to him (the new Husband) Jesus said: My son: appearing to you visibly, I explain what thing you unconsciously offer to the Mother of God when you say, very devoutly, the Hail. The Husband responds: The love and joy of hearts, most sweet of Jesus: I thank you for your supreme grace and piety, with which you deigned to visit me unworthy sinner, I restore not as much as I should, but as much as I am able; At the same time I ask you very humbly: teach me the things I don't know. Jesus said: my Son listens through the great things of the world, what are the precious things in the Mother of God.

THE SEVENTY-TWO SUPERIORITIES OF THE ANGELICAL SALUTE

FIRST PSALTERS

First fifty prayers.

“She is Paradise, in which the new Adam and Eve, Christ and Mary were placed for the regeneration of men (Bernardo).

2. She is the Heaven splendid with stars of Virtues, Graces, Sciences and Merits (Augustine).

3. It is the Sun that adorns the world, which is guided, illuminated, and inflamed by the fire of chastity (Anselm).

4. It is the Source of life in the Church, in which sinners are washed, the sick are healed, the thirsty quench their thirst and the gardens of science are watered (Augustine).

5. It is the tree of life that raises the dead, heals the sick and saves the living. (Jerônimo)”.

Second group of fifty prayers.

“6. It is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, which proving teaches me to do good and escape from evil (Anselm).

7. It is the garden of amenity with the flowers of virtues, from which it is possible to make perfumes for the salvation of the living and the dead (Anselm).

8. It is the Mine of metals, to enrich and defend my servants, and to expel enemies (Alberto Magno).

9. It is the mine of precious stones, that is, of virtues, to crown souls (Augustine).

10. It is the Star of the sea, among the waves of the world and the shadows of sins, from which we are guided and enlightened, so that we arrive in Porto (Bernardo)”.

Third group of fifty prayers.

“11. It is the Choir of Glory, which is composed of the precious stones of merit, and the gold of charity, with which my Mother is Crowned as many times as she is Saluted (Augustine).

12. It is the Royal Robe of Mary, with which sinners are covered, and the righteous are adorned (Bernardo).

13. It is the Celeste Castle, not made of stone, of Trindade (Bernardo).

14. It is the wooded Garden of amenity with the waves of grace and virtue. In this rests the Dove of the Holy Spirit, the chick of graces is nourished, the nightingale of spiritual consolation meditates, fame and virtue perfume (Bernardo).

15. It is the City built with the precious stones and gold of the militant Church (Bernardo)”.

SECOND PSALTERS

First Fifty Prayers.

“16. The Bird is the Temple of Solomon, in which: Victims, Vows, Sacraments are offered to God, sins are destroyed, tribulations are removed, the help of the Saints is obtained, the melodies of the Blessed are heard and the Son of Jesus is incarnated. God (Augustine).

17. The Bird is the Life of Engaddi, who offered the world the balm, with which the sick are healed, the blind are enlightened, the living are served and the dead are anointed (Augustine).

18. It is the Ladder and the star of Jacob, with which one goes and returns from Heaven (Jerome).

19. The Ark of the Testament, in which are the Tablets of the Law of the Wisdom of God and the Manna of Consolation (Bernardo).

20. It is Noah's Ark, with which the world is free from the flood of sins and is protected from the flood of sufferings (Anselm)”.

Second group of fifty prayers.

“21. The Bird is the Rainbow of Clemency, which gives forgiveness to pride, which gives gold to avarice, the color green gives vain joys, gives fickleness, etc. (Augustine).

22. It is the Mount of God, where earthly things are abandoned, the heart rises, and flees from the fire of Sodom. (Jerônimo).

23. It is the Field of the seeds of virtues (Basil).

24. It is the Organ to gladden the Heavens: the Scepter of joy to lift up the Church. The melody to put sins to flight. (Ambrose; Bede).

25. It is the Jungle of solitary devotion, where the wild beasts are under the submission of penance and with quick steps flee from the world (Damascene)”.

Third group of fifty prayers.

“26. The Bird is the Dish of comfort, on which the flocks of Christ graze (Anselm).

27. It is the River of smoothness and fertility, from which the land of the Church is nourished and irrigated (Basil).

28. It is the Sea of ​​wealth, without storms, through which one can safely go to the Stars (Alberto Magno).

29. It is the House and Hotel and the Triclínio da Trindade (Ricardo de São Vitor).

30. It is the Balance of human works (Damascene)”.

THIRD PSALTTERY

First Fifty Prayers.

“31. The Bird is the Library of divine and human sciences (Ambrósio).

32. It is the Hall of God's Treasures: from which the Goods of Heaven, of Christ, etc. are given to those in need. (Damascene).

33. It is the Workshop of the regenerated world (Augustine).

34. It is Vale, from where we seek humility (Hayimo).

35. It is the Granary of Mercy, from which souls are nourished.”

Second group of fifty prayers.

“36. It is the Altar of the Living God, our quiet (Origen).

37. It is the Perfume of holy fragrance, next to which our works offered the odor of sweetness (Bede).

38. It is the Book of Life of the Righteous (Damascene).

39. It is the Road to Heaven, by which one reaches the Homeland and the Reward (Anselm).

40. It is the Shield, with which the fiery darts of every evil are extinguished, adversities are overcome (Bernardo).

Third group of Fifty prayers.

“41. The Bird is the Bow and arrow to harm enemies, to achieve the triumph of the Emperor (Basil).

42. It is the belt of Chastity, the Veil of honesty, the Girdle of dignity, the Ring of Celestial Marriage.

43. It is the Crown of flowers, to crown the Blessed (Augustine).

44. It is the Gate of Heaven, to save souls (Alberto Magno).

45. It is the Oven where the food is the Bread of Angels, which gives life to the world (Bernardo)”.

PSATERY ROOM

First Fifty Prayers.

46. ​​The Bird is the wall and siding of the City against enemies (Anselm).

47. It is the Cloud of dew, from which the world is irrigated, blossoms and bears fruit (Augustine).

48. It is the Dispensation of charismas, to cure illnesses (Bernardo).

49. It is the Mirror of purity, in which they contemplate Heavenly Things (Anselm).

50. It is the World, with which the external World was renewed.”

Second group of fifty prayers.

“51. The Bird is the Vessel of the Power of the Father, of the Wisdom of the Son, of the Kindness of the Holy Spirit (Bernardo).

52. It is the Seraphic city of the Blessed (Augustine).

53. It is the Throne of thrones of the Justice of the Saints, along with which Peace happened. It is the Dominion of Dominations (Basil).

54. It is the Potency of Powers, against the power of shadows (Pier Damiani).

55. It is the Directory of Principalities, with which we are guided to Heaven (Blesens)”.

Third group of fifty.

“56. The Ave is the greatest Providence, with which the Provinces appropriate great goods (Augustine).

57. It is like the first Inspiration of the Angels, to exalt the Humanity of Christ, against the pride of Lucifer (Bernardo).

58. It is the first Hope of the Patriarchs, which leads to the Incarnation (Augustine).

59. She is the Queen of the Prophets, to whom the Prophecies were addressed (Jerome).

60. It is the Faith of the Apostles, through which wonderful things have been accomplished (Ambrose)”.

FIFTH PSALTERS

First fifty prayers.

“61. The Bird is the strength of the Martyrs, with which they will overcome all tortures (Alberto Magno).

62. It is the Science of Doctors, through which they direct themselves and judge (Dionysius).

63. It is the Power of the Pontiffs, which they received above the Sacraments of the Church: since it keeps the Incarnation (Albert the Great) alive.

64. It is the perseverance of the Confessors in suffering, while obtaining the Kingdom (Raban).

65. It is the life of the Religious, with which the most perfect in God die in the world (Cassiodorus)”.

Second group of fifty prayers.

“66. The Bird is the Glory of the priests: through which they received the true and mystical power in the Body of the Lord (Bede).

67. It is the Purity of Virgins, who married in God, reject other loves, remaining angelic (Jerome).

68. It is the principle and rule of the World, with which we learn to measure in relation to the Poor, Rich and Noble (Bernardo).

69. It is the tolerance of those who repent, through this, many did penance, and were saved (Augustine).

70. She is the Helper of those who begin.

71. It is the Strength of the progressed.

72. It is the Contemplation of the perfect.”

The pleading Bridegroom, after Jesus had finished, gives thanks for all those things, and confesses that he saw that Jesus was so great, that for him it is a continual martyrdom not to be able to meet him until the day of Judgment. He expresses special thanks to Jesus who speaks: since those same truths, Saint Jacob the Great revealed to Saint Dominic, when he, in Spain, was close to death: however, after that Revelation he was so renewed in spirit and body, that suddenly he was cured.

CHAPTER XI

Revelation about the Flag of salvation and perdition.

This was the New Husband's particular way of reciting the Angelic Salutation: Hail Mary, Most Merciful, for us she became the Virgin Mother of God, full of Graces, the Lord is with you, Blessed are you among women, and Blessed is the Fruit of your I am Jesus Christ: true man and true God, born for sinners, who suffered, rose again and is honored in the Sacraments, whom, Virgin, you conceived through the Holy Lord, when he answered Gabriel this very humble word: Behold the Servant of the Lord, come to me according to your word. Amen. Sometimes appearing to him, the Virgin Mary recommended this formula that is very appreciated by her: since it contains so many other qualities and excellent perfections of the Mother of God, in addition to the words brought. Finally, the Saint ends with these words, saying: “Sweet Spouse, now I will explain to you the secret of divine Providence”.

I. Know, and with certainty understand this that you, to others, must also express without delay: this which is a probable and close sign of eternal perdition: being horrified, feeling bored and neglecting the Angelic Salutation, capable of renewing the entire world.

II. For those who have this devotion, this will be the greatest sign of their willingness and appointment to glory.

III. Therefore, whoever addresses me with this Greeting will always address me: until they reach me in Paradise.

CHAPTER XII

Revelation of Jesus, about the inexplicable Passion of Jesus Christ.

I. The Psalter of the Holy Trinity marvelously comforts the lost conscience: it directs those who are in error and confirms those who perfect themselves through the Merits of Our Lord Jesus Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary, since these (Merits) adorn the consciences of the faithful with the flowers of virtues, and fertilize them with the fruits of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Where I narrate a most gentle and admirable example, revealed to our times.

A Christian, once, while very devoutly praying the Psalter of Christ and Mary, was kidnapped in spirit, not with the body, nor with the imagination, but with a true miracle and with God's permission.

In this ecstasy he felt himself being absolutely absorbed by Christ and almost changed by him, feeling the Crown of Thorns on his forehead, on his hands and feet (warning) sensitively the Stigmata of the Lord Jesus. His own wanting and knowing were taken away and Christ's wanting and knowing were given to him: how, after this, he saw that he was already in Heaven and, however, he also observed himself while he prayed on earth. Something that is extraordinary for a man, but not for the One, who only performs great wonders.

II. The Lord Jesus said this to his Spirit: “You and numerous others, greater than you, normally say: Behold, the Lord Jesus Christ only endured the Passion for half a day and, since he was God, he was easily able to do this. Instead, if he had wanted to, he could have endured much harsher things; however, he did not do so. We, in truth, his servants, for many years, have been tormented in a very heavy way by the world, by the flesh, by the devil; Neither are we God, nor are we made of iron. Why then do we, so small, suffer from such lasting things, while Christ completed the Passion in a tiny space of time? Come then, and look at what I am about to show you.” He said. And behold, suddenly they were in the Royal Palace, and in the Royal Room. Here was present a young girl of inexplicable beauty, humility, and all the virtues, and in front of her was the Angel Gabriel, who replied: “Behold the Servant of the Lord, do with me according to Your Word”. At the same moment in which he had finished speaking these words, the Husband, with his eyes, in that moment brighter than the sun, penetrating with his gaze the most intimate part of the Virgin Mary's viscera, saw that a child had been improvisedly conceived, by very small in nature, he looked like a small bird, absolutely true man in every part. As Jesus exhorted: “Watch carefully”. He saw that in every part of the child the whole world was present and yet, in whatever part of the world was within the child, there existed the city of Jerusalem, in which he suffered.

And at this moment, as well as constantly later, the young man, so small, did not suffer any differently than he would have suffered at the end of his life. And he said: Thus, from the beginning of my Conception, until the hour of death, continually tormented, I suffered for you and for all the children of Adam.

He watched carefully.

III. And at the same moment, I saw the young Jesus on the Cross, who looked like an immense tree, in a spectacle so miserable, that it seemed as if every creature, not only natural, but also celestial, could die for the compassion of the Crucifix. Then to him who looked at those things Jesus said: “Behold, how many things I suffered for you. May you know them and announce them to others:

1. I for any particular sin, continually and separately, have suffered so and so severely, that if I had had as many lives, as many creatures live on the earth, so many times at all times I might have died, if God had not preserved me in life.

2. I endured those things in this way, for all your possessions, for moral perfection and for the Ordination to be instituted for the benefit of the Church.

3. In the same way, I suffered as many torments for each gift of glory, as there are grains of sand, as there are stars in the sky, as if they were enough for me, and had belonged to me all my life, just like those immortal Angels. I would not have survived if the power of God had not kept me (in life). The reason is that I was the Word of God, who loved salvation so much, and felt pain for the loss of each one, and especially for the offense against God. That great pain was so strong, to the point of invading my body, only after having possessed all my sins, as far as Divinity allows. My glory, in fact, was so strong that it did not fit in my body, so the penalty also (assumed). And as the glory, so the punishment was equal to this, and also my merits and virtues”.

IV. However, seeing and feeling these things, even though he felt Christ within himself, at the same time, he also felt himself within Christ, as (if he were) guided and moved by him. He got closer to the Tree of the Cross, and felt in a brief space of time, not knowing how, that he was inside the Blessed Virgin Mary, as in a fortress and in a Temple: he saw this whole world more resplendent and more beautiful, of how much it really is.

I heard the Young Man shouting on the Cross: Have mercy on me, children of Adam, for whom I suffer so much. Now I ask that everyone listen to the Passion of the Lord Jesus Christ; so that they welcome the truths exposed with sincere consciences, against present and imminent evils, so that the deprived are not crushed.

Behold: THE (THIRD) VISION OF THE PSALTERS

V. Once upon a time there was a tree of infinite grandeur, full of all fruits and on it (were) all the Blessed. It was divided into three parts, with a single trunk with three branches. Each of the three branches was divided again into five branches, and over each one there was a crucified Young Man, who said this to whoever looked at him: “Here are the things and how many things I suffer. You then understand the things you saw about my Incarnation. Three were the Infinite realities in this:

1. The Essence, or Word of God.

2. The Union between the finite and infinite nature of the Word.

3. And the Sovereignty of Grace and Glory.

But besides these, from the moment of my Conception, there were three Crucifixes of infinite torment:

1. Of the Word, regarding the Desire and the infinite will to give reparation to the Father, for the infinite Love to men, to the point that, if God were mortal and if he had been able, he would have wanted to die infinite times.

But since God cannot die, that is why I wanted to die in myself, while it was possible, in love for you. Men, do you not recognize this love? All of you devotees consider pain and love as my pain and love.

SAW. First fifty prayers.

To be recited by the infinity of the Passion of the Lord in the Word. This great Tree is the Lord's Prayer and the Angelic Salutation: the five Branches are the first five words of both, as described by the Lord Jesus Christ.

First branch:

"Bird". “Seeing your liberation, from every disaster of Eve's curse, behold, thus I die on the Cross, from the time of Conception. I, your Father, die, whether by Creation or by Redemption.

Even if the love of all the Fathers who were, are and will be combined, however, they do not reach the slightest part of my love. And you crucify him still with his sins, so you ask him: “Our Father”.

Second branch:

"Maria". “Since, after the Salutation (of the Angel) to Mary, to give light to the world, I suffered crucified. The Being of beings, the one that exists in all things, through essence, presence and potency, in the truest form as your soul exists within you.

Granted that the death of the body is painful, but how much more so is the death of the soul? Mine was infinitely more cruel. Where is your compassion?”

Third branch:

“Thanks.” “Seeing that, to obtain Grace for the world, I was crucified, with pain and out of love. The Light and Glory of the Heavens. If death appeared in the Heavens, all living beings would die: I am more necessary in your life: I in relation to you am inflamed by the fire of Love, more than if all created things were one fire and in this way that you return the affection?

Fourth branch:

“Full.” “Since, being Crucified, I suffer with the absolute infinity of pain, love and merit, to distance your futility with goods, and to give my fullness of Grace and Glory.

The Holy of Holies, “Be sanctified.” Combined the deaths of all the martyrs, all living beings, the torments and the crosses in one, there would be no comparison to mine, it will be similar to infinity. You have compassion for a suffering and dying animal: where is your compassion for me?”

Fifth branch:

"Sir". “Seeing that for the liberation of men from the bondage of the devil, for the acquisition of the Kingdom and the Dominion, I suffer.

Who are? Your most noble, most liberal, most loving Lord, to whom you say: “Il Thy Name”, to whom all things bow, in whom you were baptized, and you had the name and the Christian gift, and the inscription in the book of life. In no language can his death be pronounced, not least in that of all the Angels. And you, why didn't you listen to me lamenting about the Cross? Have mercy on me at least you, my friends. You see the innumerable torments and deaths, in (my) one death, and in my torment. You observe these things. Thus I am tormented to the maximum in each of the five Branches, for your violation of the Ten Commandments of God. Here are the fifty torments, and the deaths of infinite love, pain and merit.

Why then don't you honor me with at least fifty Angelic Greetings? So do you re-love me? So, have you become guilty along with me? And how can you reign and exult with me?”

VII. Second group of fifty prayers.

To be recited by the infinity of the Passion of the Lord, derived from the union of the divine nature with that human. “Pay attention to the genre and supreme perfection of my Crucifixion, based on the genre of the union that took place”.

First branch:

"With you". “Behold, the Incarnate Word is here Crucified, so that the world may have with it the God it asked for, after having denied the Devil. Which Verb? The one who is asked: “Your Kingdom come”. He is the King of Kings. Which death will I die? Inexplicable, priceless, unceasing until the end of the world. If the servant of a Lord, or a King, who are mortal (beings), did not suffer along with him, the servant would be considered a traitor. And who suffers along with me? Many will still crucify me again.”

Second branch:

“Blessed.” “Here I suffer for the union between man and God, so that the human race may receive blessing. The Lord of freedom, from whom you receive the Natural, Moral, Spiritual freedom of the children of God.

“Thy will be done.” Death was greater than all the wills created by each person and united into one. Disgrace to those ungrateful people who do not honor the liberator! Woe to those who insult him! They will be slaves eternally in Hell at the disposal of demons.

Third branch:

"You". “Here I suffer for the union between God and man, so that divinity may be known, manifested openly to them. I suffer with the one who first moves and gives impulse to all things; If he stopped, all things asked of him would perish: “As in heaven”, in which is He who first moves all things that have impulse.

If someone from the beginning to the end of the world had to endure all the lightning, the thunder, the storms of the sky, they would not, however, reach the minimum of my pain.”

Fourth branch:

“Among Women”. “Here I suffer because of human nature united with the Divine, to obtain for mortals, kind mercy. He who maintains the earth, forms all of the earth, “So on the earth.” If all things on earth caught fire, were submerged in water, were bitten by crows, torn apart by animals, etc., until the end of the world, this would be nothing compared to my Passion. Therefore the cruel, who did not suffer with me, will be devoured like Datan and Abiro; they will be set on fire like Sodom, etc.”

Fifth branch:

“And Blessed.” “Here I suffer, like a man of God, like a cursed person, to obtain all eight Beatitudes. He who nourishes the whole world and each person with “our daily bread”. Everyone's hunger and thirst, until the end of the world, would be nothing compared to my torment from thirst.

And have you no compassion for the one who nourishes you? You, then, bring to me the second group of fifty prayers, with that minimum number and measure (from the Psalter), since, in those five supreme genres and degrees of the Crucifixion, I suffered and am dead to give men the Ten Virtues: that is, the three Theological Virtues: Faith, Hope and Charity and the four Cardinal Virtues: Prudence, Justice, Temperance, Strength; the three Moral Virtues: Humility, Spiritual Joy, Freedom, in relation to God and the poor”.

VIII Third group of fifty prayers.

Pray for the immeasurable Passion of the Lord, suffered by the Soul of Christ. “Sad is my Soul even unto death, as is death on the Cross, and this is the aim of my Conception, in the lower part (of the soul); in fact the higher part of the soul has always been happy in the Vision and incapable of otherwise. The cause of my pain was infinite charity, grace and virtue, pity and hatred of sin. My soul wanted to conform to the entire Word and the Union (between the divine and the human nature), because I felt compassion, for as much as was possible at will. Now, vice versa, the Word brought infinite pain to the Soul, which my infinite Will brought, wishing to suffer many greater things as well. Then I understood the supreme degrees of the Passion.”

First branch:

“The Fruit”. “It is the permission to have the twelve fruits in the world, which are: Joy, Peace, Patience, etc. He who gives all things and to whom you pray, “Give us this day.” If all the minds exalted by all the tyrants invented different and cruel torments, these would still be nothing in comparison to mine. In fact, nothing material can be compared to the spiritual. If an apple or a loaf of very cheap bread could save a life, wouldn't you deny it, and don't you give your affection and strength to my soul?”

Second branch:

“Womb”. “This is the passage, to regenerate everyone as adopted children of God. He who has the key of David to bind and to loose, etc., to whom you pray: “And forgive us our sins.” Every fault is so great that, if every torment of the soul were transformed into a torment of the body, all corporeal things would die. If you had suffered so much from demons, you would have been able to save yourself, and you would not fear suffering in my Grace.”

Third branch:

"Your". “Behold, it is the Permission to pluck men from the slavery of sin and Hell. The King of Mercy, to whom you pray: “As we forgive those who have offended us.” With greater (justice) than that (given) to all those condemned. The Glory of Christ, by nature, surpasses that of all the Blessed, just as the sadness of my soul surpasses any other. An ungrateful soul is that of men, who repay (my) compassion (with this).

Fourth branch:

"Jesus". “Behold, it is Permission, for the world to be saved through me. Who am I? He who delivers from all temptation and suffering to which you pray: “And lead us not into temptation.” Collect all the temptations, tribulations and deaths that were, are and will be, all are nothing, in comparison with mine (death). My (death) is in fact, of greater dignity, consideration, love, etc., which has no measure or limit.”

Fifth branch:

"Christ". “Behold, it is Permission, to obtain from me the anointings of the Sacraments. The strong and powerful in the battle against all evil, to whom you pray: “But deliver us from evil”. With that immortal, since the will, the love and the pain of dying for each sin, for the sinner and for the world, are infinite.”

Truly so small is the compassion of men towards me, that I am present, I rule, I implore, I serve, I save all in all things.

Ingrates! These are the things that I will suffer on these five branches of the Cross, to repair the various Choirs of Angels, to save a tenth of men. And should it not be greeted fifty times more devoutly and assiduously in the fifty prayers of the Psalter? The Angelic Salute was the beginning of my Passion, as well as the Incarnation and the Gospel.

“My material Passion cannot be greater, based on the Power of God”.

IX. Having said these words, behold, he saw that innumerable souls were taken from the world, in the whirlwind, by innumerable demons.

1. I heard terrible screams.

2. I saw divine Justice, carried by a running red horse, fly to devastate the world. He was told that it had since threatened the world.

3. Therefore, the Clemency of God indicated the remedies, in the Psalter of Christ, to be requested with prayers through the Mediator Mother of God, which God denies.

4. Finally a very terrible voice sounded with these words: Once only through the Angelic Salutation I regenerated all things through the Son; through the same (Greeting), I also now want to regenerate all things through the Son; through the Salutation, I also want to regenerate the depraved world, through those who want to praise me in the Psalter and preserve their consciences.

CHAPTER XIII

About the punishments of Hell: Revelation (made) to the Husband of Mary.

I. Since prayer, according to Saint Ambrose, is the best medicine for reconciling men with God, and the Queen of prayers is the Psalter, therefore in this prayer there is a very great strength: having especially the strength of the Life, the Passion and of the Glory of Christ, with the addition of the Merits of the Mother of God and the Saints.

II. A devotee of the Psalter of Christ, mainly to the Passion, he felt strongly and frequently in his body, the Passion of Christ. He, while celebrating Holy Mass, saw in the Sacred Host, Jesus Crucified, and heard him, saying: “You crucify me a second time. And he said: Lord Jesus Christ, how can I commit such a cruel crime? And the Lord said: Your sins crucify me. I would rather be crucified than see God offended by the sins with which you had already offended him. But even now, they crucify me, if not with the act, but with the omission. You have the knowledge, the faculty and the duty to preach: you are guilty of the evils that you could prohibit if you preach my Psalter.

But you have become a mute dog, unable to bark, while the world is full of wolves. If you do not correct, I swear by the Almighty Father, you will continue to eat the erroneous food of the worldly.

III. After this speech, behold, he saw an infinite maze open up, and in it lay Ecclesiastes, Religious, Princes, Sovereigns and many others; and fire, stone, snow, ice and the wind of storms were a part of their cup, in the same way, (were) serpents and those things which the world understands as very unpleasant. In these things, the unpunished were submerged, to the point of completeness, and they screamed fiercely.

Around them were demons, with the appearance of women and nothing more vile can be imagined since these monsters with burning spears, burned, after having injured, the sexual organs of those who were lying down, and entered their naked bodies. fiery serpents, cobras, toads, etc.; and other larvae came and tormented them, more ferocious than the others. He recognized many, who once worked among the living. And to him Jesus said: “This (will be) your rest, if you stop preaching.

Announce my Psalter: and I swear: I will fight, with the entire heavenly Court, against all those who opposed you. And do what you preach, lest you become like these who say and do not do.”

CHAPTER XIV

Static view of compassion in relation to the suffering Christ.

I. Once the said Husband of Mary saw that all things were about to die with God, as if all creatures, in heaven and on earth, had compassion for the suffering Christ, with mourning and weeping, worthy of admiration. He who saw such things became so disoriented, that he believed he must die. But the hand of the Lord comforted him and lifted him up, and a voice said: “We have so much compassion for the Lord: not only compassion for his will and (his) desire.”

II. And the Holy Trinity appearing to him, as if weeping freely, said these words: “You have seen these things, not so that you may believe that sadness and pain are within me, but so that you may understand that, if I had a mortal body, being able to contain the Divinity, he would also cry and feel the same pain, together with the suffering Son. And if you, like the Blessed, observed me with a high compassion, you would certainly not tolerate yourself, and you would feel a great pain for the suffering Jesus, (although always less) in relation to that of his Mother, when he was in tears on the Cross.” .

III. Then she turned to Jesus, with great kindness, and asked him: “Jesus, and did you feel pain?” And Jesus (answered):

1. “Not because of the event itself, in fact, it has passed once in favor of sinners, so that they may be saved.

2. So, even though I am not Crucified in the flesh, I am in the members, in the Church and in everyday sins, which are more weakened than the crucifixion on Calvary; Affect derives from the will, not the senses, and so I would want to feel pain, if I still had a mortal body. Because I, Advocate of sinners, would easily appease Divine Justice if the wretched used my Psalter, and thus participated in my merits!”

CHAPTER XV

Why fifteen Lord's Prayers in the Psalter?

Saint Bernard, dear Spouse of Jesus and Mary, prayed a lot to Jesus, in compassion for the suffering Christ, to know what was most necessary to conform to Christ, and, among all of them, he stood out for being very kind in reverence ( to the suffering Jesus).

He touched the stars (wounds) of the Lord's passion and during the ecstasy, with the abundance of his mind, he saw Christ, with the face and form, when he was led to death. A spectacle of compassion and tears, even for the stones! Then Saint Bernard, who was crying along with everyone, heard a voice: My Bernard, help me because I suffer so many pains for you. He carried the Cross on his back: Allow me, Lord, to suffer this, he said. And to him the Lord said: Whoever loves to carry the Cross with me may pray all day for me who suffer, fifteen Our Fathers and Hail Marys, for a whole year, and he will have fulfilled the number of my wounds. The number of wounds would be around five thousand four hundred and sixty-five. 88

88 This number results from multiplying the number of fifteen prayers by the three hundred and sixty-five days of the year.

CHAPTER XVI

Why are there one hundred and fifty Greetings in the Psalter?

Revelations of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

We were elated to hear this from the Blessed Virgin Mary, who gave us twenty reasons.

"1. Since in the Psalter of David there are one hundred and fifty Psalms, in which the Our Father and the Hail Mary are symbolically contained, as the fruit is contained in the flower.

2. Since I received one hundred and fifty spiritual exaltations, of enormous value, during the (immaculate) conception and gestation of (my) Son, with ecstasy, vision, revelation and inspiration.

3. Since I had one hundred and fifty exaltations, during the birth and breastfeeding of (my) Son.

4. Since I had one hundred and fifty exaltations during the Preaching of (my) Son, through his words and works.

5. Since I endured, during the Passion of (my) Son, one hundred and fifty thousand very great pains, of all kinds. As much as I actually loved, I also felt the pain of compassion.

6. Because of the one hundred and fifty main gifts that Christ brought to the world, from his entry into it until his exit.

7. I died of the one hundred and fifty Sorrows that Christ suffered, each of which had ten references: I. To God; II. To the soul itself; III. To the body; IV. To the Saints; V. To me; SAW. To the Disciples; VII. To the Jews; VIII. To Judas; IX. To the people; X. To the souls in Purgatory. Then he suffered greatly in fifteen things, that is, in the senses: in the five inner, the five outer and the five superior powers, which (are) the Intellect, the Will, the inclination to concupiscence and anger, and the driving force.

8. For the hundred and fifty exaltations of (my) Son, and also mine, because of his Resurrection.

9. For the one hundred and fifty Fruits of the Lord's Passion.

10. For the one hundred and fifty Main Virtues for Salvation, which are the Theological, Cardinal, Capital, Moral (Virtues), the eight Beatitudes, etc.

11. For the hundred and fifty thousand Vices opposed to those Virtues.

12. For the one hundred and fifty miseries of the world, which are: hunger, thirst, cold, heat, nakedness, infamy, injury, disease, discord, fire, flood, wild beasts, slavery, ignorance, etc. and things like these.

13. For the one hundred and fifty threats of death, which are: illness, sadness, terror, hesitation, sarcasm of demons, remorse of conscience, loss of possessions, deprivation of the use of the limb, impatience, weakness, and the like.

14. For the one hundred and fifty terrors of Judgment which are: terror of Judgment, terror of those who witness the insult of demons, the manifestation of sins, infinite infamy, fear, fear of remorse, despair, wickedness, desire from death, the wrath that is born of creatures; and things like these.

15. For the one hundred and fifty greatest punishments of Hell, in front of other vices, and similar things (they are also in Purgatory. Such realities are immense, the soul, the body, the demons, God, the place, the fire, the senses, lost glory, eternity of damnation).

16. For the one hundred and fifty joys of beatitude.

17. For the one hundred and fifty complete exaltations of the Virgin Mary and Christ, in Heaven.

18. For the one hundred and fifty main Helps that will be given to the Psalmidians.

19. For the one hundred and fifty days, or other hours, of premonition about death, which will be given to the devout Psalmidians: during which, the delay of their soul is arranged.

20. For the one hundred and fifty special exaltations that will be granted to the Psalmidians, in the name of the reverence shown in the Psalter: “to which jewels will correspond equal prizes (for the devotees) from the Crown”.

At these words, the Bridegroom (said): Mary, most sweet joy of the heart, who considered these things, would spend everything in the praises of your Psalter. And to him his Wife: I say to you: the Blessed in Glory, without stopping, repeat the Our Father and the Hail Mary, in wonderful exultations, thanking God for the glory given, and praying for the world.

CHAPTER XVII

Birth, Statutes, Fruits and State of the Fraternity.

Revelation of Mary to her Husband.

I. Appearing once, the most blessed Mary to her New Husband said: “Sweet Husband, observe carefully that I will reveal to you things that are beautiful, diverse, useful, and certainly worth knowing. Some of these I revealed to your Most Blessed Father, my Husband Domingos, on the festive day of the Annunciation of the Lord, with miracles. So that everyone in the world knows the Revelation he had, make everyone listen to the Mother of Truth, who will narrate about her dear Husband Domingos and the Confraternity. The beginning of the Psalter is under my Name, through (Saint Dominic): the Brothers of the Confraternity were called Brothers of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary, by the figure of the Angelic Psalter, which was preached”.

NARRATION

The origin of the Confraternity of the Psalter.

II.1. Saint Dominic, clothed with Virtue from above, became a truly Apostolic man, preaching, he toured the lands of Spain (in which the Saracen, enemy of the Christian Name, had already spread), and taught his healthy doctrines: when he was already looking to the other people around. Almost fifteen years before the glorious day of his death, having not yet started the Sacred Order of Preachers, while he was still a Canonical teacher, under the Rule of Saint Augustine, with his pilgrimage companion Friar Bernard, near Saint James of Compostela, fell into the hands of pirates. These lead the excellent and the stolen riches, having both been kidnapped in the fleet of their ships.

After having interrogated them several times, and after having mistreated them with flagella, they handed them over to the lowest services, the oars. These, like lambs among wicked wolves, trusting in the Name of Christ, and confident of enduring all things, being the superior Spirit of a man, endure courageously, but do not renounce for anything the customary praises of God, (which they did) of night and day, even if they were among the barbaric leaders of the treacherous pirates.

2. After three months of hard work at the oars, with the (pirates), having endured them with extraordinary patience: When behold, I (these are the words of the Most Holy) Mother of Mercy, looking at my dear husband, was moved for him, with all the depths of Charity. While I was angry with the evil ones, from the moment I wanted and arranged, while they were quickly crossing the sea, the sky changed completely and was covered with black clouds, a frightening night came; I made the winds blow, and they rushed over the sea: a terrible storm was unleashed, the lightning flashed, the heavens echoed; the seas revolted; all things floated. A dense rain fell on the wicked: you would have said that the sky was falling. The sea was also deeply rough; and furiously rebelled. Whatever things the enemies did, with the sails, with the oars, they achieved nothing, finally lamenting their fate in despair.

3. On the contrary, only São Domingos with his companion was neither confused nor distressed by these events; They, having a virile soul, and having been comforted by the Spirit, Saint Dominic tried to reinvigorate the souls of the pirates, with the usual preaching. “Brethren,” he said, “the thing is done by God, who is angry. Threats upon all earthly and heavenly things; the great wrath of the winds and waves are manifestations of God's wrath. If we calm God, everything else will calm down. Your crimes strongly encourage the avenging Right of God, and disturb the seas. Your souls are despicable and condemned; ask God for forgiveness: you invoke and beseech the helper Star of the Sea, Mary Mother of God; have faith; you will learn to know (in this) the Lord, wonderful and propitious to you”. He said this, but in vain.

4. The cruelty of those desperate turned to fury, and they acted in wrath against those who taught them righteous things; they outraged Saint Dominic and his companion with scorn, as if they were delusional; some beat them with whips; and then the most serious thing that could happen happened: they offended God and the Holy of Holies with great blasphemies, and then it happened that with their examples, instead of repenting, they stained themselves with sacrilege.

Some of these, in fact, blinded by the Saracen character, had repudiated the Faith, others on the other hand, covered in crimes, had abandoned penance. The man of God, who exalted Christ, gladly received the blows and insults, while he turned to God. With his soul and prayers, he asked forgiveness for the blasphemies of the wicked.

5. On the (second) night, the storm increased (it was the day before the Blessed Annunciation, which would be the next day), and the same (festivity) stimulated Dominic's zeal, in trying to bring back the veneration of such a great queen of pity, with a delicate Sermon, the cruel hearts of the wicked, who were already crying over their own ruin. The caretaker of souls and the savior of the desperate began to speak, very humbly and devoutly, to calm the violent. As much as possible, he invited them to pray to God, the Savior Jesus and the Savior Mary.

6. When the pirates heard the sweet Names they became even more angry and became even more violent, blaspheming Jesus and Mary even more than before. Domingos, however, did not have time to say the last words, when a huge wave broke out with momentum, surprising everyone, and threatened imminent ruin. Then the meeting of the defeated, the hurricanes, the tumult of the waves and the double night, threw out (from the ships) the unresolved. The captain was thrown out of the boat and perished among the waves; the oars fell and the thymus was broken: the bow of the ship was broken and the boat was wrecked: and the wait for death was more cruel than death itself.

7. These were then overcome by the violence of the storm, as if the waves did not want to swallow them: the solemn victory of the Virgin of the Annunciation was imminent, while the sun rose and already illuminated the darkness. Saint Dominic, meanwhile, devoted himself to prayers to the Annunciada with diligence. His concern for saving the unfortunate pirates made him restless; while he was praying to Her, behold his Advocate Mary, who appeared only to him, and in the light of day, approaches her Bridegroom resplendently, and says: Strength Dominic: for the success of salvation, fight hard; the pirates would be lost if you didn't save them. Take courage, since if you wish, thanks to your prayers, I will guide the ship with the unworthy saved through this little wind: for your love, I will forgive the sacrilegious, who forgive neither me nor you. One type of punishment will be (for these) to have delayed the punishment, as it will be even more serious for them. You will give them a free choice: let them rot for eternity or accept my Psalter and lead a more honest life, starting, together with you, who are the founder, a Confraternity that will be called Jesus and Mary. If this pleases the wicked, it seems fair to arrange that, after the sign of the Cross, the storm calms down. I myself will calm the Son regarding them. If this is not the case, only you and your brother, advancing on the waves, will emerge from them and the sea, and the others will be swallowed by Hell. “Pronounce with confidence to these how much I tell you.”

8. Thus Saint Dominic recounted the threats and orders to the pirates: he explained about the wrath that threatened them with death and the strength of the Spirit reduced the pirates' resistance to the divine word: the hearts as hard as steel were broken, they were stripped naked, and after having overcome them, he happily embraced them. Finally, with a better speech, he taught the ignorant about Jesus, Mary, the Psalter of both and the Confraternity; He taught them to do penance and convinced them, while God slowly penetrated the depths of those who cried. With this ending, the great storm calmed down, through the Cross and the word. The words and desires of all the supplicants became unanimous: they would carry out the orders, and he should only command them.

Renouncing perfidy, crimes, the past life and also themselves, with a great lament, they forced themselves to do penance. They received the Psalter from the hand of their Savior, accepting it and gathering together, in a single and new Confraternity, under the sign of Jesus and Mary, and under the Psalter.

Humiliated, full of tears, covered in desolate rags, they threw themselves at Domingos' feet, while he pulled them out (of the water), and invoked forgiveness and help.

9. In fact, after this word: In the name of Jesus Christ and his devout Mother, everything around was silent, silence and security were achieved; but inside the ship, it was clear that death had entered. To the point that the bow wheel, the sides of the ship were destroyed and the bottom was broken, due to the collision with a rock. Abundant waves came over the ship like the sea and the pirates swam even though they were inside the ship. Everyone was surprised by the miracle that, with the rain, the stormy waves, the water that penetrated through the holes in the ship's hull, not even a drop of water had touched Domingos, the only one who had remained dry. So, with the certainty of the presence of a Saint and certain that the ship would not sink, they did not stop asking for help. But impromptu, everyone watched a heavenly spectacle.

10. The August Most Virgin Mary, Mother of God, passed over everyone, brilliant in intense light and marvelous in her majesty, lovely in grace, remarkable in size and nobility. She provoked wonder and horror: hearts palpitated with hope and fear and while their faces were attentive and their eyes fixed, this is what the Saint says: Lucky men in this misfortune! Have confidence! They listened to my Domingos! Listen to me! From Domingos you learn faith in Jesus and Mary: man's piety and virtue receive divine reward. Thus I save those who gather under the insignia of my Psalter. Before, only he saw me, I was hidden from you because you were not worthy, you did not recognize me, and you treated me hostilely: now, it pleases you that I am visible and reconciled, that I am (here) and that I am at peace with you , to be believed! (And this one) because he most diligently executed my commands, and most devoutly fulfilled his promises. After these words, she, turning towards Heaven, disappeared.

11. When everyone came to their senses, they discovered that they were safe along with the ship: they were surprised that what was previously destroyed by the waters, broken, torn to pieces, horrible, was now completely intact, intact and safe. They were amazed and silent. As in a port, they observe the sky and the sea, from all sides: a placid wave approaching gently, it lifted the ship and set it sailing.

12. Then, the Holy Father Dominic, by the secret advice of his Wife, speaks to those who maintain profound silence, and who do not even know themselves. Brotherly men: this is the change brought about by the Law of the Excell; this is the Grace of Jesus the Savior; This is the Mercy of Mary, Mother of Jesus. You praise God, you glorify Jesus, you magnificat Mary, you salute Mary who was worried about the shipwreck.

You sing to the Lord the New Song of the Psalter, because He has performed wonders.

I will certainly pray to my God, and to the Saint while I am alive. The helper Maria brought us that luggage, those goods, the things, that you threw from the ship, during the storm to make it lighter: you will find all things in one piece, on the British beach, you only avoid the negative lands, and trust in the winds more favorable to candles.

13. Fear, love, wonder and honor of God and the Most Holy, had gagged the mouths and voices of men: however, the souls of the silent ones screamed deeply. With difficulty, having each given thanks in silence, they all uttered these few words: Jesus, Mary; I promise that: to God I will sing a new Song: on the Psalter of ten strings, I will psalmize to my God, while I am alive.

14. Soon after, in the darkness around the ship, as if it were far away, horrible screams and lamentations of demons were heard: Damn, they shouted, we are cursed! This Domingo overcomes us and endlessly torments us.

Oh! Steal our booty, free our slaves; He makes our prisoners his freedmen and chains us with his Psalter, scourges us with his ropes, puts us in prison among the prisoners, and relegates us chained to Hell. We are cursed.

15. The ship kept her course, and approached the British port, and having regularly overcome all dangers, they sang the wholesome Song of the Psalter. There they found again all the things they had thrown into the sea: also the wines, which they had thrown a lot of in the containers: now, of greater value compared to before.

Converted into other men, they came holy to the Confraternity and dedicated themselves to the Psalter, in the solitary institutes of Penance.

Statutes of the Confraternity of the Psalter

III. Soon after, the Queen of the Psalter and Patron of the Confraternity, defines this same (Confraternity) with the safe terms of the laws. And he wants these to be established and perennial: this is what he dictated to Saint Dominic:

I. “This Confraternity of mine of the Psalter must be founded in the name of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary. Everyone can participate in the Confraternity, they just need to observe the rites indicated in the Statutes: declare that they persevere in this Confraternity, and at the same time register their name in the Register. And these names, as well as those of the dead, are to be read publicly once a year.”

II. “The principle of this Brotherhood is that all the merits of each and everyone are common to all”.

III. “If these decisions and rites are poorly observed, they will not involve any guilt, but will be penalized with deprivation (of merits); and for each omission, they will be deprived of participating in the reward, and this limited to (unspoken) prayers; participation in all other merits of the Confraternity remaining intact”.

IV. “Nothing will be paid for welcoming and joining this Fraternity: except voluntarily, to cover the price of Church ornaments, lamps and other things necessary for divine worship, according to each person’s devotion.”

V. “Every year three Masses will be celebrated: the first for the Holy Cross, the second for the Queen (Maria SS.), the third for the dead of the Confraternity. Those who are not Priests will pray a Psalter once a week. On solemn feast days, in addition to the weekly (Psalter) to the Son, I will also be offered an entire Psalter. Children, the sick and others, for whom it is impossible to pray the entire Psalter, can offer an Our Father and a Hail Mary each day. These prayers will also benefit the dead, who were registered and will participate equally, through the form of suffrage”.

SAW. “Regarding entry into the Confraternity: each person must confess and receive SS. Eucharist on the same day, or at another appropriate time. And they must pray to the Son for the offering, and to me in consequence, seven times the Our Father and the Hail Mary, against the seven deadly sins, in favor of the Brothers and Sisters”.

VII. “In addition to the Easter Confession, they must confess (at least) three times a year: on the feast of Pentecost, Saint Dominic and at Christmas”.

VIII. “For a dead person from the Confraternity, each one will pray an Our Father and a Hail Mary, they will be present at their funeral honors and they will worship in turn, so that they are saved.”

IX. “This rule of the Brotherhood will be publicly posted on a table, so that it can be known to everyone.”

X. “Anyway, just like the things said above, these are not orders, but advice.

1. Whoever wants to offer Masses and the Psalter of Mary every day, with one hundred and fifty Hail Marys and fifteen Our Fathers, will do well.

2. Whoever offers the Psalter of Christ, with one hundred and fifty Our Fathers and fifteen Our Fathers and Hail Marys, will do better.

3. He will do even better: whoever recites the maximum Psalter of Christ and Mary, with one hundred and fifty Our Fathers and Hail Marys, and with one hundred and fifty I believe, Our Father and Hail Marys.

4. Much better is he who, with light self-flagellations of discipline, offers one of these Psalters as prayers.

5. “Finally, after all, those who add to the things already said will surpass all measures, the soul as life, that is to say, meditation on the Life, Death and Glory of Christ”.

“Nothing pleases me more than going to the three-time Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and after performing the above. Therefore, the help of the Son and my protection will certainly be certain for our Psalmidians. I will be Mother, Teacher and Friend to them and my Son will be Father, Master and Friend to them. And so I want you to understand, hope and trust both.”

Fruits of the Fraternity of the Psalter

IV: Furthermore, dearest Domingos, the more you are at the heart of that Confraternity, and the more clearly everyone knows the excellent Fruits of it, I manifest some among these (Fruits).

First Psalter: First group of Fifty.

1. To be immune from the guilt of avarice, simony and sacrilege.

2. (Be) frequently with the Saints.

3. The peace of Kingdoms, Republics, Cities, Villages.

4. The respective divisions of prayers, with Christ and with me.

5. Forgiveness of offenses and reconciliation.

6. Alms.

7. Providing advantageously to others.

8. Fraternal correction.

9. Purity of consciences.

10. The most complete satisfaction, the discounting of sins in the face of division.

Second group of Fifty.

11. The release of souls from Purgatory.

12. A more Angelic and Christian life.

13. Reinforcement by a more certain hope, by the singular prayers of very many.

14. The increase of each person's merits.

15. The consolation of the afflicted.

Third group of Fifty.

16. Religiosity: what, in fact, the monastic division can between the Brothers, the same thing can also be done by this fraternal division.

17. A better disposition with great possessions.

18. The appearance and form of a Christianity more in accordance with Christ, the apostles and the primitive Church.

19. Strength against temptations.

20. Spiritual joy because of a society so rich in grace.

Second Psalter: First group of Fifty.

21. The tranquility of conscience, which has no remorse.

22. The education of childhood, adolescence, youth, and guides each type of virtue.

23. Protection from the ordinary calamities and miseries of life and the world.

24. Salvation from death.

25. The superiority of this Confraternity, in relation to any other of any particular institute.

Second group of Fifty.

26. The ease of entering this, which costs nothing.

27. The love of spiritual brothers, which is superior to those of the flesh.

28. The fear of God, purest and most filial.

29. Greater perfection of active life, in relation to others.

30. A greater propensity to love the contemplative life in the elevation of the self and the asceticism of the heart.

Even time and experience will be the master of many things. These, and many others, I reveal to my husband Domingos.

The Ordinance of the Confraternity, revealed to the new Husband.

V. “So, you too, son of the great Father, my New Husband, listen to your Mother’s teaching.

1. After my Husband Dominic fell asleep, the world fell victim to a terrible plague, which struck the Clergy and the people, bringing an avarice and laziness more ferocious than the previous one: these, together, sent the Psalter to ruin, just as the Confraternity and the Registration of the Brothers.

2. However, the first forms and figures of these foundations still persist, here and there in custody, in Spain and Italy, written on tables, walls, and even printed on glass, for posterity.

3. The Order of Saint Dominic, called Penance, began to exist, advancing its origins here.

4. All the Brothers and Sisters of your Order, for example, and by the advice of Saint Dominic, undoubtedly and unceasingly, served me and my Son with utmost devotion, in this Psalter of the Holy Trinity, so each of the Brothers, day per day, he offers at least the entire Psalter as a daily debt. That's why:

5. The longer this Psalter lasted in such a Holy Order, the longer science, wisdom, observance, fame of miracles, glory with God and men lasted.

6. But the less this Psalter is used, the less the Order of Preachers is immediately used: as soon as the walls, the pictures and the books and the epitaphs of the dead present it, even if the tongues of men do not want to admit it. And instead, in the firstfruits of the Spirit, everyone had a common persuasion: if someone had ever omitted the Psalter, he understood that he had lost a day.

7. Through the same Psalter, so many great miracles and wonders were performed, they completely filled Spain, Italy, France and almost the entire world, so that by their frequency they surpassed the others. If I were to write down all these miracles then I would have several books.

8. Through the Psalter, one must admire the perfect conversions of sinners and sinners: everywhere, in the Temples, in secluded places, cries and groans were heard, chests were beating, Penances were boiling, even among children; Today this seems unbelievable! You would have believed that the Angels remained on earth.

9. Why? The ardor of Faith made Heretics flee, and each good (Christian) retained the maximum benefit, as effectively for having offered his life for Faith.

SAW. “The guest hero Simão de Montfort, with the entire army, learned the Psalter from my Master Domingos, and recites it regularly.

Through this he won, resisted and finished off his enemies. The triumphs of men over the enemy, which Faith obtains from Heaven, almost surpass the facts of history.

1. Albigius, with five hundred men, (Simon de Montfort) defeated and put to flight ten thousand heretics.

2. Again, with his thirty men, he defeated three thousand.

3. Finally again with his three thousand, in a battle near Toulouse, he destroyed the king of the Aragonese and his army with more than twenty thousand: and he was at the same time victorious in the battle and in the war.

4. They happened to be attacked by unexpected, dangerous and innumerable enemies, but thanks to the divine strength of the Psalter, which they habitually carried, they won.

5. And then it appeared to the enemies, that a hundred Montfortani filled almost the entire earth, when, in truth, my Angels came to help. This was the strength of the Psalter and the prayer of Saint Dominic, the hammer of the heretics. “This militia on land and sea, in peace and in its own country, did not do lesser things, but rather greater ones.”

VII. The fruit and work of the Psalter are maximum:

1. The renovation, construction and beautification of new Temples, guesthouses for foreigners, altars; the inclination to many and great Revelations, Signs and Wonders; the sanctity of life, the honesty of customs, and the candor of souls; the contempt of the world; the honor and exaltation of the Church; the justice of Princes; the balance of communities, the peace of citizens, the way of living in homes.

2. Nor did they silence the workers, serfdom and wage earners. It may be held that as these, so also all other things (were obtained)! These did not begin a work, if they did not first greet me and the Son, through the Psalter; and they fell asleep, not before having offered that day, an act of piety to God, kneeling on the ground. I know that many, when in bed and remembering that their usual daily duty of praying the Psalter had not been fulfilled, got up to pray it.

3. The Psalter, to almost all good and evil, is held in high esteem. If some are more devout, they are the Brothers of Mary of the Psalter. If someone showed reprehensible behavior, it was said that they were not from the Confraternity of the Psalter.

4. Regarding mine and your Order, know that if someone was considered more negligent, they would listen: “Brother, either you don’t preach the Psalter of the Most Holy Virgin, or you don’t pray it devoutly”. Certainly the Brothers were far away in the Choir, praying the Psalter more quickly than in the dormitory or at work.

5. Listen then, everyone, when my glory was honored in this Order! See, how much is now in the distance!

Where, in fact, is this ancient assiduity of miracles? Where (is) equal abundance of holy men found? Where is the strength of discipline and the rigor of life? Where is the zeal and great salvation of souls? The Son and I love perfection and your salvation. Now we are saddened by weakness and laziness (in praying the) Psalter. “I say that if we had human nature we would have pain, but now the rain of tears is over and it is a distant memory.”

However, be attentive to yourselves, those who thus deprived Me and my Son of the honor of the Psalter. Try to rise up thanks to me, who am the Queen of piety, mercy and Preachers, and return as soon as possible and most devoutly to the Psalters of the Fathers and Sisters of a time.

END OF THE SECOND PART

Numerous Revelations will be told in the successive parts, at the time of the Sermons.

CHAPTER I

First Sermon on the Lord's Prayer, revealed in Toulouse by Jesus Christ to Saint Dominic and subsequently to the new Spouse of Mary.

I. The Psalter gives knowledge of the Holy Trinity to those who love it, and loving it praise the Husband and the Wife in an exultant Canticle.

This is why Saint Jerome (states) in a reflection: “The great goodness of God shines in our homes, when the divine Majesty dwelt in the Virginal asylum. In the small repair the Divinity was inviolate and through the birth of the boy, the Trinity was manifested.” And He, who was conceived through the Angelic Salutation, preaching, taught how to say the Prayer, not of the Prophet (David), but (the Prayer) of the Gospel. Therefore, everyone must venerate both more holy, and must practice prayer, so that in the dangers of ignorance of the shadows, the paths of God may be known. Since the whole world is possessed by the evil one. The New Husband of Mary received a Sermon from Saint Dominic which, in turn, had been revealed to the Holy Father in Toulouse, in the Main Church.

HISTORY

II. The Preacher of Christ, Saint Dominic, Patriarch of the Order of Preachers, traversed the weeds field of the Albigenses and the thorny lands with the torment of heretical curses, to sow the good seed of Christ. Even though he was very experienced in preaching, he was always prepared, instructed, his heart found nothing pleasurable to be said publicly. It is normal for each Preacher, loved by God, out of humility to ask Him to give him a good Sermon, since the conversion of souls happens through divine power, not through human science.

(It is the divine power that) gives the good Word to the Evangelizers that has a lot of virtue, until the preachers, like Samson, slaughter the Philistines, that is, sinners, demons and disorganized desires.

II. That's why Saint Dominic, striving to win souls with more solid preaching, found help from his confidant, the Savior of souls. He obtained from Jesus the merit of enjoying the fruit of teaching, through the way he consoled and the way he preached. As when, among other things, the Savior appearing to him, manifested the wonderful reality of salvation, saying: “Dearest Domingos, you are my exultation, because with humility you save the souls of men. I do not love those who seek heavenly things and forget the humble. Who love to preach extraordinary things more than useful ones. These are not the ones who prepare sick souls, so that I can be an effective medicine. First of all, the educated, the ignorant, the illustrious and the unknown must be led to the devotion of Prayer, and especially to my Angelic Psalter. I dictated this to my Gabriel and I myself taught and delivered it as the only Prayer, in seven forms. It is necessary that those who try to bear fruit in the salvation of souls recommend it in a public assembly. Because the goodness of divine Clemency rejoices intimately in the devout faith of those who listen to it.

This is the true usefulness of preaching. Preach my Prayer to me or Domingos. I want that, with humility, you destroy the pride of heretics and with piety the hardness of sinners and with both you make them praise me. For this I reveal to you the fifteen advantages of my Prayer.

You will interrogate the auditors and make them capable of decision. I order you to move your consciences. Receive the Way, the Place and the Time.”

FIRST SERMON OF SAINT DOMINGOS THEME: Matthew 6

You who pray do not want to talk much, as the Pagans do.

So then you will pray: Our Father, etc.

First group of fifty prayers from the Psalter.

1. “I ask my dear friends: in a desert and wild land for young children, who walk with difficulty, wouldn't it be necessary to have an attentive father as a traveling companion? I admit it, you confirm it. And we are those little ones, in the desert of the world; We do not have the strength to walk, nor to accomplish anything alone: ​​because this comes from God. That is why it is necessary to learn the Lord's Prayer, through which we will keep our Father in mind when we say: “Our Father”.

2. “I ask: if some travelers crossed a land where everyone, attacked by snakes or dragons, dies. Would travelers not need a very strong man as a guide? Someone who couldn't be attacked by animals and who was capable of killing them? That he carried travelers on his back across a river or road? Nobody says no. We live in the land of hellish dragons and all sinners.

In fact, Christ is our Father and Guide, he is also the strongest and greatest giant in the sky. He is death to Death and torment to hell, and He does not die, death does not dominate Him. That is why we welcome him within us, we trust in him and we say “What are you”, He is the Being of beings, immortal by essence: “He who is sent me to you” (Ex.3).

3. “I ask: if we were to walk through the dark lands of Egypt, would the splendor of the sun, moon and stars be necessary? Yes definitely. We live in the dark land of darkness and in the shadow of death of all sinners, for whom we have the greatest need of the light of Heaven.

To reach this spirituality with our hearts, we pray more often “In Heaven”. Since Christ is the Heaven of heavens and the splendor of all Heavens. He is the Sun of righteousness and the Star descending from Jacob.”

4. “I ask: If someone were to pass by where everyone falls into mortal sin and is abandoned to eternal death. Would it be necessary for this person, in order not to fall into sin, to be full of holiness and take part in the assembly of Saints? How could this person be saved and freed from death? No one will deny it.

We live on this land. When the soul commits a mortal sin, it is destined to death, it is condemned to the deprivation of grace and eternity. So let us take and pray the Psalter and with it we pray “Be sanctified”, so that we can be not only sanctified, but also helped by the Saints of God”.

5. “I ask: if you are about to travel through a region of an unknown language, is a reliable interpreter necessary? Nobody says no.

And well we are those pilgrims in a foreign land and we look for the future city, where it is necessary to speak the language of the Angels. If we don't learn it, we will be exiled and removed from our homeland. There are thus two schools where it is possible to learn the language of the Angels, that is, the Lord's Prayer and the Angelic Salutation. We then repeat it with continued familiarity, in “Your Name”. This is the Word of God, through which all things were created: the name of Jesus must be added by one who knows the language well. That's why Bernardo says: Oh! Good Jesus, your Name is a sweet Name, a holy Name, a strong Name, a terrible and most pious Name.”

Second group of fifty.

6. “Whoever is going to travel in the Kingdom of a Tyrant, who kills for pleasure, needs to beg the King's permission to not suffer violence in his territory? Certainly yes. And that is the world, that is the tyrant: he drags anyone into slavery and death, after having robbed him of everything, leaving only a vile cloth to wrap the corpse.

We foreigners must go through this: what will remain if we do not implore the power of God: Oh! Lord, “Come unto your kingdom”? You will address yourself to the Kingdom of all Kingdoms, to the Kingdom of the Son, Victor of all things, of which (says) Chrysostom: “Your Kingdom, Jesus Christ, surpasses all the Kingdoms of the World and makes any faithful: since you are the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords (Rev.19)”.

7. “Should anyone who goes to a hostile land obtain the protection of a powerful Emperor, who defends him from robbery, slavery and greedy thieves?

Certainly yes. We, surrounded by the adversities of the earth, would be led to rapine, slavery and death, if a force from the Empire did not save us. In freedom we seek an imperial place that protects us, as freedmen of the Lord of Lords, whose only will can be our security and freedom. We pray: “Thy will be done.” Says Saint Augustine, extreme freedom is doing the divine will. Serving God is reigning.”

8. “If someone had to cross a region flooded by water, wouldn't they need a ship or a car or some other means of transportation?

Agree with me. We are those surrounded by the miseries of life: so, says St. Basil, this world is a flood of sinners. That is why our refuge is in Heaven. We say praying “As in Heaven”. In Heaven there is the chariot of stars, the Milky Way, Mary the star of the sea: we salute her in the Psalter. From heaven salvation spreads over earthly things.”

9. “If the road of your pilgrimage were rough through the mountains and wild through the forests and along the route full of holes, you were hit by earthquakes, your death would be inevitable for having endured extreme evils or finding a road along which you can continue. Your Soul is a pilgrim on the earth of your body, surrounded by illnesses, full of thorns, fickle between the tremors and vicissitudes of situations and doubtful between hope and fear. Enter the heavenly path of the Lord's Prayer “On earth”. This Prayer is life for Heaven.”

10. “Do this: on the barren land you lead a miserable life, where there is hunger and deprivation and you see many images of death that take place.

Given that, shouldn't you look for food and drink? Why don't you speak? Ah, where we live our lives! And how miserable it is! We are in the desert land, says Saint Gregory, in a place of horrors and great loneliness, of hunger and death: but Prayer, says Saint Basil, offers the bread of life and drink. Why then don't you take the Psalter and turn to it asking for “our daily bread”?

Third group of fifty prayers

“11. If some had dedicated their entire lives to the Prince, so much so that they could not be nourished by anyone other than him. What if the Prince did not want to give them any food, except those who had the royal badge and the watchword. Wouldn't that be extremely evil? Do not doubt. We live under the powerful hand of the Lord, which appears and satisfies every living being, but only before the word of order, given to it. Considering that, according to Saint Chrysostom, the Evangelical Prayer is the true badge of divine goodness and power: it is fair that it is said more frequently in the Psalter: “Give us”.

12. “Those who have become greatly indebted to a cruel king and do not pay him, then they should pay him personally, under the penalty of eternal death. If, on the other hand, the King showed himself ready to forgive everything, as long as he asked for forgiveness: wouldn't anyone who didn't want to give him such a small gesture of submission and reverence be considered crazy and unhappy?

Yes definitely. And even we are debtors to God, for selling ourselves for infinite debts and ending up in slave markets, and passing on to tormentors: and we can escape these things with a little prayer. The same King said: if they call on me, I will hear them and I will be their God. Who among us, then, will not invoke him more frequently in the Psalter? Oh Lord, “Forgive us our sins.” In fact, the Lord's prayer, says Remigio, is the children's request to the father, to alleviate human misery with the harvest of goods and the removal of evils”.

13. “If some men, imprisoned by the Prince and made slaves, were about to be killed for their cruel crimes and did not want to forgive the offenses of their neighbor: should these or not be considered unhappy and cursed? Everyone agrees with me. This remission is in relation to others, when praying we say “As we forgive those who have offended us”.

14. “If some were tempted by the devil, of the flesh and of the world, of pain and misery, and could be immune from it with just a precious stone: how could they refuse to acquire such a stone, or put it away and not want it? ? They must be crazy and certainly miserable, and none of them would be worthy of compassion. This precious stone is the Lord's Prayer, which protects, says Saint Augustine, from all illusions and aggressions. That is why it is necessary to frequently pray the Psalter “And I did not lead us into temptation”.

15. “If we finally had to sail through the sea infested with whales, with the danger of being shipwrecked by rocks, whirlpools, monsters, mermaids and even storms and pirates; and the King and Queen, had offered us similar precious stones, which had the strength to free us from all these evils and we did not accept it. Who wouldn't call us crazy? And in this sea of ​​the world there are demons, there are implicit and explicit crimes, lust, gluttony, etc. Christ then offers his Prayer and Mary her Greeting, so that we welcome it and say in the Psalter: “But deliver us from evil”.

CONTINUATION OF THE STORY

IV. The Savior Jesus (said) such things to Saint Dominic in an apparition:

1. He then, without delay, full of joy, hope and divine spirit, the following day (consecrated to the Virgin Mother of God, with solemnities and celebrations), in the Greater Church of Toulouse, before many of the Clergy and people, preached the Sermon prescribed by the Lord. And the strength of those words and their effectiveness was so great that almost everyone, from the oldest to the smallest, were so encouraged and filled with love for the Psalter, that a large part decided to serve under that symbol, God and the Mother of God . The faithful began to proclaim the Psalter, while the heretics, condemning their error, returned to the heart of the Church.

3. Among these, three men of special fame and implacable heretics, after having publicly disowned the heresy, recognized themselves as Catholics: that is, Mestre Norberto do Valle, Doctor of Canon Law, Mestre Guelrino do Fracmo, excellent in the Art of Philosophy, Master Bartolomeu do Prado, Doctor and also a great Theologian. These three, in addition to many others, humbly preached the Psalter spread by Saint Dominic: and followed the Institution of their Preachers.

4. From that moment on, a wonderful conversion of heretics took place, the practice of the sacred Religion and devotion in the crown worship of God benefited the Psalter, with maximum fruit and the expansion of the Church.

CHAPTER II

The second Sermon on the Angelic Salute, revealed first by the Mother of God to Saint Dominic and then again by him to the New Husband.

1. St. Dominic allowed himself to reveal to a Religious Preacher, the new Husband of Mary, who was very faithful and devoted, the following:

HISTORY

1. “You, oh Brother – said Saint Dominic, appearing suddenly – preach, but be careful not to seek human praise and glory without ensuring the salvation of souls. As for me, I don't intend to hide what happened to me once, while I lived in Paris. In the Greater Metropolitan Church, consecrated and dedicated to Mary, Mother of God and Immaculate Virgin, I prepared myself to preach and speak with diligence and desire. He did not do it out of vanity, but for very wise listeners, for the nobility of the vast audience and to demonstrate the luminous evidence and complete truth and to impress it on souls, so that the fruit to God would be satisfactory. Before preaching and the assembly, as usual, I retired to the chapel behind the main altar for an hour, praying the Psalter. I went into ecstasy, in front of a light that I admired with wonder, and I saw my Friend, to whom I had prayed since my youth as my dearest Wife, the Mother of God. She was carrying a little book in her hand and giving it to me she said: Oh! Dear Husband Domingo, even if what you decided to preach is good, I prefer that you preach the sermon that I give you, which is much better. The familiar appearance and affection took me into ecstasy and it was like a wonderful joy: I picked up the book, read it respectfully and strongly, and knew what Sovereign Mary was referring to.

She, after thanking me for whatever I could (say), disappeared. It was almost time for the sermon and all the Heads of the Parisian University, the Aristocrats, the Lords, the Senate and many of the people were present, and the assembly was very illustrious. The fame of the miracles already performed urged all social classes to listen. In the sermon, after having omitted the life story and the outstanding excellences of the Apostle and Evangelist, Saint John, I celebrated him in a few words, because he deserved to be the special custodian of the queen of Heaven and earth, the Mother of God and Virgin Maria, who (he said) has fifteen very effective antidotes, and at the same time very easy for everyone, against all the dangers in the world. So insisting and persisting in this argument, I preached such things.”

SECOND SERMON OF SAINT DOMINGOS THEME Lc.1

Entering the Angel said: Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with you, blessed are you among women, etc.

First group of fifty prayers from the Psalter.

II. “Very Christian listeners, etc.. excellent teachers. This place and your erudite ears are contrary to elaborate prayers, but now I do not speak with the erudite words of human wisdom, but with the manifestation of the Spirit and virtue. Listen to me, please, with Christian devotion.”

1. “If you must travel through a hostile land, wouldn't you want someone who has led you safe and sound? Would you care less about that? I believe that thought and consensus is common and unique to everyone. You agree with me.

Certainly we live surrounded by enemies and the Angelic Salute is the sign of salvation. In fact, what is “the Bird”, if not the absence of the guilt of each Eve? 89 ? Voice exultation! Exults the “Bird” is the new and first Gospel, it is the good Announcement, happy and propitious. By which exiled children of Eve, we cling to the One who guides us safe and sound, freed from the (demon), we will flee from each different thing; without a doubt the whole world was freed from the curse of Eve, through the Bird”.

89 We left the original text to make the play on words evident in the Latin writing.

2. “If we were to walk through caves and dark places, wouldn't we look for and prefer a flashlight? And then you will say: precisely. But we would all head through the dark shadows and serpentine caverns of human mortality. What guides us, if not the Lampião from “Maria”? We light this in the Angelic Salute, lovingly repeated, with the fire of devotion and we will be enlightened. She herself, Mary, is the Star of the sea that illuminates us.”

3. “You make it so: let us suppose that the King of France is disgusted with your evil crimes; Would you rejoice or not, if you (found) grace (with) the Queen so that the King's displeasure ends? (You agree) with me, everyone listen to me.

We are all those who offend God in many things. The Queen of Heaven, Heart of Mercy, can and wants to reconcile us with God: may the “Grace” of the Virgin be recultivated and appropriately honored by us in the Psalter. I persuade you to also pray the Psalter today, since perhaps not everyone will be alive tomorrow.”

EXAMPLE

III. “Here is a prophetic voice, which explores thoughts. Four art scholars, with very dishonest customs, despising the man of God, said after the speech that they expected something great when they heard a lesson for children. The following night, they got fed up and went to the prostitutes. During the hugs of the harlots, since pleasure stimulates anger, they rushed into fights and weapons: in the massacre, two were killed and the other two fatally wounded. These two being imprisoned in the guards' prisons, after a very short time, in the same place, among the beasts, they exalted the corrupted and unhappy soul”.

4. “Those who protect a journey, through deserted places and uncultivated lands, being deprived of human food, did not understand it necessary to provide them with another form of food? No wise person (otherwise) would want to go. The land of our pilgrimage is deserted, inaccessible, arid, poor in heavenly goods, vain and empty. Why then do we delay, why do we remain behind, instead of suddenly receiving everyone from her abundance, which is “Full”? Give her this word in the Psalter, and you will receive the goods.”

5. The land is ruined by fierce wars, and robbers infest it, so that nowhere is there a safe salvation, except that only one castle is impregnable: next to that who would not take refuge? But this is the land in which we live and the Lord is our refuge. And why do we invoke him with little fervor in the Angelic Salutation? Who of us in the Psalter, with the (Angelic Salute), has no doubts in frequently saying 'The Lord'”?

IV. In the midst of this, Saint Dominic gives an example to the New Spouse of Mary: “While I was preaching these things, the Patron Soul Mary was continually at my side as an assistant: she herself, as if she were reading the book to me, suggested to me words one by one as in a saying: she supported (my) strength, soul and spirit, comforted me and suggested virtuous words. And the words spoken entered the ears and souls of the listeners, like flaming darts. Very many felt coals that devastated sins in their own consciences, and those inside them burned and grew little by little like the flames of the Fear and Love of God. Finally, this is how the first part of the speech ended: “We see that we have been negligent in relation to reverence and obedience to the Ten Commandments of God, due to human wickedness and frailty, oh inconsiderate ones! May God take this away from us! But each of the five dangers already listed can dwell with wickedness throughout all the divisions of the Decalogue, and seek (thus) the death of the soul. That is why, to ward off and prohibit the fifteen evils, the first fifty prayers of the Psalter exist as a remedy for all: the Crown of Mary, which is the proper armor for each defense.

Second group of fifty prayers

V. 6. “In an unexpected need, during a deep night takes someone on a journey, in which he is threatened by terrible animals and horrible monsters: What would be needed besides armed and sensible companions as their own defenders? We are those expelled into the shadows of the world, and we undertake a journey among the fierce monsters of men and vices: we dislike everyone and are deprived of grace. Woe to those who are alone! We will be deprived of a guide and a defender. Behold, the Lovely Virgin Mother appears ready: she asks the Lady, and arrests her “With You”. Your companion in all things, the Angelic Salutation, what value does it have in the Psalter?”

7. “If you are forced to walk in houses or places, which are corrupted with all crimes. A person who loves his honest name would go? Without a doubt he will take with him as witnesses and companions, many holy and upright men, of life and fame. There is no place in this world, which is of greater infamy, and everyone must cross it: happy is the one who no one has hit in the back, the one who carries no infamy with him. Among all, only one has none (infamy), she is “Blessed” for her excellence: whoever presents her as company will be safe. This is associated with those who exult in it as the greeting “Blessed”, present in the Psalter. She is a witness to life and fame and confident custody.”

8. “If your noble desire to learn had led you to a school and knowledge was transmitted in a foreign language, what would it take to fulfill your most honest desire? A language master? Who wouldn't come closer to listen to him? We who went through a similar school, eager to learn the celestial art, although we are ignorant of the language. Who is the master we are looking for? Here he comes to help, being able to teach with his word. The Angelic Salute makes him known to the Psalmidians, with the small word that indicates “You”. In this is contained the Spirit, the Divine Master of the Mother of God. You yourself seek him with prayers. Mary will make you a friend.”

9. “We imagine that: we have entered a nation, in which it is not lawful to take anything, whether inside or outside, in which one must live on alms and begging, in which merciless men carry steel around their hearts, hardened by barbarism. The nature of the women of this land is, however, inclined towards good. Maria SS. she is the Mother of Mercy! If the Holy Angels and all the Saints, because of our sins towards God, were contrary and hard with us, She would always be a good Mother. That is why we bless Her precisely with: “Among women”.

10. “Walking every day along the roads full of bitterness in the world, as Saint Gregory testifies, would he or not he who is very sweet in consolation be a most pleasant companion? This is Him, and you choose to be close to Him. Praying to Him we say: “Blessed”.

Why then do we not want to connect closely with Him in the Psalter?

Therefore, through the fifteen dangers to our salvation (said before), the frightening ten monsters of the main evils advance terribly: the seven deadly sins, perfidy, presumption and despair.

Let there be no one who so hated himself, if he had known the sure defenses of salvation, would have omitted them. On the contrary, everyone would have thought him crazy or would have pitied him for having lost all hope. Therefore, against those fifty (five times ten) terrible monsters, may the second group of fifty prayers of the Psalter please you as a refuge.”

Third group of fifty prayers

SAW. 11. “To those who have traveled, tired and exhausted by hunger and thirst, and deprived of a refuge to refresh themselves: What could happen to them more pleasantly than finding a flowering tree, full of good fruits and a source of fresh water? On the arid road of life, we meet the Blessed Virgin, Tree of the “Fruit” thrice Blessed, next to the Fountain of Life: then we salute together the Fruit and the Tree in the Psalter.”

12. “Suppose one of us were to be crowned King of a Kingdom, in which all are sterile, none can be father or mother. However, they show the New King a precious stone, which has the strength to fertilize everyone. Would it be wise to reject? He will love his kingdom very much and each one will be King of their own body. This kingdom, however, is placed in a land of curses and thorns, where unfortunate sterility dominates: far from this, the Kingdom can be happy through fertility, each one would carefully use, the precious stone that is the Angelic Salutation, called “From the Womb ”. Therefore, we will be given fruitfulness by the Holy Spirit. With this the Virgin Mary distanced every sterility of the spirit of the world, so that when invoked correctly, she amply restores the fecundity of the flesh!”

13. “We are not ignorant of what was said to us: you negotiate until I come.

But everyone can say: I am a beggar and poor, I have neither gold nor silver: with what then shall I trade? Then be a powerful Queen for us, who wants to give you abundant riches: wouldn't you ask for her grace in every way? It is Mary, whose possession is proper: “Of thine”, Thine, oh Virgin, thy possession of all the two worlds, of the heavenly and of that which lies in compromise; she possesses the truth for you: you only serve her in the Psalter.”

14. “If someone were tied with ropes and imprisoned in prison, and did not have the key with which to free themselves and opening all the prison doors, he was granted the opportunity to leave with glory: Would he not be crazy if he did not accept?

We too are tied up, sitting in poverty and chained.

Why then do we not accept “Jesus”, who is the Key of David? He is welcomed with the same Greeting through which he was conceived.

Shall we omit to preach, pray, carry, kiss, openly venerate the Psalter, Palace of Salutation?”

15. “For those who live on an infected and putrefying land, what would be necessary to guarantee (their own) health?

We miserable children of death drag our breath and soul into this pestilence of the world, because we live. We die, however, buried in immortality: How much the breathed plague can make unhappy in eternal.

What are the forms of combat? For Christians, the medicine “Christ”, that is, the One, is enough for everyone, the Name was diffused for everyone, like a Medicine; and the diffuser of remedies is Mary, who gives Christ to the pestilent world. She will also grant you the opportunity to venerate her in the appropriate manner with the Angelic Salutation.”

“Why, amid so many misadventures and imminent death, do we delay in finding a remedy for life? Here are the next five dangers, poisonous and carrying baleful poisons, and we absorb them in the same spirit. Because through the ten senses, that is, the five exterior and the other five interior, it is as easy as it is dangerous to absorb the plague.

We must do something very healthy and we look for the remedy, repeating ten Angelic Greetings in the Psalter five times.”

CONTINUATION OF THE STORY

VII. “These things, my son (St. Dominic said to his new Husband): I preached, as the Maxima Saint among the Saints, our Mary, had ordered. With that Sermon, he cast his net like a fisherman, fishing almost the entire city of Paris. The preaching bore so much fruit that the souls of inhabitants and foreigners followed it, and the practice, worship and veneration of the Psalter began to grow and be spread throughout all parts of the Kingdom, in all families and homes of the people.

First of all, the fervor of that Sermon delivered the flower chosen by the wise youth who, under the influence of the Spirit of God, launched themselves towards the highest goals of the new Institute of Preachers. Therefore, having given up secular life, many young people consecrated themselves to the Order, following Saint Dominic as their teacher of life. At that time, he began to preach in our convent in Paris. That construction grew, as can still be seen today: having greatly helped the Bishop, the King, the City and especially the entire Academy of that place, to the advantage of God and the Mother of God”.

Chapter III

As Mary reveals to her Bridegroom, the Psalter saves her from witches.

I. Read an example, which the Blessed Virgin Mary also revealed in an extraordinary way to a new Husband, her devotee.

I. “My dear Husband (said Mary, the Wife of God), Saint Dominic, after Rome, crossed Germany and had embarked on a trip to Paris, six brothers from the same Institute accompanied him. He went everywhere and became accustomed to giving exhortations and assemblies, especially in monasteries and colleges, but also in the homes of the people. He preached a lot in foreign nations, through an interpreter, but he also spoke in Spanish and even to those who did not know that language, it seemed as if he spoke in their national language, as he was understood perfectly.

2. Finally, by grace God granted him the gift of being able to communicate in all languages ​​of all nations, even though he did not know how to speak foreign languages. He used the extraordinary gift of languages ​​for the benefit of the people. Since the virtue and divine spirit infused in Saint Dominic, impatient to save the world, should not be stopped because of the knowledge of languages, he was granted the ability to use this gift.

Since he was the first commander, the one that God wanted to appoint to the Preachers, for all zones and nations of the people of the world.

3. He did not speak foreign languages, only as a gift from the one God, but also because of his merit: as when, under the impulse of the spirit, he preached God in an even more ardent way by grace. In France for many days he delivered beautiful sermons to the Germans in their language.

4. Above all, I obtained for my Husband, together with my Son, the ability to speak to a crowd without difficulty, for the salvation of souls. So, in any foreign nation that set foot, by grace, the preaching immediately adapted to the language of the same people. And precisely: nowhere did he stop, except as an Apostle of the Lord: where the Spirit led him. He was sent to an almost dying world, out of charity, to wake it up.”

“II. But then, you hear the story, memorable and extraordinary. There is a very safe Castle in Germanic land, due to the nature of the place, architecture and construction. In the castle lived a Soldier, powerful in war and in weapons, and equal to him were his fourteen tribunes, ready for action, robust and experts in battle, all accustomed to robberies. The very savage soul had led their hearts to a true and proper inhumanity, to the point that they delighted more in thefts obtained through crimes, than in the booties won after a fair battle. They didn't mind committing robberies, bathing people in blood, they were so inhumane. The said fourteen, all under a single Prince, led many men under their own armies, not only faithful to the said military membership, but also linked by oath to the criminal company of crimes. These, having carried out robberies in places and places, in all the surrounding lands, threatened everyone with robberies, robberies and massacres, submerging the countless bodies of the dead, throwing them into the flowing river (this would be the River Rhine or the Danube). .

I. So Saint Dominic, being in a city near that infamous castle of thieves, early in the morning, next to the altar, at the time of the Sacrifice of the Mass, before continuing his journey, I, the Most Blessed Mother of God, became visible only to him and I made the following warnings:

1. Oh! My Domingos, full of trust in God, you have had a favorable journey so far, however, today will not be like yesterday. Your luck is in God's hands. You will be placed in the midst of fierce thieves, and your life will not be safe without me.

2. You listen to what you should do. When the thieves imprison you, pieces that will take you to the Prince. You possess the wisdom they do not have. Tell everything to the military leaders for the salvation of everyone, and the words will immediately be confirmed by the facts. In the present and imminent danger, you will hold their lives in your hands.

They will never see and hear these things without you saying them.

3. Know that: in the said Castle live fifteen wonderful women due to the singular beauty of their bodies, their refined clothing. Because they were considered wonderful for their elegance and beauty, they made the Prince and his military tribunes lose their minds, fascinated by their deceptions. They don't worry about committing evil things due to their influence. These completely dominate the warriors, they are not human creatures, but true demons from Hell! Witches. The fifteen men are convinced that they are goddesses and the people call them Fairies. It is believed that what they say brings prosperity, that their advice is oracles.

Unfortunately! How many of these is the world full of? The furies are sweet as honey and kill with the gall of the viper. Ultimately, they devastate the world.

4. Therefore, from that moment on, take with you on the road the sacrosanct particle of the Body of the Lord, in the way it will be asked to be used. This will produce prosperity for your brothers and therefore, you will be captured by thieves. All thieves will be as your booty to God, and you are also about to triumph over captured demons, who guide the unfortunate captured thieves.

5. As soon as you are captured, you will be taken to the Prince of thieves, ask that the whole family be called: wisely place before them their vile crimes, denounce to them the powerful dangers, by which they should be dragged to death: you will drive away the evil spirits; you reveal the way to make the (demons) flee: praise the Psalter to men. You will save souls. This is the price and reward of danger. He said and disappeared”.

III. “In the way things were said and ordered, things happened and were done by Saint Domingo.

1. Thus he and his fellow brothers made the journey. When they arrived near the Castle (I dare not call the place by name, out of respect for an inhabitant present) São Domingos went into ecstasy. The Mother of God appeared to his Sunday, saying: I send you to sinful people. Thirty years ago, most of them did not pay for their sins through confession and did not want to hear anything divine: they are all magicians, and devoted to demons. If you insist, preach the Psalter; give or speak of the fifteen remedies against sins. You will win with God.

2. As soon as they began their journey, the group of thieves robbed them; they imprisoned and tied them, raped them, deceived them and mistreated them with frustration. The demons were more cruel to Saint Dominic than to the others. They led the prisoners to the Castle and would certainly have cruelly killed them if God had not prevented it. The Holy man asked to speak separately with the Prince, to which he said only a few words. Introducing himself into the Prince's soul, he had convinced him with much wise advice.

Only to the Prince did he reveal the most secret things, explaining which monsters he kept at home and promising to reveal the subterranean beasts.

3. Paralyzed by fear, the Prince was uncertain: he called the tribunes, before whom he questioned the Saint, about where he had known the monsters he spoke of! What did he need to do, so that these, on the same day, did not fall into ruin? And the Saint said: I will speak more with facts than with words: I will carry, at the same time, before my ears and my eyes, what I have to say: the Prince, order that all those who are in the your castle.

Said and done: everyone was present, except the ladies, who gave their many invented occupations as an excuse. They are called: they renege. So walk, said Domingos, in the Name of the Holy Trinity and through the virtue of the Psalter that I preach: I order everyone to make them come here quickly. But to those standing around he said: But do you, O men, remain motionless? Protect your forehead and chest with the sign of the Holy Cross: believe me, you will behold terrible monsters from Hell.

4. And causing them to come out by force, the noise of those who screamed and hid themselves reached their ears, (but) dragged by a hidden force they appeared: they blasphemed God, Jesus, the Mother of God and the Saints, furious with anger, similar and crazy. Saint Dominic again tells everyone: Each one arm themselves with the Sign of the Cross. Everyone obeyed, but they became even more furious.

IV. This man of God takes from his womb a three times Holy Host, which he shows and says:

1. I swear by Him whom you see in person between these hands, who here among you are from the bewitched furies of Hell.

You say openly: who are you, where do you come from, why are you here? And you expressly, most superb beast, the first of these, speak. These furious, angry and threatening ineffable spiers distort their eyes in the most diverse and trembling directions, shouting in a fierce manner: Cursed is the day that made you come here. Cursed be She with her Son, who let you come here. So, in a single hour you destroy our efforts of so many years? I am obliged, alas, woe is me, I am obliged to betray our secret, oh Prince of the world; We are horrible demons: many years ago we made those present here lose their reason; we accomplished through this ruin and devastation and today we were about to drown them in the river, to dine with us in Hell. Know: the ships were ready for 500 of them to plunder a land. But today they would be subdued and suppressed in the waves.

2. Why, asks the Saint, did you not do this before? And this: the opportunity was lacking, not the desire. He asks: And why? She said: You know enough: why do you still torment us? The Saint responds: I want and order in the Virtue of Christ: the manifest. The Fury: That false Little Song of Mary, Jewish Woman always stopped us: all of them, by order of the Prince, saluted her every day. And the Saint: How much did they pray?

And this: How much you preach the Psalter of our enemy.

3. The São Domingos who trailed: where did they learn this from? Answer: I don't know. Why do you ask so insistently? Far be it from me, it is because of this ancient prayer, once welcomed throughout the world: but almost erased by our art that we did not kill them before. Now you pray it again for our ruin.

But many carry it (with them) and today, as in the past, they choose it, and recite it in a low voice. The father of this Prince, our enemy, forced him to mutter this since he was a child, so the custom remained with him; He also found himself in dangerous situations, because he wanted to be great, he wanted each battle companion to take it with him (the Psalter) and pray it.

Today, on a war footing, as they were preparing what was necessary, they had not yet been able to pray. Thus they were exposed defenseless to us: here the waves, there the flames, they would be killed at once. Saint Dominic said: The truth has come to light. Believe men: I confirm it. But listen: if the power of the Psalter protected criminals, how much strength do you think the Psalter will have to protect the righteous?

4. The furies fought, debated and shouted many things, so that they were allowed to get away from there: at the same time, kneeling, begging for (their) departure. The furies, however, had not yet removed the female face masks, (and they were) very beautiful; if not that, forced to leave, they assumed such a miserable figure, that with their appearance, with their behavior and with their crying mixed with groans, they sweetened even the iron hearts of men, to commiseration and also to crying. These same people, throwing themselves on the ground, begged and prayed insistently to Saint Dominic so that they, so terribly tormented by the sacred presence of the Divine Power, would release them from their punishments, allowing them to leave: “They are good and very kind, and also consoling and obsequious to men, above human esteem.”

V. To these Saint Dominic, nervous, exclaimed: “Oh, you fools and inept in the faith, do you not know enough about your dangers? Are you not sufficiently sorry for your crimes, and are you not ashamed of not cursing the Furies, terrible mentors of crimes and dangers in a disastrous way? God and I immediately caused your love and desire towards them to be completely ripped away. Therefore I command you in the Name of Jesus and with the Psalter of his Mother: remain strong men, do not distance yourself from the place, so that, observing the immense obscenity of these monsters, you yourselves may have pity on your fate. You, on the contrary, infernal monsters, terrible beasts, having removed your masks, you show yourselves visible to these, as you are out of wickedness. Thus, I say, I command you, by the strength of Our Lord Jesus Christ present here, and by his Psalter.

2. And behold the monsters of the beast, darker than Hell itself. And if a particular divine virtue had not granted strength to those who looked, they would have fainted at the horror, the clamor, and the stench of the ghosts. However, the divine man did not stop: Having said, I command: Why and who are you fifteen? And you superb princess of beasts, speak. This one gave a roar, so loud that it almost ripped the souls from their bodies: “We are the fifteen Queens of Hell, and seductresses of the World: and above all the stalkers of this Prince: so that this man of Royal and Imperial blood, would be an opportune instrument for our objectives: to draw numerous people into our network and diminish the Christian faith. And successfully, at least until now, we have exercised command over the same magicians and over the prestigious ones similar to them.

And we do not ignore or despise astrologers. Those omens that they pretend to preach, as the fruit of the stars, are invented to deceive you. These said many things, with which they deceived the Princes, sowed wars and plotted many evils.

3. The others were equally paralyzed in evil, masters of crimes. To these Saint Dominic said: Immediately distance yourself from here and precipitate yourself in the lowest parts of Hell. They quickly passed out in the smoke and stench; At the same time, the ships docked with their weapons outside the port, sunk, buried (the weapons) under the waves and pushing (the ships) between the flames they burned, in front of the army almost beside itself from the spectacle.

SAW. 1. The same commander abandoning all projects of robbery and surprised by the horrors, together with the same group of thieves (which was composed of more than five hundred men), fell supplicating at the feet of the Saint. They asked to order whatever they wanted, to advise them for salvation and to carry out what was started.

2. But he answered: You men, purify the temples with confession, give up the customary dishonorable actions, accustomed to good. For the rest, you praise the Lord Jesus and his Virgin Mother, in his Psalter. And so he allowed the converts to rest for the rest of the day, since they were astonished, trembling and weakened in soul and body. For Domingos it was enough to have seen something so great, to have listened to the culprits and to have fulfilled (the will of) God.

3. Summoned again the following day, they came in large numbers to meet Dominic, who described in a long Sermon the species and nature of the monsters from Hell that they had seen. At the end of the sermon the vision occurred.

CHAPTER IV

The fifteen Abysses, that is, the fifteen beasts of Hell and the fifteen vices: at the same time it becomes public to view.

THIRD SERMON OF SAINT DOMINGOS THEME: Psalm 150

Praise God in the Psalter, etc.

Oh! Children of God, fighters of the world, for a long time (you were) children of the devil, as you saw with your eyes. I came to meet your will and you are by deception of the devil: but by Nature and by Creation, by Redemption and Sustainment, you are Children of God. Now listen to me, I beg souls because, without knowing it, you have obeyed your Prince, with each day performing the Psalter of the Virgin Mother of God. I was sent here to teach in the name of the Holy Trinity and Mary, you understand how and for what evils, you must recite the Psalter in the proper way for the remission of sins. Firstly, I want you to know: there are fifteen supreme sources of all wickedness, which until now you have served as slaves. Now (and this is a Grace of a merciful God), through the Psalter of Mary, you are distanced from this; so that, if you want, you can be free.

And these, as there are fifteen, are also opposed to the fifteen sources of grace, which develop in the Angelic Salutation. I will expose, with God's help, the three groups of five in threefold order.

FIRST GROUP OF FIFTY PRAYERS FROM THE PSALTERS

THE FIRST BEAST OF THE ABYSS IS THE LION OF PRIDE

In this (beast), the world errs through arrogance, vainglory and the desire to be first, in thought, word and deed. Contrary to this is the source of grace of the Psalter, which is found in the word of the Angelic Salutation, “Hail”.

The proud are most at fault for the Curse. And if this happened to one of the Saints, he would immediately be sent from Heaven to Hell. If (such a Beast) could be seen with the eyes of his dishonesty, it would be a horror and could lead everyone to imminent death.

The beast of this Abyss is the demon of Pride, which you saw in the form of a burning Lion, which emanated flames from its eyes and had iron teeth and nails. This one flutters its serpent wings, since all its feathers were poisonous snakes on fire. The feathers were reptiles, with penetrating poison, which kill anyone who looks at them even from afar. His breath contained sulfur sparks, which were so large that they could set fire to and consume an entire province. No one who sees it lives if it is not protected by a miracle from God. You who received the miracle saw it, but you did not see the monster well. And actually who is capable? As Augustine testifies, a small mortal guilt infinitely surpasses any temporary torment, just as all material things are surpassed by spiritual ones. That is why you praise God in the Psalter, so that you live with God free from this pride, and you will be of one heart with the humble.

THE SECOND BEAST OF THE ABYSS IS THE HOUND OF ENVY

This (Beast), through hatred, murmurings, detractions, exaltation for the harm of others, sadness for the good of others, etc., poisons the entire world. The weapon against this is the second word of the Angelic Salutation, “Mary”. As Saint Maximus testifies, she is the Mother and Lady of Charity: the source and fire of love, which illuminates and is close together. She is the most respectable Seraphim, but how many and how great are the shadows for the envious. If even a small part of this existed materially in this world, it would completely cover, raising the eyes, the sun and the stars: the shadows of Egypt and the Summits 90 would be nothing compared to this. This is what leads eternal night to Hell.

The Beast of this Abyss is the demon of envy, who for a long time appeared to you under the beautiful clothes of a young man, then (appeared) in the form of a black mountain dog, from his ears came horrible smoke, to listen to the detractions, the His tongue was very black and full of putrid worms, due to the insults he exuded, his teeth were very acuminated, due to his pungent tongue.

90 The Summits were a legendary people, who lived in the extreme ends of the world, where no sunlight was seen.

The posterior parts were abominable for their stench and obscenity, one part was hairless and another was covered with prickly hair. With these it lacerates and tarnishes the innocent reputation. You see her thick hair, all like a sword. With these, oh how many cruel deaths he spreads secretly and openly, and contaminates everything! The curved tail twisted and all the hair looked like arrows to be launched into the darkness to the pure of heart. The feet were most terrifying in their monstrosity and their nails were horrible: each of them carried a weapon, ready to harm everyone it met. Ambrose says: The envious move to kill bodies and souls, to curse God and the Saints. Therefore, to free them from this Beast, you praise God in the Psalter.

THE THIRD BEAST OF THE ABYSS IS THE PIG OF SLOTH

This (Beast) is the sadness of Divine things, because of this the world is indolent to the Commandments of God. In praying, cursing themselves, they seek to avoid the mysteries of salvation.

1. Against this beast the Source of grace is the third word of Mary's prayer, “Thanks”. Grace, as Saint Fulgência attests, makes men happy and available for Divine things. Since serving God is reigning, says Saint Gregory.

2. What services will Kings be able to provide with a single gift from God?

This is opposed to Laziness: from this scourge the whole world is corrupted and is numb to death. Nowhere in the world could one live if a little sadness and laziness were transformed into corporeal nature.

There is no reason to be surprised, since eternal and infinite sadness is due to the penalty of Laziness.

3. The Beast of that Abyss took the form of a pig, which was placed in the mud of Hell. He had pointy ears, very wide, to hear all the futile things. The hair looked like burning spears, with which the lazy insult God and the Saints, the snout is very long and presents itself in a triple series of iron teeth, because Saint Chrysostom teaches that the triple goods of Grace, Nature and Good Luck destroys Laziness. Furthermore, that pig was covered with hair that was blacker than all the Ethiopians combined, and made it hideously monstrous. Because, as Saint Basil attests, idleness is the devil's bed, and the lazy is the place and refuge of demons.

The hairs of the obscene tail looked like burning embers, and from the back parts came a fetid flame: laziness is the mother of lust. Therefore, to live immune from this beast, you praise God in the Psalter.

THE FOURTH BEAST OF THE ABYSS IS THE DRAGON OF WRATH

For this (Beast), many are angry, they tire themselves in fights, blasphemies and revenge.

1. Contrary to this, as the source of Patience is the fourth word in the Angelic Salutation, “Full”. As Saint Gregory says, the fullness of virtues is the fullness of patience, which does a perfect work and which is not much inferior to martyrdom. Most Holy Mary kept her hidden throughout her life and during her Son's Passion.

2. The fire of this abyss burns so much that if someone saw a small part of the flame of wrath that causes death and survived, it would be a greater miracle than if the world caught fire and an unharmed and surviving man survived.

Since, as Saint Jerome attests, the fire of guilt has no comparison with the material and natural fire: it is evident how much more serious the offense to God is than any earthly harm.

3. The Dragon was therefore the fourth beast seen here. And you see its immense grandeur, which seemed to swallow the lands and mountains within itself. However, you should know that: that monster occupied a small territory, however, in your eyes it seemed that it occupied immense spaces.

That vision was not only natural, but through my prayer, we received God's help. Thus the basilisk is small in body, but is energetic due to the strength of the venom and the wound. He widely spread the deadly poison.

This Dragon is small in space and in size, but by the will of the Mother of God, it was seen as a beast of immense grandeur. And it had the red color of fire because, as Saint Basil attests, wrath is the true fire of Hell. His teeth are numerous and very sharp because, as Augustine said, anger is a furious sword. From his mouth came exhalations of pestilence and stench, which corrupted everything. So without a doubt, said Saint Ambrose, he carries with him poisonous insults against his neighbor and blasphemies against God. He had a very long and truly horrible tail. Therefore, said Chrysostom, the rage of revenge of the wrathful has been burning for a long time and is terrible, wanting to drag all things with it into the same ruin. It vibrated there without measure, so anger flies and in fury roams the world. Having dominated the Princes and Lords of lands and things, he calls men to arms and confuses everything with the flames of anger. Pointed fiery hooks and long tridents spun the fearsome wings because rage provided such weapons. But with its crackling whistle of smoke it welcomed you with terrors and shadows, which terrified you, as if you were cast into Hell. And if the strength of God had not kept you saved, you would have given up your souls. The eyes of the beast, which unfortunately had become irritated, rotated like globes of fire from an oven. It's hard to find something similar to this for horror. This is why Saint Ambrose says that, remaining in the eyes, anger blocks so many roads, to execute revenge. His toenails were like military spears, bloodthirsty and oozing pus. What gender is the man, invaded by this beast? Water, to be immune from thirst, is: You praise God in the Psalter.

THE FIFTH BEAST OF THE ABYSS IS THE FROG OF GREED

This (Beast) devours everything with theft, robbery, usury, trade and sacrilege.

1. The source of grace contrary to this in the Angelic Salutation is the word: “The Lord”. Indeed, as Saint Jerome says, the miser is the servant of wealth, but he who is generously merciful is like the Lord and Mary Queen of Mercy.

2. This Abyss is Hell and has no bottom, all things falling into the abyss. Because, as Saint Gregory of Nice said, the miser is neither full nor satisfied with money.

All the Kingdoms are not enough for this maelstrom; if there were more worlds, it would swallow them up.

3. That's why this beast looked like a frog, because it was never satisfied with the earth. Even though his belly is full, he has a big appetite and fears that one day he might run out of land. This one took the crown, just because of his damned ambition. The miser, in fact, always pursues the crowns of ambition. The magnificence of the crown surpassed the ruggedness of the mountains, among the deep valleys of which, as if in a dwelling, the avaricious were closed, and in the same place, condemned with just punishments. And all things could not be imagined, but must be shown and seen. The devil always carries Hell with him, as do the miser and all the damned, as Saint Gregory attests. It seemed as if the iron nails of his toes, terribly curved, possessed all the things desired, of which at the same time he was deprived. It is so, says Saint Ambrose, since the miser does not possess what he has. He always has only desire and that is hunger. The frog's mouth had a throat so wide that it was capable of swallowing entire temples, lands and kingdoms. That is why, more precisely, Saint Augustine compares avarice to the mouth of Hell, because he never says: Enough is enough!

Their wings were subtle, like those of bats: through these they entered the nights of avarice, in a varied flight. So he is all miserly.

Epilogue to the First Group of Fifty.

Here are you, then, the five monsters and the many other abysses, in which you enter into sad slavery at the service of the beasts. This is who you have honored, what you have done, without knowing it, everywhere. But until now you know this: immersed in these five abysses, living with these five beasts, you have shamefully violated the Decalogue of the Commandments of God; you have provoked the wrath of God with your ruin: you would have rotted if the remarkable mercy of God had not been present over all things.

Therefore, you approach the five Fountains of Grace, open in the Angelic Salute to all sinners, as well as the righteous. With any of the ten (words of the Angélica Salutation) one can repair the crimes committed against the Decalogue and heal the wounds: feed the soul-starved with a vigor of piety and holiness. And so you offered with prayer the first group of fifty prayers from the Marian Psalter, to God and to the Mother of God. Then praise Mary in her Psalter. Do not doubt, because if the practice of the Psalter led you to salvation, after having restored you to grace, it will also keep you there: and from this (life) it will lead you to certain and eternal glory! Here he interrupted the prayer, the confession of the listeners, the crying from the depths of the heart, the lamentation and the suffering cry of men, whether of those who repented of their sins, or of those who exalted for liberation from such great dangers and evils; this (liberation) was sought, effectively and happily, by the benefit offered by God and the Mother of God and with the help of the Psalter.

SECOND GROUP OF FIFTY PRAYERS

THE SIXTH BEAST OF THE ABYSS AND THE WOLF OF gluttony

This (Beast) fills its belly and thinks about taking care of its body.

1. The Source in the Salute against this beast is “With You.”

Since the Lord is with the moderate, says Saint Ambrose, the Devil is with the greedy. But the Blessed Virgin Mary deserved, with her great moderation, to be the Queen of the moderates. And certainly the goodness of this abstinence is as great as the enormity of gluttony (can be).

And if God caused the nature of things to exist in corporeal form, it alone would kill and devour all animate and inanimate things and could therefore swallow the world. In that Abyss, how many times have beings submerged and bodies buried, how many times have you welcomed this beast within you? Which? What kind? See you! The Wolf was voracious and pot-bellied; his mouth was open with hunger, he was foaming at the mouth, he was chewing blood and pus. In his mouth he had five barriers of teeth (arranged) in five rows, because of the five types of throat: and the teeth were of iron, long as a rod. What doesn't he devour? The voice is so monstrous that the world trembles when it sounds.

The stench of the throat is greater than that which sails on the sea: (such a stench) could poison all the coasts of the lands and make all things die. Under the sharp hairs, like iron rods, were hidden the houses and dining rooms of the greedy people, who camouflaged themselves in the feathers. The testicles reciprocally inflated two by two, like small hills, with burning sulfur flames and an unbearable stench. Such is lust, daughter of the throat, which is also punished with the same things, with which it sins. Instead, the tail, curved upwards, divided the buttocks in two, with an obscene obstacle, to the horror of those who looked on.

Oh, abominable monster! To avoid his wrath, you praise God in the Psalter.

THE SEVENTH BEAST OF THE ABYSS AND THE DEVIL OF LUST

Here there are fornications and adulteries, incest, rapes, kidnappings, sodomy and so many other evil things.

1. The opposite source is the word of the Greeting “Blessed”. Because as Mary is the Virgin of Virgins, so the horror of lust is the generator of other crimes, and both are inexpressible.

2. You judge by a similar case. If God were to change the spiritual stench of lust into material, he would immediately suffocate everything and corrupt inanimate beings. And don't be surprised, said Saint Augustine, because of the stench of lust, every stench is linked to Hell and that is perpetual. In Heaven, each Blessed prefers to suffer the torments of Hell, rather than endure the pestilence of lust.

3. That is why the horrible and monstrous representation of a goat was made, carrying countless condemned people in its belly. That one bore ten tall crowns, each as large as a tree, branched, and innumerable little horns, and each of these was capable of devastating the world. Lust is so powerful that it disregards the Ten Commandments of God. In fact, as Saint Gregory says, fire is the origin of libido. The obscenity of the genitals, as large as they were, should not and cannot be explained in words. You would have rotted immediately from the horror of what you saw without God's help. Saint Ambrose says it well: what is more horrible than the horrors of lust?

A torrent of fire and sulfur, which came from the goat's genitals, covered the entire world with smoke. Its large, open mouth carried almost all the feathers of Hell, breathing out flames that evoked obscene words. And you receive this extreme unhappiness as many times as you are contaminated with libido. To escape this future, you praise God in the Psalter.

THE EIGHTH BEAST OF THE ABYSS AND THE BEAR OF LACK OF FAITH

This (Beast) had infested the world with spells, the arts of divination, magic, heresies and errors.

1. The Source of Faith contrary to this gushes in the word “You”, incredibly significant and effective: Isn’t this what makes faith in Christ acquired, indicating it? (Isn't that) what indicates the pure faith of the Virgin Mary? (Already) in (faith), the Holy Mary was the greatest and most extraordinary miracle. This is how the Spirit showed it to Elizabeth, when she said: Holy one, you who believe. Saint Jerome said: O Mary, great is your faith!

You indeed showed faith to the world: You, bringing to us the Word of God, founded the Church on the holy mountains, through the Son. And so, this great faith everyone receives from you! Through this (in fact), satisfying God, you deserved to become the Mother of God.

2. The malice of this lack of faith far surpassed the wickedness of the previous (Beasts).

That's why it was represented in a gigantic bear, more cruel, fierce and voracious than other monsters. Because, said Augustine, lack of faith is the greatest of sins. Her mouth is the gate of Hell, of which it is said: From the gate of Hell bring forth, oh Lord, their souls. In her mouth were twelve rows of beam-like teeth and these were very pointed: because of the subtle reasons of the erring men against the twelve articles of faith. Under the bear's belly, many beasts raged, murderers of souls. Lack of faith, as Saint Ambrose attests, is the mother of other crimes. A scream came out of her mouth, which shook the world. What is more horrible than blasphemy? And the scream rushed with the momentum of the flames, submerging everything. Her feet were huge and hideous because of her nails, as were her teeth; and both foamed with pus, a sign of the cruelty of the infidels. The wings were made of burning snake feathers. In a Sermon, Saint Fulgentius said: The infidels, while flying among the false sciences, poisoned the world. Each of you has given home to this beast within you. In the future, to avoid it, praise God in the Psalter.

THE NINTH BEAST OF THE ABYSS IS THE WHALE OF DESPERATION

This one, far from God, enjoyed, as best she could, the immediate consolations of the world.

1. The Source of Good Hope, contrary to this, was established in the Greeting: “Among women”. The Most Holy Mary, said Saint Jerome, is the Mother of Hope. She herself, apparently suffering rejection 91 by these words: What do you want from me, woman: not yet, etc., but she was not deprived of hope, on the contrary, she remained certain of hope, ordering the servants: do what he tells you.

91 Blessed Alan refers to the wedding at Cana, where Jesus performs his first miracle of transforming water into wine, thanks to his Mother's request (Gv.1-12).

2. However, death from despair is so great that if the deaths of all the living were united into one, they would not exceed a tiny one. Therefore, with the right blow, it separates you from eternal life, as Saint Remigius said.

3. She was represented by a whale, gigantic in size, fury and appearance, because despair is the final and supreme line of the sins mentioned previously: it was the dragon of the sea, or Leviathan according to Job. In its mouth they pressed it. there were innumerable rows of teeth, larger than the teeth of other beasts, just as the cetacean was larger in relation to the others. With these he devastated Heaven, Earth and all created things. Because as these people imagined themselves to be God, as their enemy, they would prefer that God did not exist: which is impossible and contrary to all things. Her mouth was like a whirlpool, swallowing everything. In her mouth there was a prison that imprisoned the desperate with chains. From her eyes, sparks and flames came out, as big as the mountains; From her mouth comes a huge river with a sulfurous stench, which are the words and voices of the desperate. Aimone says that these oppose the words of salvation, so that the living are like the dead, as if they were in a second Hell. To distance this then for the rest (of your life), you praise God in the Psalter.

THE TENTH BEAST OF THE ABYSS AND THE VULTURE OF PRESUMPTION

This (Beast), contrary to despair, fell into sin against the Holy Spirit, beyond God's mercy, this is the only one that cannot be redeemed without penance.

1. The Source of grace contrary to this beast in the Salutation is: “And Blessed”. Anselm said, the Son of God gave blessing to the world, with his inexplicable punishment, also teaching us to do penance.

2. The gravity of the presumption is so great that it cannot be assessed, it does not allow for confrontation. How many bodily deaths could equate to one spiritual death, when the spiritual life is more worthy than the lives of all bodies? Existence in the natural (world) is (in degree) inferior to the spiritual, while the existence of grace is above nature. You will judge, from what you have seen, that with your bodies you were present in the castle, but with your spirit you were in Hell.

3. You saw a vulture, which from the front looked like a Harpy, due to its bold flight and pride: from behind it looked like a lion, due to the size of its body and unparalleled ferocity: the monster was comparable only to itself and to no other Beast. That is why Saint Gregory of Nice said: Presumption, more than all sins, violates the justice of God, distancing it as a hateful thing. Its beak, shaped like a red-hot iron hook, opened onto its victims, attacking many with its terrible breath. For Saint Maximus it was the way of life that spread this sin. Its thunder devastated all parts of the world, through the speeches of the presumptuous, who do not believe in the threats of God and Scripture, discourage honesty, do not listen to the Church that reproves vices. The belly of the beast was full of immense ovens, where they (the presumptuous) were melted completely and transported in others, without interruption as punishment. At the same time they died infinite times and were resurrected to die again. And this (happened) due to great and vain confidence (of oneself), due to presumption. Are you surprised by the innumerable wings of the monster? These reveal the ideas that arrogant flyers have: fickle and uncertain (ideas); That is why they seek to justify themselves in their sins and assure themselves, deceiving themselves with the mercy of God. These wings, with their movements, created wind that lit the fires of Hell. The curses of all the damned were hurled at the presumptuous. Horrible feet trampled them and with hooks tore them apart, tearing them to pieces. Then the Beast stopped on an icy river, full of presumptuous people and these beasts, as Job said, went from freezing waters to excessive heat. Melting in this and repeatedly cast into other punishments, in the end the presumptuous were evacuated by the Beast's back into the icy river, like a swift burning river, and brought in human form. Once again raked, piled up and crushed by the vulture's claws, they were devoured. This is Hell, which never says: Enough! Here you could see, for the most part, the Powers and the Clergy, even rich, robust, young, very confident in their nobility, their power, their riches, their strength, their age, etc. You have seen these things and wished during the vision that your children would never be placed there. You have seen so many immeasurable things that it is impossible to describe them. With your bodies continuing to live in this castle, but with your eyes of spirit and vision, stolen and protected by the miracle of God, you were in Hell.

It is natural that you can now judge: because you can see, with your own eyes, the beast as it is, just as you can imagine it even greater.

This is how it happens to you because God wants it. He who accepts these monstrous beasts within himself, assumes (his) infamous guilt, as well as his monstrous appearance and one day the judge will say to him: I don't know them. To escape these Beasts, you praise God in the Psalter.

 

Epilogue to the things said previously.

The divine Sources of the fifteen graces flow in the Angelic Salutation and are open to the faithful, who attend them diligently and with dignity. These will drink eternal life. When drunk, its waters permeate and expand through the ten senses, five external and five internal, washing them of all guilt, purifying them and enriching them with bliss. With this objective, you seek to offer holy to God and the Mother of God, fifty Greetings in the second group of fifty prayers of the Psalter.

Third group of fifty prayers

THE ELEVENTH BEAST OF THE ABYSS IS THE RHINOCEROS OF HATE

This is contrary to God, in Person, in Lordship, in Providence, in Faith, in the Sacraments and in other divine works. God's enemies understand that divine gifts are worthless and rarely use them, loving more ardently only themselves and things that rot.

Sin is immensely bad, just as God is extremely good.

1. The Source of Charity is present in the Angelic Greeting, through the word “The Fruit”. Among the fruits of the Holy Spirit, the first is Charity, which continually flows from it. And truly the Mother of God gave him with the Fruit of her womb.

2. The abominable horror of all the corpses together could not overcome even a small part of the great ferocity and monstrosity of the hatred. Mortal guilt is so serious because it punishes the soul with eternal death and not because it kills nature. In truth, believe instead of killing God, because he is present in the soul, which is the image of God.

3. The rhinoceros therefore represented the sin of hatred, because it has the hatred common to all brutes and beasts and immensely hates all things that it does not recognize, even those who look at its kind.

This one horn has such great strength that it can quickly penetrate, with one blow, tree trunks as thick as walls, it can so easily defeat any beast with a blow of its horn; but with only the cunning of one and the art of a virgin he is deceived and imprisoned. Likewise, hatred, says Saint Gregory Nazianzen, possesses and at the same time is possessed and kills with thought. Through the ability of the Virgin Mother of God, full of Charity, through the Angelic Salute, this can be defeated and chained.

You have seen that the strength of this Beast develops more than any other and expands to an immense dimension. The strength of hatred is similar to that of the Spirit, because it is like the nature of loving God and men, it is inevitable that the same nature can be used to hate God and others. Thus hatred hurts nature and attacks God himself.

The monster's horn could be measured, with difficulty, by looking and it expanded into many branches of flames and hooks, reminiscent, by its abundance, of a jungle. All things become horrible, full of pus, blood and rot and ferociously drag themselves along like silent dead. These are the follies of those who hate. It opened a large mouth through which it could easily swallow cities and fields, because hatred, as Orósio said, is the door to all evil. The belly internally was full of innumerable forms of evil and was corroded spontaneously, by the rotation of things from beginning to end. The Monster continually rejuvenated and grew: thus hatreds are renewed every day and grow slowly. Since certainly in all of Hell, so many blasphemies launched against God, and coming from this one Beast, had never been heard with such ferocity; That is why in hell the death of God is invoked.

Its legs and back were full of thorny horns, like a porcupine. On each branchy horn sat many tyrants, persecutors of the righteous and of the church. One of them, wounded in part of his body, remaining hanging between his horns, was torn apart and tortured, because in the supreme battle he was captured on the back of the Beast, by (his) hair, which was raised like flaming spears.

The most cruel among these, reinvigorated, returned to other punishments; again torn from the hooks of the horns, thrown from one part to another, shaken up and down, opened, swollen by torture and once again deprived of the viscera.

You know how I, with difficulty, express words of shadow of those things, which you have seen. How much more unhappy are you, who keep the monstrous Beasts, while burning with hatred, they torment each other openly and publicly. I know, now you hate all hatreds and yourselves and you would prefer not to have lived them, therefore, so that you spy on sins and are attentive, hating old sins, you praise God in the Psalter.

THE TWELFTH BEAST OF THE ABYSS IS THE USUAL RAVEN

This (Beast), according to theologians, is not identified with a precise sin, in gender, species and number, but is the condition of sinners, which is repeated recurrently (like the crow with its claw 92 ) without pause: this is perseverance in sins or impenitence.

92 The author plays with the sound made by crows, which in Latin means “tomorrow”.

1. The Source contrary to this Beast in the Angelic Salutation is contained in the word: “From the Womb”. Each one is born, grows and is shaped by nature with its own characteristics, either because the characteristics are, for the most part, like the humors of the bodies and their natures correspond to the dispositions of animals that are more or less the same. Because children have certain characteristics inherited from their parents, this is how the most violent, the biggest myths, the laziest, the sickest are generated. Therefore: all wolves howl, dogs bark, etc., and the offspring follows the father. The Mother of God, with her blessing, corrected this evil custom in Eve's womb and reversed everything.

2. On the other hand, the malice of evil custom is that, which cannot be explained by any language. I will say that nothing can equal it, nor will it be possible to achieve anything spiritual, good or bad.

3. A bird represented it to you during the vision: from the moment that there is nothing like it, that has never been seen and is invoked by the inhabitants of Hell, the Raven of Hell. In the extent of his body, he greatly surpassed the other Beasts: because, said Saint Jerome, the habit of sinning is the greatest evil among all sins, so that no matter how great the sins are, it adds to their immensity, an increase. Evil is also lesser in guilt, but it is greater in perseverance. This fills Hell, because it feeds and spreads evil. Evil, through this, is common for jurists. In the crow's belly, crows like him screamed, help, help, but the crow, to the crows, responded, tomorrow, tomorrow and so on forever. Other carnivorous and predatory birds were around this crow and these were soul-devouring and immensely voracious. With their beaks they scratched the souls, while, through their immense, completely open jaws, many eager throats were opened, full of souls. Through each one, each soul had to go through so many other pains: transported to the womb, they were transformed into fierce beasts, with the shapes of birds and sent again from the lowest womb, they were returned to the throats of him who screamed, tomorrow, tomorrow, with screams horrible and was immediately reabsorbed in the womb.

Thus the same paths developed throughout the world, according to the rite of perpetual custom.

Therefore, you who tenaciously maintained the habit of sinning, after having condemned it, drove the raven away from you, praise God in the Psalter.

THE THIRTEENTH BEAST OF THE ABYSS IS THE WHORE OF APOSTASY

The Faith of the Church is profaned by this (Beast), as well as the promise and concord. Everyone who separates himself from each of those three seeks instead those things, which are his own.

1. The opposite Source to this gushes in the Angelic Salutation, in the words: “Yours”. You are yours, especially then, said Saint Jerome, when you are from God, restoring to God and to the Church, the things that are God's, to Caesar and to each one what is his; and so the Virgin Mary, all of God, was certainly his. Who then, said Pier Damiani, is all his, all other things are his and must be understood among those who have nothing and who possess everything. The immensity of apostasy surpasses all things, not only for those who are apostates, but also for those who favor apostates. You are all those who have favored the lack of faith. And some of you, stubborn ones, haven't given up yet.

This said to those, who were paralyzed by fear, but had not yet repented for the love of God.

At the same time a woman represented apostasy. She was so gigantic, her head reached the clouds. Since Saint Gregory said that apostasy exceeds in breadth and magnitude all your sins and prolongs evil things. Women, said the wise man, make wise men apostatize. Therefore, as the woman is all evil, said Saint Jerome, so apostasy is the Aquilon wind, which dissects the grace of God and uproots the trees: the Aquilon (wind) diffuses all evil.

It is said that if we exclude women, divine Laws will remain holy and respected. The woman is precisely called the Mother of Hell. The apostasy when she separated from God, made demons and Hell. This one had more than a thousand heads and each one bigger than a mountain; her open mouth became immense and so many blasphemies and lies came out of it. Her teeth were more from the Balearic Islands, and similar to beams, so much so that each contained three other rows of teeth. These, around, scratched, crushed, chewed the souls, with an ever more cruel torment. From the moment that apostasy from the faith distanced itself from Faith, Hope and Charity: the three vows of profession. How great are the torments that are practiced here against the apostates! Fury devoured the inside (of himself) and consumed those who were inconsumable, and vomiting them, tortured and contorted them. In an undulating ebb and flow, it dragged him towards greater torments: like a mother warming his belly and chest, with kisses and hugs. To keep them free from this, you praise God in the Psalter.

THE FOURTEENTH BEAST OF THE ABYSS IS THE MONSTER OF WAR.

War, said Saint Maximus, is evil: no sin is far from it.

Whoever wants war easily puts his life at risk: there is no salvation in war.

1. The opposite Source to this in the Angelic Salutation is “Jesus”, who is a peaceful King. When Peter was about to launch himself into battle he said: Put your sword back into its sheath. Whoever kills with the sword will perish by the sword.

The sword represents: the temporal sword, the sword of condemnation or even both. Mary made him accessible to the world, as a Source. She, as Augustine says, generated peace for us: she reconciled the world with God and made them both one.

2. Therefore, his unhappiness is more serious and more condemnable: that is why he proposes to imitate the condemned Hector, Achilles, Julius Caesar, Alessandro Magno and those like them, more than the peaceful Jesus. It is not the victory, but the cause, that justifies war. It is not the search for the glory of the name that makes the warrior illustrious, but the fight for the precepts of Religion.

Do you seek glory? You love the glory of the Angels: Peace on earth to men of good will: and not to men of a warlike will. So the peaceful King is magnificent over all the Kings of the earth. Behold, your gentle King comes to you.

1. Peace is beautiful and brings salvation, as much as war is abominable and absolutely not necessary, as much as it is inimical to God and an unhappy ruin.

2. Considering that the painter must portray the horror of war; Even if all the painters, who have never been recognized, were gathered together and they added a second and third defect to the painting, they would not be able to portray even a part of the horror of the unjust war and the abominable soul of its warriors. No comparison can be made between material and finite things and spiritual and infinite things, even if there is a certain similarity.

3. Therefore, for Pythagoras, warriors are monsters; for Didymus they are demons, not men. Demons only harm those they want; but warriors (do harm) to those who do not want to. Those after death fall into Hell, those fall even before the day of death. Those (the demons) try to counsel secretly. These (men) constrict, hurt violently.

4. Beasts spare their equals, the wolf does not devour the wolf, etc., but in war man is more to man than a wolf.

5. Butchers are considered infamous and are the ministers of justice.

What should one think of the bloodthirsty followers of unjust war? What will be your future infamy in Heaven on the day of judgment? Despair, to the evil servants who will have such a bad reputation with the Lord: with their hands and feet tied, they are relegated to the shadows, because they preferred the unjust glory of the world, before the glory and divine justice. Without a doubt it was the one who would have deprived you of your life, when the monster of war was offered before your eyes, if the virtue of God had not encouraged you. Are you horrified by the vision, do you hear what will happen?

The monster appeared so strange in appearance that it was not possible to choose a name. All the horrible forms of evil present in the world seemed mixed together in it. That is why it is called the Hell of Hells, but in Hell it is called the paradise of the world: because many believe that war is their paradise. I think exactly the opposite. As Saint Jerome says, war is said to be ironically beautiful: when the world has never seen anything more monstrous. A monster with such a large body appeared to you, almost larger than the world: it contains within itself all the evils of the world, such as the total in relation to the parts and death in relation to diseases.

How great is the size and mass of suffering, as well as the weight of the highest evils? Who would explain it? Who could have imagined them?

It was rightly said to those who have difficulty understanding the divine with their mind: anyone who thinks they can explain the monstrous suffering of this Monster is mistaken.

Who are the belligerents, if not those who behave like wild beasts: furious against the human race, because they cannot attack God through Theomancy, as is said about the giants, who tried to conquer Heaven. You have also seen in the Monster the weapons who used Cain, Nembrot, Saul, Olofernes, Decius, etc. These will say: We approve of war: 1. For a just cause. 2. For the Empire of the Lords. 3. For the common good. What? 1. The cause of war is never just, when man, for the temporal good, exposes himself to mortal danger or the danger of sin. 2. One must obey God more than men and it is better to be deprived of earthly grace than that of the Lord of Heaven; especially when the devastation is directed towards the Church. 3. The political common good is only rarely in itself truly so great, that it is equal to the damage of weapons, which is at most behind the catastrophes of battles. Good is often considered to be present in fame and passion, rather than in the truth of things themselves.

Since my speech is aimed at those who are warlike, you will want to hear which of the wars should be considered fair! I say then.

1. When the promoter of a war may have a just right.

2. When peace cannot be obtained in any way.

3. When it arose for just defensive and not offensive reasons.

4. When violence is not committed against the common good, for the sake of a private good, (which does not damage) a greater (good), for the sake of a smaller (good).

5. When the evil from a distance with weapons, has been greater than the Christian blood to be shed. Since man is the noblest of nature's goods, his violent death must be considered nature's greatest evil. And it will be for earthly fortune that the King's children will commit parricide, in exchange for frogs and toads; but man is the son of God, if not by grace, certainly by nature.

6. When there is a war in defense of the Church, faith, justice, or another virtue, etc. Observing the order of Charity and the degree of goods, this is for the better good. Since these things rarely lead to war and very few are those who loyally confront uncertain events; Of this a Saint knew by divine revelation, that in a war, not in an encounter, I mean, about forty thousand men were lost and among these no more than six had avoided eternal damnation.

7. It is necessary that whoever names the militia knows what can be considered just cause. And if this is not present in what was said, evidently one must obey God more than the Prince himself.

8. Its power does not reach the Court of God's judgment or even that of conscience. Nor is it necessary that for the sake of an uncertain good, one faces the evil of war.

9. When the cause of the war is clear, then let each one celebrate the Sacrament, try with the Sacred Confession to purify the soul, so as not to recklessly expose oneself to dangers.

10. It is necessary that unjust thefts and other crimes be prohibited by agreements, an edict, etc., for everyone, and that the conscience and prayer of each one to God, (be accompanied) frequently by action and always of (such) desire: In you Lord I have hoped, I will not be eternally confused; in your justice release me and take me away.

So, before starting a war, listen to the thoughts of the Theologians and holy and righteous men. The just cause of war, in relation to faith and charity, to defend and maintain, is not so intrinsic to Princes and lay people, as it is to men capable of profound knowledge and divine discernment. Therefore, warrior men, praise God in the Psalter.

THE FIFTEENTH BEAST OF THE ABYSS IS THE DRAGON OF SACRILAGE

This (dragon) is, in general, everything that designates irreverence to the Sacred Faith, however, under a triple difference of forms, as to the triple property of sanctity, that is, of Persons, Places, and Sacred Things; such as the Sacraments, the Sacramentals, consecrated things and those consecrated to the mysteries. Here we observe the futile and competitive Commerce, (which are) the profanations of the ecclesiastical condition.

1. The Source contrary to this, in the Angelic Salutation, is the word Christ, that is, Anointed One, from whom all the strength and holiness of the Sacraments expands, through the Mother of God, like a channel. She, said Saint Anselm, is the Treasurer of such great Mysteries.

2. Despair, to those who delight in being in this situation, the Alchymos, the Jasons, the Menelaos, the Antiochos; this indescribable impurity screams in an atrocious way to Heaven; so much so that if God represented a similar bodily sound, it would be so intense that it could echo throughout infinite worlds. Sin is so bitter for God, that if of the infinite worlds (if they existed), all the most bitter things in nature were united into one thing, the smallest bitterness of it could not be approached even from a distance. By God, evil is so fierce that the entire fury of all the furious could not bring back the anger of this wickedness. When all creatures are transformed by God into Dragons, the smallest stench of sacrilege and blasphemy will appear inferior.

3. The Dragon therefore represented this impious crime to you; it was similar to that of the Apocalypse which has seven heads, contrary to the Seven sacraments and ten horns, contrary to the Decalogue.

4. However, he dragged the third part of the stars from the sky, so much so that they sacrilegiously abuse the Sacraments.

5. And this Dragon waged war against the Blessed Virgin Mary and her Son; This is how the Simoniacs, etc., scandalously show themselves and present themselves or at least live.

6. And the Dragon made a sulfurous river come out from behind the Mother and the Son; this represented the rotten prayers, the unworthy celebrations of Priests and Religious or lay people: as if with this the avenging Justice of God was about to submerge.

7. The earth, that is, Hell, swallowed the river, but not Heaven, because all their works are earthly. Despair, to those who used Divine Things in this way, who want them to be earthly and sacrilegious.

8. They wage war against Michael and his Angels, because they act badly against the good and the just. The eyes killed just by looking; thus the sacrilegious (acts) with scandal. The desires of the mouth had more than a thousand rows of teeth, because the sacrilegious, mainly through the contaminated mouth, take Divine Things. There were seven mouths. You have heard that more than seven thousand different types of torment arise against the sacrilegious and, in addition to these, many others (torments) indicated above.

Dragons also had seven bellies, so even the ten horns carried innumerable torments and by repeating them, they made them eternal. God keep us away from this (Monster). That is why you praise God in the Psalter.

NOTE

THEOLOGICAL EXAMINATION AND EXPLANATION OF THE VISION

XVI. You ask: How were these things seen, if no Beast is found in Hell? I answer: Why do you ask about what you saw?

These are the main demons of Hell and thus appear to the souls to be tormented, sometimes with a vision born of the mind, other times (with a vision) linked to the imagination, other times through the appearances assumed by them. Demons are linked to the corporeal aspect especially by the Divine Power, either because just by seeing them the souls suffer a lot, or because the same demons, with that constriction of the (appearances) assumed, suffer more cruelly for eternity and finally so that the souls, with which they have sinned, may also be tormented. On the other hand, these with their appearances are placed before the condemned souls.

2. You ask: How are they linked? I answer: The Divine power and His infinite Justice have imprinted on the souls of the damned a strength and a sensitive form and all these sensitive realities will always present themselves to them, in this tormented form; nor can the demons, linked to these, do otherwise. While the spiritual force is greater than that of the body, the penalty is more serious, as if it were a natural (penalty); That is why souls suffer from supernatural suffering. So that, unscathed, refugees from this, you praise God in the Psalter.

CONTINUATION OF THE STORY

XVII. Finally I ask! Have you seen anything different from what I explained? And the voice of all was one: Lord, we know nothing truer; Again Saint Dominic (said): And in truth you all are not obliged, but horrified by terror; even though you have seen the Beasts, you still keep them in your souls. That's why many of them (responded): Father, this seems impossible. And them; Oh! lazy in heart to believe all the things you have seen and heard! Look again! At the same time, oriented towards the Most Holy Host, he prayed clearly. The good Jesus; Show them again that this is true, so that they realize the immensity of the sins they have experienced. And a voice came from above: What they saw is enough for them to believe. And again Saint Dominic said: Oh Lord, your justice is certainly enough, but your mercy and the misery of these sinners are still not enough.

And immediately each one came to himself and next to the others, the same fifteen Monsters were seen even more horrible. To those present, it seemed as if what had been seen before was either like a dream or a painting. And if they hadn't been protected by the hand of God, they would be dead. It's cruel to see the evil of one's own sins. What is the cruelest thing in Hell? Reason teaches that the nobler the positive, the more the negative is worse. Thus, sin deprives us of grace and glory and the penalty of Hell deprives us of a sensible good and in itself (the penalty) does not stop the desire for glory; That is why the penalty of harm is more tormenting than the penalty of meaning.

And just as what God has prepared for those who love him cannot be humanly understood, so the things that God has prepared for those who hate him cannot be understood. Only the one who receives it knows it.

XVIII. Everyone who saw these things threw themselves to the ground in tears, and repenting with all their heart in true penance, they rejoiced. And it is known that, since then, none of them have been seen laughing: having abandoned the world, they have all renounced it, with few exceptions.

They entered several religious Orders and performed penance throughout their lives. Some lived professing the Order of Preachers, others those of the Minors, many that of the Certosinos: some closed themselves away in the wilderness. Through these, who were very powerful, they built, here and there, many Convents of Religious. At the same time the Lords and Princes, under their example, retired to better fruit. I read that São Domingos did something similar in Spain.

TESTIMONY OF THE VISION OF THE NEW HUSBAND

I am sure that not long ago a New Husband of the Holy Mary saw all these pains singularly, in a very real way. He also wrote down what was said, because he has continually borne pains, for his own sins and those of others. I also read that Saint Dominic showed something similar in the approaches to Toulouse and the heretical gems: but barely, the devil appearing, in the form of a prisoner. I read similar things were also seen by other people: but not as precise and as grandiose. Saint Dominic also had those fifteen monsters painted, just as they manifested themselves. This picture still exists, even if its origin has fallen into oblivion.

CHAPTER V

The fifteen Queens of virtues. Vision of the People of Brittany, revealed to the New Husband of Mary, through Saint Dominic.

The Psalter of the Holy Trinity, through the different gifts of the beloved and the virtues, adorns the world. First, decorate the Church with roses and spring lilies. Since there are divisions of Graces, Saint Jerome subdivides them into three: Moral, Theological and Supernatural. The only root of these is the Incarnation of Christ, through which the subdivisions took place. And so that they would become perennial, he placed the same strength within his words, so that the same gifts contained in them were protected and so that the good things in life were obtained through prayers. Those words are in two prayers and formulas for praying and honoring God, that is, the Lord's Prayer and the Angelic Salutation. That is why Saint Anselm calls gardens, the Deposits of all the Virtues and the charismas of God. And Chrysostom said: What good is there that Prayer, considered the Supreme Good, does not have in its entirety? And Saint Augustine said: Wonderful mercy from God, who understands in a few words the incomprehensible Goodness of divine Wisdom, in an admirable way! Because in the Lord's Prayer he painted entire salvation.

There are truly fifteen signs everywhere, full of virtues. And so I describe them in terms of genre and magnitude.

THE NARRATION OF THE FACT

I. Saint Dominic, the new Apostle of the world, also led the preaching of the Gospel in Brittany along with the virtue of the Psalter and since his mother, daughter of a Commander of Brittany, came from the same place, he was listened to with great attention, as if she were blood relative of the Great Commander. Much of this attention was due mainly to the enormous fame of the most holy name and at the same time, to the proof of the miracles that God performed through him, as through a Liberator of the world ruined by crimes. The Founder of the new Order was an excellent Preacher, especially (performed miracles) through (the intervention of) God, the Mother of God and the Saints. And this happens fairly because as Saint Ambrose testifies, it is fair that God grants the first Founders in any state (of life) gifts far superior to those of their followers. The latter must be moved, enlightened, and perfected by (such gifts). Since every preaching, according to Augustine, must be based on virtues and vices, but also on the penalties of these (vices) and the rewards of those (virtues): Saint Dominic dedicated himself with all his Spirit and made an effort to teach such things .

Therefore, it was necessary for him to be illuminated by the goodness of God, so that from then on he would be a light for many. What happens in successive times, in his miraculous preaching of the Psalter. As the Father himself revealed, appearing recently, to a devoted Son, the new Husband of Mary.

II. 1. Saint Dominic, before preparing and speaking, according to custom, applied himself with great diligence to the secret and normal prayers of the Psalter: praying to God to make him understood and to put into his mouth an effective Sermon, which involved the people most in need.

2. The Crown prayer immediately followed the Sacred Activity of the Mass (which rarely occurred without a kidnapping or revelation) and halfway through (the Mass), in the customary and first remembrance to be made to the living, while sharing the Divine realities, there was a development of approximately one hour. In this he, without moving, oriented himself towards the things he worshiped; his face was as red as a flame and he had a headache. Where he was there was a lot of smoke everywhere, a clear sign of the presence of the Holy Spirit on him. This fact creates a lot of surprise and admiration in all the Aristocrats of the Kingdom who attend the Divine Office. Among those present was the Great Commander, a large crowd, men of prestige, who had been invited to the ceremony and were eager to listen to him.

3. And since the revelation lasted a long time, the Commander who remained there with the woman, and others who were around, thought that the Saint should be distanced. And while people tried to pick it up again, no one could touch it. This, in reality, aroused greater admiration in the Superior as well as whispers of secret events, in the ears of each neighbor.

Fear, mixed with stupor, stirred many things in souls! Everyone was uncertain about what to do and afraid of how the episode would end.

4. When all the Solemn Activities of the Mass were finished, Saint Dominic, as usual, withdrew for a short time and soon after, he climbed onto a high ambo blessing himself and the people with the Sign of the Cross.

CHAPTER VI

The fifteen Queens of Virtues

FOURTH SERMON OF S. SUNDAY THEME: Psalm 97

You sing to the Lord in Canto Novo, because he performed wonders.

Commanders, Princes and faithful of the People, beloved listeners, what I propose on this Solemnity of the Most Holy Body of Christ, is the theme announced before to you by the Psalmodian David. The theme is different from the present Festivity, or different in this one: perhaps some wonders creep into some souls. You listen well and you recognize perfectly, what and how many wonderful and divine things, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in the Most Holy Eucharist, deigned to show you today. Today, you have admired with your eyes a new Spectacle, the miracle and mystery of the New Testament. You have seen and known the Redeemer of the world Jesus Christ, Son of the Virgin Mary, Mother of God, born for us, Crucified, Resurrected. So if any spark of the Spirit of Jesus is within you, if any filament of the Name, of Love and of Christian Honor is within you, you say thank you, You praise God, you celebrate the Wonders of God: You sing to the Lord a new Song, because performed wonders.

If you ask yourselves what this New Song is, this, I tell you, is the one that I now preach to you, the double prayer of the New Testament: one is the one that at the beginning (of the New Testament) the Angel announced to Mary, full Bird for free; the other is the one that Jesus Christ delivered and preached to the Apostles, Our Father who art in heaven, etc. With these you praise the Husband and the Wife and praise These in their own Psalter. And not only, it will be opportune to praise them for a deserved justice, but also to love them with all their mind.

Therefore, hang the Psalters on your waist, so that you may be recognized by their adornment: 1. Of the Royal Secrecy. 2. Of Imperial Secrecy. 3. Of the Celestial Sigil and of the Divine whole: of the Sigil, I mean, of the Holy Trinity and of the New Testament.

Since at the table of the Holy Trinity, next to Her, sit the fifteen Queens of the Principal Virtues, I think that I should speak clearly about them, so that, after having known them, you can walk with them, serve God more devotedly. . These were given to you and if you want, these (aspire to be) your promised Women, beautiful and at the same time, glorious. These cry out to be your Protectors, your Commanders and Saviors, until you are introduced to the thrones of the Fifteen Blessed Kingdoms.

Despair to those, who have assumed behaviors that are hostile to God through sin, (despair to those) who criminally violated one or very many (divine precepts), incurring the crime of Lesae Maiestatis before God. The jealous and strong God will not leave anyone who has obscured one of these unpunished; the defendant, accused of parricide, will be subjected to the sure sentence of eternal damnation. Now, the Queen Virtues are those who must judge the condemnation, since the passions of the wicked remain criminally opposed to (Virtue). And of these, you have observed three rows and each of these is divided into five. Since virtues can manifest themselves, let them be honored: (this) will be taught later, after the fifteenth Queen.

FIRST FIFTY PRAYERS OF THE PSALTERS

THE FIRST QUEEN: HUMILITY

I. This is the basis and foundation of all virtues, which, in the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Lord loved with a very ardent love. This is what is called from the earth, say Saint Anselm and others, since the humble lower themselves to the earth, put themselves before everyone, and, for the love of God, put everyone before themselves. These look at the fragility of their nature and worship the presence of God in other things. This virtue exults in the success of others, flees from one's own, unless the praise and grandeur of the preaching is aimed at God. This one loves to be unknown, hates walking in a high place: she seeks peaceful and docile hearts.

Saint Jerome said: If the Holy Trinity bowed down to him, as to anything else and approaches through Virtue itself, why does man, dust and vile shadow, want to rise above the earth? Because (man) has forgotten himself and God, he knows little of his cowardice, as well as the merits and Majesty (present in) God? Pride, his enemy, haunts him until his death.

II. A dwelling is ready for him in royal luxury, in the Palace of the Lord's Prayer “Our Father”. The Holy Trinity, through humility, is by grace the Father of us all and we, her children, must serve with utmost humility: obey, fear, love and adore. Because (we were) created from the earth, whereas we (are) not children (of God) by creation. After all this, won't we humble ourselves before the Creator?

Thus, Ambrose (states): the appearance and beauty of this Queen is indescribable.

To the new Husband of Mary, the Lord showed the (Queen). The Virgin dressed in white, crowned with ten precious stones, with a girdle of marvelous beauty, marked by fifteen ornaments; with a splendid necklace of twelve splendid pearls.

In his right hand he carried the Cross, a sign of the humility of the suffering Christ.

A wonderful cover covered it entirely with stars and gems and was luminous. She adorned her fingers with rings marked with the Cross, testimonies of her engagement with Christ.

III. Saint Dominic had preached, but added: the beauty and value of all the stars, could not aspire to the superiority of their value. Therefore it is better to obtain possession of this, than to have dominion over the Sun, the Moon and the Stars. Cyril said: This, indeed, is among the first daughters of God who reigns over holy souls; That is why God, as Augustine attests, in this world, loves a minimal grace more than the whole of nature. And you, through pride, said Saint Dominic, almost kill it.

I attest that there are more than three hundred, those who have contemplated very clearly, more than a person can represent in prayer, with the eyes of the mind. Therefore, you sing to the Lord with a new song. Saint Dominic looked at the other Queens of Virtue during his vision, when they ordered, under penalty of death, to preach him. The Holy Man wished that the memory of this vision, which everyone had seen, be painted in the Commander's Room and in the Main Church.

THE SECOND QUEEN: FRIENDSHIP

The union of friends resides in this reciprocal concord, in a single will, like that of the member, says Augustine, manifested in a single body. Saint Remigius calls the golden chain, which surrounds the faithful, and, after being strait together, they return invincible. This makes one among many men indestructible, distancing envy, detraction and hatred, says Macróbio. By this means humble things grow, great discords are dispersed, as Sallust says. In nature, concord cancels the corruption of the world, instead in the Kingdom of grace, which men receive from God, concord generates constancy and glory. The enemy's envy is hostile to this.

Having said these things, São Domingos adds.

I. The worthy dwelling in the Lord's Prayer resides in: “What you are”, that is, He who is by essence, He who gives the remaining things Being by participation, says Boethius: friendship is that which emanates from God to us and so then you don't give back to the one you love? Then will you not embrace those who are loved by him?

1. Then answer: what's yours, isn't it yours? He said of not God, who distributes his Being to all things that are.

And if God loves them, how can you hate them? Truly God willed that all men should be his children: and you then do not recognize and love them as brothers? Who then or what will you love, if you do not love Him, who receives, like you, the same Being from the only Father?

2. Cassiodorus concludes with the following words: If by nature, your brothers of the same father must love each other reciprocally, by consanguinity, which the Christian brother does not, by the right of God, by the right of the Spirit, by the right of all Sacraments and charisms? Despair to man, who loves his neighbor more with his body than with his soul.

3. What is it and where does it come from, what do you love? responds Saint Augustine, the Soul is created only by God, not by derivation from any flesh and by the kindred of the flesh you love your brother, by the communion of the spirit, you love the Christian less. If you loved (your brother), as you love a Christian, you would think you had sinned: with that (the Christian), you don't even feel like a sinner. Oh wonder? Oh Love? The wonder is touched: love, you don't even feel it.

4. Who cannot transpose nature to the Spirit? Certainly it cannot come from a fool: consequently (following) the same, man distances himself from himself and removes man from man: something that is not even attributed to a beast.

Truly this is the dishonor of nature and the contempt of God.

This is the destruction and corruption of all the beauty that exists in human beings, the change in another (being), will inevitably be the maximum degradation (of man). How much lovelier is the divine beauty of sweet Friendship. Why? Certainly, almost a third of the world fought for the beautiful Helena: for concord, mother of all goods, said Ambrósio, few care.

II. You consider eyes with veneration. She was like a daughter of God, with a Crown of glory: with a dress of gold, crowned with lilies of spring: with a bunch of ten flowers; with a luminosity greater than that of the sun. You look at the Companions who, like Angels of God, surround her and there are also ten of them. How much beauty is in her image!

So many free ornaments! How much splendor of Glory! You can remember: I am not able to describe, not even his participation and concern for peace in the world. Who could estimate its value? What would value the soul of all the treasures and riches of the world, to which treasure belong the spirit, the soul, reason, life, etc.

1. Those who, secretly or openly sow and carry out enmity, should be considered unfortunate.

2. It is very serious to lose a Kingdom; The most serious thing is to lose harmony. This can indeed recover a lost kingdom, but without its support a Kingdom cannot be healthy.

3. I say that whoever has lost charity has also lost God! Why? Death snatches a Kingdom from the world, but then Friendship consolidates the Kingdom of man and introduces him to glory.

4. The happier is the man, who dies in peace in his day: the more unhappy is he, in whom Peace dies.

That is the death of the flesh, that is the erasure of the spirit and soul.

The nobler a person is, the more cruel their death is, or not? This is how Saint Basil maintains and affirms. If the loss of what is good is an evil, it must certainly be the worst of all things, the loss of Peace, which is the greatest of goods: as are Charity and concord. These things are from God. You give to God the things that belong to God, and that is why you sing to the Lord a new Song in the Psalter.

THE THIRD QUEEN: SPIRITUAL EXULTATION

This (Queen) exults in divine services and slavery and is a fruit of the Holy Spirit.

1. The dwelling of this Queen is “In the Heavens”: here there is pure spiritual and nuptial exultation. So Paul: Our dwelling place is in Heaven! When, said Saint Jerome, our spirit rests with exultation in divine works, it lives on earth, as in Heaven. Its splendor is clean; All artists use art and all the most beautiful materials to create a statue; however, they would not even approach its shadow. 1. Because, said Averroè, art cannot do more than nature; but the artisan of exultation is the Author of nature.

2. The Holy Spirit produces it from eternity. It is truly the holy vision, according to Augustine. No art comes close to representing the Virtues, because these are painted not with the brush, but with the finger of the Holy Spirit.

3. You have seen him, said Domingo, with a rosy figure and in a purple dress, as, said Avicenna, the red (color) is the sign of exultation, the yellow (color) is a sign of sadness. His golden crown, which highlighted the symbol of holiness, the red Cross of Christ. Since, said Saint Anselm, the exultation of the Saints is above all in the Passion of Christ. Ten golden lilies were braided into the crown, because of exultant observance of the Decalogue; the ten companions sang in all genres of music: for the silent exultations caused tears in you.

These, like all the Queens, carried Psalters in their hands, since the Angelic Salutation is the beginning of all true exultation.

With this he welcomes and invites God into himself: in fact God loves those who give with exultation. This, said Jerome, carries within itself all the riches of heavenly goods. With a small part of which it confers the greatest earthly riches and the comparison will be like night and shadows, clay and gold.

Therefore it is erased in the soul of each one: This is more immeasurably Queen of Heaven, than parricide is immeasurably a sin. There is someone who causes plague in the Kingdom, devastating everything: how many deaths will you consider this worthy of? What if with your outrages you have destroyed the exultation of the spirit of all the righteous? Which (exultation) is the life of the soul, the crown and also the flower and honor of the body.

Therefore, in the grace of this, you sing to the Lord a new Song.

THE FOURTH QUEEN: PATIENCE

This distances all anger, blasphemies and dark fears and reconciles peace with God; it is superior to all, whether to men or to human things: Heaven hears from the victor. This enemy is Wrath.

1. Exults in this home: “Be Sanctified”. And deservedly so, because, says Cyprian, Patience sanctifies sinners, perfects virtues, obtains victory; It is the armor of the strong and the crown of the Saints. In a word: In your patience you will possess your souls.

2. The beauty of this is as great as the hearts of all men desire, however, they could not even imagine it in their souls. In comparison to this, the beauty of Holy Raquel, Judith, etc... are shadows. For this beauty, how many challenges did the Apostles, Martyrs, Confessors and Virgins face? Every tyrannical force is against this, but none is above this. This manifests itself from the Lord's passion: it is the mirror of divine goodness, said Bede, and it remains eternal.

3. You have seen her, with ten friends, purple, covered with precious stones and stars, crowned and adorned in this way. Above them nothing can exist. Eyes have not seen, nor ears have heard, the things that God has prepared for those who love him.

Proof of this is that souls calm down before him. Even if no one has greater charity than this: but there is not even greater beauty or greater glory than this. That's why Patience has a special Halo.

4. The perfect, the normal, the mediocre, have lost (Patience).

It is worthy of a great prize, however, who kept it. Whoever expelled her is worthy of great condemnation: this is an indescribable sin, having it canceled is like having her beheaded and not even infinite deaths will be able to forgive this sin.

It's as if you've scratched a King's daughter a thousand times. The enormity of the crime is small in relation to the cancellation of Patience, as are all mortal Queens, in relation to the immortal and clearly divine Queen. Many catastrophes, however, are planned against the immortal Queen in the souls of men. This is honored and preserved by few! Maybe why don't you ask the King of Patience for that one? That is why you sing a new Song to the Lord.

THE FIFTH QUEEN: MERCY

Therefore, said V. Augustine, let us have compassion for the miseries of others, as well as our own. And precisely because we are brothers and guests in the same condition. Without a doubt, said Seneca, Nature is common to all, Luck is equally very common to all. She generously gives her own things to others, restores things taken away; sweetly embraces poverty of spirit, but its enemy, Avarice, desecrator, is not concerned with all sacred things, but with theft, sacrileges, Commerce, etc.

1. The Indwelling of Mercy is in “Thy name,” as the Name of the Lord, said Ambrose, is the fountain of all nature; therefore each knee must bend to that one. What good belongs to the faithful that is not given to the Church?

2. Whatever you ask in my Name, it will be done for you: therefore, everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved. Oh! Rich name, because Merciful! That is why the King of Kings is Jesus. Great Lord and very praiseworthy.

3. God frightens with power, but glorifies himself with Mercy; because with this he sanctifies and glorifies. In this we live, move and exist. For this reason we wait for Redemption and there is no one in Heaven or on earth who hides from its heat. This daughter of God brought her Brother down from Heaven to earth, said Bernardo.

4. She is the mother of spiritual and corporal works, by which she mercifully teaches the ignorant, advises the doubtful, etc., nourishes the famous, clothes the naked, etc.

5. This made the King of Heaven a servant, because he led us among the Kings, said Ambrose. The same God, through his greatness, creates material light; however, this is insignificant compared to the spiritual light of Mercy, just as the Spirit is superior to the body. You saw her dressed in pure linen, with the Names Jesus and Mary, everywhere, because those are the Names of all Mercy, said Bernardo. He carried the Psalter in his hand, because his Mercy began in the Incarnation of his son. You saw it distinct from the Triple Crown, because the Mercy of God is in Heaven, on earth and under the earth.

Do miners get rich? But with earthly goods, in truth Mercy, enriches with divine goods. How miserable are those who have no mercy, just as those who are persecutors and also murderers of this (Mercy) are very cruel; these are all hard and barbaric in souls. So in the said five Queens and in the ten friends of each one, it was possible for you to see the first fifty prayers of the Psalter; and then you will recognize that these are evidenced in Jesus and Mary and reside in the Angelic Salutation; what remains, if not through the holy observation of the Decalogue, through the helping grace of the five Queens, you sing a new Song, to God and the Mother of God in her Psalter.

SECOND GROUP OF fifty PRAYERS

THE SIXTH QUEEN: ABSTINENCE

This (Queen) renounces lawful and superfluous things in eating and drinking, uses necessary things moderately, with mixed joy and pain.

He rejoices in God's generosity, he is saddened by sadness; she runs away from pleasure. She submits the flesh, so that the Spirit reigns; is among the Companions (Queens) and beside them. While on the one hand it prepares the spirits, on the other it disarms the carnal. Instead, as Seneca said, she is the brake of all vices, and Augustine: Oh! Temperance, you are soft and fine. You indeed lead an Angelic life, despise that brutish one: you are the nurturer and custodian of virtues. The Queen of Cyprus is more beautiful under the Sun, higher under the Moon and more pleasant in disposition under the Stars. She opposes Gluttony as her enemy. You are in that dwelling of the King: “Your Kingdom come”.

And since abstinence leads to the Kingdom of God, said Ambrose, deservedly so. In fact, those who reign over the body through (Abstinence) also remain in the Kingdom of Virtues; to these the (Kingdom) of Heaven must be granted.

This beauty is Angelic: that is why no human or earthly beauty can be similar, even in part, to it.

1. Indeed, beauty never surpasses its kind, so every mortal and corporeal thing is far above immortal and spiritual things.

2. What does not fulfill and endure the futile, to appear graceful? How they adapt, worry, feed, put on makeup, dissipate! However, Abstinence comes out of fasting, fatter and more beautiful. You once again honor the young, who feed themselves in moderation only on bread, vegetables and water.

3. Since then she is the conqueror of vices, and overcoming vices is more glorious than overcoming kingdoms; who can express in words the glory of Abstinence?

4. The others celebrate the Heroes, the kings, and the Hectors; I prefer this Queen to all of these. God did not make them his servants, because nothing was enough for their throats.

5. Others feed and fill themselves with food, they load themselves with it and become fragile; the smallest amount of Abstinence is more robust than (Gluttony). Hunger, conqueror of cities, is its nourisher and preserver. You have seen that she carries the scepter in one hand and the Psalter in the other; her head was crowned with precious stones; with her dress a little pale, but with crowns on all sides, she is second to none in strength; she was luminous and in the company of ten Virgins. In fact, without these, no one achieved holiness or reached the assembly of Saints. The enemies of Abstinence, drunk and greedy, decapitate it in themselves. It is in fact gluttony, as Seneca attests, the suffocation of reason and all virtues. Since the chaining of Virtues is necessary, luck is also the same for everyone; Therefore, it is necessary to cancel abstinence so that the others can be overcome and put on the run. You will say: you can't see that those things happen like that. Because, I say, if you don't have eyes with which to see what happens, maybe that's why they don't represent a true thing? In the soul you see and will see yourself represented in this way, God, the Angels and the Saints, the truth, also yourself, but later. Therefore, now and always, you sing a new song to the Lord.

THE SEVENTH QUEEN: CONTINENCE.

This (Queen) is the integrity of the flesh and Marriage (the flesh) not only can, but must remain holy; even though the Virgin is absent from this, however, it is necessary that (in Marriage) chastity be present. And this is threefold: from the mind, from the mouth, from the work, as Saint Jerome wants.

1. That is why Saint Gregory Nazianzen (says): It is the most beautiful of all beautiful things, the softest of soft things, the highest of moral qualities and God and the angels rejoice for those who defend it. This one loves the other sex, but is attentive and avoids communion, hates all anger, all arrogance and all ostentation. She loves, said Aimone, the vigils, the fasts, the prayers, the hair shirts, the punishments and all the harsh things. In relation to one thing only: the pure heart, so that it can look God in the eyes: Blessed are the pure in heart, etc. Her adversary is lust.

2. The queen in this Dwelling: “Thy Will be done”, because, 1 Thess,4 (states): This is the will of God: your sanctification. Therefore, chastity seeks to please God, so that it may be holy in body and spirit.

3. Her beauty is then worthy of God, possesses, takes and binds to herself God, who is the wife. God had created Eve, as well as the most beautiful of all things, because the works of God are perfect: not even herself, but promised her in marriage to Adam.

Certainly Virginity and its neighbor, Chastity, preceded marriage with God. This (Marriage with God) is spiritual; that (Marriage with Adam) was corporeal and had no value greater than the continence of the soul, (Eclo.26). Blessed are those who desired.

4. You have seen her in a very majestic aspect, above man, crowned with lilies and roses; adorned with flowers, it was admirable for its pure candor; resplendent in an incomparable way, she was surrounded by ten delicate virgins, Angelic: the worthy Wife for the same God, said Chrysostom.

5. Despair, he who will rape the King's wife: will be condemned to cruel Death. And well, this is the temple of God; because whoever violates it will be ruined: and violating chastity means ruining: there is no life in between.

Oh! Be aware of them, it is horrendous to fall into the hands of God, who does not abandon his Wife in his own embrace. The Virgin Chastity generated Christ; Christ begets Christians: this clearly should be called the mother of the Church of Christ; where the most chaste part of the Church is better and therefore greater in dignity, also if not in number. That part is the sacred Clergy, the choir of the Religious, by Profession, the remaining number of the Chaste by will. Chastity lives and reigns among these, and certainly also in a Chaste Marriage. That is why this Wife of Christ is the mother of Christians, who are not born of the flesh, but of God. Saint Jerome said: the generation of the flesh is the death of Chastity and its corruption. The corporeal destruction of this excellent reality could correspond to the destruction of Virtue! No earthly reality is capable of preserving Chastity, whereas all the realities in Heaven can.

Therefore you praise Mary, Mother of Chastity in the Psalter: You sing to the Lord a new Song.

THE EIGHTH QUEEN: PRUDENCE.

This (Queen), by Saint Bernard, is the constellation and moderator of virtues and the glory of moral qualities.

1. Lives in this House: “As in Heaven”. Since, said Varro, it is the Sun of Virtues, which will cross the night of ignorance and the starry sky. The other Virtues, said Jerome, are like roses and lilies. Prudence is Heaven, which shines above all things.

2. His strength and his maximum praise is a response in the tree of life, but it will help lonely bodies; Prudence is more worthy, because it brings life to souls and also to the highest spiritual things.

You have seen, therefore, like a Queen, residing in a starry palace, whose beauty, as revealed by God, cannot be seen, nor understood by the mind. You see it crowned with stars, covered with stars and accompanied by ten white Virgins, similar to this one.

1. It is more important to receive a small grace from you, than to have acquired the knowledge of all the Philosophers, as Saint Augustine thinks. It is indeed the school of all virtues, without which all things are dark.

2. With how much expense and with how much effort, very many, once got tired of searching, even though they were brave in human and natural (prudence), however, ignoring divine (Prudence). That is why they became lost in their thoughts, because they did not glorify God.

3. Every sinner is stupid: even though he desires what the wise man knows, he makes true prudence die (with) sin within him. Seeing, he is blind and living, he is dead. But of course, the prudent man lives in the midst of death, in an immortal way. That is why you sing a new Song to the Lord.

THE NINTH QUEEN: JUSTICE.

This restores to each person what belongs to them: obedience to superiors, instruction and example to minors, faithful friendship to equals.

So (says) Seneca. That is why she is the Queen of virtues, the decorum of customs, the limit of works, the Empress of all things: without her, all things are pure tyranny. Blessed are the Kingdoms, in which Justice reigns.

Thus (says) Macrobius

1. His Dwelling is the word: “And in the earth”. The Earth, said Saint Basil, is our body and must be dominated, thus commanding Justice. It is very unfair, said Saint Bernard, for servants to command and for masters to serve. Which unjust possession many claim over themselves, over others, and over the things of others.

2. You listen to me, then, tomorrow some of you will not be able to listen; Only four who are now present and healthy died before the sun rose. And the result corresponds. Indeed, four unjust Sovereign thieves will not survive until tomorrow.

3. I beseech you, correct yourselves: you desire justice. The righteous will not be moved forever, so that his righteousness may remain forever. Oh madness! Oh, human things that disappear, oh, things made of earth, deprived of divine, eternal, celestial things! Not so the righteous. The righteous will live eternally, with God is their reward.

4. You have seen this distinguished Queen, with a dress of all colors, with that hand holding the scepter, with that hand holding the sword, surrounded by ten virgins, who greatly surpassed the delicacy of the appearance of those already mentioned: they were all the Virtues , servants of divine Justice. So that we deserve to have your favors, sing a new Song to the Lord.

THE TENTH QUEEN: THE STRENGTH

With this (Queen), man remains constant in adversity, intrepid in unexpected things. With it, Fear and Audacity are curbed, the Commandments and Councils of God are strongly followed, temptations are destroyed, tyrannical writings are torn to pieces, relaxation is expelled, vice is eradicated, virtue and honesty are honored.

1. Your home is in these words: “Our daily bread”. As strength strengthens the heart of man, so it strengthens the soul and spirit.

2. You see it Majestic, almost in a royal palace, equipped with a scepter and crowned by ten stars; who carries the laurel on his right, and on his left the shield with a spear, on which the Cross of Christ shines as a symbol. His figure is of wonderful grace and decorum of such appearance that he is animated with virile and heroic zeal. Excellent for strength, but more excellent for prudence and advice, ready to bring help.

You will see her ten virgins with bread and food. 3. It happens that you evaluate each of these things, (as if) all the strength of the body of men and animals were collected in a single body. His very high strength then would not have reached the lowest part of spiritual strength. This gives immense strength to the many who are fragile, to the very strong (on the other hand), with the breath of its spirit, it weakens and terrifies. Therefore, do not be afraid, little flock: God chooses the weak things of the world to confuse the strong things.

4. However, notwithstanding this, it (strength) can also become extinct, or be torn away from man; but, (only) if he himself wants it, because of a very great sin. Despair! How many torments, these intensely suffered! These are no longer alone as those guilty of parricide, not only as those who have offended the whole force of nature in all created things, but also as those who have despised the grace of divine fortitude, and have it torn away from them. in themselves. So it is necessary to remember that, after being abandoned by God, without repenting of all sins, these are deformed by the devil. This does not happen with those who, in the Psalter, frequently sing a new Song to the Lord each day.

5. Therefore, since all Virtues, as Augustine attests, are directed to putting into practice the Ten Commandments of God; so are the five (Virtues), added with healing and effort, to acquire them: and with these five (added) the other virtues, we reach ten, and precisely the second group of fifty prayers is completed! So that God may give you grace and the Mother of God may give you help, in the Psalter, you sing a new Song to the Lord.

THIRD GROUP OF FIFTY PRAYERS

THE ELEVENTH QUEEN: FAITH

This (Queen) is the foundation of things to be hoped for, the proof of things not seen. This, said Saint Jerome, taught men Divine things, instructed the Patriarchs, made stable the Apostles and the Church. This, said Saint Ambrose, believes in things it does not see: it judges things it does not know. This is the rule of Charity, the Lantern of Hope, the Norm of Prudence, the Form of Science, the Announcer of the Holy Trinity and the Spouse of Saints. This is the Scale of the living, the Tower of the combatants and the Ship of those who are in danger; the safe guide to the port of glory.

1. Your Housing is in: “Give it to us today”. The Eucharist, the Mystery of Faith, gives us daily Bread spiritually or sacramentally. It is given to the faithful, to the children, not to the dogs, who are outside.

2. Faith surpasses all the Queens mentioned before, by beauty and glory, since this is Theological, while these are human.

3. That is why you saw him wearing a garment of three colors: white below, purple in the middle, golden above, certainly for faith in relation to the Incarnation, the Passion, the Resurrection and the glory of the Holy Trinity.

She was Majestic, she wore a triple Crown: Silver, Precious and Starry.

In his right hand he carried the Chalice with the Holy Host and giving it to the faithful, he gave them life; In his left hand he carried the Cross of the Lord, with the weapons of passion.

4. Its beauty is greater than the natural beauty of the nine orders of Angels. And with fair merit. In fact, through this the divine Good of eternal glory is obtained, which is greater than all Angelic nature.

That is why a soul with formed faith is more pleasing to God than just the nature of the entire Hierarchy.

5. It is necessary to believe that a small point of Faith is truer than anything comprehensible in nature. Since natural light is undoubtedly much, under the light of faith; It is clear that the smallest thing of the Superior Order is infinitely more perfect than anything of the Lower Order.

6. One could not calculate the damage to the soul, if he dared to doubt or deny belief in the smallest part of faith, except if he confessed guilt in all things. For if then the Lord said: Peter I prayed for thee, that thy faith might not diminish, how else shall we plead? Therefore, you sing a new Song to the Lord.

THE TWELFTH QUEEN: HOPE

This is the safe expectation of future joy, according to previous merits.

In fact without these (merits), it would be presumption.

1. The House of Hope is here: “Remit our debts to us”. Through Hope in God, there is the remission of sins. So David waited, but Cain despaired.

2. He who believes that the minimum of divine Power is more capable of saving than sins are capable of condemning, welcomes Hope within himself. As much as you have sinned until now, until now you have not received the smallest grain of God's Mercy.

Because whatever is in God, is in the same God. You blasphemed, oh Cain, when you said: My iniquity is greater than the forgiveness I can deserve. Oh truly great glory of Hope! Exclaims Saint Maximus.

3. You yourselves have seen the Queen next to the King Jesus Christ, among the ten Virgin companions, dressed in gold, kneeling next to the Queen pleading for the human race, God (who is) kind to those who have faith. You have also seen the Queen, who will write the elect in the book of Life. Her beauty and her superiority seem similes to Faith, undoubtedly as great as anyone is capable of saying.

For this we deserve and will deserve God, who wants it and gives himself to us. And this wonderful wonder, so we can be among the children of men. Consequently, one must easily appreciate the excessive despair that leads the soul of the desperate to hate God. Since God protects you from this (despair), you sing to the Lord a new Song.

THE THIRTEENTH QUEEN: CHARITY

This (Queen) believes everything, supports everything, is not ambitious, etc., is the soul and the model of all virtues, said Saint Augustine, without this Virtue is worth nothing, merit is worth nothing: for this reason, with When you touch the fresh water, you gain Heaven and God himself. This is the life of merits and the just reward is the sanctity of the Saints, the fire of souls, the clothing of the naked and the wedding garment. It disposes all things and there is no one who hides from its ardor.

1. The Dwelling is in these words: “As we forgive those who have trespassed against us”: “And forgive us our trespasses”. As Christ the Lord attests to the sinner: Let her many sins be remitted, for she loved much. But according to the measure with which you have judged God and your neighbor, with the same (measure) you will also be judged; forgive then and you will be forgiven. Fear the example of the unworthy servant. And actually, why not? Perhaps you are not all brothers? And perhaps that God is not in everyone, through essence, power and presence? Why then do we not recognize the need to love everyone and forgive others, in whom we know that God is present? What in this life you deny from your neighbor, you deny from God. Listen to Saint Anselm. He said: God is all in all, while they exist; That's why there must also be a rule for everyone. Saint Gregory of Nice said: Oh! man, since you love something, why would you love God less, from whom all things derive? Do you love giving and less good? Why don't you love the Supreme Good and the One who gives all things?

You also love your neighbor as yourself, since Saint Gregory said: he is like you of the same nature, a participant in the same glory, and a single being like you in God, in whom we live, move and have our being.

2. You have seen the Queen with three Crowns, for the three types of Love. She was the helper of all, surrounded by ten Virgins herself.

3. Its beauty and value cannot be measured, if not by what Saint Maximus said: The love of Charity is the Love of the eternal God. The more the damage of lost charity is measured, the greater the mortal sin. He said; In that soul I do not see it, neither with vision nor with sense. You don't see the heart and you don't feel the soul, even if you know it is truly within you. And because you love in perfect Charity, you sing a new Song to the Lord.

THE FOURTEENTH QUEEN: PENANCE

This is the pain harvested to pay for sins and protect yourself from them. And this is the ruin of vices, the recovery of virtue, the confusion of demons, the exultation of Angels, and the medicine of the world. Although, said Saint Gregory Nazianzen, other virtues must be loved by men, this must be loved more by sinners.

1. His home is in this: “And lead us not into temptation”. In fact, Saint Jerome said: Through penance, we free ourselves from the temptations of the devil, the world and the flesh.

You have seen her begging, with a triple Crown, because of her three parts; with a garment of each color, since Penance has all the Virtues as companions. Carrying, in his left hand, a whip crowned with flowers, in his right hand a cup of sweet liquor; who made penitents drink, each of his deformities was transformed extraordinarily into a type of grace. Certainly the hatred of sin is so great in God, that, if it were possible, to erase it from the soul of man, also (God) would not hesitate to death. Since this is not possible, he brought to fulfillment the human nature, which he had assumed.

Through this, all the strength of the faithful's penance is diffused; as in the Sacrament, or at least when there is only one act of perfect contrition 93 , sins are destroyed, like clouds. All the strength of Kings is in good fortune, but the efficacy of penance is in grace, which nothing can be similar in nature.

93 Literally it is: “a single non-zero desire”.

3. This, however, is hated by those very numerous, who hate fasting, confessions and escaping from habitual sins and having accomplished the evil, exult in disaster: despair for those who turn the medicine of Penance into poison. And so that God keeps you away from this evil, you sing a new song to the Lord.

THE FIFTEENTH QUEEN: RELIGION

This is twofold: it consists of that (religiosity) common to Christ's faithful, in the observance of God's Commandments; whether in that particular way, in observance of the Evangelical Councils. And it is very ancient, it was already powerful in Moses and even in the people of the Most Holy Priests; continued by Samuel and the Prophets; it grew very extraordinary under Elijah and Elisha, it also prospered honorably; Finally perfected and confirmed by Jesus, it began to flourish gloriously.

No other Religion was higher than that which Christ and the Apostles led among men. This (the common religiosity) of Christians is certainly very far from this. How the difference in life can and should lead to the express observation of these things: becoming a participant in Poverty, perfect Obedience and complete Chastity, in relation to that common (observation) that exists in all; thus, this can only be for a few, due to its eminent excellences. And I will summarize you, these fifteen virgins, in the Order of Queens. This fifteenth unit, the highest of all the others, contains within itself all their perfections; these adorn it in a very solemn way, above the exceptional, suitable as a grandeur. These then are:

From the first group of fifty prayers:

1. The excellence of supreme perfection in Religion consists in the disposition of those who set out (on the road) of perfection.

2. In the continuity of those who progress.

3. In the example of the elderly and in the willingness to educate the youngest.

4. In the exclusion of the wicked.

5. In the most evident purity of life.

From the second group of fifty prayers:

6. In the most evident adequacy and perfection of the contemplative life.

7. In the most absolute contempt in the world.

8. In the cancellation and distancing of the strong demon.

9. In the most perfect mortification and immolation of the body.

10. In an improvement of (one's own) condition.

From the third group of fifty prayers:

11. In the most holy and almost Angelic common life of the brothers.

12. In the seriousness of more regular and more lasting penance.

13. In the greatest sacrifice of all humanity, even judgment, will and ability.

14. In the almost infinite self-denial of the will and in the infinite good, which, if I could achieve it, I would want it forever.

He may not want or want infinite goods, like a free (person), but he cannot have or pursue them.

15. In the renunciation made at the hands of the Lord himself, that is, of God, of possessing anything, so that all things return to one, from which they leave according to that sentence: Whoever does not renounce all the things he possesses, does not You can be my disciple. And from the fifteen things stated, the difference certainly appears between the Religion in a special Apostolic mode and the commonly Christian one.

It is clear heresy to want to assert that the latter is of equal or superior perfection to the former.

Religious people restore all things to God, secular people instead only one thing or another, at their pleasure. The same occurs with Bishops, who, even though they are in a hierarchically superior perfection of Power, are not in a superior (perfection) of Virtues, in relation to Religious and this is often, but not always.

1. The House of Religion is in this: “But deliver us from evil. Amen". And precisely. Since religion, according to Augustine, binds so much to good: that it drives away all evil; thus it also unites with God, as free from the world; in this way it deprives man of his own feeling, as well as giving man an Angelic feeling. For this reason too, said Saint Jerome, men obtain on earth with great difficulty what the Angels in Heaven have with ease.

2. In Religion, two excellent things arise: the first, which is the gesture of the one who offers worship to God; which surpasses all moral virtues. The second, which professes the observation of the Evangelical Councils: which adds to Faith and Hope.

3. You have seen her, raised with a triple crown, because of the three vows, with a dress painted in different colors, due to the variety of Orders; she carried the Crucifix in her right hand: Religious were crucified by Christ and are killed in the world; in her left hand she carried the little book, due to the fact that Religion is ordered to contemplate; with her feet she crushed the dragon. This is typical of Religion, dominating the Devil. The ten companions, very similar Queens, watch over the observance of the Decalogue.

Since then there is nothing equal to the Christian or Religious Religion for beauty, vastness of glory, greatness of excellence, certainly to those who betrayed it with Apostasy, casting themselves beyond the enormity of sins; there will be no future: in addition to being desperate, they will be thrown from mortal life to immortal death. These are closely followed by those who delay the necessary reform of Religion. These are similar to the cruel Pharaohs and Herods and like these will be their future. In order not to be involved one day, participants, in the sufferings of those, sing to the Lord a new Song.

EPILOGUE

You then discuss with your souls and collate the future, you compare the things heard and those seen. Then among yourselves, begin a reasoning: fulfill the actions and style of life lived according to the model of the Queens and only then, in anticipation of future eternity, do you judge between the Holy (life) and the Condemned one.

I certainly now recommend this example, I mean, the Psalter of Christ and Mary, of which fifteen Prayers of the Lord are Queens: instead the ten Virgins, fifteen times, indicated the one hundred and fifty Angelic Salutations: of these, the Psalter is precisely fulfilled : in which, since all things are most holy, whether words or things meant, in relation to those Queens one must know that their majestic and dignified palace is arranged by God. Okay, I truly wish you also knew this truth and thought that nothing here about the Queens and their courtship is human or made up.

And that's clear, it's actually easier than if I had known the same things myself, just by hearing.

1. You yourselves, with your eyes, have seen the truth: and you observe within that divine and extraordinary (Eucharistic) Mystery, in which there can be no fiction, no suspicion.

2. You have also seen these things, which are sacred, which are holy and fully divine.

3. And it was granted to see the same things, not to one, nor to a few, but to more than three hundred people gathered here.

4. I call to witness your own souls and the emotions of souls, wonderfully mixed with joy and sadness.

5. I bear as witness the same Supreme Truth of Jesus, in which you saw those wonderful grains. What are they and what gender?

Humility, Peace, Exultation, Spirit, Patience and Mercy.

This is the Queens' first choir. In the second Crown were: Abstinence, Continence, Prudence, Justice and Strength. Followed by the greater ones, Faith, Hope, Charity, Penance and holy Religion. Of which, what is the highest in the entire Church of God?

XVI. Therefore, may the Queen Virtues be deeply imprinted in your souls and honor their daily memory in the Psalter again. And if you want, then you listen to me. I strongly advise this, that each one dedicates himself on festive days to the so-called virtues, in which all the (Virtues) practiced are venerated in succession. And let each one have or reach sacred altars dedicated to them, on which they represent them in tall statues, carved according to their nature. And that those Virtues (worthy) of an inferior place, to the Sacred Relics of the Saints, should not be esteemed, on the contrary, consider them all worthy of a higher honor as well. But so that no error creeps into any argument in someone's soul: try the reasons for the advice at feasts and I say, that virtues are honored in their due way, with altars.

1. Since the reasons why we honor the Saints are Virtues.

2. For, in the Saints the same virtues are very high and through those (Virtues) that are great, they themselves are great.

3. It is added that the glory of the Saints must be admired and venerated, but they fly in glorious high through the Virtues.

4. If you returned your souls to the origins of Virtues, you would know that they come from eternity, from divine Providence. Thus the laws of the pre-established divine design, according to which (God) pleases to save with the established divine goodness. Well of course:

1. These have always existed in God and they did, because I do not believe that such realities are distant from the same God, also with the only reason.

Consequently, then no one will doubt, even to such an extent that the cult of worship is due to this, as one and the same with God.

2. While, in truth, in the Humanity of Christ and in the Mother of God Mary, full and notable saints emerge, they ask for veneration in a superior way.

3. And the same are found in all the other Saints, who claim for themselves precisely their own cult of veneration.

And we do not attribute to those Virtues a human nature, but a way of being and that does not (attribute) to that any existence, but only a strength and a similar effectiveness. I recommend a single Prayer from the Lord, and ten Angelic Salutations, in memory and in honor of Humility, as much for Peace, etc. and thus walking forward with all (the others), devoutly and holy, you will fully fulfill the Psalter. Then sing a new song to the Lord, because he has done wonders.

Here ends the Sermon of the Holy Father Dominic, revealed to the New Husband of Mary.

SMALL ATTACHMENT

And on my own initiative, I add a few words, to confirm what was said by São Domingos. I heard that a saint regularly prayed this way. I also met many Saints, who, praying like this, saw these ladies as beautiful in appearance, above all value. Thus to Saint John the Mendicant, the Mercy of God appeared, to another the Grace of God appeared. And truly the Holy Scripture, according to God, is all about the praises of Virtues and the contempt of vices, as Saint Gregory noted.

CONTINUATION OF THE STORY

XVII. Saint Dominic delivered this Sermon in three different parts and all parts on the same day. The first in the morning, right after the divine functions; the second around lunchtime and the third in the afternoon. Since St. Dominic, while saying these things, had often noticed, that all those who live in the grace of God have within them the fifteen Queens, together with the one hundred and fifty Virgins; These moved many who had seen them in the Blessed Sacrament. So the next day, they got together and asked how the righteous can have so many gifts within themselves? The Holy Man was surprised and at first he said: Within you is the heart, the viscera and the soul, but you have never seen them. There are many sins in many of you, which are immeasurable and yet you do not see them. If you manifestly look at these things, you will all die at the same time. Thus you do not see Virtue in the righteous; not even the gifts come. They truly surpass every visible capacity in beauty, grace, strength and effectiveness.

Then he turned to God with a secret prayer, in secret and with energy, so that, having pity on the hardness of the people, he would accomplish what, according to his divine Clemency, he considered right to save them. At the same moment, the Lord Jesus said to them: Have faith, do not fear. He said to them: if they want to do penance during the fortnight with fasting, prayers and other pious exercises, and, purified through sacred Confession, they want to receive Holy Communion, it will happen that they will see the virtues in themselves. These promptly respond and ensure this. The majority were confessed by the same Saint Dominic on the same day, the fifteenth, those of both sexes, of almost all conditions and order, had received the Holy Eucharist from the hands of the same Saint Dominic, against the opinion of the Radonense Bishop and of the secular Magistrate. And the greater part, while receiving the Most Holy Body of the Lord, seemed to have received a coal of fire, just as the lustful, the unrepentant, the avaricious (seemed to have received) a stone, the non-devout a mass of lead, and that in so that they were unable to get it out of their mouths or through their throats. Therefore, soon after, in fear of death and with their souls torn apart, they confessed with greater purity and honesty. Thus they were immediately able to welcome the Holy Eucharist within them, with great consolation the vision became visible to the eyes, of each one in themselves, as well as to the others who communicated holy.

At the same time, branches of the grace of divine blessing were inspired to such an extent that they fainted from the force of the vision, losing their senses.

They saw among the Queens and the other Virgins, the Lord Jesus Christ, who had received, the Spouse of Virtues together with Mary, always Virgin, who was present there. And it is not even surprising, because in the Divinity of the Eucharist the world is more true than in itself. For this reason, those who receive the Holy Eucharist in the proper way receive God, and anything happens in God.

It is wonderful that not only in religious people, but also in children and innocent boys, those same things manifested themselves and at the same time, (they also saw) almost all the Celestial Courts. The reason is clear because as God is everything in the Blessed, by grace he is everything in everyone.

From that time everyone's fervor turned only to Saint Dominic. The same Commander, all the Clergy and the entire nation, said that they would be blessed, if it were possible to have Saint Dominic with them, as Archbishop of Brittany. And since he continually rejected this honor, (the Commander) created a pretext constructed of art without force and put it into execution. He sternly commanded in all areas of Brittany that no one allowed Saint Dominic to leave or distance himself from his homeland, forcing him to assume the Episcopate. But the net is thrown in vain before the eyes of the birds: Saint Dominic surrendered himself to the will of God and became invisible, under the eyes of those around him, leaving Brittany and in that same period he was seen in Spain, from where his Father was from.

The Commander ordered that each preparation be prepared for the following day, so that Dolense Pontiff could be elected: which was missing at that time. First, the good news reached the Commander, that São Domingos (as) he appeared (like this) disappeared and was no longer to be seen anywhere. This Commander set everything in motion, sent searches everywhere, throughout Britain. The accurate search had already lasted a whole month, when it was discovered that he was among the Spanish and that during that month he had preached in Spain, with several miracles.

At this point, a truly supreme admiration came over everyone, when it was discovered that the Holy Man, through the gift of mobility and lightness, on the same day, was transported from Brittany by divine power to Spain. Then hope and courage returned stronger among the inhabitants. The delegations, one after the other, met to plead with Saint Dominic to accept the appointment of Superior. And to him he said: The Lord sent me to evangelize, not to be a Bishop. You walk, you say to others: remember what you have seen and received: and remain in the grace and fear of God. In fact, if the infidels knew that grace, they will abandon their errors and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Our Friar João do Monte narrates that Saint Dominic did something similar in Compostela, that he was Master of all two rights and of Sacred Theology, when he obtained the title of Bachelor. He was a companion of Saint Dominic, before the founding of the Order of Preachers, when the things said by Saint Dominic happened, who then operated only as a Regular Canon.

THEOLOGICAL EXAMINATION OF VISION

XVIII. How they saw what was said with their eyes, I don't know. Perhaps they saw it with their imagination, with simple intelligence or with their corporeal vision. I know that: a living person, New Husband of Mary, often saw similar things. I do not believe that I could see all things through corporeal vision: however I do not deny (that there may be) visions that are better than others. Nor can vision be completely an imagination, when imagination does not exceed measure, as Avicenna said! No one will deny that a greater appearance of beauty could not be produced by the imagination in this world. That's why I believe, mainly, that those things happened through Intellectual vision, with the addition of a strong imagination. Since Intelligence can understand something greater, more beautiful and more excellent, without comparison to what is believed to exist in corporeal nature. In fact, the minimum beauty of the rational soul is better than all limits, than the entire order of the entire corporeal world.

If they asked: How did the Virtues appear, under the human aspect, since intellectual dispositions are not necessary, but contingent?

And why under the feminine aspect instead of the masculine?

I answer: 1. The souls of women and men are wives of Christ, but a woman is the reason for marriage: that is why they appear in the feminine aspect. In fact, the only Husband of all is Jesus Christ alone.

1. A spiritual contingency can then have an aspect of color and bodily lineaments, since according to Dionysius, Ilarius and Augustine, as with the prophets in a vision of a figure, through the veils of sensitive things, the infinity of divine intelligence will be revealed and the ray of providence. The Imagination of the Prophets did not understand this ray, through which it saw divine figures. So also these visions of images were corporeal, as I believe, but, there was also divine illumination; through which the minds of those who saw these things were raised to observe immense and divine gifts, represented through those images.

So Daniel, so Job, etc. However, their minds did not remain among corporeal things, but were drawn by God towards higher realities. Therefore, even though the figures seemed to be seen in their beauty, they were limited in relation to the imagination, but they were infinite, in relation to the bodies, in relation to the mind and this was above divine illumination.

Saint Dominic told the New Spouse of Mary that these things were fulfilled in a wonderful way.

END OF SERMONS OF THE HOLY FATHER DOMINGOS

CHAPTER I

First Inaugural Sermon by Friar Alano da Rocha, of the Order of Preachers, in the Province of France, Breton by birth, when he received the title of Bachelor, on the Third book of Sentences (by Pedro Lombardo), at the Alma University of Rostock, in the eighth of Saint Augustine in the year 1470.

THEME: He who transforms stone into pools of water and rock into fountains of water . Psalm 113.

Honorable Doctor, Emeritus Professor of the Sacred Page and Venerable Dean of the Faculty of Theology of Rostock; Master, Tutor and Defender; excellent Masters, Doctors, Bachelors, religious and secular and other graduates, living sources in the rock of Christ, always dear to me.

Oh reader, this Sermon, written with very diligent care by Blessed Alano, we restore the word: I have gathered the other writings with an accessible style, and I have told the attached examples more explicitly.

EXORDIUM

The illustrious Doctor Pedro Blesense, in a Sermon on the Virgin Mary, said: She is the Rock, from which the sinner sucks Honey and even Butter, as healthy medicine for the soul and body: living water for the easy purification of stains, that is, of sins, to quench the thirst and for the happy success of every man, which he raises to eternal life after this misery.

Would to heaven that I, Brother Alano da Rocha, notable for my unworthy title of Bachelor, of the theological rock, on the foundation of the third book of the Sentences, would be able to bring the water of wisdom to the listeners, to purify the impure from impurity , to quench the thirst of the thirsty and to cure the illness of the sick. Since, as the Blessed Augustine, our father, from whom the octave draws today, attests: The water of Wisdom of healthy doctrine gives life to the dead, heals the sick, purifies the impure, heals the sick, for the moment resort to this most sweet Rock, the Virgin Mary, who generated for us the source of Wisdom, the Son of God, of whom it is said: I, Source of Wisdom, reside in the highest places.

Saluting her with the Angelic Salutation, with a devout mind and with joyful expression: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you, Blessed are You among women, blessed is the fruit in your womb, Jesus: true man and true God , which you, O Virgin Mother, conceived through the work of the Holy Spirit: when you answered Gabriel this saving word: “Behold the servant of the Lord. Let it be done to me according to your word. Amen. Give me the grace to begin advantageously and those the ability to listen virtuously.

THEME: He who transforms the rock into lakes of water and the rock into a fountain of water.

Dear Lord Doctor, Rock that brings to me the oil from the rocks of your wisdom, and you Lords and Masters, adorned with the precious stone of the Wisdom of the Rock.

1. The Holy Trinity, in the desert, through Moses, changed a very hard stone into rivers and transformed a very arid rock into living springs of water.

2. Symbolically therefore: the same Christ is the Rock, of which the Apostle (said): the Rock then was Christ. And this Rock, according to ordinary language, was transformed into lakes of water, through the saving conversion of many populations. And the same Rock was also transformed into sources of water, according to the seven sources of the Sacraments, spoken of by Ambrose in the work The Sacraments.

3. And in relation to morality, Christ, together with the Virgin Mary, transforms sinners, as hard as stone and rock, according to Basil, into living lakes and fountains of water of weeping and penance, of true purity and perfect wisdom.

4. Instead, speaking according to nature: always from the high mountains rivers flow and the rocks are in any way like springs, according to Isidore.

5. For in a mystical sense, the Rock of Christ and the divine Rock in Glory, are transformed into pools and fountains of water; when it causes souls to ascend, according to Chrysostom, to eternal life, which has the meaning of the fountain of living water in Paradise, which flows from the Throne of God, as John saw in the Apocalypse.

GENERAL EXHIBITION

Dear Sirs, I wanted to delve deeper into the topic with fifteen forms: He who converts the rock into pools of water and the rock into fountains of water. But, dear gentlemen, according to Alberto Magno, Rocha has four properties. Firstly, it has a commendable hardness, it is not easily moveable, but it resists adversity. Secondly, it has the ability to firmly establish other things about itself and constantly sustains them. Thirdly, it suffers crumbling, due to its own fragility and the consummation of the soil.

Fourthly, it has eminence in beautifying buildings and hiding riches. Therefore, also in this (academic) act on the Rock and on the Angelic Rock, in favor of Christ, I, oh, Brothers, Alano da Rocha as a Christian of Christ, after the fulfillment of the first and second books of the Sentences, am to make the fourth, according to the custom of those who should become Sacred Bachelors in Theology.

BREAKDOWN . I. I will show the praiseworthy solidity of Theology by bringing its fifteen exaltations, the excellent wonders of the Rock of Angelic Salutation.

II. Being about to dispute, I begin with a customary and fundamental attestation, that on the Rock of Christ lies all the strength of the present work, also that (strength) that sustains fatigue.

III. I will refer to the opinion of some Masters, who observe the consummation and the stepping on this Rock. I will talk about the excellent doctrine founded on the Rock of Angelic Salutation: from where all the riches, excellences and delights of the world came, according to Bernardo.

Firstly, then, we must praise the solidity of Theology, which founds all things in itself, because of its immobility. To make this clearer, we will show the properties of the Rock. This, according to Isidoro, in the book of Ethics, has four properties. Firstly, it has a solid elevation that rises to Heaven. In relation to this, there is the first book of the Sentences, which is on the highest Rock of the Divinity, and on the infinite power of the Trinity, of which it is said in Rome.

11: O height of the riches of the Wisdom and Science of God, how incomprehensible are his judgments and impenetrable his roads. Secondly, there is the amplitude of the immovable Rock, which solidly establishes the city and citizens, which builds temples, castles and palaces, which are difficult to access. And as far as this is concerned, there is the second book of the Sentences, which is about the broad Creation of the world and about the government and its wise conservation, as well as about the rejection of all vices. And this is mentioned when it is said: In water lakes. Which (is accessed) through Christ. The nature of all creatures is recognized, as is the reason for what we read in Job: Its expanse is wider than the sea. And in the Psalm: Your order is too broad.

Thirdly, the Rock has the admirable clarity of the stars; firstly, capable of reflecting the light of itself on other things, and possessing within itself the splendor of precious stones. This is dealt with in the third book of the Sentences. This is touched with the hand, when Rock is also said: which Rock, according to Augustine and Isidore, is firstly illuminated by the sun and because of it, by various celestial effects; secondly, it becomes fruitful, through the movement and influence of the moon. That's why in Job it is said that the eagle lives on inaccessible rocks and according to Albert and Bartholomew he, the eagle, always looks for the luminous rocks.

Fourthly, according to Ambrose, the Rock has the wonderful richness of all plants: it also has the beauty of different herbs, of aromas that have the healing power of God and the rich abundance of indescribable fruits.

The reason for this, according to Alberto, is because it brings to itself the virtue of the earth, which is based on a more ordered, more dedicated nature, made pure by the force of the stars. Oh, on this the fruits are sweeter than those in the fields, the herbs more valued and the wines healthier, according to Avicenna. This is touched with the hand when saying in water sources. And this in the fourth book of the Sentences of Master Lombardo, worthy Bishop of Paris. Therefore, the fourth thing can be said precisely, which is written in Judges chapter 18: We found there a rich and fertile land: where in Ezekiel it is said: In fertile pastures there I will graze.

We have already dealt with the (first) two parts, about the first and second books (of the Sentences). It remains to examine the third (aspect), according to the third book of the Sentences. This is in relation to the splendor of the illuminating, purifying and admirable Rock, according to the Sentence of Dionysius.

This luminosity, according to Blessed Anselm, is threefold: interior, superior and human.

The first splendor of the Rock is interior and fertile with precious stones, that is, it generates good works. This is in the fifteen distinctions of the third Psalm; these are in the light of the Most Blessed Incarnation of Christ, in which, according to Augustine: The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not welcome it (John, chapter 1). Through this, the Sun of Justice became man, illuminating all the weakness of our mortality. According to this word: You enlighten every man who comes into this world.

The second splendor of the Rock, according to Anselm and Isidore, is that external or human, from which men are illuminated; He is strong in his own foundations and sees all things, both prosperous and adverse, from afar. About this in the second part of the third book of Sentences, which is about the flash of seven forms of the Rock of Christ, with seven distinctions, which are the Passion, Resurrection, Glorification and Ascension of Christ, from the sixteenth to the twelfth distinction. Regarding these arguments relating to the Passion, the Glory of Christ and the Ascension, Bernardo, the Doctor from whom honey drips, said that the Sun of Justice, Christ our Lord, appeared in the morning at Christmas, but suffered at noon, setting fire to the whole world with the flame of his Charity and fell dead in the night. He rose again at the dawn of the third day, appearing to the holy women.

The third splendor of the Rock is the superior one, which comprises all the virtues in faded happiness and eternal joy. And this is the case in the last eighteen distinctions of the third book of the Sentences, from the twenty-third distinction to the forty-third. This splendor, which is within the theological and human virtues, through which we reach the superior virtues, according to Jerome, since they acquired those things, for which they will be rewarded in Heaven; It is precisely with the third splendor of the Rock that our deification must be prepared.

What is written about Wisdom can be said about the first of the three luminosities: How beautiful a pure generation next to splendor is. And in the book of Exodus it is written: when the children of Israel saw the mountain in smoke, with fire, noise, lights, etc.

About the second luminosity it can be said that: I do not receive glory from men. And in the Maccabees: The sun shined on the golden shields and the mountains shone because of them, that is, the Rocks, since the Rocks are very high mountains, according to Isidore and Bartholomew, in the Book on the nature of things.

But about the third luminosity he writes: He gave him eternal glory.

And in the Gospel where it is said that the Lord was transfigured on Mount Tabor and that the luminosity of God enveloped him with light.

So, putting aside the last two subdivisions, we must deal with the inner luminosity, according to the fifteen luminosities of Theology, which, according to the first fifteen distinctions of the third book, comprise the temporal generations of the Son of God. So the honorable Doctor and all of you, passionate Auditors of sacred Theology ask: How great and exalted is the height of the Most Holy Theology in relation to our poverty? Oh, how necessary our misery is! Oh, how much love, desire, and agony mortals have! But why this? Because it teaches us to find in the first fifteen distinctions of the third book the one infinite Rock, which has all the riches, which contains all the lights, which possesses all the virtues, which when they would have obtained it, they would abandon all the goods, after having distanced all the evils.

But what is this luminous Rock so magnificent? Listen, please, wise, intelligent, educated and specialists. This, I say, is the Angelic Salutation, that the Rock is very high, very wide, luminous, most fertile, which with its height lifts all to the things of Heaven, which with its width supports everything, which with its luminosity illuminates all hidden things , who with his fecundity renews and repairs all things. Oh most happy Rock, with you we take refuge and we will be freed from evils. We will be upon you and will not be tired of confusion, inconstancy and changeability. We will see you continually and everywhere we will shine like the morning stars. In you we will rest in learning, in loving, in acting and we will abound in the wealth of the house of God and our company will not be on earth, but in Heaven.

The words of the Angelic Augustine are in agreement with this, in the beautiful Sermon on the Angelic Salutation, where he said: What shall I say about the mountains, of which the Sacred Page speaks to me?

1. On Mount Sinai the old law was given, but on the Mount of Angelic Salutation the new law was given.

2. Earthly curses were given on Mount Gerizim and Hebal and blessings were given on the Rock.

3. Aaron was buried on Mount Hor, but on this Rock blessed by God, the son of God was born.

4. All aromas germinate on Mount Lebanon, but heavenly things and medicines from all over the world are contained on this Virgin Rock.

5. On Mount Moriah the Temple of God was founded, but on this Blessed Rock, humanity (of Christ) was realized for the first time, which welcomed the glory of the Trinity. Why then on the other mountains over which I climb with difficulty, I am overcome mainly by hunger and thirst and on these, sick, I finally die, like Moses and Aaron, both more infinitely great than I? But on this Angelic Rock I progress, tired I recover, sick I am healed, dead I am resurrected, hungry and thirsty I am restored; and like Jacob who contemplates divine things, through a ladder, where he will remain happily for eternity, with strength and safety I climb, never in the future will I suffer harm. These words he said. This very clear Rock of Greeting, that is, Mariana has fifteen main words and three other also significant words next to them, and that is Convosco, Entre and etc...

From this it is possible to understand that here must be placed the fifteen Our Fathers and the fifty Hail Marys, which make one hundred and fifty, according to the number of the Psalms in the Psalter of David.

This then is the most worthy Rock of the Trinity, in which there are fifteen mines of precious stones, according to the fifteen best types of these.

Considering what was said by the Virgin Mary, who is adorned with all precious stones and as in the Angelic Psalter, there are one hundred and fifty Hail Marys, as well as three wreaths of flowers, the first of which is related to the Divinity, of which "Lord be with you"; the second is related to the Incarnation, when it says, “Among women”; The third wreath refers to the Passion, when it says, “And Blessed be the fruit”, he who is crucified on the tree of the Cross. These three flower crowns come from the three significant words added to the others, said before. The first word: “With you” is said in reference to the Divinity, since the Lord is united to it. The second, that is, “Enter” refers to the Incarnation, since the “Blessed is the fruit” is added to it. This blessing and fruitfulness were not fully realized except in the Passion.

As we saw that there are three groups of fifty prayers and in any Hail Mary of those fifty there are fifteen words, that is, precious stones: “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you, you are blessed among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus Christ. Amen".

There will be fifteen times ten, that is, one hundred and fifty Angelic Rocks, which in any Psalter are offered to the Mother of God, which, when placed together, are two thousand, two hundred and fifty precious stones.

There are so many main words in the one hundred and fifty Angelic Greetings. Any one of these precious stones, devotedly offered to the Virgin Mary, is worth more than all the precious stones in the entire world. Oh! Most excellent gentlemen and devoted servants of the Virgin Mary, just as in any Hail Mary there are fifteen words, in the three groups of five there are five stones 94 precious. If any Hail Mary is a Crown, composed of fifteen precious stones, dedicated to the glorious Virgin, so throughout the Psalter it is composed of one hundred and fifty Royal Crowns. Any one of these, even the smallest, is worth more than all the crowns of Kings, Emperors and any good, because the servants of the Virgin Mary in her Psalter are precisely Kings and Queens and every day they crown the Queen with many Crowns of Glory.

94 We understand that the term “pides” is close to “lapides”, as can be seen later in the sentence.

Then is it not great, oh most sweet Psalmidians of the Virgin Mary, the praise of Theology? Without a doubt, it is very large and teaches us how to find a great Rock, on which fifteen mines of precious stones are located. Teach us to offer the (precious stone) found to the Most Blessed Mother of God, and crown with the (precious stone) offered, the same Queen Mary, one hundred and fifty times a day. Teach us to adorn it after having crowned it, with two thousand two hundred and fifty precious stones: The smallest of these stones is worth more than the entire corporeal world. Since acts (of kindness) diminish, especially moral ones, each of those fifteen words to be pronounced must be linked to the very useful and extremely necessary stones of Theology.

Precisely, then, God transforms the rock into pools of water and the rock into fountains of water.

FIRST fifty PRAYERS.

To be given as a gift:

I) the Diamond of Innocence;

II) the Ruby of Wisdom;

III) the Pearl of Grace;

IV) the Diaspora of Plenitude;

V) the Sapphire of sovereignty.

So the first praise of all, oh fervent lovers and disciples of the Virgin Mary, is the Sacred Page. This in the first distinction of the third book, on the Innocence of the necessary Incarnation of the Son of God, teaches us to offer to the Virgin Mary, Queen of innocence the first precious stone from the first miner of the Angelic Rock, that is, the indomitable Stone 95 . This is called the stone of innocence and is offered when you devoutly say to the Virgin Mary “Hail”. Ave, according to Augustine, is said to be without the problems96 of the curse, that is, of guilt: in this Mary's innocence is declared very clearly.

95 We prefer to translate Adamas as Indomitable Stone because the text will later say that some call it diamas, diamond.

96 Blessed Alano anagrams the word Ave with “Vae” (Ahi! Guai!) and with “Eva”, to demonstrate the fulfillment in Mary of the prophecies contained in chapter 3 of Genesis, and in other words, Mary as the new Eve (Ave-Eva ) and Mary as the woman announced in Genesis 3:15, the one who would have crushed the forehead of the serpent, the cause of all despair (Ave-Vae).

According to Isidore: The indomitable Stone, is not broken by any material, is not defeated by anything, nor is it contaminated or polluted. Innocence is the stone of maximum love and capable of putting the devil on the run. Some call it the Diamond, like the love of the two (husbands), which collects and distributes. The most lovely glorious Virgin Mary, according to Anselm, is the One who must shine with such great purity, of which no greater can be found under God. That's why in the Song of Songs: My friend is all beautiful and there is no blemish on you. But it is rightly clear that a great stone must be devotedly honored by all beings: because it has in itself a supreme innocence, whether it is manifested in relation to all, whether it is completely preserved, whether it is a guide in the conservation of all things, I say, according to the divine, natural and human right: then Mary Virgin is in such a way: for, as Ambrose said in the Sermon of the Assumption: What praise shall we give to thee, oh Innocent Virgin Mary, by whom dead innocence was recovered and quickened? You are the tree of Life, outside of which, the branches are fruitless and condemned to death. He wrote these things.

But perhaps some of you will say: How much is this Diamond called Ave worth?

1. He is worth more than all the precious stones offered in the desert by the children of Israel for the Tabernacle, which is so wonderful.

2. This stone, which is immense, is worth more than Solomon's precious stones, offered to the Temple of Jerusalem or present in its treasuries.

3. It is worth more than the precious stones, which King Arthur of the Britons, Charlemagne, David, Cisquasus, the three Kings of the Britons and any other believer have offered to the Temples and Relics of the Saints.

But again you ask: How much greater is this Diamond “Bird” than all the innumerable things said before? For this reason I always answer that it is so much greater, as the whole sky is greater than a single star, since, according to Augustine, a minimum celestial good is greater than the maximum corporeal good.

Oh, all of you, devoted children of the Virgin Mary, listen and answer my question: Perhaps if I gave you, one day, one hundred and fifty Diamonds, you would be willing to fulfill my requests? Will you love me even more, abandoning every harmful action and expressing your benevolence with all your strength? If this is so, it clearly follows that the Virgin Mary, by any psalter piously offered, will give greater things. This is the Diamond of friendship, which expels all the forces of the devil, fragmented by the Blood of Christ, the Immaculate Lamb, of the sword of Passion that pierced his soul. Without a doubt, from the smallest to the greatest, it happens to accept as true what was written: Give and it will be given to you. According to Origen: In worldly things there will be a hundredfold, in the body a thousand times more, in the soul ten thousand times, at the moment of death a hundred thousand times more and after death a million times more. You who want to get rich and soon receive Innocence: embrace Mary and realize your precious Kingdom, in this world through grace and in that future through glory. Approach this Rock of Angelic Salute, offering to the glorious Virgin on any day, one hundred and fifty thousand times the Diamond of Innocence, that is, the Ave. Because by offering in this way, you will salute the Empress of the whole world, who loves much more any sinner and those who greet her worthily, than Empresses or Queens, who have never loved a living mortal being or who love naturally. Since the Charity of the glorious Virgin, according to Augustine, surpasses the natural love of the entire world: not only corporeal, but also Angelic. So from the smallest to the largest, so that you do not despair, offer the aforementioned Diamond to Mary much more frequently. Precisely then God transforms the rock into lakes of water, by virtue of these precious stones.

The second praise of the Sacred Page: The most lovable son belongs to the Virgin Mary, which is found in the second distinction of the third book of Wisdom, which considers the type of union between human nature and divine nature: it teaches us very wisely, to offer to the Virgin Mary, Empress of Wisdom, the second precious stone from the second miner of the Rock of Angelic Salute, that is, a Ruby, when it is said “Mary”. Because we attain Wisdom and obtain the splendor of the glorious Virgin, more (with this Ruby) than if we offer her all temporal wisdom. Since the smallest part of a devout prayer, according to Bernard, Blessed Secretary of Mary, is greater than the wisdom of the Philosophers of the whole world, and will be rewarded with a greater prize. The reason for this offer is: since Mary, according to Remigio and Jerome, is called Illuminator, that is, enlightened, because she belongs to wisdom, according to them.

Then a ruby ​​of this type, burns in the waters and during the night, like a burning coal, shines: dispelling the terrors of ghosts, giving insight into the things to be done and bringing certainty to the doubtful mind, at least according to the order pre-established, according to Isidore and the Lapidary.

That is why this stone is of incomparable value to the Kings. And the glorious Virgin Mary fully possesses these conditions. Because, as Bernardo attests, she generated eternal wisdom and gave the luminosity of heavenly wisdom to the blind world, much more immensely than the wise Abigail, wife of Nabal of Carmel. But for an obvious reason it manifests itself to the whole world, so that it can be greeted in the Angelic Psalter. Since all men have the great capacity to offer, observe and guide, everyone must be honored, as appears in Seneca's testimony. And the Blessed Virgin Mary, as Bernardo attests, is what is said about her in Ecclesiasticus, chap. 24: I am the mother of pure love, of the fear (of God), of knowledge and of holy hope. If you then want to have Wisdom capable of illuminating, greet Mary more often. Since, as Ambrose attests, This star shines brighter than the Sun in the minds of the faithful: and you will receive a hundredfold of the gift. Since the smallest part of devout prayer, according to Anselm, is worth more than all the bodily luminosity of the world, and of human prudence.

But do you happen to say: how much is the Rubi Maria worth? I answer that this is worth more than offering to the glorious Virgin, Rubies as large and numerous as the stars of the firmament, as Augustine attests, when he said: the smallest part of the light of grace is greater than all the corporeal light of the world. The Ruby Maria surpasses all other rubies, just as everyone surpasses the smallest ruby ​​in the world. Then, oh blessed children of Mary, return within yourselves and answer me: Because, if one day, one of you gives a gift of one hundred and fifty rubies to any Queen, who loves you as an incomparable son; You will certainly always and at all times hope to find benevolence and love with this. Therefore, since the glorious Virgin loves you more than you offer her such things, than if all the creatures of the world were loving Queens, she would love you affectionately. Since according to Alberto Magno, the smallest Charity of Mary is greater than all the charity in the world, as well as her infinite natural friendship. Without a doubt, you must believe that you will receive greater things and obtain the grace of wisdom, from this very wise Virgin. Because if he who loves less, according to Boethius, grants so many good things, without a doubt, he who loves more, will grant greater things. Then you will be crowned a hundred and fifty times in the present, as well as in the future with the crown of wisdom of Rubies; in the Angelic Psalter you will greet Mary every day. Therefore, by merit of the virtue of these fifteen precious stones, God transforms the rock into lagoons of water.

The third praise of Theology, oh most clear Rectors and Doctors of this soul faculty and resplendent star, is in the third distinction of the third book, which gives sanctification through the grace of the Virgin Mary and Christ, teaches the whole world to offer the Virgin full of grace, the third stone of the third miner, from the Rocha da Saudação Angélica.

It coincides with a precious Pearl, when it says: “Grace”. According to Isidore, the reason for this is that the Pearl is a candid stone in a marine shell, generated from celestial dew, without the mixture of any missing seed: this is potent against numerous illnesses and opposes lightning strikes and thunderbolts. When the shell is struck by lightning, it suffers an abortion or when it is attacked by thunder, it generates an imperfect stone, according to Bartholomew in the Book of Nature. This is the Glorious Virgin Mary.

Since, according to Jerome, she is the sea shell of this world, who gave birth to the pearl Christ, not from male semen, but from the mystical Spirit of heavenly glory. Christ healed our illnesses, defends us against the thunder of temptations and against the thunder of all tribulations, according to Bernardo. Since Mary must truly be praised by everyone with the devout offering of the pearl Grace. Firstly, because she has within her an immense grace, capable of expanding throughout the world, which protects and advances, according to Alberto. Secondly, because in this way any believer will receive a hundred times what he offered, and in this way each day will be infinitely enriched. Thirdly, because she will prepare for herself the Kingdom of Heaven with all the precious stones and each of these will be greater than an entire Kingdom: as the life of Blessed Thomas the Apostle testifies.

But perhaps not understanding this, he silently asks: how much is this Graça pearl worth? I answer before the whole world: that it is worth more than the earthly paradise, just as paradise is worth more than the apple stolen by Eve. And this is so, because, according to Basil, the smallest part of the Kingdom of Christ is greater than than any earthly paradise, because the Kingdom of God leads to Heaven, while the earthly paradise leads to Hell. Do you think, oh dear ones, that the glorious Virgin will not be happy with such a great offer of gifts? In the same way, if we gave a little food to the wolf, lion or bear every day: certainly, according to Jerônimo, it would become attached to us. How much will the Virgin Mary love us, for the offering of the Psalter? She loves any psalmodian with her Psalter, more than fathers and mothers, who have only one child, (who is always) much loved by both parents; more than a mother has loved her own child with natural love. Then look carefully at these things, and praise Mary in the Psalter. Because those who praise her in this way will be saved from the smallest to the greatest, as the life of Saint Catherine Martyr testifies.

The fourth praise of sacred Theology, oh most sweet servants of the Virgin Mary, is the one that is in the fourth distinction of the third book of Sentences, that is, the one that refers to the most complete explanation of the perfect Incarnation of Jesus Christ, which semen is the Holy Spirit. (This praise) explains that everyone finds the fourth precious mine in the Rock of Angelic Salutation, which teaches us to offer the Jasper stone to the Virgin Mary, invoked through the word Cheia. This is the reason: because Jasper, according to Isidore, is a green stone, which consoles the eye through its beauty, full of so many virtues, just like the commas and signs that mark punctuation.

It manages to distance all bad moods from the body, giving joy, when someone is looking for kindness and tranquility, according to Alberto Magno and this in an ordinary way. Thus the Most Blessed and Full, full of Grace, Virgin Mary pleased the eyes of the most high Trinity and all the Angels. She was the mirror of all beauty in the body, the most beautiful of women, much more than Judite, Ester or Sara, according to Alberto. She had as many virtues, potentialities and works as the saints had. She removed all the necessary evil from the world, according to Bernardo, and brought eternal joy to the children of damnation, according to Augustine. Precisely then she is filled, like Jasper, with the grace of beauty, not only spiritual, but also corporal. And it was concluded that, for this reason, it must be praised worthily in the Psalter by everyone: firstly because, according to Seneca, the most beautiful things are praised; secondly, because the things that give great beauty must be loved and praised by everyone, according to Augustine. In such a way is the Virgin Mary, according to him (Augustine), in a Sermon on the birth of the Virgin Mary; thirdly, because beautiful women like Esther, Sarah and Rebekah are praised in the Sacred Page, then much more should be praised the Virgin Mary, because, according to Augustine, what the other women together had in beauty, she has and had, alone, in all beauty.

But perhaps watching with wonder and rejoicing, you ask.

How much is this Jasper of Plena worth, when you want to offer it devoutly?

Therefore, with confidence before the entire Church, I answer that it is worth more than all the natural works of God done in the seven days. Equally, it is worth more than all the nine orders of Angels, and this entire material world. Since this Jasper of Plena is worthy of the God of glory, do not the things said by the Master in the Second Book of Sentences refer to Her?

Listen, for Heaven's sake, to the things I said! If this is so, why are you lazy and don't want to become rich with so many goods? Will he not be seen as a fool who lives this relaxed life? There's more, pay attention! If I gave a single ducat a day to a Turk, or a sultan: he would certainly treat me well; but I give the Virgin Mary infinitely more when in her Psalter I offer the Jasper of Plena. So I ask if She would be unfair or more cruel than a Turk. To say this about her is madness, since the Church sings in the Hail Queen that She will give me her grace, because she loves her Psalmidian more than her brothers and sisters can love: even if someone loved him as much as Tamar loved her brother Absalom , who avenged her because of incestuous love.

Since, according to Gregory Nazianzen, the smallest good of God's glory in the Saints is greater than the greatest good of nature in created things.

This is the reason why those are worthy of glory, according to the Holy Doctor, but this one, however, is worthy of natural existence. Since then reason, sense, science, example, signs, law, experience and the desire for good encourage them to praise Mary, why does he not always salute her in the Psalter, for having every fullness of glory?

The fifth praise of Theology, oh emeritus lovers of Wisdom, children of the most noble and benign mother of the whole world, Mary Virgin: is that which in the fifth distinction of the third book of the Sentences on the need for the Most Holy Union in Christ, teaches us to find the fifth mine of the theological Rock, that is, of the Angelic Salutation. From this (mine) he urges us to offer the fifth stone to the great Sovereign Mary, which is the stone of nobility and sovereignty, the stone called Sapphire and when it is said “the Lord be with you”. Since Sapphire, according to Albert, Bartholomew and the Lapidary, is a stone of celestial color, to be placed on the rings of the Kings, before which the responses from the gods were given, this revealed hidden things: according to the Lapidary , capable of bringing courage and generating audacity. All these things distinguish the nobility that Mary the Virgin had for supreme excellence according to Ambrose. Since she is the Mother of the Lord of lords. Therefore, she must be considered by all of Christ's faithful as the Lady of the world. She has been placed in the ring of Christian faith and by interceding, she will continue to ensure the Redemption of the world; and through it, numerous things about the future are revealed. This alone, according to Augustine, makes the souls of men secure, bold and powerful, fearing no one. So precisely, as the most noble Sovereign of the whole world, this Sapphire “the Lord be with you” must be offered to Her. The real reason is this: Firstly, because she is the Mother of the Lord of Lords, and of the King of Kings. Secondly because, by all rights, we are her servants. Thirdly, because the Sovereigns of the world, with all reason, must be honored by their servants: that is why the most noble Sovereign Mary must be honored by us, because she is Lady, Mother of nobility, according to Alberto, in relation to the Incarnation.

But by chance, captured by the ecstasy of wonder, remaining silent, he asks: how much is the Sapphire worth, The Lord be with you? To this I respond without hesitation. Very valuable and pleasing, (this precious stone) belongs to the Virgin Mary, and in itself, it is mainly noble and advantageous to the entire militant or triumphant Church. It is more adequate to the entire Trinity, than if you gave many mines of sapphires to the glorious Virgin Mary, as large as the city of Paris, and many small stones of all kinds. It is more important to offer this Sapphire to the Virgin Mary, than to offer Noah's Ark, and save in this the nature of living beings: because the Ark was destroyed with those who entered it, but the Sapphire of sovereignty is never corrupted, on the contrary , through this the servants of the Virgin Mary, living, exercise sovereignty. Why? Because it gives the Virgin Mary a hundred and fifty times nobility in one day. These will receive a hundredfold in the way that Gregory said: To serve God is to reign with Him. Give and it will be given to you. And it manifests it clearly, because the most noble Mary loves the little servant of her Psalter more than any noble duchess, countess or baroness has ever loved a servant of hers, or she will love him until death.

Furthermore, imagining that as many ladies, as the leaves of all the herbs and all the trees, were transformed by divine power into Ladies and your lovers, loved you with all their energy; this great love would not be splendid, like the love of the Virgin Mary, with which she loves you, which serves her in her Psalter. Why is this like this?

1. Why don't you love the One who loves you with such great love, you who are sometimes caught with such great love towards a miserable little woman? And again.

2. Why don't you trust such a great Lady, you who would entrust yourself with great confidence to the power of one of the Sovereigns mentioned above?

3. For if you only gave a precious stone to a murderer, to any judge or to the servants, you could be safe, because if you were caught by them, you would be freed, preserved from all outrages and from anyone who resists. Since then the Virgin Mother of God is infinitely more friendly and more grateful for the benefits, you can certainly hope for salvation through the Angelic Salutation. If by any chance you have not persuaded yourself (this will not happen!) that She is more ungrateful than murderers, She who is full of Grace (Luke cap.1) and loves sinners, according to Bernardo, more than they love themselves themselves, because She is capable of greater love, according to Doctor Santo.

II. GROUP OF FIFTY PRAYERS.

(To be offered) as a gift:

I. the Chalcedonian of mercy;

II. the emerald of marriage;

III. the Saronic of honesty;

IV. the Sardonica of happiness;

V. the Chrysolite of nutrition.

Oh most happy servants of the most happy Virgin Mary Queen of mercy, the sixth praise of Theology, that which is in the sixth distinction of the third book of the Incarnation on the consideration of evils and the just approval, and on the mercy of the assertion of the holy faith of the Incarnation, teaches us to look for the sixth mine of this Rock of Angelic Salutation, and to offer to its advantage the Chalcedon of mercy, that is, the “Blessed”. To receive the hundredfold in the present and in the future, in exchange for any gift of the Psalter.

And this is the reason: since Chalcedon is a stone similar to Crystal, luminous as a lamp; who throws copper corrections at himself, who overcomes challenges and puts demons to flight, who frees those who are possessed by an adverse force, according to Alberto Magno and the Lapidary. The Virgin Mary, according to Augustine, is the Aurora, through her intercession the Sun of Justice illuminates us, and attracts sinners to herself, making our illnesses her own; It ensures that sinners are moved by divine Justice, freeing them from the power of demons and restoring their own value, according to Bernardo. Therefore, the Chalcedony of Mercy, that is, the “Blessed” must be offered to her. Since, according to Anselm, a devoted disciple of the Virgin Mary, the Virgin Mother of God is not only blessed, but also Blessed: she, in fact, brought the blessing of mercy to the whole world, healing to the sick, life to the dead , justice to sinners, redemption to prisoners, peace to the Church, glory to heaven, in a way that does not exist, whoever hides from its heat. And almost all the same words about the Blessed Virgin are from Bernardo.

But for a greater understanding, with a simple mind, you ask: how much is a Chalcedonian, the “Blessed” one, worth?

2. To this I respond boldly and faithfully. It is worth more than many castles in Chalcedon, as many as there are drops in the sea, they will be as great as anything as great as the city of Rome. On the contrary, it is greater than all these things, as any castle is greater than its small stone. Oh beloved, I ask, perhaps if I gave every sinner in the world a similar castle, wouldn't he love and obey me even in the most difficult situations?

Evidently, if he were to give such a remarkable bonus on any given day: that would be the case without a doubt. Furthermore: when the Queen of Mercy, source and root of clemency, foundation and principle of intimate piety, will she be hardened like a small branch or branch, which are attached to the same (root) for a short time? Should we be suspicious of the clemency of such a great Virgin? No, because whoever participates is not greater than whoever became a participant; nor what is made, (is greater) than (its) beginning or its origin, according to Dionysius the Areopagite and Boethius. Certainly then you would have the clemency of the Virgin, if you offer her this very small Salutation from the Psalter. But for this to be reinforced, She loves one single psalter in this Psalter more than so many women can love, as there are sparks in the fire. Even if one loves as much as Herodias loved Herod (the tomb of these two lovers is said to be in Lyon in France), even more than this Mary loves her Psalmidian. Since, according to Chrysostom, (commenting on the Gospel of) Matthew: the smallest grace of God is greater than all natures, increased infinitely many times. You who then want to become rich and receive mercy in the present and glory in the future, with healing you offer this Psalter to the Virgin Mary every day.

The seventh praise of the Sacred Page, oh Teachers most glorious for wisdom, is the one that, in the seventh distinction of the third book of Sentences, about the being and becoming of Christ within the Virgin Mary, Spouse of God the Father, teaches us to offer to the same Queen of Holy Matrimony, the seventh precious stone of the seventh mine of this Rock of Angelic Salutation, that is, the Emerald, when it is said: “You”. The reason for this thing is like this: since the Emerald, according to Isidore and Dióscoro and Alberto, has the primacy of green precious stones, and has a spectacular body and generates a ray that colors all nearby things green, and is susceptible to reproduction , so much so that once the Emperor looked at the fighters in an Emerald. And what's more, it provokes exultation, putting sadness to flight, and giving the Royal Wife, once, on the wedding ring. All these things very perfectly suit the Virgin Mary. In fact, this is Tu, which is a pronoun placed close to the second person verb. Since, according to Alberto, the Virgin Mary gave birth to the son of God, who was previously invisible, is now visible, now referring our needs to her, as much as to a Lawyer. Furthermore, it was colored with the green color of all virtues, in which, as in a mirror, it reflects the entire Trinity, according to Bernardo, and with the reason of his Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, through faith, in Baptism , colors the whole world, dressing her in a wedding garment, distancing the sadness, through the joy of the Holy Spirit, which She had, when she married the Father, the supreme King of Kings, from whom she generated Christ Jesus, for the Redemption of world.

But perhaps, with a good heart, you will ask: how much is this Marriage Emerald, the “You” worth? To this I answer: It is worth more than all the mountains in the world, even if they were made of gold; in fact, it is worth much more than all the mountains combined. And even more so, since according to the Holy Doctor, the merits of grace surpass the good of all nature. Oh then, you who love riches: why don't you come here, in the immense abundance of goods?

You who love dignity, why don't you approach the noble Mary, Princess of all dignities? You who desire freedom, why do you remain still when dangers threaten you? Do you see it or not, the death that swings a pole above you? Then you fled as quickly as possible towards the Marriage Psalter, that is, the Angelic Salutation.

I ask you never to distrust salvation, because if you gave donations to the Antichrist, he would respond to the donors according to his desires.

Then trust in Mary, because if an evil person does good to those who give to him, according to Augustine, Mary will give greater goods to those who offer her gifts. And thus you will have a crown (of glory) increased infinitely many times by the Angelic Emeralds.

The eighth praise of Theology, most honored Sirs, is that which in the eighth distinction of the third book of Sentences, relating to the Virgin Birth of the Son of God from a woman, the Virgin Mary, teaches us to offer the eighth stone to the same Queen of Virgins. from the eighth mina of the Rock of Angelic Salute, which is the Sardonic stone, that is, of honesty, when it is said, “Among women”. Since, according to Isidoro and Alberto, Sardonica is a triple color, that is, black, red and white: reminiscent of wax, when sigils are made with it, and lust is put to flight, to become the humble man and prudish, honest and very grateful. And all things, according to Augustine, must unite with women, and clearly with the Virgins, of which the Virgin Mary is Empress and Queen, who was of three colors, black in Humility, red in the Passion of Christ; and white in Grace and Glory: and it is the sigil of the Trinity, with which, according to Bernard, sinners, marked with the sigil, enter the Kingdom of Heaven, having the letter of the sigil on the remission of each offense; and She defends, according to Augustine, those who serve her, chaste, humble, modest, honest before God and the world, since it is not possible to always be close to the fire and not get warm, close to a source of water and not bathe, or in the aroma garden and not sneeze because of the odors.

But maybe you'll ask. How much is this Sardonic of honesty, that is, “Among women” worth? To this I respond immediately. It is worth more than the offering of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, who greatly pleased God. Since with this Angelic Salute, Redemption began in the world, rather than with the offering itself, the Holy Fathers acquired some benefits, according to the Holy Doctor. I will say that it is worth more than Jacob's ladder. It will introduce as many (if we had!) as many ladders of gold and silver, as there are strands of straw in the world, so that, deservedly, by this ladder, better than by the Jacob's ladder, one ascends to Heaven, since that was a figure: this Angelica, on the other hand, is full of truth.

So, oh Most Honorable Sirs, then we see again how great the folly of men is, those who have so many goods with them, so much comfort and usefulness, who despise the greatest danger. If you saw a wolf or an enemy approaching or a river flooding, wouldn't you want to climb a ladder? Why, then, don't you climb this ladder of honesty, trusting in Her? From the moment that, if you donated just one stone in any year, in homage to the devil, it would often come to the aid of your desires, and the more largely it gave to you, the more easily, more readily and abundantly it would come to you. help: as is evident in the magical arts, to have you with him in the end. Why then would the Virgin Mary (who is the Queen of goodness) not come to help us in prayers in the present, and lead you with her in the future, with infinitely greater things, as she manifested, if we offered her the gifts of this Psalter? At least if we didn't say by chance that the devil would be more benign than the Virgin Mary, a statement that is retained by the entire Church as heretical. And there is no reason to marvel, oh dear ones: because she loves any psalmist more than all the demons in Hell, having them as examples, love any pleasant thing in the world, and even if, in no way, they wanted to get along with each other. deprive of such a pleasant thing. Then even more so the Virgin Mary will not be able to deprive herself of her chanter and will grant him salvation. This explicitly, the Father (of the Church) Augustine (states) in the sayings, since the smallest part of the Kingdom of Heaven, is greater than the entire Kingdom of Hell. Oh you all then, if you want to become rich from Sardonica to infinity, and be crowned by those, to have the grace of honesty, salute the Virgin Mary in this Psalter, since she is Queen of supreme honesty, possessing honesty in herself, and is capable of spreading, directing and preserving it throughout the Church.

The ninetieth praise of Theology is that which in the ninth distinction of the third book of Sentences is related to the blessed adoration of the son of God; we learn to offer to the Queen of honor and glory, the ninetieth stone of blessing and all prosperity, from the ninetieth mine of this benign Rock of the Angelic Salute, which is said: Sardonic, and is touched when it is said: “And Blessed”, because Sardonic, according to Isidore and Albert the Great about the nature of stones, is red or bloody in color, like a red earth, which prevents the malice of the color of onyx, removing fear, melancholy and sadness, bringing exultation, joy and courage, restoring the calm of illusions, and giving prosperity against imminent adversities, according to the Lapidary, and this constantly. In the same way, the prosperous Blessing of God, which the Virgin Mary had upon her, extends. Since she was in red during the Passion, according to Simeon's prophecy. And he prevented the malice of the color of onyx, that is, of the devil, who places within man the terrors and fears of despair, according to Origen; and brings joy, exultation and courage to his combatants, according to Bernardo, happily reinforcing them like milk of consolation.

He also promises his followers security against the illusions of errors, against heresy and against the deception of the world, which is full, according to Chrysostom, of illusions.

Nor without merit, since this Virgin bore the Blessed Son of God, the Lord of every prosperity. For this reason, the same Virgin Mary is Queen of prosperity, according to Anselm, distributing adversity or prosperity as she wishes. The argument by which She should be so honored is that She is the Empress of prosperity, which everyone naturally desires, according to Seneca and Tullian, and honors according to forces, as manifested in powers, arts and sciences, etc. ..

But you might want to know: how much is the Sardonic stone worth? I answer this. It is worth more than the Tabernacle of Moses, built in the desert. He surpasses it more than this Tabernacle surpassed the smallest goatskin, which covered the Tabernacle. And further: since, according to the Holy Doctor, things that are divine disproportionately outweigh corporeal things. By right, the Virgin must be praised by everyone. And the gift received will not be poorly cared for, since God did not neglect the Tabernacle. Neither a cruel tyrant, nor a fierce Dacian, or even similar gods, would forget those who offered them such Tabernacles every day. The so kind Virgin Mother of God will not forget, then, this great gift received. Because She loves any of her psalmists, more than any teacher has loved one of her disciples. If all the women in the world were your teachers, loving you in a unique way, as much as the sibyl loved any disciple, which would be a great thing, even more than this, the most clement Mary loves you, may you recite the Psalm to her in this way. his Psalter. More than things, put together, they are more than one: since, according to Alberto Magno in relation to the first book of the Sentences: The love of nature does not surpass nature; a minimal sweetness, instead of glory, touches the divine essence, which is infinite. And it's the same reasoning as the Holy Doctor. But none of these teachers would like you to suffer misfortunes, on the contrary, they would like you to have prosperity: so from the smallest to the greatest, certainly, much more, all things prosperous and healthy, the glorious Virgin will surely obtain for her psalter with her Psalter. Have confidence then, oh chanter of the Virgin Mary, since doctrine, science, intelligence, experience, faith, hope, charity and justice will fight for you and obtain victory; that you may have, if you persevere, all things healthy and prosperous; always interceding for the Virgin Mary, whom she serves in the Angelic Salutation.

The tenth excellent praise of Theology, oh dear praisers and orators of the Virgin Mary Queen of Heaven, is the one that in the tenth distinction of the third book, is related to the fruitful personality, the godchildren and the design pre-established by the fruit of the Virgin and teaches us to offer the tenth precious stone, from the tenth mine of this most high Rock of Angelic greeting, the same Virgin, glorious universal nourisher of the whole world, so that we may be nourished with all the fruits through her, and this stone is called Chrysolite, and it is touched when says “Fruit”. And this exposition is clear.

Since, according to Isidore and Dioscurus and other important stone experts, Chrysolite is luminous during the day like gold, it emanates sparks at night.

That’s why it’s called “Chrysis”, because it’s gold.

It also distances demons, drives away night fears, drives away melancholy, makes you bold and strong in adversity; and consoles the mind, changing bad thoughts into better things, because all things imply a certain nourishment of man, and a consolation, because it happens through the fruit. Because the fruit of the Virgin Mary is rightly called chrysolite, since during the day she shines like gold for the wisdom she generated for the world, according to Augustine, and at night she emits sparks of fire, inflaming sinners with the depths of her love , according to Bernardo, distancing the demons and removing nighttime fears and melancholy, as he crushed the serpent's head and its power, according to Jerome. And it comforts the mind, propagating human and divine science, and individual faith, according to Augustine, bringing to the faithful, as a great nourisher, its fruit, that is, the Lord and son Jesus Christ, placing it on the table of the Church, the bread of his Son's Body as food, and his blood as drink, with which he feeds, and finally takes himself to the company of the Angels. Whoever wants to have a hundred times more such topaz, and achieve the eternal fruit and restore the mind and body to all the benefits of God, each day offers the Virgin Mary this Chrysolite of the Trinity, that is, the Fruit.

But perhaps you want to know what value is the Chrysolite stone offered to the Virgin Mary, when it says “Fruit”? I respond to this with the utmost confidence. It is worth more than the entire Kingdom and Temple of Solomon, as an entire kingdom is greater than a pebble or beam of that kingdom, and more: since, according to Origen in a sermon, the smallest part of God's grace is superior to the greatest thing of this ephemeral world. Which reason has been sufficiently described above. Precisely then, this is how we should praise the glorious Virgin Mary. Because as a natural, moral and divine nurturer, she must rightly be praised by those who nourish her. Because if the Virgin Mary is praised with the offering of this stone, she will not be ungrateful.

If death had as many natural gifts from the living, as we offer to the Virgin Mary, when we say “Fruit”, death would no longer take any man. Do you think that the Virgin Mary is crueler than death, something that cannot be said, or does she prefer to lead her Psalmidians to life? This proof is very evident: since, according to Bernardo, he loves infinity more than each one of us, as much as each living person loves more than himself, a very favorite woman. But no one wants evil for themselves, on the contrary, they want all the good: so, as superior, the Virgin gives us the fruits and all the goods, warding off all the evils.

III. GROUP OF FIFTY PRAYERS

To be offered as a donation:

I. The Beryl of God's maternity;

II. Topaz to accumulate wealth;

III. the Chrysoprase of Salvation;

IV. the Hyacinth of Medicine;

V. the Amethyst of Truth.

The eleventh most worthy praise of Theology, oh praiseworthy disciples of the Virgin Mary, is that which is in the eleventh distinction of the third book, relating to the generation of Christ, according to the nature assumed in the Virginal Womb of the Mother of God; (this praise) very commendably teaches us the duty of offering her the eleventh precious stone, from the eleventh mine of this most happy Rock of Angelica Salutation, which is called Beryl, and is reached when we offer it “Womb”.

Which reason soon became apparent, since, according to Alberto, Bartholomew and Avicenna, Beryl is an indigo and green colored stone, which only based on the shape of its angles, shines in sunlight. Having ten principles: it is effective against the dangers of enemies, makes it invincible against litigation, inflames the hand of the person who carries it when placed under the sun, magnifies man and privileges conjugal love, giving a fertile capacity. And all these are excellently contained under the name “Breast” in the glorious Virgin Mary. Since the Virgin Mary is the indigo stone of the East; since it was all from God, according to Ambrose. It is green, because all her works, without the death of sin, are eternal, according to Augustine. It shines according to the form of the six angles, because in it wonderful things were received, namely, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, the flesh and soul of Christ, together with grace and infinite glory: of which the Virgin Mary had immense, infinite splendor, according to the Holy Doctor: she also protects against the dangers of enemies, both visible and invisible, since, according to Augustine, she is the Lady of wars.

And makes it invincible in battles, bringing true patience to the outraged, according to Bernardo. It also ignites the hand of whoever carries it, because it turns all our works into flames, according to Saint Odilon from Cluni. And this was magnified in the Conception (of Jesus), above all creatures, according to the Holy Doctor. So that God could not make a natural creature greater than the Mother of God, and loved conjugal love, not carnal, but divine, since she was the Wife of God the Father, from whom she received infinite fruitfulness, with which can generate the infinite Son of God, and thus was the Mother of God. Deservedly then, the beryl of the Maternity of God must be offered to Her, because of the “Womb”. And of all people, she must always be so honored. The reason is brief, because the Mother of the King of Kings is worthy, with every right, to be honored by everyone, as Bernardo attests.

But maybe you doubt it. How much is this “Womb” Beryl worth? I respond.

It's up to you, more than if one day you were given the Roman Empire and in no way wanted to abandon it. You should not, therefore, abandon the Kingdom and Empire of the Psalter of the Virgin Mary. Since, according to Augustine, the smallest of invisible things cannot be compared with the greatest of visible things. Then praise the most praised Mary through her Psalter and she will not be ungrateful to you. If the irrational earth, receiving a single seed, restores the hundredfold, in the same way it restores the Virgin Mary.

Because as the same Virgin Mary, our Lady, revealed so many times: she loves any sinner who serves her. She, as far as it depends on her, wanted to abandon her glory until the end of the world, and for the same do penance in this present century, before it is condemned.

This is wonderful to say, and it is in accordance with faith, because it loves the honor of God so much, that it would prevent sin in every way, as far as it depends on it, since it is in opposition to the reverence of God: how can be manifest by the contrary rule. If you then want to have her as a mother and rightfully enjoy the inheritance of your children, you offer the beryl of Maternity to the divine Mary, chanting each day with her Psalter.

The twelfth admirable praise of Theology, oh wonderful theological caretakers, is in the twelfth distinction of the third book, relating to the four human limits that Christ had; (this praise) teaches us to offer the Virgin Mary, guardian of the treasure of all the riches of the divine Trinity, the twelfth precious stone from the twelfth mine of this most divine Rock of Angelic Salutation. This stone is Topaz, a stone for accumulating wealth, which is used to offer “Your” to the Mother of God: for which very luminous reason is evident: since according to Isidore, Topaz is a golden stone with a celestial color, different in forms and appearances, of which nothing more excellent was preserved in the treasuries of Kings, and follows the course of the moon with regard to the (phases of) luminosity and darkness: it has an influence on headaches, it is potent against fickle susceptibility, and prevents sudden death. So that precisely, through the possessive pronoun “Your”, such a great good can be understood, which is supremely adapted to the Mother of God.

This was the color of Heaven, since it was heavenly for the type of life, according to Bernardo, and golden for the example of living well, as Jerônimo attests. She possessed in the most noble Ark of her virginal Womb all the treasures, (that is) the Son of God the Father, in which all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge were hidden, according to the Apostle. It follows the course of the moon, looking like the one that reproduces the imperfect militant Church, adapting to it, making its good things and miseries its own in the presence of God, like a kind lawyer, according to Bernardo. It dominates the moods, putting a brake on lust and gluttony: because it is the mirror of every abstinence and every continence, according to Ambrose; distances fickle susceptibility because of this, coarse and simple, according to Bernardo, he knows how to make wise and gifted; prevents sudden death: because it frees us from evil death, because she is the Queen of life, according to Fulgencio.

Deservedly, then, everyone must praise such a great guardian of the treasure with this stone, Topaz, “Yours”. Which reason is very brief. Since every guardian of treasures, capable of infinitely dividing and distributing her and hers' goods, must be honored as excellent by all, because from her the greatest goods are received. And each one, on any given day, one hundred and fifty times, from the Virgin Mary receives divine goods, and this in the five inner powers, which are: common sense, imagination, fantasy, evaluation, memory; and in the five superior powers: intellect, will, concupiscible desire, irritation and mobile power. The Virgin Mary directs each of these powers, according to the Ten Commandments of God, and in what depends on her the goods are multiplied by fifteen times ten, that is, by one hundred and fifty.

But perhaps you want to know how much Topaz is worth to accumulate “Your” wealth? To this I respond. It is worth more than wise people around the world can know, think or say. In fact, all the memories in the world, compared to the Topaz stone, are nothing, just mud. Since according to Jerome, the things that are here very precious, compared with the heavenly things, are despicable and abominable. If, then, you want to become rich, both in worldly and divine goods, why don't you buy yourself one hundred and fifty topaz every day? You won't believe, I hope, that Mary would be ungrateful, after having received so many good things from you every day. Since if their nature entrusted the sheep to greedy animals, to wolves, that is, to lions, a wolf would never devour the sheep, nor the greedy birds the doves, nor the lion the deer, but all things would be harmonious between them . Oh then would Mary, fountain of piety, be fiercer than nature, despising the gifts of heaven, or even she will give peace and abundance in goods? The reason is very clear: because she loves by natural, divine and human right, as a mother loves her singers, more than this corporeal form can believe or say, as the same kind Virgin Mary revealed several times. Since She is also subject to natural law, more than any living being.

And natural law is what each person should do to others, what they would like to be done to themselves, and never do to someone else, what they would not want to be done to themselves. But if She Herself were present here, She would want to help you possess the celestial reality as all the forces, and Her prayers were heard, and free us from all evils, especially that of condemnation; then, by natural right she must without a doubt save those who greet her every day in her Psalter and completely free her from all evils that could be an obstacle to salvation.

The thirteenth most noble praise of Theology, oh noble cultivators of sacred Theology, is that which in the thirteenth division of the third book, is related to the triple saving grace of the entire world; (this praise) teaches all worshipers of Christ the duty of taking the thirteenth most precious stone from this miner of the heavenly Rock of the Angelic Salutation, and the duty of offering this stone which is called Chrysoprase, devotedly to the Virgin Mary, Queen of the Salutation of the faithful. And “Jesus” is played here: because according to Albert the Great and the Lapidary, this stone is on fire at night and golden by day; it saves from fears, mistakes and anguish, making the heart bright and organized. And all these things are entirely produced by the most devout name of “Jesus”. Because Jesus was interpreted by Jerome as the Savior who is on fire at night, since in the night of the tribulation of his Passion he inflamed, according to Ambrose, earthly things, and at the same time those infernal and heavenly with the fire of God's Love . But by day it was the gold of the resurrection, which shines above the sun. He saved the world from the fears, terrors and anguish of condemnation, according to Basil, and on the Holy Day of Pentecost, according to the Catholic faith, he illuminated the hearts of the faithful and the hearts of sinners, according to Bernard, who had long led the death and stained, he returned with his Passion safe and sound.

Second justice then (since the glorious Virgin is the Mother of Jesus), She is Mother of redemption, is Lady of salvation and Queen of liberation, according to Maximus in a Sermon. Therefore, the Virgin must rightly be praised by everyone through the Blessed Psalter of salvation; and the reason for this is very well known, because each Queen of salvation must be praised worthily by all, in that which is relative to nature, conduct and flame, and must be honored in the honor of salvation: this is the Virgin Mary, so etc. . It is confirmed through the Prophet, since honors are rightfully due to great people and benefactors.

But perhaps you ignore the value of this Chrysoprase “Jesus”. It is shameful that a believer does not know this, in fact it is very risky. So I ask how much is it worth? To this I answer: it is worth more than all the sands of the sea and the creatures of the world could be worth if they were transformed into worlds equal to or larger than this world. Also if they were celestial or golden.

Because “Jesus” is worth so much, because he is great, since the value of things is valid for his being, according to the Prophet. Jesus then is Infinite Being in existence and has infinite value. Do not even think that the most loving Virgin Mary for this stone, offered to him, would be ungrateful to you: because, if a small fire can consume a very great mountain or a city, much of this infinite fire of Jesus (since Jesus, our God, is the fire that consumes), will be able to set fire to the glorious Virgin for our salvation, glory and love. If it wouldn't be said (may this not happen!), that a small fire on a mountain is more powerful than Jesus on Mary. And more is stated.

Since she loves any of her chanters in this Psalter so much, to the point of wanting to suffer the penalties of all things, as far as depends on her (as she revealed in a certain way), than to let him condemn. And this is the reason for this. Since she herself, according to God's command, loves those close to her in the present life with all her heart, with all her soul, with all her strength and energy, as herself, she would otherwise contravene the divine command of charity, which only in Heaven is perfectly complete, according to Bernardo. Oh then, all of you, so beloved of the Virgin Mary, so loved by her, why don't you love her? And if you love her, why are you not concerned about her and neglecting to serve her in her Psalter, for your salvation? Do you love those who love the smallest worldly thing most and disdain such a Lady, so beautiful, pleasant and generous, and she loves you to infinity? Whether or not you see what maybe tomorrow (may this never happen!), you will fall to the earth after death, because you know neither the day nor the hour. Then you would serve her more readily through this Psalter, so that each day you may have one hundred and fifty Chrysoprases for yourselves and for the living, and so many other greetings and so many other salvations for the dead, to thus reach the heavenly Hierarchies crowned. Amen.

The fourteenth great praise of Theology, or great followers of the Sacred Page, is in the fourteenth distinction of the third book of sentences, which is relative to the wisdom and power of Christ, with which, Christ anointed the world and healed that which was injured; (this praise) teaches everyone to reach the fourteenth precious stone, from the fourteenth mine of this Rock of the omnipotent Angelic Salutation, and to offer to the Virgin Mary, Queen and Lady of all the medicines in the world, which stone is called Hyacinth.

And this is achieved when “Christ” is reached, unlike certain great men, who for a long time were called by the name of Jesus. This, according to Isidoro and Alberto, changes according to the air, so if the air is clear, it is clear, if it is luminous, luminous, if it is dark, obscure and cloudy: which brings exultation when the sky is cloudy, which distances the plague from the air: comforts the members and wards off poisons, on which it acquires the value of medicine. And all these things are brought by the name “Christ”; which according to Remigio, is equivalent to “Anointed” 97 , because he is Anointed by the grace of divinity, and confers the anointing of the Sacraments, according to Jerome, to his Wife, the Church militant, according to Song of Songs 1.

97 Blessed Alano meditates on the meaning of the Greek word “Christ”, which means “Anointed” by God, that is, consecrated Messiah.

Dragging me behind you, we ran together, towards the scent of your ointments. It becomes clear that this suits the Virgin Mary, who is the Mother of such anointings, if for no other reason than the Son. In fact, this moves to change gold, to unite mercy with our fragility, according to Augustine. And She takes the exultation of contemplation and devotion to (Christ), because She contemplates the events of the Divinity, the Incarnation and the Passion of Christ. And she drives away the pestilences of lust, blasphemy and detractions, which pollute even this air; and comforts the members, that is, the natural powers of those who serve it, according to Bernardo, by giving them a valid ingenuity, solid memory, sound intellect and a keen sense. In fact, she wards off poisons, according to Augustine, because she takes off the head of the ancient serpent in all sins, as she is, rightly, the source of all medicines and the Lady who cures all our illnesses. Precisely then, such a great Lady, she must be praised by everyone in the Psalter every day. Firstly, because, according to the Sages, doctors should be honored. Secondly, because we are all sick. Thirdly, because men, when healthy, are not able to persevere without the help of so great a physician. Let everyone praise her in this Psalter, because she carries one hundred and fifty remedies with her against one hundred and fifty human diseases.

But perhaps they will say: this Jacinto, Christ stone is of modest value. Because, perhaps, nothing has flavor in you, in fact you are always dry. But I answer faithfully and briefly, that if God is worthless, not even this stone would be worthless. If God is truly worth infinity, this stone will be worth infinity. And so great is its value that if the whole sea were ink, and the sky were papyrus, and the branches of the tree (were) a writing pen, and the sand (were) a hand, in no way would it be possible describe the value of Hyacinth, both medicinally, which is said to be Christ. You will not despair of his welcome from the most loving Virgin, because, if a star cannot resist the luminosity of the sun, not even Mary can resist the luminosity of Christ. He presents her in her integrity, with all her love and awareness, everywhere and she is always attracted to Christ, according to Bernardo. The demonstration of this is rich. Since She loves anyone who offers Her this Salutation so much that, however much He depends on Her, He immediately tears out His heart from Her body, more than if He were guilty of a mortal sin.

In her, therefore, there is such a certain Charity and supreme Science and Power, according to Augustine, that she can save those she loves so much. Since its Power is founded on its supreme Charity and is regulated by it, being its fruit very worthy: it will then be able to save those it loves so much: or else its love will not be perfect, because it would have a very imperfect power. And it is robust, as Bernardo attests: The work of divine clemency is placed completely in the hands of Mary. And Jerome expressly says the same thing: You would then have a very rational sign of eternal salvation, if with perseverance, daily, you had greeted it in your Psalter.

The fifteenth most beautiful praise of Theology, oh most pious followers of the Sacred Page, is that which is related to the imperfections assumed (by Christ), both in the soul and in the body, due to the peculiar capacity to suffer, in human realities and of grace ; (this praise) in the fifteenth distinction of the third book of the Sentences, teaches the whole world to offer to the Virgin Mary, Teacher and Lady of all Truth, the most precious fifteenth stone, from the fifteenth mine of the most beautiful Rock of this Angelic Salutation, which It is called Amethyst: this is the stone of Truth, and it is reached in the Hail Mary, when one says Amen. That is why the Amen is worth so much, as well as being truly and truly exultant, according to Jerome. This attribution is clearly visible: since according to Isidore, Albert the Great and the Lapidary: the Amethyst is a very precious stone, the first of the red gems, because it is the color of wine, it has an influence against alcoholism, preventing it from existing, or if make it chronic, when you are tired, distancing drowsiness, expelling bad thoughts and giving fantasy to the intellect to search for truth and ward off falsehood. These things, all in the most complete way, happened in the Virgin Mary. Firstly, it is the first of the red stones, that is, of the martyrs, who were painted red by their blood, according to Jerome. It removes the vice of gluttony, giving its psalmists abstinence and perfect sobriety; this is the Sovereign, according to Augustine. It also expels drowsiness and laziness, giving joy and diligence, of which, according to Bernardo, this is a most worthy mother. And it distances bad thoughts and fantasy, since it is the light of souls, according to Jerônimo. It confers a good intellect in seeking the truth, and in denouncing falsehood, since she is his Mother, who is the road, truth and life, according to the Catholic faith, so that he leads precisely according to the truth of faith, along the road of good , the life of glory, which is the final Amen of the entire Church militant. Rightly so, the most pure Virgin Mary in her Psalter must be praised through the Amethyst “Amen” and honored every day eternally by everyone. The reason is clear: since among all things truth, according to Augustine, must be honored, venerated and praised supremely, since it is, according to the Holy Doctor, the object, the end, the beginning and the means of our intellect .

But perhaps you wonder, if you have the courage, how much is this Amethyst stone of truth worth, through the Amen? To this I faithfully respond. It is worth more than anything humanly desirable in the present life of all men can be worth, be it golden kingdoms or precious lands; or any other desirable worldly thing. Therefore, the reason is said in Esdra: Truth is great and surpasses all things, since according to the Holy Doctor, truth has infinite goodness, because it is the object of infinite power, it is transcendent and because God is Truth in essence.

Have faith then, oh dear ones, in this Virginal Psalter, because if such a great good were adapted to Hell and were received from Hell, it could in no way torment each of the damned more, because such a good would completely destroy the strength of Hell. Oh, then the Virgin Mary, welcoming one hundred and fifty times every day, such a great good from her chanters, will be crueler than Hell, a thing that is heretical, because no pure creature is more lovable than the Virgin Mary, according to Augustine and Bernard , because it is closer to divine charity, which is piety in essence; or she will certainly give us salvation, otherwise it would be unfair, if she would receive so many goods and not return them whole and greater, as Augustine argued in a Sermon on divine mercy, against those who deny the remission of sins. So, oh, all you who love your salvation, you served the Virgin Mary in her Evangelical Psalter.

Firstly, that ye may possess one hundred and fifty Rocks, in each of which are fifteen mines of infinite precious stones.

Secondly, to obtain one hundred and fifty times fifteen beautiful gifts from the Virgin Mary, which are innocence, wisdom, grace, beauty, nobility, boundless mercy, being the Son of God and the Virgin Mary, the honesty and prosperity, food, absolute protection, nourishment from the Mother of God, all riches, perfect salvation, the reception of the Sacraments, the final crowning of truth and holy life. In these things every desirable thing is contained in full. Since, according to Bernardo and Alberto Magno, the entire Old and New Testaments, as well as the entire world, are contained in the Angelic Salutation.

Thirdly, so that the Glorious Virgin, together with her Son, may be honored, by reason, in such great superiorities of merits.

Fourthly, that you may be freed from the hundred and fifty evils, which make war.

Fifthly, that the whole militant church may be crowned, thanks to you, by one hundred and fifty crowns.

Sixthly, so that the faithful departed may be freed, thanks to you, from the one hundred and fifty evils of the punishments that wage war.

Seventhly, so that the Saints may enjoy one hundred and fifty exultations in their homeland.

Eighthly, because of the one hundred and fifty exultations that the Virgin had at the Conception and Nativity of her Son and that the same Virgin, at times, revealed and remembered in a private way.

Ninthly, because of the one hundred and fifty exultations, which he now has in Heaven, above all the Saints.

Eleventhly, against the hundred and fifty sins, which commonly fall upon the world; these too She remembered.

Twelfthly, because of the one hundred and fifty dangers, which are deadly.

Thirteenthly, because of the one hundred and fifty terrible things, which will be in the judgment against sinners.

Fourteenthly, because of the one hundred and fifty benefits that were received by the world through the Incarnation of Christ the son.

Fifteenthly, because of the one hundred and fifty special privileges, which will be granted to the psalmists through this Psalter, in outward things and in the soul, both in death and in glory. Therefore, before death, they will obtain a special grace from God among all living people, as is certainly clear from countless examples and experiences. The Virgin Mary revealed all these things at times and distinctly remembered through all things, the meaning of which is for the wise to seek.

He rightly said: He who transforms the rock into lakes of water, that is, the Angelic Salutation, in the abundance of all graces, divine and human: to possess which, you praise in the Psalter (Psalms 100 and 50). And (this is all) the main argument, the fifteen stones of Theology, related to the fifteen precious stones found spiritually in this highest Rock, that is, the Angelic Salutation.

SYNOPSIS OF THE FIFTEEN PRECIOUS STONES

1. Diamond Bird of Innocence.

2. Maria Rubi da Sabedoria.

3. Full Jasper of Plenitude.

4. de Graça Pérola da Graça.

5. The Lord be with you Sapphire of the Dominion.

6. Blessed Calcedonius of Mercy.

7. be Thou Emerald of Holy Matrimony.

8. among women Sardonic of Honesty.

9. and Blessed Sardonica of Prosperity.

10. The Chrysolite Fruit of Nutrition.

11. of Your Topaz of Enrichment.

12. Beryl Womb of the Maternity of God.

13. Jesus Chrysoprasus of Salvation.

14. Christ Hyacinth of Medicine.

15 Amen Amethyst of Truth.

 

SECOND SERMON BY DOCTOR ALANO.

THEME Fear God and honor Him, because the hour of His Judgment is approaching (Ap.14).

Unfortunately, it is on the most terrible reality of all terrible realities, that is, on the Last Judgment, that I am obliged to begin the Sermon.

1. However, I am comforted by the very fruitful fruit of souls, which follows a similar preaching by Saint Vincent, (who spoke) in the name of the Church, on the same type of argument. And in truth he was a man (of God) who preached value, I will say that (he was) a glory of the entire Order of Preachers, decoration and ornament of the Church.

2. It is also added to continue this instruction: and this the narration below will show.

NARRATION .

The benign Virgin Mary, Mother of God to her new Husband allowed herself to appear recently, and to manifest to him, in relation to the signs of the Final Judgment, the same things that she once claimed to have revealed to her Husband Saint Bernard, in a appearance of great honor. It is the last hour, said the Bridegroom: the malignancy of the world is always increasing and the consummation of all things approaches the halfway point. Look how all things head towards the ultimate ruin. How miserable and disgusting is the Church that presents itself as almost all States. How much has changed in relation to its primitive sanctity of the sacred Institutions. Therefore, I want you to see those terrible things, which will come upon everyone, and which you believed a long time ago, as present before your eyes; and these you will preach more strongly and ardently, just as the things you will announce will soon come to pass, inspiring them in the ears and souls of everyone, so that everyone may undertake, in due form, the principles of a more holy life. He said, and then, having spoken, very promptly that new Spouse of the Mother of God, carried away by an ecstasy outside of himself, on high, saw with his own eyes, in spirit, the future judgment, and has before his eyes the whole human race, any man has lived, lives and will live.

Now the horror, the fear and the scream grew to infinity, so great that it is humanly impossible to say or understand or believe enough. In fact, such as enormous representations of the terrible Judgment are shown, the things that would have preceded it and those that would have accompanied it, and finally also the things that would have followed. Furthermore, the grief and general despair in all things was so great that it seemed that there was nothing better for anyone than not existing. And the Husband, if he became a spectator of these things, if divine virtue had not saved him and his protector had not assisted him and his strength had not been sufficient, he would not have been able to resist, he would have died in despair, while he was kidnapped (in ecstasy ).

So, to predict such great evils, She said: Those who wish, take refuge with the Sacred Anchor, the Virgin Mother of the just Judge, and do not fail to entrust themselves devoutly to my son and me in the Psalter of JESUS ​​and MARY , and, in the first group of fifty prayers, meditate on the five horrible things preceding the Judgment; in the second, the other things that accompany it; in the third, the others that follow the Judgment. And Mary's Husband had these things in mind, marked by his gaze, as if he had expounded them in a long Sermon.

FIRST GROUP OF FIFTY PRAYERS .

THINGS PRECEDING TO THE JUDGMENT.

These are five, according to the other (five) tens of the Psalter.

Recordais:

1. The severity of Antichrist.

2. The horror of the representations.

3. The unhappiness of the conscience that consumes itself.

4. The subtraction of all earthly things.

5. The total ferocity of the accusation, on the part of the creatures.

I. The terrible ferocity of Antichrist .

The Husband saw this man as the most false, the most daring and the most powerful of all mortals. With his new sacrilegious law, he forcefully introduced into the world, fighting to uproot and extirpate the most holy truth of the Gospel. Patron of the armies and treasures of the world, he ventured to enrich his own, but by stripping Christians of all things, oppressing them with cruel tortures, and expelling them from Heaven and the world. Having already been relegated to Hell for a long time, Satan, freeing himself from his bonds, will come to help his minister (the Antichrist), with all the magical art at his disposal, and immersing him in artifices; so that he may also be able to accomplish many wonderful things, which will appear to be prodigious things, under the deceptive aspect of miracles, although they are false things. By which the opinion of Saint Jerome is tenable, according to which as God in Christ united himself to human nature, so Lucifer must be united to a son of perdition: this, certainly, not in the unity of the person, but in the conjunction of malice and the wickedness of all criminal actions will be gathered into one, so that nothing will be equal to it anywhere, it will greatly surpass Cain in envy, Nemrod in pride, Pharaoh in inclemency, Adoni-Bezec in cruelty; he will overcome Nebuchadnezzar in rare wickedness, Jeroboam and Manasseh in impiety, Antiochus in tyranny, Nicanor in blasphemy; he will be more fraudulent than Herod, more angry than Decian, more cruel than Decius, more cruel than the Jews against Stephen, and finally he will be cruelest of all the cruelties of crimes.

Certainly his power will be that of Satan, because he was elected to fear no one. Many have already been elected Antichrists. In order for God to distance such a great pestilence from us through the merits of Jesus Christ and the pleading of the Mother of God, these must be venerated holy in the Psalter and frequently saluted with the “Hail” to the blessed one.

EXAMPLE

Saint Vincent, light of the Family of Preachers and pillar of Valencia and then of Spain, was an excellent venerator of the Mother of God until the moment of wonder, and from a young age. And specifically, for this Marian devotion he was a (major) preacher of the Psalter of Mary. Due to the power and effectiveness of this (Psalter), he not only overcame heavy and continuous temptations, but also filled the Church with miracles, and saw with his eyes the same Mother of God and deserved to listen to the Consoler more often. How terrible and admirable he was as a preacher of the Last Judgment, and the Christian world encouraged him and knew him until today, he who almost made them tremble with this single argument of exhortation, ordered by the same Savior Jesus, while he crossed mainly the entire Gaul, Spain , Brittany, Scotland, Iberia and Italy. Not even the cities contained the influx of men from all parts, but there was a need for the open terrace of the fields, in which his listeners, while he spoke about the Judgment, took their place; There was a time when as many as ten thousand men followed him, and they were often seen flocking to listen to him as many as eight hundred thousand men. In the midst of this, many were often seen lying on the ground, openly confessing their sins; among these he converted more than twenty-five thousand Jews, more than eight hundred thousand Saracens in Spain alone; as also very many Angels were around them, while he preached; it was normal for him to appear to speak in several languages, even though he preached in just one; or even if it was understood by listeners from all nations, even distant ones, where no force of nature was capable of carrying the voice of what he said, if not helped by the miracle of grace. Innumerable prodigies almost habitually occurred, diseases were overcome, demons were expelled, and any type of evil was distanced; resurrected dead, manifestations of obscure, future, distant things. So much strength existed in that man who preached judgment, but it was greater when he venerated the Mother of God in the Psalter.

II. A terrible thing, the horror of representations!

According to Saint Jerome, (this) was transmitted in the mysteries of the Hebrews, which consist of fifteen realities, and in the most similar to the Gospel.

1. There will be signs of the sun, which, like a bag of goatskin, will turn black.

2. The moon will become the color of blood.

3. The stars will fall from the sky, as will be seen.

4. The seas will then exceed the highest mountains by more than forty cubic meters; then, dry, they will open an immense abyss.

5. After this, sea monsters, never seen or known, will create a new and terrible terror.

6. Great earthquakes will happen, like never before; cities, mountains and jungles will be swallowed up.

7. The trees and herbs will drop blood.

8. Wild beasts and domestic animals will tremble as they wander, and with their roar they will terrify the heavens.

9. The confusedly flying and crying birds will scream.

10. Broken rocks will appear here and there.

11. Men will hide in caves, and even expelled from them they will continue trembling, agitating and loitering, that is, delirious they will agitate, speak and do foolish things.

12. The seas will burn like an olive tree.

13. The fish will die and the large cetaceans will rot, with an intolerable stench.

14. The world, touched by continuous rays, will open up: among them there will be horrible screams, noises and screams of demons and condemned souls.

15. Finally, a fire will burst out of the sky, and the whole sky will fall in fire on the earth and on the seas, for the purification with fire of all the elements and the renewal of the heavens. Afterwards will come the resurrection of the dead and the Final Judgment.

Because of such great monstrosities, the full force of Hell will be unleashed on evil, of divine power on good.

EXAMPLE

A Barbarian king, terrible for cruelty and power, while he heard and meditated on these things, was so terrified that, being torn to pieces and calming his heart, he soon 98 He abandoned his ferocity and, cultivating all kindness, he completely surrendered to the holy humility of the Christian life.

And to receive such devout fear in souls, you honor more attentively the Holy Virgin of Saints in the Psalter, adoring Jesus Christ, the imminent judge of the living and the dead, whom you will use to make him propitious, if, meditating frequently on the image of the signs of Judgment with the Psalter, invoke “Mary”, who is the One who truly illuminates, so that souls never disappear, due to the horror of the signs and the anguish of Judgment.

98 Calibeo may be related to calido, “fiery”.

III. A terrible thing: the gravity of conscience that generates remorse for shames committed, for things omitted, and for things said or thought impiously!

The scourges of this (consciousness) will not only arrive very ferocious, but also violently more penetrating. Imagine and put together all the sadness, anguish, terror and pain of souls, which have always been or could be: they will be a simple shadow, in relation to the unhappiness of conscience. In fact, in moving and terribly exasperating that atrocity it joined the very powerful justice of God, the wrath of the Angels, the memory of crimes: the ferocity of demons and the punishment of creatures.

Oh Cetra, take away the crying! Therefore, we prevent the scene of so many cruelties with the Psalter of Jesus and Mary, often offering “Grace” to the Judge Christ, begging him devoutly. Through Mary, full of Grace, in fact, the troubled conscience will easily be saved and freed from all anguish.

EXAMPLE

There lived a woman in Flanders, without limits to all sins of lust: in fact, since she had led a dissolute life in shameful things for a long time, finally, having also fallen into despair, she could neither hide nor endure the poignant impulses of conscience. What to do? Devoted people (from the Psalter) suggested advice to her and, foolishly and out of her mind, she asked for it. When she began to calm down, the Psalter began to please her and she finally got used to practicing it and little by little, she returned to her senses. She became more self-assured, received hope in her soul, listened to the advice, felt the immediate help of the Psalter, until she deeply relaxed in the tranquility requested, and, in the light of grace, eagerly desired God's mercy.

IV. A terrible thing occurred: the subtraction of all earthly things.

With that, miserable humanity attacked hope, sought pleasure, dissipated love, and the soul saw it stripping itself of all things in a single moment: it saw gold, precious stones, carpets, precious objects, treasures, palaces, cities , fields and all expensive things went down in smoke, destroyed by the devouring fire, while the same (soul) remained very unhappy for days. During this ruin every father will see his children, his wife, his relatives, all his friends, and at the same time his enemies. Where are the great hopes, the accumulated things and possessions, the honors requested, the pleasures found everywhere? Where are the Empires and Kingdoms of the powerful, the passions and favors of the nobles, the help of the subjects, the advice of the doctors, the forces of the strong? Where is the elegance of bodies, the schools of arts, the skill of entrepreneurs, the wisdom of the prudent? He will look back at himself, sunk in the single flame of the general fire. There is no purpose, no design, no succession in relation to him who hurries, but an eternal horror closes him and surrounds him on all sides. Those who previously possessed all things, having nothing at the moment, descended into Hell. How great is the lightness of being free from all possessions. Because the things that were missing shattered charity, dissipated devotion, left the sanctity of the Celestials abandoned or despised. Unhappy humanity will ruin all things sacred, divine and human. And distancing them from this evil, you cling to the Psalter of the Mother of Mercy and Celeste Treasurer; there is the cornucopia full of all happiness. You hear the one who repeats (in the Psalter) the word “Cheia” very frequently.

EXAMPLE

An Abbot being reduced in the extreme to his Convent of Friars and the Monastery, had been suffering great poverty for a long time due to the difficult situation of events. The tyrants' frequent robberies and constant robberies brought him to this point of misery. Since financial resources were not enough and fears of death were growing, religious men lacked all human help, advice, to distance the disastrous maelstrom of the harpies, which had assailed them for so many years, and turning to divine realities, the they practiced so intensely and continuously; among the others (devotions), in fact, the Abbot, in addition to the usual solemn celebrations, abandoned himself to the devotions of the Psalter and maintained the objective. And not much time (passed) for the violence of the prey to diminish and lessen in its weight; the fields, funds and all other properties of the Abbey slowly filled with divine blessing and riches and an abundance of goods flowed in. A new assault of predators returns, hoping to devour the abundance, they attack after having made an incursion, but they die injured by the divine hand. Another, more blinding madness and avarice ensues upon them; and again another, but in both, a dark improvisation took place, leaving both the product of the robbery and the blow, so that, through spectacle and terror, the other thieves completely disappeared. This terror happened, that not a few of these perhaps died, being imprisoned for eternity, struck by lightning: meanwhile the abbey in every way became prosperous.

V. A terrible thing: The universal accusation of all creatures, who rose up against one man.

(The creatures), each in their own kind and way, as they were created and born to bless God, they also blessed him: only degenerate man despised his Creator, disobeyed him and pushed him to a just wrath and punishment. And therefore all created things, raising loud cries on the day of Judgment, attacked and tired the heavens with the demand for punishment. Heaven will ask for the dishonored abuse of the gift of its light and its movements, fulfilled by sinners. Fire will reprove slavery itself when it was used by the gluttony and lust of the wicked. The air will echo with the wind because the unworthy live as unworthy, and the spirit of criminals has exhaled; on the contrary, he will also regret the blasphemies, the lies, the false oaths, the misuse of life. The water will lament, because it uselessly irrigated the land, offered the fish, guided the navigators, gave precious stones and riches in favor of the perfidy of the false. The earth will despise the repugnance of crimes committed against it; reproaching, this, opening itself due to so much shame, will open a deep abyss. After this beginning, the multitude that remains created by Him will shout like accusers and launch themselves against sinners; the Gospels will scream and the demons will show their teeth, asking for revenge and revenge again for the offense against God, for the abuse of created things; They will always have revenge on their lips (the word) for having caused the general order to become disoriented. Truly in this way you will receive that cry, which will thunder, as Saint Thomas teaches, not with the material sound of voices, but in the interiority of delinquent souls, from this (voice), the disappeared will learn all things contrary to them and thus miserably harmful. And (God) will oppose himself with the whole world, against the foolish. God will indeed prepare the creature for the punishment of its enemies.

The more terrible and fierce, that accusation will rain upon the wicked, because an unknown force so divine will enter into things, so that inanimate things will be seen shaking impetuously. Therefore, so that you do not have too much fear of hearing bad things later, you constantly invoke that “Lord” in the Psalter of Our Lady, chanting psalms in your spirit and mind, meditating in the Psalter the memory of such a disastrous future cry: and the Lord will transform the fear of this (cry) into confidence. This can invoke the Lord of the Lawyer to our advantage.

EXAMPLE

In Picardy a sinner lived dirty and covered with the frightening perversity of each crime; for a long time, having closed his ears and soul, he ignored divine and human warnings, through every type of impiety, remaining uncorrupted in that only faith in God. Along this path, strength is given by fear, so that it would rise up the iron heart that he had within him, so that he would expel impiety out of the heart. The aged evil was greatly attached (to him); In this case, a court case was filed against the evil man, with the hearing and the cause already established: the fear of human judgment penetrated his mind, and another fear developed, for a different thing, penetrating the cruel conscience. He is tormented, he is agitated; he fears all safe places; in memory past pleasures become harsh, it seemed that the accumulated and dishonestly acquired riches would turn to an even worse ruin, friends become rare, life becomes bitter and is very little lively, until finally he almost I had abandoned hope. During these events, the Final Judgment comes to mind, how great the future terror would be there, if it was so great here. He no longer had any hope except that in God, even if (That One was) angry. What to do? He believed that a Mediator could exist for him, but he doubted that Jesus, offended and angry, would want him; He then turned his gaze to the Mother of Jesus, Mary, our Mediatrix, since he had heard that the Psalter was the main, the most common, the most pleasing (prayer) to the Virgin, (and that) it was an insurmountable and invincible way of Praying to God is very effective with God and the Son of God. So he, even if without hope, picks it up, handles it, uses it. Soon after, he begins to feel lighter, to wait, to catch his breath and to have greater confidence in his afflictions. In court, the essential points of his case were demonstrated, until then never proven, and he was finally declared free and innocent in court and the sentence was pronounced in his favor. After this event, he realized that the cause had not been sponsored by him or anyone else, but rather by the strength and effectiveness of the Psalter, prayed supplicatingly; This (Psalter) had the merit, at the time of the defense.

The five signs, then said, which precede the Judgment, corresponding to the Commandments of the Decalogue, complete the first group of fifty prayers in the Psalter, with the fivefold meditation of vocal and mental prayer to be offered, to distance another fifty evils from the Judgment.

SECOND GROUP OF FIFTY PRAYERS

The signs that accompany the Judgment

These are also five and so on according to the decades of the Psalter.

1. The power of the Judge.

2. The certainty of the testimony.

3. The Judge’s inflexibility.

4. The fear aroused by those who sit next to.

5. The disorder of those who are to be judged.

SAW. A terrible thing: The infinite, inevitable and eternal power of the Judge: nothing that is feared can be equivalent or close to Him.

If He is with us, who can be against us? If He is the one who justifies, who will be the accuser? If He is the one who condemns, who will be the liberator? Take Him then, as Advocate with the Father: we seek (his) friendship in the Psalter, devoutly repeating that “With You”. And since the Mother of God deserved to have him with her, in a unique and eminent way, through her we will obtain that we also deserve to be Emmanuel, that is, God is with us. Take only one, “With You”, and you will have all things, not even the enemy will prevail against you.

EXAMPLE

In England (there lived) a certain Alan, a man of humble and obscure origins, one of the people; in that place, it appears (fairly or unfairly), that his belongings were handed over to the court by the King to the Imperial treasury, and furthermore, threatened with death, he was sent into exile. He had changed cities; exiled from his homeland, he sighed with greater ardor for the heavenly homeland.

Then that man went to the safe ladder of prayer, spoke from the Psalter; he reached Heaven and God with prayers: and he reached the Mother of God as Advocate. So he who became strong before God, how strong would he be before the King and men? The fact testifies! Not much time passed (since God so arranged, in whose hands the heart of the Prince and our future is), the previous sentence of the court was rectified, the decree of exile was annulled and the confiscation was condemned, with greater honors and possibilities was restored to himself, his family and his homeland. In fact, the King, touched by God, with an unexpected illness, contrary to all cures and effective medicine, found himself in danger of his life. Having tasted all human cures, he began to ask God for help. Having made deep introspection within himself, he desired to understand the motivations (of his evil): then (he began) to look around, in whatever way or reason, against justice, he had provoked the wrath of God upon himself. And behold, he did not care about (the case) of the obscure farmer, and by chance the hasty judgment came to his memory, and (this) strongly tormented his conscience. The King had no rest, no peace in his soul, until he removed that tormenting doubt from his heart. He made him go out and at the same time drove out the disease; he freed the fugitive from exile and himself from disease; he restored the belongings of him whom he had ruined and (restored) himself to health; he restored the country, and (regained) himself the Kingdom and life.

VII. A terrible thing: the judge's inflexibility, however, towards the wicked; how sweet is the Comforter for the elect.

His or the one who begins the example about the terrifying. If the thrice Blessed Mother of the same did not appropriate that judgment, in the enormous criminality discovered before Him, the just Judge, convincing his own conscience, would deprive him of the vision of glory and condemn him to eternal punishment.

What will happen to all sinners? That is why it is necessary for everyone to be persuaded and confident in this. (It causes) the tyranny of all men and the cruel ferocities of all beasts, never manifested, to be united: when things are disposed of justly by the severity of the Judge, if he had one, this is even more fierce than this , more than anything that can be imagined by the highest intelligences, also beyond what can be believed. Therefore, there will be no criterion or model of comparison, as soon as it may appear, whether one likes it or not, the extreme disproportion will be evident. How is it possible to compare the finite with the infinite? Does that relationship exist between shadows and light, between the false and the true? I add, that the just Judge will then show an equal lack of mercy against the wicked; on the contrary he will show mercy towards the elect, and both will be visible and infinite to all. The mercy of the judges will be raised very high, but for those who are righteous. Indeed, judgment will come to the unjust and without mercy: since they made a judgment without mercy, and truly those who presided it was a very heavy judgment. That is why you fear him, who can send the soul to hell as well. You preach, supplicate and invoke him constantly in his Psalter and that of Mary: he who generally absolves and purifies even the greatest evildoer conceived by an unclean race. This grace is infinite, but in that Blessed or Blessed, through the Blessed, which one hundred and fifty times with the Psalter the greeting is made with the word “Blessed”. And who would have spoken so highly of a culprit, Bendito, if not Bendita?

EXAMPLE

In Thuringia, in an inner and lonely area of ​​the ancient Germania, luck led a poor man from his homeland, (to be) also such a distinguished and powerful citizen, to whom (luck) also offered a political charge linked to Emperor Frederick II . (Then) a spark appeared, a fire.

It seemed that a disagreement had arisen between the little Emperor Optimus Maximus and the King of Thuringia, and devastation among the people was expected.

It turns out (that nothing was left in memory of what was said and done) that the undefeated and very devout Emperor was troubled in his soul against the King of the nation of Thuringia, and accused himself on the day of judgment. The cause is debated, but it was a hard kick against a stick. The undefeated Augustus won, the vassal subject succumbed, the fatal sentence was reached: he was sent back and changed out of mercy, as wrath also followed suddenly afterwards: for the Prince and head of the country to go into exile with all those linked to him by family or affinity. Time is allowed for the departure of the exiles, as is commonly used, so that they can return to the supreme institution, that is, to the heads of the Princes. However, the devout King, there being no one above Augustus in the Empire, and who disapproved of him, in such a serious civil moment and in this fundamental moment, dedicated himself with all the religiosity of soul and spirit to God and the Mother of God, asking for help through the Psalter.

He asks, promises, perseveres with tenacity and faith and obtains the things he asks for; in fact with prayers, God, with the help of the Mother of God, condemned man and honored him. However, the only Patrician, among his own, who in the same way the misfortune of the prescription had harmed, the Prince out of obedience had distanced himself, in the place chosen for exile. The absence of the very famous man lifted the narrow hearts of the citizens: they acted on new purposes and distanced themselves from rival souls, seeming as if they were about to break out in open rebellion.

The thing was not done in secret: but everyone's strength and weapons could be openly observed. The Emperor, surprised by the unexpected event (which was already beginning to stir; and for the other (vassals) of the land, numerous nobles also went to the opposite side, out of love and esteem for the exiled), he no longer had anyone close to him, and immediately had a remedy to calm the lively insurrections: annul the decree of exile, and completely restore the homeland and honor to the freed exile. And this did not create embarrassment for the citizens, on the contrary they carried it with them, with great honor; They take the first citizen in a procession on everyone's back, with everyone's attention. Not even Augustus wanted to be inferior in the love of the citizens, and that is why he asked that he be returned decorated with greater glory, and that he be placed after his return, in a higher place than the previous one. Danger gave man a value; but this which he had received was due to the Psalter.

VIII. A terrible thing: the indisputable truth of the witnesses, and superior to every exception.

1. Protective Angels were present against the guilty, as witnesses of the life that passed; whereby nothing can escape or deceive knowledge.

2. Conscience, (worth) a thousand testimonies, lives within, and screams; Even if you can't know or remember those things, you can't make mistakes or lie.

3. The same sins will accuse their authors, and they will give proof themselves.

4. The demons around them increase all things, mixing the true with the false: however, most of these will be true.

5. The Judge of all, truly terrible to see and hear, will be for everyone, the fiercest accuser and the one who will condemn. What will the sinner do among these? He will be stopped by all parties! He will be struck down by the rushing despair of horror. And the thing that is accomplished is for eternity! Oh eternity! Now, now there is the remedy, so delayingly preach ye, that ye may not fall into temptation, but be delivered from such great evils; the remedy is the call, which is very effective in the Psalter; Through Mary, Mother of Mercy, in her Greetings, you will very often repeat with ardor the invocation “You”: She is the only one capable of bending a decision of the Son.

EXAMPLE

In the Alma Cidade of Rome, a matron gave birth to a pair of twins born from her own womb. Inexplicable fact: a horrible shame! Nature itself was horrified by the atrocity of such great infamy!

When the mother realized that a second son was born, and the brother (saw) his brother, a monstrosity that was execrable in itself (occurred). A demon, under the false appearance of a man, approached the restless and tormented mother in her mind and convinced her to kill her son. A crime is added to the crime: the dead child is thrown into the latrine. But everything that is hidden will be revealed, and for a long time no one knew about that atrocity. (But) she who hid this revealed it. The excessiveness of the event in the atrocious evidence quickly provokes the essential movement of the judgment, only the accuser was missing. However, the culprit (accuses) herself. Regretting the fact, she curses herself before God, and crying for the things committed, (she seemed) almost to conduct the funeral of herself, which (instead) lived and watched. She did not forget hope, when begging for mercy, believing in hope, against hope, she did only one thing, that is, she always turned to Jesus and the Mother of Jesus, assiduously praying the Psalter, in pain and desolation.

Having observed this purpose during the time of the indictment, a strong hope pushed souls to deny such a great crime, and therefore very bitterly to deplore their fate; almost crying in relation to the things decided for him, by the force of such evidence. The growing voice does not allow the woman in judgment to pass unharmed; called, she appears in court; the imputation of the crime is examined; she, firm in purpose, is stained by accusations; but the proof was lacking; therefore (the proof being) fragile; less evidence comes. An unknown man was seen walking through the city, who became the prosecutor of the suspect that had developed; and, offering himself as an accuser, while the guilty woman was before the Judges, he pretended: he denied knowing her, even less her crimes, and allowed himself to understand all things.

There was surprise and admiration from everyone: and the guilty party was acquitted; at the same time, the smart stranger disappeared under (their) eyes. That's why he was thought to be a lying demon. (The sinner remained) alone, truly and tacitly repentant for a long time, together with her accomplice, (the other) unborn son; she was aware of (her own) crimes before God, her good race and herself; and (she knew) that she, guilty, might appear innocent; with wonder, much stronger, she dedicated herself to the prayers of the Psalter, for the love of God and the Mother of God, who had brought her, (who was) worthy of infamy and death, such an admirable welcome.

IX. A terrible thing: the righteous intransigence of those who watch, like the face of the Judge against the wicked!

1. Their austerity will be different from that of the demons, but much more terrible. Different, because it will emanate from zeal towards justice, and from hatred towards hatred, whereby the wicked burn against God; more terrible, because the sword of the Justice of the Saints is more penetrating, than that of the malice of demons.

2. While virtue is stronger than vice, and grace more spiritual than fierce conscience and malice, so much more harshly did the Saints strike the wicked with their gaze.

3. As then, whoever sins in secret, is not ashamed of being seen by a fool, but (has a great shame) of being seen by a child, or by a vagabond. To those worthy of condemnation, their evil infamies may be revealed in a heavy way; but even to the righteous the same things will be revealed, but this will actually appear very light to them. Oh wonder! For this reason, get used to the Psalter, as a medicine, and offer it to Mary, Wife, Sister and Mother of the Judge, frequently singing in it that “Among women”. The decorum and merit of this Virginal modesty can protect those who devoutly take refuge under its protection from the shame of condemnation.

EXAMPLE

Beatriz, a professed nun, among those consecrated to God, had always worked, until she was an important example of the entire Religious (Order). The virgin was in the prime of her life, charming in her clothes, and behind no one in the elegance of her manners; she is distinct in cultivating faith, and almost unique in the veneration of the Mother of God. In honor of the Most Holy Mother and Son Jesus, every day she recited continuous and magnificent Greetings and small prayers, alone of her own free will, and for this reason she united them with so many other Jaculatories, and mainly recommended herself with requests for forgiveness, or with lying on the ground with prostrations, according to one's own taste. And she offered God and the Mother, in such a way, this exercise of faith, among her other small commitments, either interposing it quickly (between one thing and the other), or withdrawing alone after the common commitments, and placing it to (your) advantage. That (devotion) was a delight for the pious soul, with which she deeply felt to nourish the spirit, and to delight herself in a wonderful way.

However, she was entrusted with the care of the Temple as Sacristan; or she was appointed Guardian. This service suited her both as desired and opportune to her type of devotion and practice. The Virgin was fervent. The demon gnashed his teeth, and tried to find the occasion at a favorable moment! This (demon attacked) the reckless eyes, and the soul of a Clergy, who frequently and pleasantly saw the Virgin, who was intended to decorate the altars, and to travel around the Church, for the other tasks of Custody. And (a) sees and falls into ruin; until she ruined that one.

He asked for talks with her, and repeatedly until he got it. Encounters and even bad actions follow. Evil snaked within, and in the peaceful bones love burned. The ancient serpent never stopped turning the heart upside down and tormenting the soul; The Clergy could no longer pray and preach. He finally overcame deception and indiscreet assiduity, and human frailty gave way; neither the Virgin could hide the fire, nor endure the burning.

The Virgin abandoned her purpose and gave up. However, before ruining the vow, once he abandoned the Convent, having carefully considered his evil next to the altar of the Virgin Mother, he placed the keys given to the Custody on the altar, handed them over to the protective Mother of God and fled.

After some time, the aspect of infamy, disgust, repentance, that is, shame, enters the soul of the Clergy; it expels those who distance themselves from faith, soul and home, truncating all hope of returning. She continues to make mistakes and be poor, ashamed of returning to the convent, exposing herself as a corrupt prostitute; And so fifteen years passed horribly. Finally, turning her gaze on herself, she put an end to that work; returned to the Convent, and when she asked the concierge if she knew Sister Beatriz, she had the answer: I know her very well! It has long been a great Custody excellent in all things.

Having heard those things, she walked away to leave, while she was surprised and did not understand the words said; and behold, immediately, before her eyes, the Mother of God appeared, in the usual aspect, in which she saw her carved on the altar; and said: I have replaced you in your duty for so many years: return now to (your) place, and assume your service, and go (do) penance: none of the mortals actually knew of your departure. With this word, she fainted. When she came to her senses, the virtue she once had returned to her heart and new hope to her soul; and she took back the keys, returned to her convent cell, and to her old life.

And nobody noticed. Because the Mother of God had replaced her in appearance and dress. Beatriz had only one Protector, to whom she used to confess, explains the thing in order, and these, while she lived, she kept the thing secret.

X. A terrible thing has happened: the change of those who are about to be condemned. This will be huge and non-confrontational, in the manner, measure and reasons of the terrible things already said! Now think and imagine how great the infamy and general discomfort of each person, from the most prudish to the most imprudent, can be; (an infamy) that came from a public notice, with writing, with voice proclamation, with painting, or in any other way; If all the infamies and confusions, while the world exists, come together until they appear as one (mass), however, they will not reach the slightest part of this (infamy). When confronted with obscenity, never understood like those other times, each one will then be surprised and horrified by this, which happens in the intimate recesses of the soul and heart.

That discomfort will therefore be added to infinity, by a force divinely impressed on souls, says Saint Augustine 99 , through which they will see all the indescribable things of each and every one: as are the damned, who are also ashamed before the irrational and inanimate nature of created things. In these, God, the revealer of iniquities and guilt, will make the greatest obscenity appear with his strength that he will have within: he will open the eyes of criminals, and mark their souls, whether they want it or not: so that they will be tormented more severely in their own vision , to see more clearly within yourself; they want to be in other places, but they cannot distance themselves from it. Oh discomfort, both inevitable and intolerable! But also eternal. Therefore, in order to escape from such a great curse: Blessed Jesus, implored through the Blessed Virgin, Mother of the Saint of modesty, and frequently adored in the Psalter of both, diligently greeted with the word “Blessed”, which, in fact, deserved keep intact the modesty of Virginity, with the dignity of Mother; will deign to distance such a sacrilegious and unfortunate shame from his faithful, and prevent the inconvenience. So do this: you frequently use the Psalter of Jesus and Mary and bless the Blessed One together with the Blessed One.

99 See s. Aug. Mag. 4. feel. distinct. 43.

EXAMPLE

Sadly they are heading towards a libidinous sacrilege, one elevated to the Priesthood and a professed Nun. Prudent love remains covered for a long time and hid in secret. But what doesn't happen in a suspicious case? This (suspect), since he once manifested himself openly to a perceptive (person), even (being) far away, and hidden: a very perceptive, insinuating and sharp investigator, (who) never fails to observe the accused. He continued with her custom and she with the investigation started; the suspect's investigator finally arrives at the place, where the cautious, fearing nothing bad, clung to the net of oblivion. Those surrounded and questioned realized that they had been caught as accomplices and the insidiousness of the capture. Then, unexpectedly, they are oppressed and surprised in flagrante delicto; at the same time, they were placed inside prisons and tied to a torture bed.

While those thus, separated, expiated both religious and consecrated persons each in the order and type of their degree; and equally specialized in the holy studies of Religion, since they could not deny or expel the crime, what remained was preaching insistently. And this conviction remained firm in the soul. Therefore, with all their humble efforts, directed mainly to God, they rethought their exercises of faith, returning to things observed for a long time, and forgotten with the sin of a vile conscience. For what they can, in a blind prison, they frequently recite the Psalter, praying invoking God's forgiveness, through the intervention of the Virgin Mary, with the confirmed purpose of maintaining penance throughout their lives: they achieved forgiveness, referring to God (their sin) and the same event confirmed it. However, it was difficult for the Judge to deliberate a decision, as a safe punishment for sacrilege for the sacred dignity, for the sanctity of the order, for the authority and the degree of responsibility that belongs to him, for all the guilty people, and this delays the execution. This delay became positive for the guilty, as they deserved forgiveness with greater certainty with the Psalter. And behold, the same Mother of God freed the chained ones from their bonds, and, freeing them from prison, transferred them to a very nearby Church, where, while (life) passed in chains, separated and in prayers, they were released in the Temple , and full of wonder, with effort they believe in themselves a lot.

Meanwhile, the benign Virgin Liberator ordered the two demons, instigators of the crime, to remain in place and with the bonds of the freed ones as (that) substitutes. On the appointed day, as she looked at the prisoners, the deformed monstrous beings of demons were trapped. The surprise and horrible spectacle, mentioned by the Judge, reminds the crowd of the same thing; the evil Spirits, in the appearance and in the clothes of the prisoners, shouted loudly to these (their) companies, that they were devils, even if under a false appearance, however, they were obliged to tell the truth. They shouted that these were inside the (consecrated), but after being ripped out, they abandoned them; that, in the same way, the innocent did not admit any crime. Swearing on what they had said and done, they invoked the Church, in which all the supplicants felt suffocated: so the Judge went to see and divine Law allowed them to leave. So it was said and done by everyone. Only these were given the possibility of returning to Hell, they shouted: The enemy Mary forced us here, on the torture bed, to confess the truth: these words produced an earthquake with a rumor and left a great stench behind them, as they fled to the hell. This is the power of the Psalter, as it deserves grace.

And these five terrifying signs that accompany the Judgment, recalled in detail in the second group of fifty prayers of the Psalter, increase the exercise of prayer and inflame it, so that violence may be done to the kingdom of Heaven, and the violent, repenting, with pleasure conquer it. And this so that all five terrible things, already said, may be removed through the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit and the three parts of Penance; and through these (divine) realities, those who deserved the judgment of guilt are absolved; how healthy (for them) the meditations, or mental prayers will be, how many times the Salutations are repeated in the group of fifty prayers. The praise of Mary then, psalmodials o Psalter.

THIRD GROUP OF FIFTY PRAYERS

THE SIGNS THAT COME AFTER JUDGMENT

Five realities must be considered and observed, each for each decade.

1. The separations of the good.

2. The severity of the penalties.

3. The eternity of torture.

4. The group of convicts.

5. The totality of torments.

XI. A terrible thing: the separation of the good: as the good will abound in all goods, so the bad will be deprived of these, such as: vision, enjoyment, the understanding of God, and the four Beatific Virtues.

Oh loss, to cry for all eternity! The only sword of his Sentence divides all things: Go away, oh cursed ones, etc. You saw those who committed evil while waiting for the capital sentence, turn pale, tremble, and weakened as if they wanted to expel their soul! Because in this place, where mortal life does not change, where death is not momentary, there are no good fortunes, good is not recoverable, evil is not consolable, and all things are infinitely contrary. Therefore, the living, the living, he will make confessions of faith in you Lord; it is not the dead who praised thee, etc. Here, as long as possible, psalms to the Lord Jesus and Mary, in the ten-stringed Psalter, in which the word “Fruit” is repeated very frequently, and in this the devout mind of the one who prays, meditates on the Divine Merits of the eternal and beatific fruits, and the Beneficiaries of a third fruit, Jesus.

Meditating on them (fruits), you sow them within yourself and make them yours: thus it is full of all these goods, and, since the Angelic Salutation is abundant in these things, in no way can the Psalter, treasure of heavenly Goods, be deprived , Saints Treasury Room.

EXAMPLE .

We read that Saint Edward, expelled from the Kingdom of England, preached the Psalter, and returned to the Kingdom itself. So many other facts are (narrated) about Blessed Alano 100 . Just like many other things in relation to two Holy Kings of Anglia, both called Edward, I believe, however, that the name is the same: thus Henrique, Errico, Érico are the same (names), etc. The first Saint Edward was elected by the Council of Bishops, constituted and crowned King, as Saint Dunstan, Bishop of Kent, writes, in place of his brother, born to his stepmother: mistakenly attacked by his godmother, he lost his life in an attack by thieves; and soon after, he manifested himself with many miracles, around the year 975: 101 Hence, he cannot be the immediate successor of his father Edgar.

100 Two unconfirmed hypotheses arise here: either we are talking about Blessed Alano da Rocha, and in this case it is an honor from PA Coppestein, curator of the edition of B. Alani redivivi, or this is a homonymous character often mentioned in this part of the constructions.

101 Barons. lake. 10 With that.

Another Saint Edward, after him, in the same seventies: dead Canute, King of the Angles, and at the same time two sons, died suddenly: the last one that remained, even fortunately of Royal descent, was still exiled, and living far away in Normandy, next to his wife, the Virgin Egita, daughter of a Count: the couple of Kings, by vote and mutual consent, one custodian of the other, maintained perpetual virginity. And they, attaching themselves more intensely to the worship and honor of God and the Mother of God: (who, where, since the blessed memory of the Venerable Bede, throughout England the practice of the Psalter greatly flourished), gave her a spouse in the highest degree Holy, Jesus, and to the Bridegroom, (he also gave) Mary, (as) Wife, and they were concerned to please their loved ones. And Jesus took responsibility for these exiles devoted to Him, and also rewarded with this temporal benefit, the gifts offered by Him and His Mother. As soon as He suddenly called them both from exile, the Queen and the hereditary Crown, however it did not seem to anyone that if he could transmit descendants and royal posterity. They had lived in marriage, for so many years deprived of descendants: flesh and blood did not know how to recognize in this a preserved and hidden unblemished Virginity. But God deigned to reveal to his servant Brituvoldo, Bishop of Vintone, the happiness of this world (present) in such a marriage. This (Bishop), since in the time of King Canute, next to Glastion, stood night sentinel in the open sky and suggested to them the thought (which often distressed the man) about the almost destroyed Royal race; attacked by an unexpected state of shock, he was kidnapped by eternal things, and saw that the same Edward, exiled in Normandy, was consecrated King in England by Saint Peter, Prince of the Apostles; and at the same time, he was advised to live a single life, in holy virginity, and sterile, without children. Likewise, he saw that twenty-four years of the Kingdom were granted by the same God. Since then the Holy Bishop was greatly distressed by the extinction of the Royal posterity, Saint Peter replied to him: The Kingdom of the Angles is God's: after him God foresees a King at his pleasure: These things write Baronio 102 and Bzovio in the year 1045.

Pope Alessandro III, at the request of the King of Angles, Henry, canonized him, and wrote him in the book of Saints, in the year 1161. Most of these great sanctities were exercised by the Psalter.

102 Barons. lake. 11 With that.

XII. A terrible thing happened: the immense weight of the feathers. So infinite is (the distance) of the damned from God, from the Saints, from all creatures.

Who will remember having nourished themselves with the sweet delicacies of saffron, those who spend their days among goods? Disgrace the damned.

Do we perhaps wish, uselessly, to be a frog or nothing? And in addition to these things that make them suffer, they feared the most serious things, being tormented in the present and eternal present. I ask you, thus prevent great evils, after having learned the practice of the advantageous Angelic Psalter. Every effort is made here to place the favor of the Holy Virgin and the Saints, offering her, as she is the Ark of the fruit, the word: “Breast”, with the intention of this chastity, a dignity that ennobles man; (thus) the entire human race is capable of escaping the deluge of Hell's punishment more than those who carried Noah's Ark, in the cell of that Blessed Womb, whose strength can completely cure any illness of the body and soul.

EXAMPLE

Picardy had as its citizen, Joan, renowned for many titles, but her very illustrious virtue was superior not only to the entire nobility of the family, but also to the entire abundance of riches; and, in truth, the woman surpassed herself in faith and religious worship, especially with the constant veneration of the famous Queen of Heaven. A persistent illness twenty years ago had left her miserable and afflicted, so much so that no art, cure or medicine could bring relief, allowing her to rest from this illness. However, in her thin, destroyed body she had courage, and an unbeatable hope in God and in Lawyer Maria; and the more she was oppressed, the more strongly she rose up. Applying herself with more ardor to continual prayers, she especially desired those, which she used to offer in the Psalter of Jesus and Mary. Relieving with these (prayers) the very painful affliction of the melancholy time, because she acquired a stable consolation and in the end she was restored with the miracle of returning to health. Out of love for Her, he delayed each day, with his usual religiosity, to pray a number of prefixed Psalters. And in relation to that established (practice), while he could, with a kind stability of zeal, against that immutability of the disease, he had consolidated the intention of the devout soul, ferociously predisposing himself in relation to the things arranged for one thing or another, or to win with the prayers of God and Mary, or succumb to certain death: providing complete consolation in the will of God, or being sick or being cured. For so many long years, in which she endured the forces of evil, she had understood the way to move forward: the woman's heart remained man and invincible in enduring illness, or regaining health, equally ready (for both); on the other hand, the good heart daily reinvigorated the soul, in the thin sick body, the spirit and the fervent zeal of prayer became robust. In any case, then, Divine Wisdom proposed to everyone, in illness and in healing, an example of Mercy, safety and effectiveness of the prayer of the Psalter: when he tried it, it gave him joy: one day, then the twentieth fourth year (of illness), (the Psalter) unexpectedly gave him the full health he (enjoyed) previously.

The power of the Psalter, which became manifest in the illness of the body, is a witness to the usual strength, which it instills in souls, through God.

XIII. A terrible thing happened: Eternity of torments, not interrupted even by a small breath.

Thus the Sentence establishes: You walk in eternal fire. Oh eternity, what are you? Eternal years had in the heart. Oh eternity, how rarely do you dwell in the hearts of men! And from our hearts! Oh Eternity! What will I say, or how will I speak? Who could express, who could conceive, what is eternity? Think in a thousand years: think a thousand times ten thousand thousands of years: think in so many years, how many are the moments from the foundation of the world until the Judgment, and you will not yet have eternity; and that is the beginning of the pain. What despair oh eternity! What could be similar to eternity in torment? I wanted to say, and not just say; how long will God be God, how long will the torments last. How long will this last? Oh eternity, oh eternity!!! This cannot be stated, it cannot be conceived, it cannot be harvested: for which reason, oh God, burn here, cut there: it only saves us for eternity, prayed Saint Augustine in a meditation, Yours, oh God, yours is the eternity of justice that punishes and mercy that glorifies. Keep that one away, and give this one to us, oh Jesus. But you will give it to each one of them, who, having eternal years in their hearts, love You Eternal, and loving You, sing in the Psalter that your (word) “Your”: of Your holy Tabernacle, of Your Temple, of Your Sanctuary , of Your Throne and Your Delight.

Who among mortals is like God, and like the Mother of God? And how about Her, in whom all the elect are God? O pleasant memory, bring this Yours, and dispel the infested demons, of those who aspire to be like God.

EXAMPLE

A Virgin suffered strong persecution from evil spirits, due to a hidden judgment from God, which allowed this; however, all this persecution consisted only of vain spirits: (God) did not allow the cockroach of Hell to bring danger or harm. That temptation for the pious Virgin was directed towards excellent success and the increase of merits: she sought much more her refuge in God and in the Mother of God, who crushed the head of the hostile serpent: and, fleeing from all freedom to sin , strives to preserve the innocence of the soul. However, she always asked for advice and help, divine and human, if she could exult in something. There is nothing that (could) stop the evil of the old deceiver, or distance the insults from the spirits. In the end, she had confidence in God's precepts, and to Him alone, the chaste virgin presented herself, and devoutly offered the Angelic Salutation, repeated in due form in the Psalter, in honor of God and the Virgin Mother; and then she has a complete contempt for the known vanities of spirits. The virgin obeys the exhortations and with her heart and mouth, she does not meditate on anything other than the Psalter, up to the point of consuming it. Having it in her hand, she carried it everywhere around her neck or around her body, day and night. And truly this (Psalter) was rest and salvation.

Since then, she has maintained that purpose: and the evil tempter never approached her, but fled from her, as from the flame of Hell; however, from afar, addressing her, he appeared much more fierce. He spewed such great and horrible blasphemies and curses against the benign Virgin of God, that the ears of the pious and devout soul, Wife of Christ, were terrified before her. Custom finally got her used to listening, and with a completely noble spirit, she ignored us. Instead, they also encouraged her to say much more ardent praises in the Psalter to God and the protective Mother of God, against satanic injury. Among the words of blasphemies (the devil) never dared, or could, pronounce the name Hail Mary, or Psalter, or Angelic Salute: on the contrary, the abominable pronounced sibyls, with an irony combined with the murmur. In the end, he overcame the girl's invincible tenacity, sustained by the protection of the Mother of God, and by the diligent and worthy exercise of the Psalter.

XIV. A terrible thing happened: the group of condemned people. Oh, tormented bundles tied with dead herbs! What do you want, oh wretch, exclaims Saint Jerome, why do you sin? You loved their lives on earth: you will have their company in their sufferings. Despair, despair for you! (You will be) there a companion condemned by these, even if in life you feared him and considered him monstrous, despicable and hateful. Oh, what kinds of stench, of torment, of screams, of fury will that group bring!

Each one will be a fierce demon to his neighbor: they tear each other apart with their teeth, scratch each other with their nails and hurt each other in cruel ways. It is not possible to say or think cruelty. Oh, how much more desirable would be cohabitation with frogs and serpents, with dragons and ostriches, and other beasts even fiercer than any ferocity; it would be more peaceful and happier, also the eternal place of residence. Therefore, run with all the strength of your soul and desire to the Psalter of Jesus and Mary, in which that saving Name of Jesus is repeated so often: before which, all contrary powers tremble and weaken: and there is no other Name, in which we can be saved. Where there exists and is venerated with due divine adoration, those three times the Most Holy Name of the King of Kings, and of the Triumph of all: here there is always an innumerable Choir of Angels and a peaceful Community.

EXAMPLE.

In Dacia, a certain Pedro, almost from our time, or a little earlier (for right or wrong, it is not very clear), sentenced to life imprisonment, was sent down into a deep pit, or even a square, which was full of frogs and fierce serpents, so that he either died, being caught by them, or was tormented very miserably, with a horrible and inevitable disturbance among the beasts. The son's extremely difficult fate made the mother unhappy, and that just fear, that, among such great tribulations, some temptations from Satan, would lead human frailty to despair. The mother not only prayed to God, the Blessed Virgin and the Saints for her son, but also, in any way she could have hidden it, another small fatigue added to her comfort, and she then secretly sent a Psalter, so that she would not fail to recite it day and night, with as much effort of tireless devotion as she could, at the same time, she was concerned that it (the Psalter) would be remembered in the fortified place.

Even though he had previously been little accustomed to prayer, however, many things encouraged the prisoner, or rather, the one buried alive, to obey his mother, and they also encouraged him to try exercising. Necessity leads him to the exercise of praying, to prison (gave them) the possibility, the Rosary, that is, the set of globes to pray gave them in their hands the occasion: practice generated ease, ease generated pleasure; This finally truly led to the taste of piety, whereby, in an ever-increasing devotion, every day, his whole heart burned with love and honor of God and the protective Mother. He also felt the severity of his unhappiness diminish within him; he expelled fears and torments from the soul: nothing poisonous harmed them in contact or in exultation: afflictions were mixed with exultations infused from above; the soul was often sweetened, mirrored by the heavenly softness of comfort and hope; the shadows of ignorance were illuminated by the unusual light of knowledge: he became another man, different from the one before and his unhappiness became almost the desired happiness. Not long after, the same Queen of Heaven leans against her servant, in the Company of illustrious Saints and Virgins, appearing in great light, and consoling him greatly with few words, having led him with her away from abandonment, and freed him from prison. ; and therefore, almost in a second, she transferred the man to a distant place; and, transported more than a hundred miles away, placed him safe and unharmed on another soil. And he gave him this command: seeing that when he was a prisoner he had begun to learn the Healthy Psalter, in honor of himself and his Son: now that he was free and safe, he did not forget it, or become lazy, but grateful, he continued with more fervor, until when he would have had mortal life. The Virgin spoke and with the Crown that accompanied her she disappeared from the eyes in the Heavens. Peter then looked everywhere and realized that he was in a deserted, vast and unknown place. And his soul had no doubts about the beautiful dwelling place. Which is why he said to himself: where will I walk, in a place other than that where divine mercy has placed me? Why should I look for, or choose, a happier place than the one God gave me, and which the Mother of God favors? This is my rest, O God, here will I dwell: for I have chosen it.

Having thus begun, with God inspiring his soul, he happily led, from then on, in that place, for many years, a hermit life: he built a famous temple, consecrated in honor of God and the Virgin: and being in a holy place, he lived. And he lived eternal life among the Blessed, taking this life from the Source of Life, the Psalter of Jesus and Mary. What will I say about this? Think of any type of torment, of torture, of death: think that of every thing that you are and that were, never, in any place, all types of torment, are dead together: you would not have thought even the slightest shadow of the pains of the Hell. For the condemned it is a safe reality, that they must endure all the eternal torments against them; and therefore there can be no remedy; That is why their despair leads their minds to anger, and their souls to fury: and they manifest violence against themselves, with immeasurable cruelty, more ferociously than the Demons themselves. If you saw a possessed being furious because of an evil spirit, you saw something that you could explain by speaking: but no one could, not even with thought, understand such rages.

Oh despair, where, what do you turn to? Everything that can be imagined, all the enemy things, tormented him. Oh fury, oh anger, where will you flee, where will you attack? Always keep her away from you, you will return more reckless. Therefore, while you are safe and sound, hurry to the safe remedy against wrath, the plain of heavenly sweetness, full of holy anointing. And this (medicine) in which anywhere else is it possible for tiredness to find it more abundant and effective, as in the Angelic Psalter of Jesus and Mary? In this, how many times, and with how much grace, is that pleasant (Name) repeated, and the very anointed, with sparse oil, Name “Christ” consecrated to God? Finally, the only devout memory is capable of expelling despair from the soul, which is the worst of evils. Pray then, love and preach this Psalter.

EXAMPLE

This baron was famous in the Kingdom of France, because he fiercely suffered the cruel wrath of the King, for a casual inadvertence. He was sentenced to life imprisonment with an inexorable sentence from the King, after having been chained for a long time; no argument or reason of his was able to free him: the Baron's patience, put to the test, ended up turning into anger. And this (was) so big, that he cut off his middle fingers, making them crumble and smaller; he even bit stones and wood, and anything else he was able to take for food. And if he had not been restrained, restrained and chained, having been torn to pieces, he would have been violently killed. His faithful wife, a very pious wife, went to see her husband, who was beside himself, and, through the prayer of the Psalter, and the value of his merits, came to the prisoner's aid. She herself, having abandoned, and even renounced and condemned, all other human help, cast herself with all hope, on the mercy of God and the Mother of God, and clung tightly to the sure anchor of salvation, in the trusted station from the celestial port. Here she finds rest. Here, she tirelessly accumulated (merits), praying very frequent and fervent Psalters, which, for the salvation of her husband, through the implored invocation of the benign Mother, she offered to God in due form. Having prayed fervently, God exhausted the prayers, through the woman's faith, hope and strength, to make it happen, as she had believed. She truly did not ask for anything else to happen to her husband, other than what was God's will, and what He wanted, to save him. The Mother of Mercy, defeated by the Psalter, sought to obtain salvation for the Baron, she herself placed herself as guarantor, taking him. He who asked for nothing or expected anything, didn't even imagine it. She descended from Heaven, appeared and approached: she raised the dust of the earth and raised it from the dung, from the chains and from the bonds. The one rises, the chains fall; courage and revival also return under the breast of ancient virtue; he rediscovers feelings and breathes. The Virgin restores Scévola's hands, placing the appendages (the fingers), and returning to being completely a healthy and free man, sends him to the King. At the same time, she manifested to him as proof, the secret crimes of the King, hidden in the (his) intimate fibers of conscience, (so that) only he would discover them, and reprove him, leading him to repentance. About this I announced to him the future evils, which are imminent to his head and to his Kingdom, which she could cure with the simple repentance of the crimes. If in fact, (the King) arrogantly despised him, expelled him, or delayed, (the Virgin) commanded to announce to him, that the prepared punishment would certainly not delay.

The King, upon seeing the Baron, remained astonished and trembled, as he heard such a great threat. But he did not give up and wanted to take care of salvation. As a first step, pleading with God, he admitted himself guilty, thanking him with great gratitude, sweetly accepting the advice given and undertaking penance with a heroic soul. Since he saw that the Psalter was so healthy for the Baron (if he knew it before, however, he expected little from it), so in front of everyone he took one, and with that he fulfilled his penance, so great to God and convenient to the King, and made it last , the kingdom.

Therefore, psalms to God in the ten-stringed Psalter; psalm to God with Wisdom in the third group of fifty prayers of the Psalter, (meditate) on the five terrible things said, which will follow the Judgment and will be eternal. Those five things, through the eight Beatitudes, and the two Commandments of nature, that is: What you want done to you, do also to others; do not do to others what you do not want to be done to you, or to be done to others; if you conduct each of the things said, I say, in relation to these ten things, with a pious meditation, or remembrance: you contemplate in due form the fifty prayers, both with the vocal prayer, and with (that) mental one, (and the prayer will be) worthy of the Mother of God, Queen of Angels, Our Lady, Blessed for centuries. Amen.

ABOUT THE THEME: Hail Mary, full of grace.

The Psalter of the just Trinity harmonizes Concord, because the Incarnation of the Son of God made both things one: he united the divine and human nature, harmoniously, in one Person. On this foundation, which only Christ laid, the Church followed through union, by which together the rich and the poor were placed in the same place. This divine and today constant Concord was fulfilled then, bringing about the ascension of the glorious and unblemished Virgin, Mother and wife of all priests, with the Angelic Salute.

As precisely, the cause of one's own merit, the same Saint of Saints, our Advocate, in her Psalter, said of Jesus and Mary, worthily and duly, must be saluted; it must be sung and preached, not only by the entire Crown of the faithful, but also in a most venerable form by the Sacred Choir of the Royal Priesthood. In this, then, I interpret the threefold Concord: the first derives from Priestly Dignity: in fact Christ is a Priest in eternity, according to the order of Melchizedek. The other (Concordia) derives from the legitimate truth of the Virgin Mother, together with her (her) sacred qualities; the third derives from judicial power. For the first (Concord), the Church has inestimable Authority of Priests; the benign Virgin Mother has the Majesty of admirable Dignity; by the third, God will make, in proportion, the equality of merits and awards.

In what concerns the first thing, Priestly Dignity, I say that I bring and allow a certain very famous Revelation, by the grace of God, by its very singularity, already once, by God made to Saint Ugo, Bishop of the East Most Holy of Certosinos, a man of complete Holiness, and in truth a great lover and passionate, since his youth, of the Psalter of the Virgin Mary. I myself have also read this Revelation, described other times. Also a new Husband of Mary, whom I know, knew through Revelation of the Lord, the same thing from the same Jesus Christ, in the year of the Lord 1468.

NARRATION

Often the new Husband of the Virgin Mary, linked by a pact of devotion to the same Wife in the Psalter, was normal to aspire for a long time, with burning zeal of desire, during the daily celebrations of Mass, even though he was always unworthy. It turns out that, I don't know through what presumption of laziness that crept into him, he wished to apply himself to Sacred things at intervals of days; and, not infrequently, he stopped celebrating the Divine Sacrifice, because of frivolous fantasies, which happened to attack his soul, and led him to interrupt the great Mystery in the Worship.

Therefore, the fearful permission of the restless soul, the vain volubility becomes a painful rest, which made his return more difficult, little by little, the three times great Work. While the most deceitful scruples consumed the fearful soul; they oppressed the spirit; They made the deceived man lukewarm, and therefore made the good man sick, and made it less frequent to offer the Most Holy Sacrifice to God three times. Finally, a very serious illness afflicted the little pilfered body and forced him to bed, making him unable to get up, he was so afraid of touching those Divine things from before; Now he was not in a position to stand up to these, as he wanted. That day in the Church Calendar was the solemn Feast, consecrated to Saint John the Baptist: when God made man enter ecstasy and transported the kidnapped soul to Heaven; and it seemed that the body that lay there looked like a dead person.

However, the spirit, taken away from the poor soul left behind, looked very splendidly at the secrets of the divine Mysteries, which were available in the Heavens. It seemed to them that the Lord Jesus Christ, Pontiff three times Great Maximus, approached, and dressed in Pontifical clothes, proceeded in the middle, together with the other ministries of the Altar, according to the Ecclesiastical Rite; An innumerable Crown of Saints accompanied it, placed around it. The Pontiff initiates the Divine realities of both worlds, and continues until the fulfillment of Communion. When, suddenly, a sound comes with a proclamation: Holy things to the Saints! You prepare the way for the Lord. Nominally to the pilgrim taken to ecstasy, it is said, to present himself to communion. Horrified by the event, he exclaims, the purification of the soul with Confession has not yet occurred. Another approaches him, it was the Holy Forerunner of the Lord, the Baptist, and orders: Prepare the road to the Lord. And he says: I lack Confession. Go quickly, he says, behold the Confessor, the Most Blessed Peter, Prince of the Apostles; kneeling penitent before him, who listens to him, frees himself from scruples, with as much consolation and light through purification, as he never (had) again in his life.

At the same time, having been sent by Him to prove the Mysteries, when he approached the altar adoring the Sacrament and the Redeemer Jesus, they reproached him with these words: O slow servant, approach quickly. Oh lazy and negligent, for what purpose was I given to you such a great Power to fulfill Sacred Things, through my chosen Mother, who intervenes in your favor? And you wanted to hide (this Power), enclosed in a handkerchief. He only said this, to him who trembled and exalted, being wonderfully conformed and to all dispositions, Jesus placed him in Holy Communion three times. Soon after, he distinguished the Lord Jesus who was truly within him, and listened to him, while He suggested many things to him very confidentially, in an inexplicable sweetness. Regarding other things, with a very severe Sermon, he attacked him about the great negligence committed in not celebrating Mass. With such events of doctrine, then, he trained and fortified the insecure. I am sure of this: nothing has ever seemed so great to you, because of love or fear, you stop celebrating the Prayers. It excludes only manifest and unconfessed mortal sin. And he added clearly that in none of these things should a Priest postpone (the Mass): neither because of an undevout aridity of mind, nor because of an urgent occupation, nor because of a burning temptation, nor a nocturnal stain, nor even during the day, if involuntary and contrary (to their will) to happen: these can (happen) either to those who receive dangerous Confessions, or to those who go on horseback, or to those who are agitated in an anguished way and who continually hurried. In truth, I don't consider these things, even less so if it's late; This happens in human nature, as each person would prefer to renounce life before consenting to such things. You will ask: Why is it so?

First Reason: Since similar events are either illnesses, or are carried out by the force and deception of demons, to provoke horror, in the aspect of religious thought, which suffers under the indignity of the body; and even to diminish and delay with this fraud my (work of) purification, the salvation and the praise of souls.

Second Reason: But this should not be feared, even if we must be attentive. If indeed a devil defiles someone against his will, I purify him abundantly and with pleasure, because of such a stain, purity laughs a hundred times over.

Then he questioned them: Lord Jesus, most sweet Husband of souls, why do Doctors and Laws keep you away from Holy Communion?

And the Lord Jesus:

1. These support him more through fearful zeal than through charity. Perfect charity drives away fear.

2. Afterwards, since the laity also ate daily or at least Sunday, the breaking of bread at Holy Mass, for this reason, the very recent Doctors of the Church established that, after the last stain on the body, it was necessary to abstain from the assembly .

3. Truly great is the diversity between the Communicants and the celebrants. Those obtain for themselves: these serve, distributing to the whole world, Optimal and infinite Goods. For this reason, the laity acquire merit for themselves with the same abstinence; the Clergy do damage to the entire Church, having subtracted with (the Mass), the work of Mercy from Divine Realities. The laity, by divine will, nourish themselves from the altar alone; the Priests work at the altar for me, and it is I who work in them.

4. See how often lazy Priests deprive so many goods through negligence. They deprive God of Glory in such a great thing; They deprive Me of Power and Prayer; My Mother, of Maternal Dignity; the Angels, of Honor; the Saints, of Exaltation; (my) servants, from Ajuda; the dead, of Redemption.

They deprive patients of medicine; the ignorant, of science; those who are hungry, of food; the poor from riches; the world, of its King; and deprive all things of their Savior.

5. And even if the Presbyter was unworthy in the condition of his person, his dignity, however, remained in him always integral and unblemished, and he exercises it for my Person and in my name, and for the charge of the Offices (Prayers ), while he is a Public Minister of the Church. Each Temple is closely linked to this (dignity), that is, to the Priest, and this in him, through me, endless work. No adversity of any person, which may happen in spite of them, can impede the Divine Office, not (being) personal.

6. So, in this and in relation to limitation, the decrees of the Doctors emanate from devotion and reverence, not from any undisputed truth, or from violating a precept or in consequence of the sin that expresses it. This is why you celebrate, Brothers, since you do not fulfill this reality, as worthy, pure, fair (not even Angelics are suitable for such a great Office). Celebrate, because you fulfilled this, while unworthy, sick and weak, so that you may be filled with good things, cure illnesses, and strengthen your souls.

Here, I reveal to you the fifteen glorious excellencies, which every Priest possesses, so that he may fulfill the Sacrifice, after the service of the Angelic Salute, in which lies the strength and value of my Incarnation.

1. And in truth with this Wedding Song I became incarnate once and for all in the Virgin Mother, and thus, in a certain way, again, in any Sacrifice of the Mass I prepare myself sacramentally to be God Man, appearing in the Holy Ark.

2. Since the Word in the Word of Greeting became Flesh; the same God became man in the womb of the Virgin; the same Word, in the Consecration is also the same (Word); the God-Man is formed in the hands of the Priest, differently from how he was formed (in the Womb of the Virgin), however, with the same action of the Holy Spirit.

3. He placed the grammatical form of the words of life before the mouth of the One who Greeted her, and before the voice of Mary who consented: this grammatical form of the words is capable of life which consecrates, of the one who celebrates the Mass through the ministry; in both things (comes) by the intervening spirit of God. And, since by reason, the Priests become in a certain way Fathers, it is right that they, with the Psalter, venerate Me and Her in our common Salutation, and, (in relation to Her), worship Me in supplication: it is right , that we consider the Sacred words of the Salutation equally holy. Therefore, the entire New Testament depends on that Greeting; as in the tree and the seed, all this (New Testament) is contained in that excellency (of the Salutation).

TRIPLE QUESTION

That is why you know, receive and teach the fifteen Priestly Excellencies, which I open to you:

I. The first five fundamentals, which come from these five Stars of Divinity: Hail, Mary, full (of Grace). (Oh Lord:

II. As well as five other necessary ones, which come from these five sources of the Word of God, or the Gospel: With You, Blessed, You, (among) Women, and Blessed.

III. The five successive accessories, repeated by these five invincible Fortresses (the) Fruit, (of) Your, Womb, Jesus Christ.

He said; at the same time, as if she had explained it with a long Sermon, she marked it in her husband's soul. Even if I think of telling these things in many words, however, I fear that with words I will not be able to explain even a half shadow (of the things seen).

FIRST GROUP OF FIFTY PRAYERS

The five Stars of Excellencies, the fundamental, most important things of the Holy Priesthood.

The first Excellence of Priests is Power. Great is the Power of the Creation of God the Father; by which the Father and the Creator of all things, hearkened, said, and (things) were created. In six days he worked: in the first, the light; in the second, the firmament; in the third, the seas, lands and plants; in the fourth, the luminaries of heaven; in the fifth, fish and birds; in the sixth, man, lord of all things; in the seventh, he rested. This (is) the Father's Power to create, with which he carries out created things, earthly, corporeal, corruptible.

What does the Priest, with his Power in the Sacred Office, create? He who was not created; the Cause of causes; Jesus Christ, God and Man, who does not die, will see corruption.

With this result three times the maximum of the priestly function and in comparison it surpasses (creation) by a thousand times a thousand numbers of worlds; You will evidently learn that no comparison can exist between finite things and Infinite things. Even if the power of God the Father created the world and the things that are in them; the power of the Priest, in truth, creates the Son of God in the Sacrament and Sacrifice.

How much more admirable is the Power and Dignity of the Priesthood, which creates in transubstantiation the Son of God, in relation to the (Power of) God the Father in creation, (which gives rise to) the things that perish?

Furthermore, since the Potents are due to the Ave 103 ; This is usually offered to the Fatherly Power of the Creator, mainly by the Priests, who are, before God, men of such great Power.

1. Nothing is more worthy and pleasing to God than that Salutation, which (is) in the Psalter. It is only fair, then, that Priests practice it and it must be recommended and highly cultivated, so that with it they can wonderfully decorate the Power of their Excellence.

2. Worthy of God is the (Bird), then, also for the Priests, since to God, to the Son of God, and to the Mother, they bring reverence and psalmism, those who create the King of Angels, the Sun of Justice, the Star and the second Adam of innocence, etc.

103 The Ave, as a greeting worthy of consideration, is today a type of “Hail”.

EXAMPLE

A man celebrated in Spain for the honor of the Priesthood, added to this (honor) the decorum of a blameless life and the splendor of an unblemished conduct. Because among other private and public devotions of religiosity and devotion, he assiduously honored and spontaneously repeated (the practice of) the Psalter.

God deigned to bestow upon him such a great quantity of miracles, and of graces, that in many ways it was exultation not only in innumerable living, but also in those who ended their lives, bringing them back from the heavenly world. Above all, from the torments of the purgative fire he took out many souls and added them to the happy habitation of holy souls.

The Second Excellence is Priestly Science. The Son of God possesses infinite Wisdom, with which he governs the world, and communicates intelligence and science to it; (Wisdom) that produced much in the Angels, so that through this, they can accomplish wonderful, great, numerous things.

But however big it is, it is created, and it is finite.

1. The more lasting, the superior the grace given to the Priests, with which they produce nothing created or finite, but the same Son of God, the Lord and Author of every science and every Wisdom. This, certainly, must be much greater than if they were given the Power to create each science or to suppress it completely. Confront the Divine Excellence of the thrice-holy Eucharist with any Angelic science; It is necessary to recognize that this (Angelic science) in no way seems worthy, this (Angelic science), worships (the Eucharist). And even so, the Most Holy Priesthood is worthy, because he also creates (the Eucharist), and touches it with his hands, and offers it to worship the Angels, who are around with trembling.

3. Honor the man, clothed in purple, who wears in his gold ring, a precious stone of incomparable price: even if he could not create it, nor would he give it to another, nor (would) that many acquire it. How much more venerable must any Priest be, who carries in his hand the Divine Precious Stone among precious stones, with a single word from his mouth produces many, distributes it to many, never lacks.

4. In this honor, he submits to all the honors of the Angels, even supplicable ones (the honor of the Angels) he prostrates himself to this one, and tremendously seeks to serve him; and this (service), finally, leads him to the greatest honor and the greatest happiness.

5. What great exaltation would he have who could give himself, or anyone else, any supreme knowledge? However, this cannot and should not be compared to the Gift of the Holy Eucharist.

1. What a great Good, then, take from the world he who stops following the Mass!

2. How difficult it will be to justify such huge omissions!

3. How impossible it is to be able to restore such a great Good, taken away through omission!

You cannot complete an unfinished work! Just as yesterday is gone, and we can never return to it, so, on the same day, yesterday's omission of Mass disappears. So, therefore, in one Holy Eucharist there are all the things of the World, the light of lights, and the Creator who magnifies the sciences, so the lips of the Priest guard the science. When God had not wanted Mary to be at the side of the Son, and the greatest in the world, and the One who enlightens all, not only (was) just, but also, he needed the Priests to first create this Star Mary in the Angelic Salute, saluting her as the light and salvation of the world. Since nowhere happens anything more venerated and more frequent than in the Psalter of Jesus and Mary, undoubtedly this same devotion will be practiced by priests very assiduously and devoutly, and will be recommended by example and preaching to the lay people.

Has the church always venerated, or not, Mary, the Mother of God, as Advocate and protector of every science, and of a splendor that comes after the Father of Lights? But it is the duty of Priests to protect, increase in themselves, transmit to the people and spread the knowledge of the Christian faith on a daily basis. With the greatest possible spirit, these people need the Psalter, a sacred instrument, to acquire and deserve all knowledge from God.

EXAMPLE

He lived in Tuscany, a priest, parish curator of souls. He could not be considered important for any human science, unlike (was) those not very gifted; however, due to the correct and perfect simplicity of an integral priestly life, he appeared to everyone as a holy man, master of excellent customs; and not only through veneration, but also through admiration. And this blameless sanctity of life did not allow the wonderful simplicity and so much ignorance to bring anything to the light of his already lively esteem; and just as he (was) ignorant, he only with effort learned to read the Mass sufficiently. Something else happened here, not only surprising, but a true miracle. Every time he stood up to pray and shepherd the flock with his doctrine of the Gospel, it was common to speak with the multiplicity of sciences, with the grace of eloquence and with the strength, whether of effective zeal or of the Spirit, which not even the most cultured could aspire to, and not even equal, a small part of the skill of their prayers. He won over his listeners, raised their spirits, moved their feelings, and made them meditate on everything he wanted to talk about, Heaven, Hell, consciences, and drew his listeners to all sacred things; and, in each place, the ardor of his spirit could be seen; they went and found comfort. He was such a great Chrysostom and a Christian Tullius that, in the pulpit, he splendid the admirable doctrine, but outside the pulpit he was a man of absolute ignorance, but of exemplary life and perseverance. In fact, he reached the fruitful grace of this (doctrine) and that (exemplary life), from the same source, from the Psalter, that is, from the benign and luminous Saint Mary, (the Psalter that he had) with religiosity, always honored and practiced. Practiced only? But also preached with so much fervor, feeling and fruit, more than (was) maximally possible. He grew up with the sweetness of the Psalter, the innocence of his life and the constancy of supplicating God, and he led (the flock) with diligence and holiness. The first word of his doctrine, which he announced in the album, was the reciting of the Angelic Salute, the Hail Mary.

And he also offered this correct argument: since the Bird was the first evangelical word of the Angel and the source, the origin, the perfect compendium, the perfection and the heart of the entire Gospel and of the Apostles.

After the same (Ave), after the Evangelical reading, he made the explanation, not inferior to that beginning and worthy of it. Oh, if Saint Alan 104 had remembered the name of this divine man and had cited men and women with similar examples! Not only to give examples of faith, but also because, in this critical time, and more ignorant than pious, faith could be found.

But he spared him from the living; and since he had learned by revelation, he transmitted what he had received.

104 See note on page. 183.

The Third Excellence is the expansion of the Spiritual Priestly Gifts. The function properly attributed to the Holy Spirit is seen as the gift of charisms, the infusion of virtues, the amplification of the fruits of the Spirit, and the convergence of the eight Beatitudes. This is the greatest Power, the most fertile Capacity, the lovable Breadth, and the Divine Faith in relation to miserable men. Those things are different and very great, and numerous gifts of the Holy Spirit exist in the world. However, a single Priestly Gift easily surpasses all of these, I speak of the infinite Eucharistic Gift: this is the same Son of God, Man God, Jesus Christ, Blessed for centuries. Can the Holy Spirit do this? So can Priests. Does (the Holy Spirit) bear the fruit of the Tree of life? (The Priests) plant together with the Word, the same Tree (of Life) with the fruits, (which) with the activity of the Priesthood irrigate, add, sustain and preserve the Church; (which) perpetuate from hand to hand; (who) transplant, replant in the mouths and gardens of souls; with which, and through which they have nourished the souls of all the faithful for so many centuries, and (a) will take heavenly rest and happiness to Mount Horeb.

After this, it is harmful for everyone to judge him.

1. Therefore, the Priests' negligence in celebrating (which must be understood not only as little devotion, but also almost impious), harms and ruins Mother Church herself.

2. Oh, with how many pains, one day, they will pay for this shameful and unbearable indolence, not to say guilty laziness!

How many one day wanted to repair, through the small work of Sacrifice, a crumb of what they left, if Divine Justice granted them the opportunity to fulfill it.

3. Truly, no capacity of men or the world can be so great (outside of that of the Priestly), which is capable of compensating for the damage of an omitted Sacrifice of the Divine Mysteries; of an indolent Presbyter, who corrected the negligence; on the other, that he had fulfilled his duty to the Sacrifice at the altar, but in the end, God can guarantee God the help of the past ruin. Divine Providence chose for itself a single Virgin Mary and destined only her, so that the Redeemer of the world would be born, with such a great and inexpressible favor from God, favor from God in relation to the lost world! Not even Angelic minds can understand. Since, to the same Redeemer, he unites a single Priesthood, which he acquired (with the Cross), and reserved for his treasures and gifts of his redemption, through the Sacrifice and the Sacrament, to be dispensed to all the centuries of the world . And that is the greater part of the glories of God; most of the holy exaltation of the Mother of God; (most of) the happiness of the Saints; the maximum consolation of the (souls) in Purgatory; and (most of) the help to the living Saints and that is Heaven. Oh graces of God, above all grace! Will not the Priests raised up and honored by such great grace preach that? Those Pastors and Fathers of many peoples, and Princes by social class, in honor of the peoples, for example, of the lay people, in aid of the Church, the exaltation of Mary, and for the protection of the Mother of God to be acquired, will not practice the Psalter with great religiosity and great zeal? And with this, will they not restore this “Grace” to God, in a sacrifice of praise, in thanksgiving, for the satisfaction of guilt, in a vocation that certainly leads to salvation and glory?

EXAMPLE

We learn from the literature that a man, who lived for a long time in the practice of Religion, and of proven kindness, who burned for the notable cult of devotion towards the Immaculate Mother of God, and in fact venerated her spontaneously, with that ancient way of pray the Crown of the Psalter, and confidentially it was customary to salute every day. This devotion was not enough, but he also brought this notable Name and Praise, to the numerous people, in the assemblies that were about to take place; and in this he spread the Holy Worship of God and the Mother of God very widely, since he loved this type of prayer and carried the Psalter; the same, from the laity and the uneducated people, from a tribune, wanted to recommend him with healing. And God did not leave without compensation so much zeal of the holy man, even in this sea of ​​life, but finally called him to the highest Roman Pontificate, so that he could become the worthy Vicar of Christ on earth, appointed Head, light and pillar of the Church, which name It was Pope Innocent. He did not lead to the end only the parts of the Office (itself), but was in itself so great, and I would say almost majestic above a man, and was famous for the miracles performed, whether in life or after this. The Church had three (Popes named) Innocent in the times of Saint Alan, each one of them great and admirable, for his life and for the works he did: but, (if it were permissible to use a comparison), I would say that in most cases , the first that had this name, was not surpassed by the second, that for a small interval of time; and this (applies) to the third (Innocent). I believe, however, that the third (Innocent) is the one pointed out by Saint Alan, to whom God once showed that the Church, which was heading towards ruin, was supported by Saint Dominic, who carried it on his back.

The Fourth Excellence is Priestly Action, in relation to the Humanity of Christ

1. In his Humanity, Jesus can do anything, which is why he deserved a great deal for himself and for us, as well as prayer, fasting, pilgrimage, prayer, tiredness, vigil, thirst, hunger, passion , death, etc. Even though this, quite rightly, should be valued to the fullest, in no way can one be grateful and bring equivalent praise to Him; those actions in fact by the same God, surrounded by our flesh, were only as accessory things, which do not happen in God.

On the contrary, the action and work of the Priest are the main part of all the works of God, so that it is relative not only to Humanity, but also to Divinity, not only because it has merits for us, but also to communicate the we the Merits of the Savior; not only to save us, but also because, once saved, He protects and introduces the saved redeemers into the possession of Beatitude.

2. And in order to know clearly how much difference there is between the Christ (considered only as a man) and the Priest (minister and disseminator of the Divine Mysteries), it is necessary that no one be ignorant: that Jesus, as a man, became a man, have steadfastly operated and suffered all human things, except sin. But truly in the work accomplished by the Priests, in the Sacrifice and the Sacrament, where humanity truly unites with Divinity, all things are Divine. In this, the Priest lives immersed; in these things he is admired, he is honored and he is defended by the Angels.

3. Transubstantiate, (meaning) give God to mortals; to reconcile, through God, God with the world, with the Kingdom of Heaven, and with the King of Saints, and do violence to the Kingdom: operating these things, I say, is the activity of Priests, not of Angels.

4. The works of Christ's Humanity were, as accessories in Christ, without which, he could in all cases exist. But they, without Him, could not exist.

5. The Body of Christ could not exist without a place, a location, a certain quantity, and similar categories, according to the mode and condition of nature. Truly the Holy Eucharist, the Divine Priestly Work, surpasses all these things: the subject lacks nothing in relation to accessories; there is so much without quantity; it is such without quality; it is in place without a delimitation; is in place except death and change; it is with all measure, above all measures; this in time, without measure, is the miracle of miracles; and the same work is proper to Priests.

6. If you were to compare two things: on the one hand, the Eucharistic realities to be admired and adored, on the other the following things: that the Virgin conceives without a man; that she demonstrated that she could become a Mother, without having her immunity broken and by remaining a Virgin, you will not easily establish, I mean, which of the two you put before. Both things are above nature, Divine Omnipotence operates on both sides: on one side in the Virgin: One, once and for all, for a brief time, in the one Palestine; on the other hand the work in man Priest, corporeal Angel, earthly God; not in one, but in very many, and very often; and until the consummation of the world; and everywhere, from the rising of the sun until the night, without interruption, the Sacrifice operates. Mary at Conception was Mother of Grace being Full of Grace; but for this reason, she is not admired for any special Character: by Potency and Power she would be able to produce numerous similar ones Full of Grace, capable of conceiving in the same way, and capable of giving birth in the same way. What does any Priest have in his consecration? He is marked by the divine character in the depths of the soul, as such, he is separated by God, also by all Christians; and, before all the Angels he is consecrated to God; he is united with God, so that he is one Spirit filled with God; so that he takes care, in the name of God, of Divine things; so that he causes human things to be close to God, and men enjoy, and enjoy the fruit of God by the Office (which they cover). Condemned be you Priest, who occupies such a high Office and does not exercise it in the service of God, nor of men, or exercises that privilege rarely, lazily or unworthily. Why, full of divine treasure, do you forget miserable mortals and push them away with empty hands, when, so often, you wait for Divine things? Come a little closer as the Father of God to the Mother of God rarely, or unworthily! Oh God, get better! So as not to lead the Priests into despicable and abominable temptations. Oh men full of God, holy men, I ask you, look at the face of Christ, your high priest, invoke the Advocate Mother of Christ; Psalm together each other's Psalters, psalm with wisdom this reality, “Full”, in the Gospel of the Divine Wisdom of the Marian, Christian, Divine Salute. Psalms and preachings.

EXAMPLE

France so Christian, the Queen of the Kingdoms of Christ, tells us the story not long ago, of a sublime and worthy man, by merit of virtue, happily accumulated in religious observance, who then, raised to the summit of the Abbey, he was appointed Abbot by all the friars.

So that many other great things would emerge in him

His illustrious memory manifested itself in him through the testimony of numerous virtues and examples; because he was not seen without Psalter; not because he showed it off as a spectacle; but because I took it as a very familiar practice. He prayed (the Psalter) assiduously and silently; with solicitude and humility he taught the ignorant; full of zeal, he exhorted him with ardor, the Religious who were submissive to him, recommended him to the secular, to the highest, to the average, to the lowest without standing out, but for nothing intrusive, wonderfully grateful and magnificently fruitful.

Here too the comforting God wanted to take away his servant and reward this man's zeal and fatigue. No one begged God, through Mary Mediatrix, like him; so God consoled him, through her. Oh grace of God! But also merit of the psalter in the Psalter. Then the Queen of Heaven, Mary Lady and Patron of Psalmodiantes, appeared in splendid light several times to her servant Abbot, with wonderful comfort; and with him she wanted to talk affably, and she listened to her voice and responded. Not only did she comfort him with her sweet words and her looks; but she also frequently instructed him with the Divine Revelation of the Mysteries of God, with the Holy Vision of heavenly things, letting him taste almost a pre-tasting.

Fifth Excellence. Comparison of the Priest with the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Blessed Virgin is Mother of God:

1. Being passively.

2. And this, only in the Blessed Womb, and in its Flesh.

3. And he brought to birth that which was his, concerning his humanity, his natural power, even though God operated above nature.

And on the contrary the Priest: 1. Since he may be said to be the Father of Christ, actively; Therefore, it is said that he operates through Holy things, creates Holy things, fulfills Divine things.

2. And this with the intention of willing, from the womb of a nobler reality, and through the Divine Spirit, which he gave.

3. And transforms with transubstantiation (the Host) into what is the Sacrifice of God in itself and for itself, and however is free in its will in relation to the work, or the omission; and this is the Power of Character, which is purely Spiritual, and has effectually.

4. The Blessed Virgin, covered by the shadow of God, consented and conceived in five words; “Let it be done”, then being passively, “in me” “according to” “your” “word”. The Priest actively participates, as a generator: due to its effectiveness, the words perform transubstantiation, when he says: Hoc est enim corpus meum (= This is my Body). Likewise, Hic est calix sanguinis mei, etc. (= This is the 105 Chalice of my Blood, etc.) .

105 We leave the Latin words, accompanied by the translation in parentheses, because they are still alive among the people, being the words of the Holy Mass in Latin.

5. Finally, the Most Holy Virgin Mother gave birth to the Lord only once, small, who did not speak, did not walk, submissive, capable of suffering, mortal; but the Priest makes the God-Man present: the substance of bread and wine ceases, the wicked are saved, according to his desire, (and he is created) Perfect, Reigning, Lord, incapable of suffering and immortal. Oh inexplicable Excellence of Power!

6. However, this (comparison) between the Mother of God and the Priests must be considered important, because, in the things already said, it seems that the former surpass even Her; however, up to a certain limit, but not in relation to the need for the event. Since the Blessed Virgin Mother of God is so necessary, she allowed Him to be a true new Man in himself, He who was not a man before; the Priest, on the contrary, already before the established time, made the Man God exist already under the species.

If not for equivalence, these could almost be called the parents of Christ, however, they are perfect in the way; the Mother of God (is perfect) in the event, which is the foundation of the Priestly work. In fact, no one (can) lay a different foundation (1Cor.3). We instead: Kill to our advantage on new grounds (1Ts.6).

Ask: Where does so much strength come from? From above, from the Father of light; it is from Him, who (it) descends from Heaven, from the Triune Lord. Therefore, in the Greeting it is precisely said “Lord”, that is, God is with You in the work, in fact it is divine will to operate; and in the flesh that welcomes there is “the Lord”, the Son of God next to You, therefore also your Son, (then Son) of man.

Since the Son is the Lord of Lords, the Mother, by divine and natural right, is also the Lady of Lords. Every Priest, as said before, is Most Excellent: the Lord is praised by all lay and earthly Lords, and is the Lord of Lords: so that only He, spiritually and sacramentally, shepherds the flock of faithful lay people and keeps it alive through of priestly science, absolve him from vices and the deaths of sins through (his) Power, and direct him to the Fatherland. Therefore, as befits all Christians, and particularly the Priests of the Lord, we ardently, assiduously and confidentially proclaim that exaltation of the Lord in the Angelic Salute, in honor of his Lord and his Lady. This, without a doubt, cannot be done anywhere more frequently, correctly and holily, than in the Psalter of the Lord and the Lady: it also happens that we make them practice the (Psalter), and that the people practice it with the predications. With this activity so great and healthy for everyone, no good man will be able to deny that mine (the Angelic Salutation) show themselves to be appropriate, worthy of God, worthy of the Mother of God. Then sing psalms and preach the Psalter of the Lord and our Lady, oh Priests of the Lord. Condemn the mute dogs, incapable of barking. Condemn the lazy Lords: a very severe judgment will be given by the one they preside over. Condemn the lazy servants: their talent* will be taken away from this Gospel of the Psalter, and it will be given to the people who will produce fruit.

* Translation note: talent can be translated here as a gift, skill or as a weight or currency of different value according to the place and time.

EXAMPLE

In the Province of Provence, a citizen named Pedro, in addition to his other commitments and parish exercises, was pressed equally by the request of the spirit and inclination, in relation to Her: in any case, he was assiduous in preaching the Psalter of Jesus and of Maria; then, therefore, he used to ardently recommend the same (prayer) to the people during the assemblies. And abundant fruit was evident in the devout flock. And this (fruit was) doubly a hundredfold. Another (was the fruit) spiritually of souls: he made them abundantly rich, full of the grace of the Celestial Charismas of the Psalter, so that, growing in a mass abounding in excellent practices, he multiplied immensely, and, shining, happily matured until mass of holy merits, a spectacle most pleasing to God, the Angels, and men. Another (was the) temporary fruit of good success, which they planted through the diligent sacrifice of the Psalter offered to God and the Mother of God: the Patron Mary irrigated, Jesus increased. She always protected him. In fact (there were) two plagues, the pestilence and the war, at intervals of time, (which) led to the devastation of the entire Province.

In both cases, however, God kept only the Parish of Salmodiantes immune; the cruel contagious force of the pestilence, on all sides, emptied the province of men, (but) did not touch the Parish of Salmodiantes. The violence of war spread everywhere, causing a catastrophe for many men; then, with furious devastation, this had first led to the looting of sacred and profane buildings, then caused the fire to the ground, with avenging flames; also the fields and lands, with miserable calamities, had very often been devastated; (however) in the region and territory of the said Parish of Salmodiantes, no enemy ever set foot hostile, and when the enemy of a barbaric nature crossed those (territories), he never found anyone to do harm to.

 

SECOND GROUP OF PRAYERS

The five Sources of the necessary Excellencies of the Holy Priesthood.

These are numbered like this:

1. Angelic Power.

2. Patriarchal Power.

3. The Apostolic (Power).

4. The happiness of the Saints.

5. The sanctity of Religious.

The sixth Excellence is the Angelic Power of the Priests. It is truly the wonderful Power over all created things, characteristic of the Most Holy Angels, and even above this, due to the most honorable superiority of this nobility. (The Angels) then have no faculty granted by God over the Most Holy Body of Christ, nor before the August Sacrament or Sacrifice of the Eucharist; (such Power) is delivered, on the basis of their moral Office, only to the Priests.

1. And in this gift of incomparable Dignity and Power, there can be no doubt or obscurity to anyone, that the faithful Choirs of Angels, all present themselves, to give way first to the Sacred College of Priests.

2. Because the Priests represent the same Creator as the Angels, at the altars, with their will and their function; because the consecrated carry it in their hands and touch it; because they take it within themselves and feed the Saints; because they immolate a bloody victim for all the living, and the living who have reached the end of their lives; the Angels honor him, admire him and venerate him with their heads held high; but these do not allow them to be so venerated by these (Angels), as in the Law of the Old Testament.

3. Whatever is in the Holy Spirits, that thing is created, it is finite, as in creatures; and only this applies to those who are in the same way similar, finite and created, by the difference that nature admits. The Power of the Priest, however, infused by God, and the strength of Character will be eternal not only in time, but could be perennial in Duty, with a perpetual Potency, if God had not granted that development of function limited to the Office and time of life for mortals on earth, according to what was established by the Will of the Supreme Legislative Pontiff.

4. Now, if God ordered any of the nine Choirs of Angels to descend here on earth and to appear in this Church, in view of the astonishment and veneration that you had so justly and opportunely, he could hardly compete with you: in truth, behold, the Priest make appear before your eyes, evoked from Heaven, Jesus, King of Angels: and what do you think?

Once these things are understood, the same observer and Judge of your heart, because He is really present and manifests himself.

5. Therefore, for a forgotten Mass, consider the damage and indignity. Oh holy Priest, how much will you be indebted to the Psalter of Jesus and Mary? And really a lot, in all forms.

1. And since you are a Christian, you have put on Christ. Oh ungrateful one, also in that word of the Greeting “With You”, you will not renew within yourself the very assiduous memory of this reality, so that Christ may be With You.

2. Then, since thou art an Angel of the Lord, the Priest, and unworthily in so great dignity, thou wilt seldom remember the Lord who lives with Thee; will he rarely worship Him who is present?

3. In relation to these things, even if, Lord Priest, you surpass the Power of the Angels, and with your distinct power (you surpass) Tizio, since God initially offered you Mary as Wife, by the charge you are a Priest; and like an inhuman Trace, will you let the prayers offered to her with devotion, from an open source “With You”, make her glad with her Psalter? Psalms then and preach the Psalter, oh Priests.

EXAMPLE

A certain Tomas, in Normandy, famous for the Honor of Archdeacon, after his regular solemn functions of Religion and the public Worship of God in the Church, employed a great part of his main piety in the exercises in relation to the Mother of God and Christ, instead of in the voluntary service to the Psalter. And he was kidnapped by his love, he was commendably led to his observation, also consummating himself in prayers; he tired himself and then inflamed the faithful entrusted to him, with all his diligence and energy, arousing in him the desire for holy occupation. Then he, operating with his own example and his great fervor, without hypocrisy, but in solid truth and virtue, offered the faithful a spectacle as venerable as, through assiduity in the prayers of the Psalter, which became a custom, he gave the proof of being very humble. To the word (twice repeated) of the example, the third effective word of a consequent virtuous conduct was added: also joining as the fourth word, the Psalter of preaching, through the public assemblies, in which it had influence, insisted on recommending it with admirable graces and spontaneity, eloquently, frequently and intensely. On the other hand, God made his worker, tenacious and so hardworking in the Rosary, sweeter, caressing him frequently, delighting him with the ambrosia of consolation, thus he grew from one virtue to another, like the light of the just, proceeding, grows until the day is fulfilled. This (was) common, but singular.

Furthermore, he deserved (never asking, however, for such a thing) by God, through Mary, his only dove, to freely obtain a grace that was granted to him: that everywhere he could see with his eyes any of the Angels , be it one of good stock, or one of bad stock. I certainly understand that this is true, however, in what way (it happened) I do not know, I confess.

The Seventh Excellency (is) the Patriarchal Power of the Priests.

1. From Adam, Enoch, Abraham, Gideon, Samuel, David, Elijah, etc... admirable works and the gifts of virtues are communicated, however, only the shadow will discover it, (instead) they delivered the very truth of the new Law to Priests.

2. The prodigious facts happened in the world (under) the heavens, and presented the elements and created things. But the Priest, with his Power, surpasses the Heavens of Heavens. He places on the altar the Christ, called from Heaven, which they prophesied from afar.

3. And how I will neglect all the altars: of John the Baptist, Forerunner of the Lord, among those born of women there arose not one greater (than he), by his merits; but by Power, much greater (than he) all the Priests arose. Young Christ was the expelter, light, friend, voice and witness: he indicated Christ with his finger, baptized him, saw the Holy Trinity: what is the Priest? He is the creator and sacrificer of Christ, the peacemaker of God, the shepherd and Savior of the faithful, the Spouse of Mary, the Lord of Angels, the brother and intimate Friend of the Lord Savior. He, with his word, generates, with his hands he touches, presents, protects and transforms the Word into food. The Power of the Patriarchs was not capable of anything similar. Condemn the Priest then, for the idleness of which, even in a brief space of time, Mass was abandoned! It can repair the damage, but it cannot restore the good left and taken from both worlds. What do you think? The Blessed of God, observed, known the themes of the curse. Take the Marian Psalter, on the contrary, the Christian one of Jesus Christ, psalmody to Jesus, psalmody to Mary his “Blessed” in the Greeting. Blessed, to be blessed against curses. You always drink from this Blessed Source. You offer your David water from the Cistern of Bethlehem, etc.

EXAMPLE

In Spain, an excellent Master of the Most Holy Theology and of both rights, very taken by the love and beauty of the Psalter, made the great chairs of the Schools prestigious, with much celebrity, praise, fame and name, until, finally, he was called to the crown Episcopal. This most sacred height of honors did not distance him from his usual humility in prayer, but it reinforced him intensely. Then, (when he became) Bishop, to the other episcopal ornaments, he thought of adding to (such ornaments), since for him it was important, a Psalter to be kept with him, certainly for him something old and very familiar, but new to him as Bishop. But I didn't want to have it and carry it with me, as before, small, among things of little value, and common, but (I wanted it) big, precious, notable, to attract the attention of men and offer them the occasion and the argument to preach it. With so much courage he carried it, with so much love he showed it, with so much greater zeal he preached it, with great fruit of souls.

The Eighth Excellence is the Apostolic Power of the Priests: in the Twelve chosen Disciples, two things must be examined: the Apostolate, in which they remained for more than a three-year period after the Vocation: and the Priesthood, to which they were initiated at Dinner, the day before the Passion!

1. From this it can be deduced that the connection of both aspects is essential and the second (the Priesthood) is the culmination and perfection of the previous one (Apostolate). For this reason, Priestly Power and Dignity greatly surpasses the Apostolate.

2. In fact, the Apostolate is a Teaching, and a gift of the ministry; the Priesthood in truth is the Power of the Supreme Mystery.

3. The Disciples preach it, the Priests act it and offer it.

4. A simple vocation constitutes the Apostolate, Holy Anointing establishes the Priesthood. Oh! Forgetful of these things and ungrateful to God, those who undertake such a great Priestly gift either unworthily, or lazily, or coldly! Don't you remember that these are the Christs of the Lord? I repeat, these emanate burning and controlled gold, just as, before their appearance, the strong and superb mountains dissolve.

Therefore, take the Psalter of the love, honor and beauty of God: due to the very (distinctive character) of the Anointing, it exhorts you to repeat that “You” many times. This will show the Priest, who you are; you will announce about Christ, you, how great you are; you will teach from Mary, You, who you are; so that You may be similar with the Priesthood to Christ and Mary.

EXAMPLE

One of our Brothers of the Sacred Order of Preachers in Lotharingia, an orator of clear fame, having solemnly promised that he would never begin a Sermon without having greeted, with everyone, Mary. And he did not finish it before completing the most important part of his preaching, a solemn praise of the benign Mother Mary, or a recommendation from his Psalter or the Angelic Salutation. Each time, they began with this solemn formula: Now you greet Mary, or else, We make your mouth sweet. Since he loved to repeat this with particular zeal, with fervor of inner affection, with devotion, and with untiring stability, God looked upon his faith, Mary looked upon the ardor, and the grace of the pleasant preaching, and, in relation to the end of her own life, had placed him in a clear light with a memorable example, and they restored to him in equal measure his zeal. When the course of his life was almost at an end, already at the point of his soul returning to God, he was divinely overwhelmed with so much softness of consolation and so much abundance of exhortation, that he began to overflow: and he seemed to be strong and sound in body. , because the strength of the Spirit surpassed the strength of illness and death. Instead, the Queen of Heaven also, honoring him with her presence, became visible to him, surrounded by a Crown of innumerable Saints. After having distanced herself from him, she left the eyewitnesses with a softness of spirit much greater than that which, with the preaching of the Angelic Salutation, she wanted to give to the listeners of her speeches, the sweetness of mouth and spirit.

The Ninth Excellence is the Holy Priestly Power of Saints. The Fortress of the Martyrs, the Faith of the Confessors, the Chastity of the Virgins, emanated from the great strength of grace and valor; However, if we pay attention to the result, we need to recognize that in Priests there is present a force of grace more powerful than grace freely.

1. But with that one remained strong in martyrdom against Tyrants, wild beasts, tortures; and God, to his merit, added grace upon grace, and equally, increased the faith of the Confessors: truly these streams came only from the inexorable Source of graces. Christ is the Source of life.

The Priests dig and prepare this Source in the body of the Church. That is why it is necessary that it be much more effective and (much) more worthy, that Power with which they guarantee the most divine thing.

2. And if the consequence should be equal to the cause, the Power of God in the Priests must be of the infinite everything, which produces the infinite result, God, the man Jesus Christ, powerfully and without doubt watching over it with the word. None of the Saints was infallibly sure of their stability, of (their) faith, or of a second grace, unless (since such happiness touched such rare luck), they did not (have) a particular Revelation from God.

But the Priest, instituted liturgically and regularly, even if wicked, has everything, by faith, the certainty of the Power conferred on him; just as, through the power of the pact and the fidelity of his Institution, Jesus wants to manifest himself and be present, when, from the beginning, he has pronounced the entire words of the Sacred Institution about the bread and wine. This is what the same Priest of Priests certainly wants and commands, so that his Holy Priesthood remains consolidated and honored. So the Lord Jesus is completely of every priest, of whom all the Martyrs and Confessors participated as stray particles (of Christ), and by merit of righteousness, their lot is admirable to behold, since the Holy Faith, thus It teaches you to consider these things. So make it happen like this: that you can and want to take some of the Martyrs out of Heaven, for example, Saint Stephen, and expel him from the physical world, after having destroyed him he is reduced to nothing: who wouldn't hate that indescribable crime? , and wouldn't you deplore the huge wound inflicted on the Church and the damage caused? But that damage, at least to a single Saint, would happen among countless Saints! These things are evident.

Add: a Priest due to idleness or any other relaxation, if he left the daily Sacrifice of the Holy Mass, what should he do?

What and how much do you subtract from the two Churches, whether from the Militant or the Triumphant? Any of the Saints? It stops offering to God, through the Church, the only man God, so that the Church has this (Mass) eternally at least, and this due to a minister of the Church. Oh, inestimable and irreparable harm! If you do not believe in these things, you are not a Christian: if you fall weak, you are neither good nor devout. Observe, oh belonging to the Mystery of God, known, and have mercy on your soul.

Honor your Holy Priesthood. And otherwise, Christ will dishonor you.

Take this help offered to you by God, oh Psalter of Jesus and Mary, with which, those born of the cursed have the grace to pray for the salvation of all those born of women, for the merits of the Blessed One “among Women”.

Born of a Woman, the Virgin Mary, through her he eliminated the curse of the world and placed her Blessed among Women, and with this name he wanted to honor her in a dignified way, because she constituted among Women, help to mortals, and after as Private wife for Priests, given to them at the same consecration. The more intimately, more familiarly, and more strongly, it is not only convenient, but also necessary that she should be venerated by this saint. And this in the most worthy Psalter, most easy for everyone, most worthy of Christ God and the Saints in Heaven, that is, fully Angelic and Divine. Therefore, psalmodials, psalmodials wisely and preaching.

EXAMPLE

The land of Picardy knew and honors its Citizen, notable for the honor of having held the Deanery; but greatly more notable for the Teaching of the Most Holy Theology. However, in both deserved things, the same most modest man did not manifest the light of such great splendor, on the contrary, approaching a greater (light), through the inspiration of the Father of lights, he spontaneously stopped his mind in this light, and truly, as a very illustrious son of light, he entertained himself. And he persuaded himself that he must find this (light) in the Psalter, either by taking it from it, or obtaining it through it, and in fact he was not wrong.

He often prayed the Psalter, which he was familiar with since he was a child, (and became) grown up. He always practiced this practice with great devotion, attention and continuity. Not only because he was fed with a very pleasant pleasure, but also because, with the perception of reason and the effectiveness of truth, he discovered in that way of praying what was solid and divine, and in no way false and misleading like so many prayers of the little books. How much was this (prayer); with the Psalter he marvelously satisfied man, reason, and the inspiration of the Spirit. With the Psalter he supplicated God and the Most Holy; he openly carried the Psalter upon his body, hanging about his waist, more gloriously than any other ornament; He prayed the Psalter in private meetings and in public Sermons, with great style, even in his speech. And with great affection and care, with such assiduity and ardor in the beginning, that he not only convinced, but also fascinated the Psalmidians, whom he had persuaded, with a particular surprise. Even this did not remain stagnant, on the contrary, it expanded on his sermons, fellow Masters, who asked him: What is (this devotion), Oh Most Clear Lord Dean, they ask him, why so many times and with such great force he disregards the Psalter , of such a humble type of argument, of a popular (oration) and of the crossover, diffuse between women and young people? You are Excellent, not like one of the many Masters of Sacred Theology, developed in ingenuity for sublime things, guided by experience and trained in great things; and prepared and exercised in these matters in the disposition to improvisation, they warn him to leave things low to the women (who are worth) three coins.

And to these the man, of profound intelligence and great prudence, having listened to them in silent pain, keeps within his soul all the elevation of the most profound science (since they thought that from the bottom of the heart of this Master, that is ours, a response would have been very severe) and in turn also amicably questions them: Well, why do you always ask for the same bread and drink every day, when you are also capable of looking for better ones? Why do you always stay in the same room?

Why do each of you, whether in the Magisterium or in the Priesthood, feed on all the other things in life? I answer: Because these things are necessary. He adds: Eating, drinking, teaching, celebrating the daily Sacrifice, and doing and repeating the same thing in the world over and over again, in no way bothers or embarrasses you: nor will I fear every day to take, to pray and to preach the Divine Psalter , which is the bread and drink of life, which is the garment of grace, which is the beginning and compendium of the Gospel, and the foundation of Christian Theology; which, in the Crown of the Priesthood, is the precious stone and ornament, the sustainer of life, the queen of glory, the joy of the Saints, the Song of the Angels, the Delight of the Holy Trinity.

He said the surprising teaching, and sublimely silenced those around him. And those few words (were enough) for the intelligent. Therefore, since that time, they too, as if a competition had been launched, made an effort to pray the Psalter considerably, to take it with them to pray in public, to praise it in every aspect, to propagate it.

The Tenth Excellence, the Sanctity of the Religious, is greater than the Power of the Priests, which after having demonstrated it up to this point, we admire it.

And each one clearly sees and understands that he needs the priestly power to follow an equal Dignity:

1. What then (was) of everyone, whether of the Holy Religious Orders, or of the Religious Saints, Augustine, Bendito, Ugo, Bernardo, Domingos, Francisco, Thomas, and all the others, to whom the power of miracles, granted by God: and uniting the priestly (power) and (Holiness), the same comparison will demonstrate the union too unequal. Therefore, all (Holiness) is limited in God and is only within finite realities, but that Priestly is by its origin of the infinite duration of eternity: immense due to the fruit of divine work, capable of miracles: favorable from graces given freely; and if it will never produce all other things, (except the halos) it is the luminous power of the heavenly glories and the dignity of the Priests.

2. We admit that someone is granted the grace of all Religious Orders, and the power to institute them and make them advance with absolute perfection to the last part of the earth: however (Holiness in itself cannot be equal to that of priesthood, since the latter (last) only obtained the power of “Jesus”, operator of all graces and mediator, governor, conservator and glorifier, who, to the greatest possible degree, in the Supreme Pontiff is superior to all, as well as the Priests, before all others, they are so in Order and honor.

3. Look now, the Priest. For example, if you misuse the faculty to destroy any Religious Order, and imagine that you can, or even leaving the divine work at the altar and the Sacrifice for just one journey, which you often do for money.

Then evaluate the damage of one and the other fact. He encouraged in every way the end of an Order, and to destroy it in itself, he exposed it to innumerable temptations and miseries, he took away the wretched from the same happiness, the mortal from his sanctity; and you left the Mass! You do not give Jesus to the Church, you do not offer God the Sacrifice, on the contrary, then, when you deny giving God such a great (Sacrifice), and you take it away from the Church, and on your part you can. Are you horrified?

You should be even more horrified, because you distance yourself from the Comforter of the greatest misery of the world, the Preserver of such great danger, the Redeemer of the misfortune of sins. Oh horrible evil! You fear, you fear that the Priestly Blessing will have the curse, before you can see it. Therefore I ask and plead with the Christs of the Lord: I call you, you Blessed of Jesus Christ in the Psalter of the Blessed Virgin, very worthily that “And Blessed”, repeatedly, praise God and preach to the faithful people. He is the Source of blessing.

EXAMPLE

England, since the holy instruction and love of the Venerable Bede, like a garden of Rosaries, is ever flowery in the Church, and diffused the odor with much fragrance. A noble and angelic rose lived in that rose garden: an angelic Bishop, so extraordinary and celebrated for his praise of the Psalter, that in posterity, the same celebrity of that fact and that favorite occupation, even forgetting the name of the man and the place, would have remained in memory (within today.

He carried out with zeal and honor the remaining activities, common to all Bishops; he excellently publicized the special and particular. A devotee of the Psalter of Jesus and Mary, he strived to serve God and personally please himself. It seemed little to man's zeal to evangelize frequently, diligently and abundantly with his prayers through the same (Psalter); In this he pastored so diligently that he himself catechized the unprepared people, the old man next to the tender young man, preparing them for the practice of the Psalter with insistence. I tell these things, from the Bishop. See, admire, imitate, while you can, the ingenuity of Mary's psalmist. However, pecuniary penalties were arriving from somewhere, for the faults committed by lay people and religious people submissive to him. He spent those harvests to buy many Psalters, both in number and in price, and some famous in form: distributing Psalters to the people, through the Psalters, his Episcopate had every success. How much, and what memory of his name he planted upon the earth among men; with what result he will have restored his honorable Churches; whom, full of sins, he distanced from his rose garden, through Rosaries; how much fragrance of virtue filled the Episcopate; how many joys he gave to the saints, and how many to himself and his flock!

The glory of merits will have been killed in Heaven! Each one with his mind can judge more accurately, of how much I have embraced with speech and scripture.

 

THIRD GROUP OF FIFTY PRAYERS

About the five Fortresses of the secondary Excellencies of the Holy Priesthood.

We call with names. The power 1. Miraculous. 2. Ecclesiastic. 3. Political. 4. Remained. 5. Glorious. Then we will explain briefly.

The eleventh Excellence is the Power of miracles in the Church, so that it may be divine and very great; equally it must be admired and venerated; however, that Priestly (power) of transubstantiating therefore appears, due to imprudence, or ignorance, to be of an inferior degree, because it is common to many, and therefore appears ordinary. Then it remains equal to that gift of miracles, even if one or another thing is in the order of grace given freely. The first thing must be disapproved, this second thing must be approved. Since one surpasses the other, as that is to say, by infinite miles: since the priestly Power produces infinite fruit due to the value of God's work, being in degree the power of character, to last to infinity, as it overcame the things said before . Raising the dead, giving sight to the blind, driving away diseases, casting out demons, speaking new languages, and things like these, (in relation to) celebrating Mass, are things as small as a single tiny star is. in relation to all the heavens. I said very little, not very well. Indeed, miracles are present in all creatures, but this (is) the miracle of miracles in the Creator. As this (power is) before that, so the important things in the Priesthood are more distant from a thing far from them, which are celebrated in miracles. If then great things, both by the Church the graces and by the world the honors, are considered to be attributed to miracles, and precisely, what should we believe that the Priesthood carries? In a word: the Son of God.

Therefore, in the same way, how much good do you believe the Priest deprives the world of, with the abolition of a single Sacrifice? I will say it only once: of the Son of God. What else are you looking for? What do we say? Maybe there is something worse?

May God grant that this is not more reprehensible than the others! God distance such a great evil! And I call as a witness you, Christs of the Lord, I call on Jesus Christ as a witness: you yourselves, if you want, know, you can remove from yourselves with little (effort) such a great evil; with minimal effort, I mean, and with maximum honor, value, merit. And this through the Psalter of Jesus and Mary: this is psalmodial, this is preaching. At the end of that Angelic Salutation, all of you devotees will also close your desires and souls in the Angelic fortress, with this word “Fruit”.

The Fruit of the Holy Priesthood! The Fruit of the Holy Psalter! But in both it is the same God (who operates) fully and completely.

EXAMPLE

Our Brabanzia gave us as a citizen, a (great) man, (who) in Ecclesiastical life was a Canon: he was well liked by everyone, worthy of the country, venerable in appearance, admirable to listen to. He had been accustomed for a long time to pray, to carry, to recommend privately, and to preach publicly and also to give as a donation to many a large number of Psalters. What did God give him in return? What did the Mother of God restore to them?

A Crown certainly in Heaven, in favor of a thousand Psalmidians, but a million times better than a thousand Crowns. But what happens here? With his perseverance, he oriented himself towards extraordinary things through the ardor of his singing; he was an example for everyone for a long time. God made him be seen by everyone assiduously and wonderfully, by the just and the unjust.

He divinely helped many through the Psalter: God called him for his work, and wanted him to perform miracles. Famous for this grace of miracles, the Canonical man became incomparable, so much so that he sought the salvation of bodies only with his contact, through the Psalter. And this cannot and should not be judged in an insinuating way. He often carried it with him, so openly, that he always played the family Psalter in his hands, as if playing a game; and, giving it to the sick, whom he visited with pleasure, he warded off serious illnesses, sometimes dangerous, sometimes lasting.

With the contact of the Rosary he cured pestilences, which were often desperate, he overcame the malignant heat of fever, he expelled it with the contact of his Crown.

He made pregnant women happy, who were at risk of a difficult birth, (healing them) with an easy pregnancy and birth: the devotion carried by the Canon was one of salvation for both the birth and the mother, and sweetly released the cord (the unborn); he put an end to severe toothaches by bringing the pebbles closer to pray the Psalter. At this time the man had no confidence in his merit, but so much faith and reverence in the Psalter for the strength of the Angelic greeting, for the assistance of the Holy Maxim and of God in relation to such great favor and honor in praying the Holy devotion.

The Twelfth Excellence is the Ecclesiastical Power, which he called Jurisdiction; As much as it is Holy and comes from God, however, it cannot aspire to the Excellence of Priestly Power. From one thing to another, there is nothing higher or holier on earth than the superiority of the Supreme Pontificate; and after Christ there is nothing antecedent in the Church Militant, to the exclusion of the only Power of the Priesthood.

The reason is clear: this is inserted in the true Body of Christ, the Pontifical (power) (instead) in the Mystical Body, which is the Church; just as in the same Pope there is nothing more admirable, nothing (however is) more powerful than the Priesthood. Why then, oh Priest, said Ugo, do you love the Pontificate? This is the foam of the Priesthood, so that it sails a step higher in the waters of life, but it is emptier in value and the lowest. Know yourself then, Christ of Christ, and give honor to your Priesthood. Therefore, return to the path and motivation of your own Christ.

This Husband of the church where did he come from? From the virginal thalamus of the Blessed Womb of the Mother, Mary. For Her it was acclaimed: “Blessed be the Womb that bore you”. But this was the word of an anonymous woman; I received this word from the Archangel and Saint Elizabeth, both, primarily from the Holy Spirit. “Blessed is the fruit of Your Womb.” Praise the Blessing of the Womb for the Born and acclaim the Mother. And where is it more pleasant, more Holy, more saving than in the Psalter of the Angelic Salute? Sing the Psalters, oh Priests, and preach Jesus and Mary.

EXAMPLE

Our Saint Albert, Great in name and in fact, and so wonderful, such a great man, that Alessandro the Macedonian, Gneo Pompeu Romano, etc. they must be called small in their confrontation, omniscient doctor, within the limited human condition, certainly like a Varro or Gorgias of Christian Lentinos; I will say almost, like a second Trismegistus.

The volumes, whether large or numerous, written by him speak as testimony. Truly on this fair path and to this extent, an extraordinary and indisputably incomparable science of all (disciplines) arose! He opened, I mean, his mouth, and asked God that he would give him Wisdom. From childhood he loved and praised the Mother of Divine Wisdom. She asked for these things with prayers, as Solomon prayed for Heaven himself; and she obtained for him such great grace. This he sometimes recalled in an age already headed towards decline, and the end of (his) race, with equal gratitude and simplicity of a pious soul. Questions: with what kind of observation and faith was he able to obtain so much (abundance) before such a great Advocate with God? I will say it in one word: due to the merit of the Psalter. And with truth and reason! The Blessed Virgin saw in the soul how great the support would be in him, and provided it. Certainly, from the first germination of his youth, involved in the love for the Mother of God, he was a devoted servant, submitted to the Cult of the Virgin. Devoted to Religion from a very young age, since his tender years, he had not yet pronounced the first rudiments of letters, and yet he dedicated himself to the prayers of the Mother of God, not understanding that there could be a practice of praying in another form and manner, different from that popular and easy version of the Psalter, the one renewed in time, through Saint Dominic. Young Alberto repeated the Our Lord's Father and the Ave Maria Angélica. That is why he deserved, after the age of sixteen, to see the vision of the Lady Mary, who showed him the road to her Order of Preachers, and opened it. Again, the same honor the young Religious, with the admission of a hearer of Philosophy, but (being) rather slow mentally, also infused him with a miracle, and raises him to such a height in science, that the world and every age cannot they can sustain it as long as it is enough. Since the undoubted grace of God shone immensely in him.

Worrying about whether such a new science could be complemented; That's why Alberto measured himself in secret with his strength, and manifestly made use of the gift of the Mother of God.

However, a fear gripped him mentally: that one day he would forget himself, abuse his intelligence and, wandering above wonderful things, lose them more than he had known them. He feared that, through the mysteries of Nature, the depth of Philosophy, the sublimity of Theology, the depth of Sacred Scripture, the intimate mysteries, they would collide without warning into some false obstacle that would catch him, and the Doctor's error would become worse to the previous obtuseness of the Disciple. That's why this one extra worry burns him and afflicts his soul. He, with his usual prayers, asks the Lawyer: Madam, who gave him the knowledge, and also directed it; May the Master of truth help him who ran between the regions of error. And the prayers did not decrease, and as the son made use of the Mother's Salutation, he experienced very early that the Mother of God is close to those who pray and plead for her, deigning to listen and respond to him, that the salutes. Oh son, have Fear: not wanting to know the highest things! Courage, holy one who is always fearful! The Fear of the Lord will be for you the beginning of a much deeper wisdom.

So I order and promise what you expect. In a safe field, with your foot without stumbling, you will reach for me the essence of all things and wisdom; and a very great light of your luminous example, you will leave behind you. Therefore, no error will be given to the world, but each one will be eradicated. Here's the proof. As at the beginning of your studies, through me, God granted you the knowledge of all things, so one day, in an improvised way, this will happen to be forgotten.

Certainly, when he will be close to death. He said and walked away. But he blessed with more fervor in the Psalter, the Virgin and the Son of the Virgin.

So he began to narrate in a magnificent book how he saw and felt the Mother of God, in an indescribable style! I wanted to title it: the Praises of the Blessed Virgin Mary. And so it happened that from the great Master to the greatest Disciple, Saint Thomas Aquinas, as on the part of Elisha, the Spirit of Wisdom passed double, both in merit of the Psalter.

The Thirteenth Excellency, the Political Power is subject to that Priest. In fact (Political Power) in Kings, I mean, and in the Powerful, is earthly, brief, superb, violent, often bloody, but in this same way, as it comes from God, it is fair. Instead (the Political Power) of Heaven is heavenly, sacred, sanctifying, and reigns over everything, also over souls. In fact, Priests in Baptism become Fathers; in the Eucharist, Healers; in Penance, benign judges and savior doctors; in Extreme Unction, defenders and comforters; in Marriage, senators and guarantors of agreements; in Confirmation, general; in Order, Angels of God; in preaching, apostles, doctors, pastors, etc. Why then do you fear the one to whom the Power was as popes, emperors, kings, because they are unworthy, and do you not preserve the stability of the Priest? Why invert the Divine Order, and, together with power, submit the divine dignity to that of the human. If you look for the cause, it is this: your sins weaken you, a bad conscience leads you to ruin.

You first distance yourself from yourselves, and give yourselves to the unholy Power, you, traitors to yourselves, or you become flatterers of secular things, profaners of those sacred things and Judas, traitor to Christ. Consequently, as the people are, so is the Priest. Since you do not believe in Christ, he will say: “I do not know you, go away, you cursed ones.” I ask you, face these great evils, run to your Marian Castle, in the City placed above the mountain, which the Holy Trinity built, which the Archangel in the Salutation consecrated, which Mary possesses, called “Yours”. And this particular right of the Mother of God, Lady of Lords, teaches that all things Divine and human belong to her, from the moment she gave together with the only one (Christ), all things. She has at her will the One in whom, through whom, and by whom all things exist. This declaration of possession, as it happens in the Angelic Salute, and the Priests are Angels of God, therefore psalms to God in the Psalter of Jesus and Mary, psalms with wisdom and preach the Gospel, announced by the Angel and guarded in the Psalter.

EXAMPLE

When Saint Francis the Founder, and Patriarch of the Seraphic Order, sent his friars throughout the world to preach the Gospel of God, such an order in the regions of Germany led everyone to repeat together the beginning (of the Salute) equally with the Archangel of the Annunciation . Without a doubt, as Saint Dominic submitted himself to God in the part in which he went to preach, Saint Francis came, as if fallen from heaven and, having obtained the single spirit in alternating encounters, traveled the world at an equal pace, just as the Friars of a and another in those beginnings, preaching the same Gospel, and praising Mary, Mother of the Gospel, advance in the same traces of the Holy Annunciation. That's why that Friar (Francis), inspired by a similar spirit, took his preaching to Germany advising the Salutation of Mary. In this way and with this attention to spreading it, it had great fruit in souls, and, since the path and facts of those who taught, corresponded to the words of the doctrine, it aroused in the souls of everyone a strong opinion of holiness, to the point of be considered as a true Apostle of Christ.

The Fourteenth Excellency, the wonderful Power of the Holy Relics, manifested itself and is today shown throughout the world, so that, thanks to them, the debt owed to the Holy Religion can be spread, very rightly.

What and how many wonders did God perform on earth through this? Not only that, but these must also be preserved due to the grandeur of the miracle. As (for example) the preserved Blood of the Lord, the Cross, the nails, the spear of Christ, and the seamless tunic, the sacred bones of the apostles and the innumerable Martyrs, the Confessors and the Holy Virgins.

What must the entire Priesthood protect? The Cross that sustains him dead, and the tomb that kept him. The Priest keeps the Savior alive and glorious.

Why stretch? There is no Power on earth that can be compared to that of the Priests of Christ, because they became strong in Christ. Therefore, in order for them to keep their strength for Him, it happens that they inhabit their Castle, called “Jesus”, placed on the highest mountain of the Psalter: they preach it and preserve it.

EXAMPLE

A Bishop is celebrated in Tuscany, with much praise and a reputation for holiness; because in the assemblies he spoke to his flock not only in an ordinary way, but also very assiduously and fervently with great doctrine. He was prepared in every type of argument, and truly exercised and extraordinary and preached almost only on the Psalter of Jesus and Mary. And since he did not incite the other numerous Priests, by example, to the act of advising the Psalter he began to use authority.

Therefore, by Episcopal authority, with an edict, he forced all the Pastors of souls in his Diocese to preach the Psalter with threatened and inflicted sanctions, even on those most rebellious. And the road was built with strength. Only this healthy way of praying reached the consciousness of the devout people, opening the way to practice; On the contrary, the grace of God made ready the will of those who were obliged to preach, and the fog of ignorance was removed, the most serene ray of grace also inspired the most determined to dedicate themselves with their hands and souls to preaching the Psalter. And soon the speed of the renovation made up for the delay in starting. Thus the majority of people began to have more lukewarm customs, to be more obedient subjects to the Magistrates, and suddenly to change into other men. So that each one would have the certainty and evidence that (in the Psalter) the Finger of God was present, and the Strength of the Most High covered it with (its) shadow. This, to the glory of God, through the help of the Mother of God and the merit of the Psalter, everyone accepted pleasantly. God also, since he pleased the devotion of the people and the zeal of the prayers in the Psalter, soon performed miracles. He decorated the Bishop, Sacred Head of that Church and author of the renewal of the way of praying in ancient Religiosity, with the honor not only of an important miracle, but also of an incomparable wonder. In fact, on the sacred solemn Feast of the Purification of the benign Virgin Mary, while the Holy Priest, before the Tribune, praying to the Queen of Saints with worthy praises, together with the crowded assembly, guided and inflamed the listeners to a more ardent veneration of her, he said many words of great value to recommend the Psalter, so much so that at the same time everyone's soul was captured by admiration and veneration of Her. And since God was in the fervor of those who spoke and those who listened, he manifested himself openly: the Mother of God was seen next to her promoter on the same chair and suggested every word she said. And it was seen by most of those present, who finally gave a sweet kiss on the very serene face of their Bishop, who gave the speech, gave them the blessing, and bathed them with the heavenly water of compunction along with all the people, who heard and was a spectator of such great things, and everyone celebrated them with one voice, since none of those present ever remembered seeing something so great, or hearing a public cry of true repentance common to all.

The Fifteenth Excellency, the Glorious Dignity of the Saints, exults in the vision, in the enjoyment and in the understanding of God: and these riches of God emanate beatitude, however, these do not confer, they do not give the same (God) as beatifies, as (instead of harming) the Priests. Since it is happier to give than to receive: it cannot but be a very happy thing to give to Him who gives happiness: this (happiness) the Priests take with the Word. The Priest always gives what the Virgin gave once to the world, even if in another world. Now, if glory follows as a companion a just Sovereignty, it is necessary that the glory of dignity be equal to the divine Power of the Priests. The greater the power of the Priests in giving the Redeemer, than the Saints in enjoying it, it is also fair that the higher it happens, the more the glory corresponds to it.

That is why Saint Augustine said, You made Him partaker of your Sovereignty, so that they may be almost Gods on earth. That is why so much Power and so much Dignity emanate to the Christs from the Lord of the Sacred Anointing and through the laying on of hands, first and foremost it will be convenient and will occur to repeat in the Angelic Salutation that “Christus” and salute his High Priest and the same Sacred Order of Priests ? Therefore with greater strength, oh Priests, you recite the Psalter and preach it. And to summarize in one, the things said even before the typicalities were placed in the fifteen comparisons are superior by Merit, the Priests, but they are superior by divine Power: the Mother of God gave vital existence to Christ, instead the Priests give them transubstantial existence. And this is a brief compendium.

EXAMPLE

There lived in Lombardy a hermit priest, admirable for his exceptional devotion to the Mother of God and the Cult of the Psalter, which in an important way ennobled a solitary and ascetic life, with much austerity, discipline and a reputation for holiness. The same venerated appearance and the particularity of his precious example, the grace of his admirable works, the strength of his doctrine exhortations and the favor that foreigners usually receive from him, made him widely celebrated the fame of the man who, due to the influx of men coming from everywhere, it seemed that the wilderness was transformed into an amphitheater of commerce and entertainment, much to their dissatisfaction and torment. After having fulfilled the solemn duties of the Priesthood, according to due Worship, the remaining part (of the day) was dedicated to his holy prayers, and dedicated himself with all his spirit to the Psalter of Jesus and Mary, either accompanying it with prayer vocal, or alleviating with mental contemplation, the things that had pleased them. And so he sang it within himself, also in the company of the Saint. In public, he was visited by some who sought comfort, asked for advice or asked for spiritual help; he used to encourage them to worship the Mother of God and practice the Psalter, and to begin to fulfill it in due form. If sometimes a larger crowd arrived, then I took advantage of that customary presence to pray, after having chosen a prayer, with much eloquence and zeal, with an important doctrine and a memorable speech, the Dignity, Utility, Necessity and Ease of the Psalter. The devil saw the fruit of souls and envied him.

1. Therefore, trembling and gnashing his teeth, he became excited and reacted with fury, bringing a thousand artifices and frauds, hidden and openly, disturbing everything, and tenaciously, for a long time, attacking the saint, next to the rock, with unthinkable and terrifying things .

2. And since, with cruel blows, he also attacked the air. He often attacked him with enormous monsters, and suddenly frightened him with four indescribable images, a ghostly vision: Satan, while he aims at divine things, pinches him, drives him, turns him around and openly treats him badly.

3. Earthquakes shook everything, thunder sounded, lightning flashed; It seemed like everything around was moving.

4. Sometimes he believed that his monastic cell was in the middle of crackling flames and that a sphere of fire spread the fire through the air: when all human faculties were without hope, he cried out: “Help me, oh Virgin Mary”. And it wasn't in vain. The invoked heard and became visible, offering the Psalter with her famous hand: placing the flames in front of the images, they disappeared and the demons with an immense scream fled in confusion.

5. Another time, for example, with God's permission, with an atrocious rupture of the kingdoms, received by brutal spirits, the Mother of Life, intervening almost in the middle of her body, was disfigured and dying with bruises and blood. At death, she completely cured the body's lack of strength, after having given him to drink, non-spiritually, the virginal milk from her breasts.

6. And when the small cell of the Saint was placed upside down from its foundations and dispersed by the horrible fury of the demons that rushed in, the same protector Mary, in a short time, removed the cell from the bottom and placed it in its place. And it is these things in the Psalter of Mary, which is formed of one hundred and fifty Angelic Salutations, with fifteen meditations on the priesthood, to be usefully remembered for its advantage; it is advisable for Priests to use this familiarly, to protect their Excellency from the Priestly Power; and the laity also served, to honor with dignity such a great Power, granted to men on earth.

 

About the Priestly Psalter of Jesus Christ

This is composed of one hundred and fifty Prayers of the Lord, the Symbol of the Apostles and fifteen alternating Angelic Salutations, that is, after each decade, it is possible to add and meditate on the fifteen Priestly Excellencies, already mentioned, in precedence. His Wife Mary revealed that same New Husband in the same apparition, as can be remembered and derived from the same, whether from the Lord's Prayer or from the Greeting.

Decades of the FIRST GROUP OF FIFTY PRAYERS

1. The Priests received Sovereignty from the Father of the star “Our Father”. Thus the Son deserved, and all things, which he says the Father has, he gave to me and they are mine, I have given them to you, and I send you, as my Father sent me.

2. Children also received the power to sacrifice from the star “What You Are”. It says in effect, I and the Father are One in essence.

3. It has the Power of the Holy Spirit, from the star “In the Heavens”. In fact, the Holy Spirit in consecration gave character. And this is almost the third Heaven of the Holy Trinity.

4. They received the Power of Humanity from Christ from the Star “Be Sanctified”. This is the Holy of Holies, from which all Holiness is spread throughout the Body of the Church.

5. They received the Power of the Blessed Virgin Mary from the star “Your Name”. This (Name) sanctified and glorified her, transporting her above all the Angels.

Decades of the SECOND GROUP OF FIFTY PRAYERS

6. They received the Angelic Power from the Sources “Your Kingdom come”, that is, that (Kingdom) of Angels.

7. They received the Patriarchal (Power) from the Source “Thy will be done”, which was prescribed and established in the natural law and of Moses; indeed under the Excellent Priests.

8. The Apostolic (Power), from Sources “As in Heaven”. Indeed the Apostles are like Heaven, says Augustine.

9. The Holy of Holies, from the Source “So on earth”. Land much worked by God, fields and vineyards were the Saints; Christ is your Colonist.

10. They received the Sacred Power of Religious things from the Source “Our Daily Bread”, from which the Religious are mainly nourished.

Decades of the THIRD GROUP OF FIFTY.

11. The Priests received a higher Power from Miracles, from the Fortress “Give us this day”. Only God gives such great things.

12. They received (a greater Power) from that Ecclesiastic, from the Fortress “Forgive us our trespasses”. Priests can do this too, by God.

13. The Political (Power), of Fortaleza “How we forgive those who have offended us”. This which belongs to men is also necessary.

14. (The Power) of the Relics, of the Fortress “And lead us not into temptation”. Priests do indeed liberate from sin.

Furthermore, the First Group of Prayers was ordered according to the Ten Commandments of God.

The Second Group of Prayers according to the seven Moral Virtues and the three Theological Virtues.

The Third according to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit and the three parts of Penance.

With this purpose and intention: because with the favor of God, the help of Mary and the merit of the Psalter these goods are asked for and contrary evils flee, behind prayer.

The Ladder of the religion of the Holy Master ALANO, to a certain Certosino in the house of the Law of Mary.

You will know, dear Brothers, that each Religious has five Steps, with which he intends in his heart the ascension to Heaven. And these are divisible into three parts, like the three parts of the Psalter of Jesus and Mary: similarly, ours too prayers become relevant with God.

The Steps of the FIRST GROUP OF FIFTY PRAYERS are the foundations of the Sacred Religion:

1. Humble obedience: “Hail”.

2. Pure continence: “Maria”.

3. Voluntary poverty: “Graces”.

4. Perfect observation of the rule: “Full”.

5. The exultant and laborious diligence: “The Lord is with you.” Serving God like this is reigning.

The Steps of the SECOND GROUP OF FIFTY PRAYERS are things peculiar to Religion. These are:

6. Intense and attentive prayer: “Blessed”.

7. The devout and sacred occupation: “You”. Applying yourself diligently proves anything.

8. Compassion with the suffering Christ: “Among Women”. Mary indeed suffered at the side of her Son, atrocious (penalties).

9. Edification by others: “And Blessed”.

10. The expensive thing in Divine things: “Fruit”. In fact, that is also the savoring of divine things.

The Steps of the THIRD GROUP OF FIFTY PRAYERS are the accessory things of Religion. (These are:)

11. The step of Discernment, in bodily afflictions, in fasting, in vigil, etc.: “of the Belly”. We owe the necessity to nature.

12. Custody of the senses: “of Yours”, so that you remain your own, and the senses do not plunder the soul.

13. The Silence, “Jesus”: who in the Passion was silent like a lamb.

14. The Community consequently. “Christ”, who was submissive to his parents.

15. The Praise, Honor and Glory of God, to which the Religious leads all things thought, said and done. Amen, that is, be done. Meditate on these things, dearest, pray, and exhort others to the Psalter.

I read that in the place of a Certosa near Ludonio in Anglia, the Lord Jesus Christ deigned to reveal himself to the devotee; and now I know, that at the same time in three different (people), who spent the night in prayer, at the same time, the same thing was revealed by Saint John the Evangelist, Protector of the Virgin Mary, and that that Revelation is very true. So it goes like this:

1. Each one recites fully in honor of the Precious Blood shed by the Lord, each day for fifteen years, fifteen Our Fathers and other Hail Marys; The period has passed, in which he would have completed fifteen years, which is (equivalent) to the shed drops of the Blood of the Lord, and he will have greeted each one in due form, with Religious Worship pleasing to God and the Mother of God.

2. At the same time (if, however, he was immune from mortal guilt), he will be able to obtain from God the five special graces:

I. The salvation of three souls of his relatives, who died that year; God being merciful to those, in merit of prayers, holyly offered to the Blood shed by the Redeemer.

II. He will deserve for himself, by the Merits of the Blood of the Lord, not to give his soul and not to fall into disgrace before, even with every mark of sin, which had come out of the baptismal font, he can be presented to Christ the Judge, and be inscribed on the exultations of the Holy Spirits.

III. The same thing also applies to the merits and the fate of glory, which is the small laurel wreath of the Martyrs, as if they had shed their Blood through the suffering of Christ, and the communication through the merit of the Passion.

IV. Likewise the souls of the deceased, who he had wanted to come into the society of Merit, of Prayers said and suffrage; God, being merciful, will be able to take the same (souls) taken from the punishments of Purgatory to holy rest.

V. Whoever begins the said Prayers with the safe and certain purpose of continuing for the same fifteen years, and happens, in the first year, or in another, or in any month, to be kidnapped by death, will obtain the graces mentioned above not less than if he had obtained them, due to the desire for the work undertaken and for having set out to complete it.

3. Pray Brother, lover and caretaker of your Most Holy Name of the Rosary, listen to the Praises, oh Mary.

1. Heaven rejoices, the whole earth remains surprised;

2. Satan flees, Hell shakes;

3. The world loses its value, the heart melts with love; When I say

4. Turpitude disappears, the flesh weakens; HOLY MARY

5. As sadness moves away, new joy comes;

6. Devotion grows, repentance is born;

7. Hope grows, consolation increases;

8. The soul is reinforced and the feeling is consoled.

The softness of this Blessed Greeting is so great that it cannot be explained in human words, but it always remains higher and deeper than each creature can taste. This is the Prayer of Greeting. Small for words, big for mysteries; brief for speech, high for virtue. Sweeter than honey, more precious than gold; one must always re-chew with the mouth of the heart and repeat frequently with pure lips. It is woven by a few words and spreads in a wide torrent of heavenly softness.

Decades of the First Psalter and the FIRST GROUP OF FIFTY PRAYERS

1. Religious people are killed in the world and accompany the Angels in Heaven.

2. Through the devout works of the Religious, strength is placed within the Profession (Religious) and the state (of life), as (if it were) a work accomplished (by God): through which it becomes a living holocaust in God and almost infinitely surpass others who live outside religion.

3. Therefore, the state (of life) is more worthy and more perfect, because it will have escaped the great defects of the world, it will have apostrophized the corruption of Virtues. However, for consideration in the Ecclesiastical Order, they voluntarily enjoy placing themselves after the Episcopal Eminence.

4. When they falter due to weakness, they sin less than secular people.

5. They live more purely, stand more securely, fall more rarely, rise again sooner, operate more courageously.

Decades of the SECOND GROUP OF FIFTY PRAYERS.

6. The Merit of the religious person far surpasses the Merit of the Secular, in fasting, as in the action of the work carried out, it also surpasses (the action) of the person who carries out the work.

7. From the children (who live) in religion, a higher good comes to their parents than that which they raised to the Royal scepter, since they are promised Spouses in Christ and Mary.

8. The parents reach an equal share of the merits of the same Religion: and precede the others in celestial glory.

9. A single person, focused on Religion, can overcome many centuries, focused on good fruits.

10. Religious people can thirst among the Seraphim in Heaven, because here they live in a state of perfect Charity.

Decades of the THIRD GROUP OF FIFTY PRAYERS.

11. Their Royal Dignity remains in Heaven, because the poor in Spirit are Holy, because of these is the Kingdom of Heaven.

12. They will be judges of the world, this is what I say to you, because you who have left everything and followed me will sit on twelve thrones to judge the twelve tribes of Israel.

13. For the Religious the world was crucified, and these for the world, so the small laurel wreath will be given to them with Christ.

14. They are more glorious than the Sepulcher of Christ: in fact these contain him alive, while the former kept him dead during the triduum.

15. They are more worthy of the Lord's birthplace, when man is better than an inanimate thing and nothing (is better) than that.

 

11. FROM THE SECOND PSALTERS

Tens of the First Group of Fifty Prayers.

1. Religion in the Church is the delight of Christ.

2. Religion surpasses all created sciences, because it is the school of all Virtues.

3. It is greater than the science of Holy Scripture; because it is the Wisdom of God in the souls of the living, not in the dead letter.

4. Religion is almost a second Baptism, because with the first entry the remission of guilt and punishment occurs.

5. Religion is more worthy of the Earthly Paradise.

Tens of the Second Group of Fifty Prayers.

6. It is most worthy of all the world, because thank God for this the world is alive and lasts a long time.

7. She is more worthy of the Relics of the Saints, until she will make the others, while establishing the Saints of the Church.

8. It is greater than the gift of miracles: the latter in fact (perfects) the body, the former perfects the soul, and justifies through Christ.

9. It is more worthy of the Empire and Kingdoms, as the soul (is more worthy) of the Body.

10. Religion is the special Spouse of Christ.

 

Dozens of the Third Group of Prayers.

11. It is more worthy than the gift of administrations.

12. The Power to create is great: greater (is that) to justify through Christ; but this is (proper) to Religion.

13. She is most worthy of all the honors in the world, since she is the mother of true and eternal Honor.

14. Religion is the most worthy part of the earth, as long as it lives, although that earth derives from seven Sources:

I. Of living water.

II. From wine

III. From milk.

IV. From the oil.

V. Of the balm.

SAW. From medicine.

VII. Of antidotes and precious stones.

16. Religion is the City of God, the Castle of Divine Power, the School of Salvation, the Source of eternal Goodness. This is how the Glorious Virgin Mary revealed her New Husband to a Religious.

This is the threefold, and proper to each group of fifty Prayers in the Psalter

The First Group of Fifty Prayers is related to either the vocal Prayer or the Meditation on the Incarnation of Christ, and this through the application of the senses, in the parts of that Mystery. These are: Annunciation or Conception, Visit to Saint Elizabeth, Christmas, Circumcision, Presentation, Escape into Egypt, Return to Egypt, Renewal in the Temple, Submission of Christ to the parents.

Of these five Mysteries chosen for the pleasure of each one, each decade is prayed, representing one with the mind, for the merits of which, the devout intention of whoever prays and offers it to the Triune God; having as Advocate the illustrious Virgin Mother of God, in the Psalter of the First Group of fifty Prayers, among the prayers, praises, thanks, and repeated Greetings, and founded on that meditation and intention. And this is as if it then animated the same vocal Prayer from within, and from outside it raised a living light, as a lit candle illuminates those who sit in the shadows and which light fulfills their actions more precisely. But also in a single Mystery (of those) sayings, which are to be prayed in the Psalter, two people are placed before the mind, the Mother of God with the baby Jesus. Where it will be permissible to devoutly exercise the application of the senses, (if done) in such a way that the Mother of God is presented from head to heel, and a Hail Mary is pronounced for each of its parts, for example:

1. To her Head, which inclined the Son, for your advantage.

2. In the eyes that either looked fully at the child or lovingly teared up.

3. To the mouth, which kissed the baby Jesus.

4. On the cheeks, resting on the boy's cheeks.

5. To the lips and tongue, which praised Jesus.

6. To the ears, which heard his voice.

7. To the breasts, which suckled him.

8. In the arms that carried him.

9. To the belly that warmed Jesus.

10. To the heart, which loved him dearly.

11. To the womb, which generated him.

12. On his knees, which he loved.

13. At his feet, which ran towards him.

14. To the hands that served him.

15. To the entire body, which was dedicated to the child.

For this application, it would be very useful to have a painted or carved image of the Mother of God with the Child in her womb, or if you want, painted or carved, placed before the eyes; and the more it will be beautiful, the more silk adapted to the feeling. Where, little Jesus between the Mother's arms will be similar to a book; the members of the same, like the leaves of the divine book, in which the attentive and fixed soul of the one who prays, draws those things to be meditated on with the heart and prayed with the mouth. Like past things, heavenly things are present. Likewise, the boy's limbs can also be considered and adored in the Psalter of Christ.

 

The Second Group of fifty Prayers is oriented towards the Passion of Christ the Prayer, whether vocal or mental, leading to one and the other in each decade through:

1. The prayer, agony and imprisonment of Christ in the forest.

2. Flagellation.

3. The crowning (of thorns).

4. Carrying the Cross.

5. The Crucifixion, with the application of the senses to the things and particular parts of Christ who suffers; as was written before, for example, the Lord's hair and beard brutally plucked out, the eyes, the ears, the figure, and the whole head, the cheeks, the tongue, the back, the arms, the spine, the chest, hands, knees, feet, all things treated unworthily; as sitting, kneeling, lying; as in the movement of moving forward with being dragged, pushed, carried with fury, made to turn, etc.

Between these and other similar things, with a tense soul, the voice recites the Greetings in the Marian Psalter, and the Lord's Prayers in the Lord's (Psalter); psalmody devotion with the Spirit; the soul sings with the Spirit and the mouth, guiding the ten-stringed Scepter of the true David in relation to Christ: it honors and crowns the particular members of the Lord, in the due way, adapted to all, for which it is so easy and healthy to Christians, as worthy and pleasing to God. Here the images of the suffering Christ serve a great deal, especially to the most unexpected people; on the contrary, also the most intelligent, who very distinctly discovered the greatness of Christ present in the images, thus considered and honored.

* ancient stringed musical instrument, similar to the lyre.

That is why many miracles were performed by God, as if the Saints, or even God, found themselves in a soul, such great things could (obtain) faith, if it ascended before the visible and invisible things of God, and knew them: just as In natural things (God) is present in a natural way, thus he is seen in a supernatural way in Ecclesiastical things.

 

The Third Group of fifty prayers prays, for the Glorious Resurrection of Christ, each decade with the heart and with the word; As above, the parts to be considered are only these:

1. The Mystery of the Resurrection.

2. Of the Ascension.

3. Of the Descent of the Holy Spirit.

4. Of the Assumption of the Mother of God into Heaven and

5. Of the Coronation.

Here, in the glorious Lord, one can observe and see, as far as is permitted, the gifts of glorification in the Soul, the divine attributes of Wisdom, Science, Kindness, Truth, Mercy, Justice, etc. To these particulars corresponds an Angelic Salutation, while these would originally be placed as the same, by the participation of mortals in Christ. Those things were shown, not long ago, to a new Spouse of Mary, in a divine way, under different aspects and forms. She actually saw Three Wonderful Cities. The first was built of chosen gold and very pure silver, and in that (you were) those things that are related to the Childhood of Christ. The second, of very precious stones, more highly eminent than the previous one, and in it all the things of the Passion, expressed by words and gestures, as if they saw it coming at that moment.

The Third was composed of luminous Stars, placed in a very high place, in which the divine things of God and the Celestials could be seen from afar.

Between the first of these, the second, and the third, (it was) a fair distance, through very high spaces, and through Three Stairs: the Steps of each of these were fifty, and fragmented into ten (steps) at a time, They had very fortified and chosen castles: five in number. Along these Stairs and through their Castles, I saw countless Angels and holy Souls walking up and down. And being ordered by number and approximation, the movement produced below, in the center, at the top of the Stairs and Castles, an indescribable melody.

While he was captivated by seeing and feeling, in the midst of such things, a voice came to him. Do this, chanting three Groups of fifty Prayers every day, and this thing will truly happen to you too: our Company is in Heaven. And Saint Catherine of Siena prayed the Psalter, Saint Augustine prayed it, Saint Jerome repeated it assiduously, Saint Ambrose performed it, and so did most of the Saints.

They are, therefore, the Lord's Prayer and the Angelic Salute, the two Gospels, always preached and to be preached by each creature in the great miracles. These things are like precious stones, with which the House of God is built; They are also the Sacred Vessels of the Lord, in which devout sacrifices are offered to God; They are like the Weapons of Joshua, Gideon, Samson, David, and Josiah, to defeat the adverse parties.

The most merciful Queen of Heaven, one day, on the octave of all Saints, with great mercy visited her new Husband with delicacy and a serene and light form, even astonishing, appearing to him that she perceived with her senses and remained awake; in fact he was brought down by a great work of the soul. He was intensely distressed because, for a long time, he had been without any flavor and taste, instead in a sad boredom and in an insipid aridity of the soul he had allowed the daily duty of the Psalter to decay even further, instead of absorbing it. That's why his cowardice believed that his work was not capable of being pleasing to God. She arrived at the artifice and evil fraud of the clever deceiver, while she had enveloped him in dark darkness, darkening the soul with her wickedness, placing him between the hammer of distressing cowardice and the anvil of arid boredom. Oppressed for a long time internally and externally, finally, having overcome him as if by a shot arrow, he prostrates himself meditating on fleeing the Church; Suddenly, the Virgin of God appearing, keeps him oriented to such things, speaking to him. Where do your feet go, oh son? You won't escape me like that. And the thing said remained firm, and the soles of the feet adhered immobile to the earth, as it became rigid from relaxed. But here the surprise of the wavering courage was greater than that of the body: (he wondered) if this was the true figure of the Virgin, or a fantastic illusion of Satan. I felt the Mother of God, also if from me, he said, and from my young doubts, mark me and all the Virgins around, with the sign of the Holy Cross: if we are on the side of the evil one, we will flee, or else, more boldly we will remain, and more luminously we will shine.

He arranged himself in relation to those who advised wise things, and made the Cross with the name of the Holy Trinity, the result corresponded: at the same time, the customary Virtue returns to him in the soul.

Then the Queen asked: Why, the Bridegroom, doubted? Where is your light and your courage from before? Remember.

1. Man's life is a militia above the earth. Also my Son, tempted through all things, was found grateful. And you, since you are dear to God, it was necessary for temptation to try you. And now the Lord has told me to heal you. Not even I have lived a mortal life immune from temptation. Great and greatest are those Saints, who were greatly tested by temptations. You then, more armed with faith and patience, prepared for stronger things. I did not choose you so that you could calm down between indolent boredom, but so that you could fight strong wars in battle, so that you could win more strongly in arid enterprises. Perhaps then you will give in to the disgusting boredom and succumb to the arid feeling? Oh, used to sweet things! I won't love you like that! I want you strong! Therefore this temptation does not come to you without me; it was necessary for this ti to guide the merit of reparation and the virtue of patience; on the contrary, also using this correctly, you could bring light and peace to the souls in Purgatory. What do you think, oh my Husband? Will you face bodily illness or fatigue? Don't you remember that nothing is of greater value and prize, worthy of God's love, for the crown of our Heaven, whether for enduring the weariness of the soul, or for overcoming weakness? That which was in you, you will do, and you will have done it abundantly for God. Either way you will be, arid and tasteless, or full, (this comes from) God, except only the mortal damage of sin.

Learn by example:

1. Medicine is of the same value, whether it is taken by a simple inexperienced person who does not know it, or by a doctor who knows it.

2. So also the precious stone (is of the same value), whether it is carried by the hand of one who knows its value, or by that of one who does not know it.

3. Thus, fire, flowers, gold, have a force of equal value, whether you know it or not.

Likewise through Prayer, its value and its reward are certain, if it emanates from a feeling of an arid and fat heart, even if it emanates from a valiant soul, it is carried by God. Not the delicious feeling or taste of one who prays, but a valiant character and a constant spirit, equally in prospect and in difficulty. Instead, the more difficult things (are), the more beautiful they are: and patience enjoys difficult things. Thus a devotion that fights becomes a more glorious winner. Of the work, the ease is through grace, but the difficulty through glory. The more you enjoy impetuous aridity, the more you will hold the Crown of Patience on the day of struggle.

In Patience you will possess the Soul, you will not lose. Know that Prayer is God's medicine for the arid, but for the coward, it is the wine of comfort, the strength of help, the sun of the Church, a field of flowers, the money of the Kingdom. Make sure there is a mother, and she (has) three children: the older one is eloquent, the younger one is babbling, the third, still a child, is wagging. The mother listens, and understands each person's requests in the same way, and intervenes according to the opportunity: for the child, however, she intervenes more quickly and affectionately. In the same way God listens to those exulting in the Spirit and the Psalmists, through (prayer) and exercise; he loves and cares for the simple; he has compassion also for those who mourn, and do not understand him enough, and he also rejoices, he admits in the number. Because, if you could not pray more attentively, but you want to, and this same wanting offers to God, this one (not being able to pray) is yours, this other (wanting to pray) (is) God's. God wants to buy you and your things, and when you do this (last thing), you receive your own things with benefit, but more (you receive) with that (giving) yourself. That is why it remains, persists and insists on the state, the more difficult the supplication is. In fact, the Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence and the violent take office. Do not leave the Psalter if you pray for it weakly and unwillingly, but insist more strongly. Even if you are unwilling, but you are not unwilling. Because although you are against your will, you are dearer to God, and I belonged more to you, for you I offer prayers, and I offer a prayer of prayers.

But because after this you can pray more attentively, I will clearly manifest to you the Mysteries of the life of my Son, and I will mark him in the soul, so that the Salutations consecrated to God (are) repeated in the Psalter. Then you will know that my Son once revealed in an equally visible way the same things to my husband Saint Dominic, arriving at the perfect vision about the succession and chaining the entire Passion and with the miraculous participation of the same passion, in Dominic. Then I showed the same thing again to himself and to numerous other Saints. Saint Dominic all day long the voice preached those same Mysteries, and at other times he often meditated on them with deep attention, and with deep compassion. And verily you yourself (Mysteries) meditate on them, but then in confusion, and without any order you are disturbed; That's why you get bored too. Each one who insists on those little meditations:

1. You will be purified and saved in the Blood of my Son.

2. And by this living he will be changed into another man, according to the heart of God.

3. And you will deserve me, as your protector and your eternal Wife. She said (and) marked the Mysteries in the Bridegroom's soul; and distanced himself from the eyes of the Heavens.

This posthumous Transcriber of ALANO notes that, since he would have found these Mysteries in the many writings of ALANO in great detail, he brings them briefly in an exact manner; and then brought those of different (measure) to an equal brevity, as follows.

 

ARTICLES TO BE MEDITATED ON THE PSALTTERY BY THE FIRST GROUP OF FIFTY

FIRST DECENT

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you, blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.

1. Very lovable: He who was begotten from eternity by God his Father, and who was predestined for us as man, who with the Father and the Holy Spirit is one God, Lord equal in glory and in equal essence . Amen.

2. Very kind, who in principle created Heaven and the Angels that a very wise man separated into Nine Orders, and made them sharers in his eternal Beatitude and Glory. Amen.

3. Very kind, who expelled Lucifer from Heaven with his Angels, because he wanted to be similar to his Creator, and consolidated the good after God in their Charity, because from then on they remained forever, as he created him. Amen.

4. Very kind, who with power created the world and produced with his omnipotence all the elements, the sun, the stars and the moon, placing in each one his own order and duty. Amen.

5. Most lovable who founded the earth above the seas, and created these wonderful and different creatures, which he governs very wisely, and places very prudently, and which he powerfully preserves in existence. Amen.

6. Very kind, who planted Paradise in the East, in the midst of which he organized the tree of Life and the knowledge of good and evil; In this place he placed the first man, whom he expelled from there after transgressing through disobedience. Amen.

7. Very kind, who elected the Holy Patriarchs, of whom the semen established to make man, to whom he revealed the knowledge of himself, and the fear and many things of those to come. Amen.

8. Very kind, who announced through the Prophets to the world his Incarnation, the Passion, the Resurrection and the Ascension to Heaven; he had pre-established them by Divine Providence. Amen.

9. Very kind, who pre-chosen for eternity in his most worthy Mother, whether the Wife or your Conception, and pre-announced to your parents, through the Angel, Holy Christmas and the continuity of life. Amen.

10. Very kind, that you would fill with grace, the One who presented you to the Temple, the most worthy Virgin, and the One who adorned you beautifully with every virtue, since, thus admirably, he consecrated you in his most worthy Temple.

 

SECOND DECEN

Our Father. Holy Mary

1. Most blessed, who greeted you very respectfully next to his Angel Gabriel, who announced his coming to you, saying in a calm voice, Hail, full of grace. Amen.

2. Most beloved, the Angel encouraged you, who were troubled, and indicated the way to conceive and the power of the Most High then overshadowed you, and the Lady consented. Amen.

3. Most kind, to whom I offered consent, while you said: Behold the servant of the Lord, who conceived and remained a Virgin, and one hundred and fifty exaltations were made. Amen.

4. Most Benign, who was soon conceived, felt in his soul an infinite sorrow and sadness, which was also so great, to the point of surpassing all the torments of Hell. Amen.

5. Most blessed, that he existed in her womb, She visited John the Baptist, sanctifying the unborn child, restored the word to his father and gave the Spirit to Elizabeth. Amen.

6. Most beloved, to whom the Angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and warned him not to repudiate you, whom you also nourished for nine months in the virginal thalamus, and that you did not feel any burden in taking him. Amen

7. Most beloved, with whom you went to Bethlehem and chose as shelter a vile inn, where, remaining a Virgin, you gave birth to the Son of God, and then, for the second time, you had one hundred and fifty exaltations. Amen.

8. Most kind, may you wrap yourself in cloths and humbly lean on the manger; and with your knees bowed, you worshiped with great reverence, since you knew that he is the Son of God. Amen.

9. Most blessed, which the Angels announced to the shepherds, who immediately looked for him, and when they found him, they adored him, and reported the things seen and heard from the Angels. Amen.

10. Most benign, in relation to whom you inclined your Virginal head very often and looked frequently with very chaste eyes, you felt the perfume of his body in your nostrils and you frequently placed kisses on his lips. Amen.

 

THIRD DECENT

Our Father. Holy Mary.

 

SAW. Most merciful, who very often you breastfed with your Virginal breasts and always loved with the most ardent love, humbly with most pure hands you touched, clothed and nourished. Amen.

VII. Most merciful, circumcised for us in the flesh, and subject in all things to the Commandments of the Law. Next to him who cried and suffered, you suffer and devoutly cry, according to the custom of Mothers. Amen.

VIII. Most Clement, whose birth the star indicated to the Magi, and courageously guided them in searching, which they followed as it preceded them to Jerusalem, and asking where the King of the Jews was born. Amen.

IX. Most Clement, who found you in a poor inn, and prostrated to the earth, worshiped with reverence, also devoutly offered mystical gifts, in fact they offered gold, frankincense and myrrh to the Lord. Amen.

X. Most Clement, that you would present yourself to the Temple, where in a suppliant way you would worship God the Father, and offer him his only-begotten (Son), and then you would be filled with immense exultation. Amen.

XI. Most graciously, old Simeon knew through the Holy Spirit that you were the Son (of God), as a sacrifice you offered a couple of pigeons, and thus you humbly returned to your City. Amen.

XII. Most Clement, whom Herod wanted to kill, but it happened in a different way, a holy Angel appeared to Joseph in a dream, and advised him to flee with you to Egypt. Amen.

XIII. Most Clement, with whom you fled at night with great eagerness, suffering hunger and thirst on the journey and suffering from the fragility of your body, due to your young age. Amen.

XIV. Most merciful, with whom you lived in Egypt for seven years among the pagans, in a very chaste, humble, laborious, poor, venerated and holy way. Amen.

XV. Most gracious, whom you returned to your land after the arrival of the Angel, where together with him you lived sweetly, in utmost sanctity and reserve of customs. Amen.

 

FOURTH DECEN

Our Father. Holy Mary.

1. Most sweet, who with you went up to Jerusalem every year, where with you he pleaded for the Redemption of the world, and thus obtained from the Father the salvation of many. Amen.

2. Most sweet, that once you were lost for three days in Jerusalem, and in tears you searched among your acquaintances and relatives, and in those days you were unable to drink, eat or sleep; but each day you cried inconsolably. Amen.

3. Sweetest, whom you found after three days, while he sat in the temple among the Doctors, listened to him and questioned him, and explained to them the Sacred Scripture. Amen.

4. Sweetest, who was always obedient among everyone, and rose from the center returning with you, who in exultation you embrace in tears and with a virginal kiss. Amen.

5. Most sweet, who was always very obliging and very familiar with you and Joseph, whether talking to you every day about heavenly things, or revealing to you many divine secrets. Amen.

6. Sweetest, who in the twelfth year of his age, revealed to you with his divine mouth the great pain of his soul, which he endured from his conception, and which he suffered continuously until death. Amen.

7. Most sweet, who also wonderfully revealed to you the entire number of those who never were, are, and will be from the beginning of the world, saved, and of those to be condemned, whom he will gather and separate in the final judgment. Amen.

8. Most sweet, that John baptized in the Jordan, where the Sacrament of Baptism began, upon which the Holy Spirit descended from Heaven, and to which the Father gave true testimony. Amen.

9. Sweetest, who fasted for forty days, and without material food remained in the desert, where he indicated the way to fast, and continually invoked his Father in favor of sinners. Amen.

10. Most sweet, the Devil tempted him three times, but he overcame him with wisdom, first in the desert, then on the highest point of the Temple, and the third time on a very high mountain. Amen.

 

FIFTH DECEN

Our Father. Holy Mary

1. Your Excellency, to whom John testified and pointed with his finger, saying, Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. Amen.

2. Your Excellency, who chose for himself twelve Apostles, Peter and Andrew, and ten others, who devoutly immediately left all the things they had, in the love of Jesus. Amen.

3. Your Excellency, who was invited to the Wedding in Galilee, where with his presence he validated the Marriage, and where he fulfilled the first sign, changing the water into excellent wine. Amen.

4. Your Excellency, who from the Temple, with power, expelled those who bought and those who sold, overturned the banks of the dove dealers and with audacity scattered the money of the money changers. Amen.

5. Most Excellent, who also chose for himself another seventy-two disciples, whom he sent two by two before his person, giving them the power to cast out demons and to cure all illnesses in his name. Amen.

6. Most Excellent, whose feet Magdalene bathed with tears, and with her hair she devoutly dried them, who received from the Lord forgiveness for her sins, through true repentance. Amen.

7. Your Excellency, who for three years with the disciples preached to the very ungrateful Jews, to whom he showed numerous and various miracles, which were never heard. Amen.

8. Most Excellent, who cured many lepers, restored sight to the blind, walking to the lame, restored life to the dead, health to the sick, full deliverance from demons to the possessed. Amen.

9. Most Excellent, who endured many sacrifices in his body, by fasting, by watching from his youth, by preaching, by working and by praying, and by frequently enduring the perils of the Jews. Amen.

10. Most Excellent, whom the crowd met with palm branches, spreading their cloaks and olive branches on the roads, singing and praising him, he entered Jerusalem, but shortly afterwards, with immense contempt, they expelled him. Amen.

 

SECOND GROUP OF FIFTY PRAYERS

Fifty prayers about the painful Passion of Christ, from the Supper to the Tomb.

FIRST DECENT

Our Father, Hail Mary.

1. Very familiar, who consumed his Last Supper with the disciples, whom he had previously chosen for himself in the world, and immediately after the Supper he took off his clothes, and taking a cloth, put water in a basin. Amen.

2. Very familiar, who very humbly knelt, washed, dried and kissed the feet of the Disciples with tears in his eyes, and then revealed his betrayal to those, whom he warned to remain in the faith. Amen.

3. Very familiar, who then consecrated the bread and wine, in the true Body and Blood, and gave it to all the disciples, whom he then ordained as Priests and Pontiffs. Amen.

4. Very familiar, who after Supper gave his disciples a beautiful, long and profound speech; who then left Jerusalem, in great anguish, towards the garden where he used to pray. Amen.

5. Very familiar, who in the garden, three times with tears, turned to the Father, prayed to the Father in the form of supplication to distance the cup from him, but that the Father's will be done and not his own, ended the prayer with anguish and a lot of sadness. Amen.

6. Very familiar, who in the third Prayer agonized to death, drops of blood sweated profusely, and then a Holy Angel comforted him and urged him to redeem the world with his Passion. Amen.

7. Very familiar, who got up from Prayer and went for the second time to the sleeping disciples, whom he warned to watch and pray, so as not to fall into the temptation of the deceiving devil. Amen.

8. Very familiar, who asked the Jews who they were looking for, whom he then, by divine virtue, made fall to the ground three times, and where he showed other admirable signs, with the very strong divine power. Amen.

9. Very familiar, who was abandoned by his disciples in a painful way, and was caught by the wicked Jews with immense turmoil, and was cruelly tied with chains around his neck and arms and with ropes over his body. Amen.

10. Very familiar, who was dragged into the City in a very painful way, was led confusedly through roads and squares, and was first presented to the Pontiff Annas, by whom he was questioned about his doctrine. Amen.

SECOND DECEN

Our Father. Holy Mary.

1. Most pleasant, Annas questioned him about many things, to which he responded sweetly, then by a servant he was attacked in a very severe way, mocked, satirized and insulted in an outrageous way. Amen.

2. Most pleasant, who looked humbly at Peter who was denying him, and strongly encouraged him to repent, leading him in chains from the house of Annas, with terrible screams, to the house of Caiaphas. Amen.

3. Most pleasing, which Caiaphas mistakenly examined and sentenced, replying that the Lord (was) worthy of death, for the second time he endured the Jews and their insults, ironies, satires and very painful aggressions. Amen.

4. Very pleasant, that Caiaphas sent to Pilate early in the morning, chained in a suffering way by his most holy hands, where he was again evilly accused by the Jews: but Pilate did not recognize him guilty. Amen.

5. Most pleasing, Pilate sent to Herod, who was then present in Jerusalem, whereby he was questioned again about many things, but Jesus gave him no answer. Amen.

6. Very pleasant, which Herod and his followers then covered in spit, mocked and satirized; He made him wear white clothes, and, badly disfigured, he sent him back to Pilate. Amen.

7. Most Pleasant, who, when he returned to Pilate, fell along the roads because of his long clothes; which Pilate once more examined and thought of freeing from death. Amen.

8. Most pleasant, which divine body, was stripped naked in a disconcerting way by the Servants, and pressing it to the chest, arms and legs, it was cruelly chained to a column. Amen.

9. Most Pleasant, who with leaden rods and gnarled rods, was scourged to the point of death, to the point that the Servants left him, because they were unable to scourge any longer due to exhaustion. Amen.

10. Most Pleasant, which Most Holy Body was full of wounds from the top of the body to the palms of the feet, from which the Most Holy Blood came out abundantly, and ran in drops to the ground. Amen.

THIRD DECENT

Our Father. Holy Mary.

1. Most humble, which they then took from the pillar, and placed on a platform in a shameful manner, clothed him with a scarlet garment, and kneeling, they satirized him as if he were a fool. Amen.

2. Most humble, who painfully crowned them with a crown of thorns, the sharp points of which penetrated to the brain, and gave them a rod as a scepter, with which they repeatedly struck their head covered with thorns. Amen.

3. Most humble, which Pilate, after having thus punished him, led out: Ecce Homo (Behold the Man) he said to the evil Jews. But the terrible Jews, not content with this, shouted Crucifige, Crucifige (Crucify, Crucify). Amen.

4. Most humble, who with a great cry were dragged to the seat of judgment and placed before Pilate with impious thieves, then with terrible cries, they furiously shouted: His blood be on us, and on our children, they said impiously. Amen.

5. Most humble, who was unjustly condemned to death by Pilate, he who was truly King and Lord of lords, the Creator of all things, the author of the law and the Son of Omnipotent God. Amen.

6. Most humble, who with great effort carried the cross through the squares, and very often fell to the ground under the cross, and finally under the cross was completely deprived of two strengths, so Simon of Cyrene joined his hands to the cross. Amen.

7. Most humble, who with indescribable pain and fatigue, arrived with the thieves at Mount Calvary, where they removed his clothes, through his head covered with thorns, and painfully renewed all the wounds on his body. Amen.

8. Most humble, when you saw him naked, you immediately took the veil from your head, approached him with immense pain, and in tears, and with this you marked his virginal features. Amen.

9. Most humble, who upon the Cross then with compassion was placed, and with ropes upon the limbs he was cruelly lengthened, which blessed hands were fastened with nails to the Cross. Amen.

10. Most humble, whose most holy feet were pierced with a very large nail, and thus their virginal limbs were all exposed. Amen.

FOURTH DECEN

Our Father. Holy Mary.

1. Most innocent, who with the Cross, raised on high, and thus painfully lacerated your wounds, which again shed Blood, which dripped abundantly on your veil and on your face. Amen.

2. Most innocent, before whom you, tearful Mother, were suffering, you looked at the Son hanging on the Cross with extreme pain, and, until death, you suffered, because in such great pains you were unable to obtain any help. Amen.

3. Most innocent, who saw yourself under the cross, and, with immense compassion, entrusted yourselves to the disciple, where John son of Zebedee was given to you in the place of the Son of the Supreme God. Amen.

4. Most innocent, who was often mocked on the Cross by the Scribes and the Elders, the High Priests, and the servants, but he was very patient with everyone, with all his strength he also interceded for his crucifiers. Amen.

5. Most innocent, who promised paradise to a thief on the cross, and there often remitted all his sins, so that no one would despair because of them, seeing that the kingdom of Heaven was freely given to a thief. Amen.

6. Most innocent, what did he say about the Cross: Eli, Eli, Lamà Sabactani? (My God, My God, why have you abandoned me?), and these painful words made even hearts of stone cry. Amen.

7. Most innocent, who also on the Cross, until his death was thirsty, and: Sitio (I'm thirsty), cried out with a fragile voice, to which the wicked put vinegar, on a sponge, with a stick made of wood. Amen.

8. Innocent, who once again spoke about the Cross with extreme sorrow saying: Consummatum est (It is accomplished). And finally he shouted so loudly that all things on earth began to tremble. Amen.

9. Most innocent, who entrusted his Spirit to the Father on the Cross, when he cried loudly and pitifully. And, bowing his head, with indescribable anguish, he gave up his Spirit. Amen.

10.Innocent, who allowed Satan to sit under the Cross, who watched if he could find something in him to be able to take his soul to Hell. Amen.

FIFTH DECEN

Our Father. Holy Mary.

1. Dearest, in what a painful death, all the elements suffered. The earth shook horribly, the trees, and the other things in it moved. Amen.

2. Dearest, in his death even the stones were broken, and the tombs of the dead were opened. And the precious veil of the Temple was torn from top to bottom. Amen.

3. Dearest, because of him the Sun was darkened, when God was crucified and taken down from the Cross, and many other signs occurred, but the Evangelists did not indicate. Amen.

4. Dearest, who at his side was wounded on the cross, from which much Blood and Water came out. When the most pure mother saw this, you suffered greatly out of compassion. Amen.

5. Dearest, whom Joseph Nicodemus, with some other gifts, removed from the Cross. And on your knees they supported him, and next to you then, with abundant tears they cried. Amen.

6. Dearest, who with indescribable sadness you held against your belly, whose face and chest you wet with tears. O painful Mother, how many lamentations and groans you made then, when you looked like that on your sweet dead Son. Amen.

7. Dearest, the Most Holy Body filled with Blood, they washed with water. And they removed the Crown of Thorns from his head, Nicodemus anointed him with precious ointment, and Saint Joseph placed him on a clean shroud. Amen.

8. Dearest, that all those who were present went to the Tomb with infinite tears, and inestimable pain: you followed them then with infinite sadness, and adored with great reverence when he was placed in the Tomb. Amen.

9. Beloved, to which the Sepulcher was placed a stone, which the Jews guarded with guards. Afterwards everyone returned to the city with you and on the road they continually wept profusely. Amen.

10.Dearest, in which Passion, oh Virgin and adoring Mother, you suffered one hundred and fifty mortal pains, fifty before his death, and one hundred after his return to Jerusalem. Amen.

 

THIRD GROUP OF FIFTY PRAYERS.

The Mysteries about the Resurrection, Ascension and Glory of Christ, and about the Glorious Assumption of the Virgin Mary, etc.

FIRST DECENT

Our Father. Holy Mary.

1. Praiseworthy, whose soul descended into Hell, and powerfully broke the doors thereof, and chained Lucifer in the abyss, and severely condemned the others. Amen.

2. Praiseworthy, who after reaching the Parents kept in Limbo, and, with his splendor, distanced their shadows. And at his feet they all threw themselves, and with exultation and tears, with reverence they worshiped him. Amen.

3. Praiseworthy, who remained with his Fathers in Limbo for a long time, until the third day, when he rose from the dead. On the third day he took these Fathers out of Limbo, and resurrected his Glorious Body from death. Amen.

4. Praiseworthy, who with luminosity and indescribable glory, with a row of Angels and with a phalanx of Holy Fathers, first appeared to you, and sweetly saluting you, freed you from every sadness. Amen.

5. Praiseworthy, who in a second moment manifested himself to Mary Magdalene, thirdly to Mary of Solomon and Cleophas, in a fourth moment to Peter the Apostle, then admirably revealed himself to the Disciples who were heading to Emmaus. Amen.

6. Praiseworthy, who in a sixth moment appeared to the eleven Disciples, closed in the Cenacle on Mount Zion, and in a seventh moment he appeared to James the Lesser, who had been fasting since the Lord's Supper. Amen.

7. Praiseworthy, who appeared in an eighth moment to Joseph of Arimathea, in a ninth moment to Thomas, who wavered in faith, in a tenth moment to the disciples who were fishing, in an eleventh moment to those gathered on Mount Tabor. Amen.

8. Praiseworthy, who ate with his disciples on the same day he ascended to heaven, appeared last on the Mount of Olives, before all the disciples he had chosen. Amen.

9. Praiseworthy, who raised your hands, blessed the disciples, and commanded them to announce Your name to the world. And then he approached you, his sweetest Mother, with a divine hug and a kiss: Vale (Goodbye) he said. Amen.

10. Praiseworthy, that with tears of happiness and with a virginal heart, you humbly adored him, asking that he not take too long to take you to his side. Amen

SECOND DECEN

Our Father. Holy Mary.

1. Most Merciful, who ascended to heaven with the Holy souls, and with all the Angels appointed to the custody of men, with inestimable glory and indescribable exultation. Amen.

2. Most Merciful, whom the entire Celestial Court of Paradise sought with dignified reverence, with musical instruments and scepters, singing with infinite exultation. Amen.

3. Most Merciful, that the angelic Choirs led with joy, with which He reached the Throne of the Supreme Trinity, with how much exultation and joy this happened, no one can explain in words. Amen.

4. Most Merciful, which the eternal Trinity, with infinite glory had within Himself, giving Him the Crown of Majesty and Power over all things, which were created in Heaven and on earth. Amen.

5. Most Merciful, who in his immense Power reigns over all things with Supreme Majesty. He himself is indeed the eternal Beatitude of all the Saints and Angels who are in heaven. Amen.

6. Most Merciful, to whom all those who reigned with him wished to gaze endlessly. It is in fact immense and infinite, illuminating each person according to their own merits. Amen.

7. Most Merciful, with whose infinite sweetness all who were admitted to Heaven are filled. And its infinite aroma fills all of Heaven, lasting for all centuries until eternity. Amen.

8. Most Merciful, which is the supreme and eternal exultation of all heavenly citizens. These tremendous ones honored him, and adored him, and, saying without end Holy, Holy, Holy, honored him. Amen.

9. Most Merciful, whose Charity is immense, whose praise is continuous and eternal. To whom the Majesty is terrible, maximum, infinite, and inestimable her glory. Amen.

10. Most Merciful, whose name is so great, virtuous, fruitful and worthy, that every knee kneels when Jesus is named. Amen.

THIRD DECENT

Our Father. Holy Mary.

1. Most noble, whose beauty is admirable, whose wisdom is indescribable, whose figure shines in Heaven, and illuminates in a most sweet way all the Saints. Amen.

2. Most noble, which glorious body is the temple of the Divinity, which reigns on the Supreme Throne, of the Kingdom that knows no end. Amen.

3. Most noble, who raised human nature in Heaven above all created things, and who asked the Father to give his disciples the Holy Spirit, which he had promised. Amen.

4. Most noble, who on the fiftieth day sent the Holy Spirit, promised to the disciples on earth, who appeared to each one in the form of fire and tongues, as he himself had desired. Amen.

5. Most noble, who sent his disciples throughout the world, whom he fervently inspired through the Holy Spirit, who preached everywhere, and in the name of Jesus performed immense miracles. Amen.

6. Most Noble, who after his Ascension to Heaven, left you on earth the consolation of his disciples, whose love pressed you, and encouraged you to see him in his Glory. Amen.

7. Most Noble, who answered your prayers, and sent his Angel to you, to announce his arrival and who wanted to glorify you in Christ. Amen.

8. Most Noble, who gathered his Apostles spread throughout the world, advised them to be present at your funeral, and summoned all the Angels, to whom he appointed the custody of men. Amen.

9. Most Noble, who then descended from Heaven, with an infinite number of Saints and Angels, with great majesty and immense glory, and appeared to you, saluted you with a most sweet voice. Amen.

10. Most noble, whom you then saw in his Glory, and giving him your Spirit you passed out of love, hugging him often you kissed him, and like a gentle Husband you clung to her. Amen.

FOURTH DECEN

Our Father. Holy Mary.

1. Omnipotent, who in body and soul, took you with him, and ascended above the gates of the heavenly Paradise, where he introduced you with indescribable Glory and immense exultation. Amen.

2. Almighty, who ordered all his Angels to gather together, truly wants to honor you with dignified honor, so that you may be introduced with the Angelic Songs, and always enjoy eternal glory. Amen.

3. Almighty, whose Angels greeted you devoutly, and kneeling with reverence they worshiped you, with timpani and colors they magnificently praised you, and with loud voices they joyfully glorified you. Amen.

4. Almighty, who with infinite Glory and the entire Court of Heaven led you to the holy Trinity which you humbly adore, and offer all of it devotedly to it. Amen.

5. Almighty, who gloriously dwells with his Father and with the Holy Spirit. And with the Crown of Glory I crowned you Most Holy. And she made you Queen of Heaven and earth, and she raised you mightily above every creature. Amen.

6. Omnipotent, who honors you, his most worthy Mother, denying nothing (to you). But whatever you ask for, He gives it to you very quickly, and with His eternal Wisdom it illuminates you, and, before everyone, it gives you splendor with its eternal luminosity. Amen.

7. Almighty, who gave you every beatitude and sweetness, and made you reign with him, and subjected all created things to you. Amen.

8. Almighty, who filled you with all glories and exultations, and with all honors and graces, and entrusted to you every treasure of the Celestial Kingdom, so that you can take whatever you please, and so that you can enrich us with them. Amen.

9. Omnipotent, of whom you are the Mother and the Daughter, and even the Sister and the Wife, the Temple and the Dwelling, and the most worthy Triclinium of the entire Trinity. Amen.

10. Almighty, who determined not to save anyone, only those devoted to you, or (if not) wanted to be your friend, so that we would turn to such a great queen, and devoutly ask for her intervention. Amen

FIFTH DECEN

Our Father. Holy Mary.

1. Most pleasing, that his Apostles, chosen by him on earth, by the palm of Martyrdom, assumed the Court of his Glory. Amen.

2. Most Pleasant, who comforted his Martyrs in faith, and strengthened them in torment, and thus with the victory of the world, they entered the eternal Kingdoms of Heaven. Amen.

3. Most Pleasant, who enlightened the Holy Confessors with his Wisdom, and adorned them with all virtues, and thus they did not consider all temporal things for nothing, and worthily deserved the Celestial Kingdoms. Amen.

4. Most Pleasant, who chose the most chaste Virgins of the world, and made them sharers in His eternal Glory (and) with Him in Heaven also reign infinite Saints, of either sex. Amen.

5. Most Pleasant, who will rigorously judge all things in the Final Judgment, where, gathering all the children of Adam, he will separate the bad from the good, save the elect, and condemn the bad for all eternity. Amen.

6. Most Pleasant, who is the Word of the Father, the Son of the Virgin, the Lamb of God, the Salvation of the world, the Holy Host, the Living Flesh. Amen.

7. Most pleasant which is the Praise of the Angels, the Glory of the Saints, the Vision of Peace, the Flower, and the Fruit of the Virgin Mother. Amen.

8. Most pleasing is the splendor of the Father, the Prince of peace, the living Bread, the holy Drink and the Temple of divinity. Amen

9. Most pleasing is the Light of Heaven, the Value of the world, our Exultation, the Bread of Angels, the Joy of the heart, the Hope of salvation, the King and the Spouse of virginity. Amen.

10. Most Pleasant, which is our Prize, and eternal Exultation, the Fountain of love, the Sweetness of peace, the true Rest of everlasting Life. Amen.

END OF B. ALANO'S SERMONS

 

106 The term “Redivivus” is almost untranslatable: it means “Withdrawn to the light”, “Retracted to life”, and similar expressions. We left “Redivivo”, because no suitable equivalent was found.

EXAMPLE I

Archdeacon Hadrian, fallen and raised from ruin, through the practice of the Psalter.

Hadrian, of noble birth, and unparalleled in body, science and eloquence, was admirably honored by the title of Archdeacon of the city of Cesaraugusta in Spain. And in this degree of honor, he began to marvelously reform the defects of the ecclesiastics and to sow the Word of God, running everywhere. The devil, seeing this, led him into very strong temptations of the flesh to Joana, Conte's daughter. And she always wanted to confess and obey her advice, as if he were a Confessor. But after the wind of words, the rain of the flesh arrived: and he who had an apostolic life, led an infamous and unscrupulous life for almost six months. And soon devotion became distant from him and he began to be so interested in delights, games, laughter and spectacles and to relax from his duties, to preach little and without conviction, in a way not decided against vices, as before , but moderately.

He walked with his head high and his eyes raised and he wore very precious clothes: everyone who knew him was surprised and hurt by so much change. After these unholy joys, soon came the consequent sadness. While he enjoyed the women's speeches and the songs and dances to the sound of the tympanum and the cetra, Joana's belly began to grow. Appearing to her father fat beyond measure, he wanted to know, even through violence, what happened to his daughter. She accused the Archdeacon very seriously and hated him a lot.

Accusing him of all malignity and cunning, he invented new versions of their relationship, claiming to have been a victim of magic. Soldiers were immediately sent to arrest Adriano. He was captured with great shame and confusion, arrested before all the people of the city of Cesaraugusta and taken to the Bishop, who suddenly, after having excommunicated him, threw him into prison. But after the fourth day, through the work of his relatives, who pretended to be Clergy, he was released, but after being released he fell into greater dangers.

In fact, while he was fleeing, recognized by Conte and captured again, he was dragged to the Royal Prisons, with the accusation of having raped the King's niece and dishonoring the Kingdom's noble family. Almost like an enemy of the State, that wretch was dragged and thrown into a lake close to the snakes. There, having to live in extreme poverty due to cold, hunger and thirst, and without the shelter of clothes, he remained for three years. In addition to this, in this prison lake he found six other evils. The first evil was the curse and excommunication issued by the Bishop. The second evil was the loss of all wisdom, because of sadness. The third evil was the loss of all friendships and all privileges with Princes and Lords. The fourth evil was the loss of eloquence in preaching and speeches in companies. He spoke like a leper. The fifth evil was the loss of all Ecclesiastical and temporal Lordship. The sixth evil was freedom lost through temptation. Of these six evils he was afflicted unbearably and immensely.

When the Blessed Dominic was preaching in those places, he heard Adriano's huge scandal. And knowing from the prophetic spirit that he was still among the living, he received permission from the chiefs and went to meet him, saluting him and inviting him to patience and repentance.

Saint Dominic preached in relation to the Lord Jesus Christ and about many Saints, many things and the more things were said about them, the less Adriano became a sufferer. Saint Dominic seeing this, promised that, if he prayed the Psalter every day and accepted the Confraternity, through the extraordinary participation of all merits, it would certainly have freed him from all setbacks. He trusted and after he confessed to Dominic he received absolution and then began to devoutly recite the Psalter. Near the end of the first month the Virgin Mary appeared, bearing the news of her absolution not only of her sins, but also of the sentence of excommunication by the Bishop. In fact, Saint Dominic had not absolved him except under the intervention of the Virgin, of having to help him in imminent danger, and under the successive approval of the Superiors. And so he was freed from the first evil, that is, from the despair of the curse, through the “Hail” of Mary's blessing. At the end of the second month, the Virgin Mary appeared to him, holding little Jesus in her arms, who in his right hand was holding a small book, in which was written the Gospel of Saint John: In the beginning was the Word. Only then did that prisoner read: And the Word became flesh, he was released by the second evil, that is, by ignorance. In fact, he recovered all the wisdom he had lost, multiplied many times over through “Mary”, who is the illuminator of all knowledge. At the end of the third month, through the third good, which is called “Grace”, he was freed from the third evil, of being frowned upon by Princes and Nobles. And so he was released and visited and received with honor by the Chiefs. At the end of the fourth month he was freed from the fourth evil, that is, speech, eloquence, through Mary, who is full of the communion of good things. In fact, the Virgin Mary appeared to him and with a Virginal Kiss restored his eloquence with a strong increase.

And just as before, he preached in a very particular way the Psalter of the Virgin Mary and her Confraternity, through which he was liberated. At the end of the fifth month he was freed from the fifth evil, that of the loss of his Lordships: the Virgin Mary appeared to him during the night and gave him the pastoral care next to the mitride and the pontifical ring and, on the third day, a letter from the Pope the confirmed as Bishop. At the end of the sixth month the Virgin Mary appeared, holding in her hand a golden staff with which, touching her head, she said: Get out of him. Then a fiery dragon came out of him, making him free from all temptations. After Mary Most Holy with the same stick he touched her waist again, saying: Come out of him, and a serpent came out of him, freeing him from the temptations of the flesh. During his three years in prison he was always haunted by the sin of libido. And through the “Lord” he became a Lord; and through “With You” he becomes free from the temptations of his enemies. So, after living for a long time, he reformed the entire Church of that land and, disseminating the Psalter everywhere along with the so-called Confraternity of the Most Holy Mary, made it honorable. And finally this appeared to him before his death, he prepared himself very devoutly for death. And finally he completed his days in good and his years with great glory.

EXAMPLE II

An Educator extraordinarily released from Prison.

There was an Educator with a perverse life, who, having as students almost all the children of the citizens, corrupted the attractive mothers of his students, asking, through the children, for the mothers' hair, and thus with his magical arts, threw themselves the ones you wanted. However, as the wife of an illustrious man observed attentively that her son was interested in his hair, she asked her son why she was interested in this. He refused to speak, but through pressure he made his son tell the truth. She gave him the hairs from the brush, and when the Educator received them, the object, by magic, began to move due to the demons and causing a great noise in the house. The woman saw it and told her husband; the Educator was arrested for the crime and sentenced to eternal prison on bread and water.

There was another prisoner in that place, an evil one, who had been there for a long time. Feeling that a companion had arrived for him, he consoled him and prudently advised him to be patient. Then the Educator asked how he could be patient: he then said that he had obtained this and other goods thanks to the prayer called the Psalter of Our Lady: and he invited his fellow prisoner to this way of praying. He heard him saying: If as you preach she is of such great exultation, why are you not free yet? He answered: They offered me freedom when they asked me thirty years ago if I wanted to leave: but I didn't want to and I still don't want to: before I regret it. And in the same way, I fear, knowing my evil inclinations, of falling back into the things I used to do.

But whether it be bread or water, with which I nourish myself, they are much more pleasant to me than any other food through this Holy Mary to which I offer my service: and I do penance. Having heard these words, the Educator turned to the Psalter: and prayed for his companion. That Educator, even though he prayed, was restless throughout the year and was impatient: in the second year he was even more restless; in the third year he was even more in truth. Finally, in prison, he said to the Blessed Mary: If, oh Lady, you are worthy of freeing me, your servant, I trust and offer, in vow, my entire life to your will. Soon the Mother of Mercy was at his side and asked him if he was not sorry for what he had said. But he remained firm on his promise. And when she freed him, she transported him to a very distant populated place, so that he could fulfill his promise, just as he had promised. He therefore ran schools there and taught students to pray the Psalter of Mary. And so soon, almost three thousand students began to pray the same. In the morning, before entering school, while the Educator prayed, they also prayed the Psalter and this devotion extended to the parents. And when they returned from school, a second time with devotion, they recommended themselves to the Virgin Mary, reciting her Psalter.

Then, two disasters happened in the same place: first the fire consumed almost all the houses, except that of the Educator and the others, whose children were chanting the Psalter of Mary; and the same School placed in the middle of the fire remained intact, as it expressed the virtue of the Psalter. The second disaster was a rebellion: The said place was invaded by soldiers and vandalized by enemies, through the Virgin Mary the house of the Educator and the others who prayed the Psalter were saved. And no one plundered it: the thieves could not find doors, windows or other entrance and returned with empty hands, as if nothing or little existed. Finally, through the Blessed Virgin, the said Educator, to similarly take such fruit in another place, was transported far away and similarly among the numerous students the cult of the Virgin Mary grew with strength. The school was inside the Main Church, where, according to its custom, making the Psalter for the Virgin Mary sing to its students, it brought together a large popular assembly, especially the parents of the young people, so that this gift could be spread among the little ones. of the Virgin. Sometimes, while they were singing the Psalter, a beautiful Lady and a beautiful man appeared on an Altar, who sat on an Angelic chair and waited for the end of the Psalter. After this, Mary, our Mother and Lady, came down and, kneeling down, asked him (her Son, the Savior of the world, was with her) for the blessing of her servants and her chanters. He consented and gave the blessings, and soon after followed a wonderful and extraordinary devotion, the moving of hearts; The sweetness of devotion also took over everyone, and each one shouted that they had seen the wonderful and magnificent Lady. Finally, the Educator entered the Order of Preachers, and lived it very holy, having become a great preacher, he always recommended this Psalter and with courage, he sought to honor, praise and elevate the Virgin Mary, and with a holy end he rested in peace.

EXAMPLE III

The very strong Breton Warrior.

In those times, when Saint Dominic preached to Christians in the land of the Albigenses, wars were fought against the infidels at the same time. In the camps of the faithful, many Britons fought, including a warrior and vigorous soldier, but with a criminal lifestyle. Saint Dominic, therefore, encouraged these Britons to give themselves, in the midst of so many dangers, to the Glorious Virgin, chanting her Psalter. That soldier then began, together with the others, to recite the Psalter of the Virgin, with the intention of warding off the danger. And he truly escaped many dangers of war. Once, while traveling, he entered a forest where he fought with numerous thieves, who burst into a scream and forced him to defend himself; he soon drew his sword, which had hung his Rosary, as he usually recited it while riding a horse. He drew his sword and began attacking the thieves. Then those began to run away and scream, they could not resist.

Surprised by this, as they fled, he rested his sword in its sheath: and then he first noticed that the Rosary also remained piled up. Holding it respectfully, he slung it over his arm. The thieves gathered again, prepared themselves after leaving the forest and attacked the soldier again. He drew the sword, and wounded many, almost all. One of them was terribly injured, to heal his wounds, he went to the city where the same soldier was, and recognizing him, he said to him kindly: Spare me, if I say something big about you; Are you not the one who escaped us today and injured us? But we saw your sword almost completely inflamed, and terrified, we did not even dare to approach, when the first time you put us to flight; and so surprised by so much unusual fury, we ran away screaming. And when you attacked us again, we saw that you had a shield on your arm, on which the Crucifix, the Holy Virgin and many Saints were represented; That's why we couldn't hurt you, but we felt your blows. I still see the same shield on your arm. He marveled greatly at both things, denying what he said about the sword and the shield. Finally, that Breton soldier asked to know what these things were, since he said he still saw her. He finally also saw the shield as it had been described, and marveled, because it had its Patriloquio (Rosary). He understood that this miracle was the result of the Psalter of the Virgin Mary. The same Soldier, while in a tavern, was seen by nearly thirty heretics with weapons: they said that death for him was imminent.

He replied no; rather, that he would win again. And he placed his Patriloquium on his head, and went to meet them, trusting in the Holy Virgin. And when he went to meet them, they all fled in terror and many of them fell. That's why he was surprised and asked them why they ran away like that, without being attacked. And while he was asking why, three of the strongest of these, seeing the comments, fell at his feet, praising his faith and asking him to pray for them. He refused, finding nothing good in himself, but said he had given up attacking them.

Then they told him what they had seen, the cause of the terror and the flight, saying: We saw you with burning weapons, and Christ wounded who protected you; From the two wounds, lightning came out, which terrified us. On the other side we saw the Blessed Virgin who scared us away and terrified us with a little rope, so we didn't dare resist and we didn't have any courage left.

We also saw the Angels who protected you; That's why we converted to the Faith.

A third time a Conte went to battle: he appointed this Soldier as Captain of almost a thousand soldiers; He placed a Psalter as a symbol on his arms, on his chest, and on each of his, docile, trusting in the help of the Virgin. He had before them many heretics, about twenty thousand.

Attacked in battle, almost all enemy soldiers were killed. The chief of the army of heretics then ran to the Captain, asking for grace, and narrated the things he had seen together with the others in that war and said: We saw you armed with burning weapons. And he said again that on the right part of his Army they had seen the Most Holy Virgin Mary, who wielded over them the sword from which they were put to flight and were terrified. Even more so, because we saw before the Army of Christians, Christ wounded, flaming rays coming out of the wounds, which hurt there. But they also saw a crowd of men armed with burning weapons, who protected them and terribly slaughtered the others; That's why they fled, and were killed in haste. No one from the Captain's Army fell. Seeing this, the Captain of the Heretics converted to the Faith. After this admirable victory, Saint Dominic began to invite him to penance, so that he could confess, recognizing the wonderful things happening around him; He turned his face to the other side saying that he had not yet had enough of the things of the world, and that there was still time to repent, that he wanted to fight more first, and regret it later. However, Saint Dominic insisted that he at least confess. He agreed, and began to confess to him. And as soon as he began to confess, he felt a voice in his ears, which told him the things he had done, as well as the places and all the details. Amazed by this, he turned back to see who was saying such things, but he did not see anyone, however, Saint Dominic praying, he saw the Blessed Virgin Mary who suggested her sins and led him to confess.

After the Confession, Saint Dominic turned to the Blessed Virgin and asked for the penance that should be applied to him. And he said to give him a good penance. For a year then he wore the sackcloth, remained surrounded and provided with an iron circle. He finally converted to the Order of Preachers, and inseparably followed Blessed Dominic until his death, while the others returned in their own footsteps. Domingos asked if he also wanted to go back and he replied no, and wanted to follow him everywhere. In fact, after the death of the Blessed Dominic, persevering in the good life, he also had a holy end.

EXAMPLE IV

The heretical Bishop who converted through the Psalter of Mary.

Saint Dominic, who preached in Albi without obtaining results in his preaching, lamented to the Blessed Virgin because, by her order, he came there but was unable to conclude anything. While he was praying, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared saying this. “You have nothing to be surprised about, you get nothing from preaching, because you plow a land that has not been bathed or watered: you must know, - he said - that God, when he was about to renew the world, sent the rain of his Grace, or that is, the Angelic Salute. Through this he reformed what he had previously created, so pray my Psalter with the Prayers and with the system of sciences, and thus you will obtain results”. Hearing this Saint Domingos, happy, did as he promised and got results.

He observed that after the prayer made in this way, the fruits of the Word came, and the same Glorious Virgin Mary began to be celebrated, and along with her, he too. A Bishop, a man of great literature and a heretic, heard his fame, because Dominic prayed in a way that seemed childish and feminine to him, that is, the Hail Mary, while he himself preferred to listen to profound and singular things; then he despised preaching and the Preacher, because he preached, old prayers; and he pressured others against him, so Domingos was also attacked very harshly by that Bishop, but he was healed by God. Shortly afterwards, while the same Bishop was praying, he had a vision, and in his sleep he seemed to see a flood from the earth, an abysmal water rising up, which destroyed all things and approached him. Then looking for a place to escape, he saw Saint Dominic, as he had seen him preaching, who was building a point on those waters and on that bridge he had one hundred and fifty towers; and everyone who climbed onto the bridge was saved. Domingos himself welcomed them and directed them from one side to the other. The others were submerged. He then approached the bridge to be saved, humbly asking the Saint to be welcomed. Placed in the right direction, but safe, and continuing beyond, he arrived at the end of the bridge at a garden full of flowers and with all amenities for the eyes. In this he saw a Lady who sat on a royal throne, with a child, and this was the Holy Virgin Mary.

As others entered with him, wreaths were given to others. Those, in fact, greeted the Virgin of salvation, thanking her for having been saved through the bridge and through the Pontiff, that is, Saint Dominic. Seeing this, the Bishop behaved normally. The Sovereign Queen rebuked him saying he was not worthy to flee. But others consoled him, telling him not to fear, if he wanted to repent. And he received a sign from that Queen, that is, a Crown like the others, and humbly returned to her will. Once this vision disappeared, he returned to himself, very comforted, and began to reflect that this was a warning to believe in the preaching of such a famous preacher.

He then began to pray the Psalter that he had felt and continued for a long time. During this period, sufferings of war came to his people, so he thought of giving himself over to preaching and praising the Blessed Virgin Mary. While he was sleeping, as before, he had another vision. He found himself among mountains in a swampy place with others, who even trying to get out, some stuck up to their knees, others up to their waist, others up to their necks, remained, unable to get out. And since neither he nor the others had been able to leave, looking up, he saw a Queen on a mountain with a man, that is, Saint Dominic, who was looking and sending a chain of one hundred and fifty rings to those who were planted in the mud. of gold and fifteen stones of gold; Thanks to this, they freed many and, freed, they placed him safely on the mountain, washed him and fed him. That's why he also invoked help: he was also kindly removed and washed. Once this was done he turned to that Queen. Before that, I freed you from the flood of waters and you would have remained in that tangle if you had not freed yourself with my help. There was still a fragile faith in you in the Psalter, without perfect correction. And the Queen said: Then you will be strong and tireless in my service: and this vision disappeared and he remained very consoled and also returned to peace. After the wars and sufferings ended, he continued more devoutly the exercise of the Psalter of the Virgin Mary. While the Bishop was praying he had a third vision, undoubtedly a confirmation of Mary's understanding. In this vision, while he was in China praying, he saw a young man, that is, an angel who made a girdle, and he offered the Patriloquium himself, from which came precious stones, with which he built a great number of Patriloquies, and had stones precious stones so splendid that they illuminated the entire Church with their light. After completing this belt he presented it to the Blessed Virgin. When she received it and praised the girdle, she said she was very grateful, and warned him to send numerous girdles, and to also make similar ones for others, so that he could be so much more worthy of her friendship. When he came out of this vision, he remained strong and consoled, devotedly served the Blessed Virgin and adored her before everyone, abandoning all heresies and silencing evil voices. From it he also obtained a good end and was happily raised to eternal glory.

EXAMPLE V

Already like the usurer.

In Italy there was a very famous and renowned Usurer who owned mansions, cities and castles. Many numerous goods! He was more powerful than the Contes. Likewise in the numerous palaces and lands he reigned over those few. He once heard Saint Dominic preach the Psalter of the Blessed Virgin, and proposing to pray it, he acquired for himself a very precious Patriloquy, which he carried not only out of devotion, but perhaps out of ostentation, and three years passed . Once touched by devotion, he entered a chapel, where he inexplicably heard the terrible voice of an image of Mary, who said: Jácomo, Jácomo, give an account to me and my Son, just as you normally ask your subjects, so too in the smallest details.

Heard this a few times. That's why he finally got so scared that he ran away from the Church. Returning to the house, that terror in his heart did not stop. His wife and children asked him why he was worried. He told the fact, but they responded that it was imagination. Instead they asked him what would happen if he returned all the goods. That's why he didn't have the courage to make restitution, but he was persuading himself to give himself and all his possessions to the Virgin Mary. After two years, while he himself was riding with a numerous retinue, as if he owned all his riches, behold, wolves and bears attacked him, as for the other beasts, they were not able to see them, but they heard their agitation and the rumors. Having fallen from his horse because of this, the beasts, after having cut the horse's throat, bit him miserably, while he was injured in the head, legs and all over his body. The others who were with him urged him to turn to the Blessed Virgin; and he did so, proposing to repent, and thus at least escaped bodily death. They took him seriously injured to a noble house where they took care of him. But returning home, even though he wanted to correct himself, he did not change his life as he had proposed, due to his love for his wife and children. After two years, he rode again with a large retinue, and lightning and thunder began to fall horribly. He was abducted by a gale, and carried aloft by demons with his horse a distance of six miles, so he cried out to the Blessed Virgin Mary, promising to repent. Maria approached with a Patriloquy similar to lightning, and distancing all the demons that were present to harm him, with her own hands she brought him to earth, still sitting on the horse. After that, the Virgin Mary disappeared. Terrified by the sight of the demons, the horse, as if furious, ran across the meadows in different directions. Finally, they entered a small house on the side of the road, and those who had been diverted from the terrible vision were very frightened: the horse and whoever was riding it. And so he distanced himself from the Virgin again because he did not have the courage to make restitution, but due to his poverty and that of his family, he did not keep his promise. He confessed, however, without having the heart to return the goods taken through usury. Regarding merit, even though he was moved, the Confessor absolved him and advised him not to abandon the beneficial service of the Virgin Mary.

After such events, he did many good works, built monasteries in several places, and gave abundant alms. Then the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to him, asking him if he would not return the goods that did not belong to him. While he replied that he did not have the courage to do this, the Blessed Virgin sweetly said that if he wanted to return them, she would have everything she desired in exchange. He agreed, and behold, he was given innumerable gifts through the Empress of the Heavenly Paradise. Soon he saw the house full of riches, observing attentively which, he was tempted by envy, and even kept them together with his own things, thus granting them through the Virgin. However, he approached the Virgin Mary threatening to take away the wealth he had given him, along with his wealth and his own life, if he did not decide to fulfill his promise. Scared, he began to write to his banks, and publicly announced the restitution of the lands, giving them to each one. And that's what he did: he got rid of all those possessions. Only the things he had before remained, thanks to which he did many good works. Approaching the end of his life, the Virgin Mary told him to give orders to his family, because on that day he would be killed. He was, in fact, very old. Having given orders to the family, he died armed with the Ecclesiastical Sacraments.

There were innumerable demons beside him, who took his soul and wretchedly tore it apart, and he screamed painfully; but as he approached the gates of Hell, a beautiful Queen appeared with the Archangel Michael, who stopped him and asked why they were taking her servant away like that. These exposing all sins maintained that he belonged to them. To these the Virgin Queen replied: Set up a scale, and weigh all the evil works against the good works; he did indeed do some good works. So it was done. But evil works soon descended while good works ascended. Then the Blessed Virgin added a small Patriloquy to her good works, and soon the part of the good works descended, weighing more than all the bad things that lay on the other part of the scale. The Glorious Virgin Mary said that a Psalter had more merits than all the bad things in it. So he was handed over and restored to the Virgin Mary, seeing the numerous demons fleeing (who did not dare to approach, but blasphemed the Blessed Virgin and attacked each other). In a frightening way, however, all the demons attacked with clamor the demon who guarded that Usurer and reproached him while attacking him, because, even though they had chained him with so many chains for a long time, they had let him escape. And also because he had allowed the Psalter to be prayed. Confused, they returned to Hell with enormous commotion. Freed from demons, he ascended with the Glorious Virgin to the most high and luminous Kingdoms: Jesus Christ, together with the Virgin Mary, may also grant this to us as his servants. Amen.

EXAMPLE VI

The pagan Eleodatus, wonderfully converted through the Psalter of the glorious Virgin Mary.

There was a pagan named Eleodato, who first suffered the six evils of Eve, and later had the six goods of Mary. There was a war against the Pagans, in Spain, that is, in the Kingdom of Granada, where the Christians took, among other prisoners, a powerful soldier along with his wife and children, who were taken to the land of the Christians and sold. One of the sons, who was his prisoner, aged twenty years, soon began to be overcome by very serious worries. Firstly, he felt great sadness about his imprisonment and in despair, he often wanted to kill himself. Secondly, he came to such unhappiness that he lost the use of all his limbs. Thirdly came such great misery and misfortune, that he could barely have bread and water and poor clothing, he who before was assiduously correct when he was free among the pagans as the son of a powerful and great Soldier. Fourthly, he had this misfortune because the wounds he had acquired in the war had rotted so much that they were filled with stench and horrible worms. His disgusting smell rose up like a septic tank. Fifthly, he was so tormented in his body by very many demons, on account of wrath. Sixthly, he reached such a fury that with his imagination he saw hell open, and always said that he would go there, and that he would never be freed. Always in those evils he invoked the devil, and with all his strength he blasphemed Christ and his Mother Mary. These six evils are the opposite of the six words placed in the last part of Mary's Salutation (The fruit of Your womb, Jesus, Amen). The Holy Dominic, who was in Spain, in Compostela where he was preaching, came to know about the great misery of that pagan and went to him. Knowing that he was a Pagan, he said: O son, wilt thou become whole? And he answered him: Yes, oh Lord. And Dominic said: Become a Christian, and soon you will be completely saved.

Then that Pagan exclaimed, saying: Far be it from me to abandon the laws of my fathers. Not even if I was offered all the goods in the world. Since Saint Dominic was unable to achieve any results with it, he said it again: Son, I know two very effective songs, and if you recite them anywhere one hundred and fifty times, you will soon be cured. The Pagan said: I want to recite them at all costs, as long as they are not contrary to my law. To him Saint Dominic replied with holy deception: Oh son, these songs are not contrary to the divine law, but they are in favor of it; These will not arouse you aversion, but they will be useful to you. And Eleodato replied: I wish to repeat them always, as long as this is not related to your Christ and about Mary. And Dominic said: Oh son, I tell you that these songs, which I will pray to you, are very exultant, fruitful and useful against all adversities. They are useful on the lips of Pagans and Jews, and prayed by anyone, they always maintain the same effectiveness.

So then this Most Holy Father Dominic piously deceived this poor Pagan, as soon as he gave consent to Dominic's desire. That's why Saint Dominic taught him to preach the Our Father and the Angelic Salutation, after having hidden the names of Mary and Jesus Christ in appearance, even though these were implicitly in the words of the prayers.

Since that Pagan had started to say those songs, but maintained that he was unable to memorize them, Domingos, praying for him, made him learn them by heart very completely, saying that in this way he could evaluate the effectiveness of the songs, which, in an instant, had restored knowledge and complete memory to him, a man who had forgotten everything. Therefore, that Eleodatus began to sing the Psalter of the Virgin Mary, however, not with a Christian intention, but with a worldly spirit, always asking for the health of the body more than of the soul. Admirable thing! While Saint Dominic walked away and that pagan continued to pray in the manner said, right at the end of the first Psalter, he began to feel a wonderful joy within himself, as if he were in the midst of the delights of Paradise. The second day after singing the Psalter, by divine virtue he soon regained the strength of his limbs. On the third day he found a great treasure under his bed, and so he was converted, and soon after receiving baptism, he did many works for the faithful in the Churches, and in the homes of the poor.

In fact, there were a hundred thousand golden ones there: and it was a hidden treasure of a pagan king. Any aureus was worth six or seven modern aureus. There was also a lot of silver there in a square underground cave, which Eleodato had discovered by chance, under the pavement in his tugurium, wanting to adapt as his home. By making these things available to Saint Dominic, many expeditions against the Pagans were financed.

On the fourth day after he performed the Psalter, the demons that tormented him shouting and screaming abandoned him. On the fifth day, our Lady healed all his wounds, and told him that it would be necessary for him to wash himself in the fountain of life, if he wanted to be completely healed in all aspects. On the sixth day, after the Psalter, he had a heavenly vision, where he saw the glory of the Saints and where it seemed that all things were judged by Christ, and very many of them received perpetual condemnation, very few were chosen for glory. Since he himself and others must receive condemnation, a beautiful Queen arrived, who prayed for him, so that thanks to her he would be spared. And the judge asked her: What good had that man done? And the Lady said: On the contrary, oh Lord! He recited to us six Psalters at a time. That Pagan, having seen this, came to his senses, was immediately baptized, and had faith in Christ and Mary and did many good things, ended his life in the service of the glorious Virgin Mary, and thus he gained Heaven. Amen.

EXAMPLE VII

The devout Cardinal.

MARY SPEAKS TO HER NEW HUSBAND ALANO, SAYING:

Oh sweet Husband, I tell you the example of a Cardinal, contemporary to Saint Dominic, who was previously a companion of Dominic, at the Oxford Schools, soon became attached and became a friend of him, and thus through his virtue and prayers, he entered the Order Cistercian in Spain.

He then became Cardinal of Santa Maria in Trastevere, listening in Rome to my Dominic who preached my Psalter with great fervor, admirably repentant and elevated by the sweetness of the fruits of the Psalter, he called Dominic and learned that special way of praying. In which the first fifty prayers are prayed and dedicated to the Incarnation of my little son. Another in honor of Christ's passion and my suffering for him. The third is dedicated to the seven Sacraments of the Church, which are derived from the Passion and Incarnation of Christ, whether for the benefit of the devotees themselves, or for the sins he committed during his life, in activity, and dignity due to various profane occupations. He would also have recited the first fifty prayers in honor of the Incarnation of Christ, so that God would give him the grace to live well through this. The second, so that he would have the grace to die well, through the Passion and Death of Christ. The third was to grant honor to the Sacraments, and especially the Sacrament of the Eucharist and Penance in repentance, Confession and satisfaction, so that he would not die without a complete and devout reception of the Sacraments and would do everything according to the rules. And having taught these ways, Saint Dominic very often preached them. They are optimal methods against all evils and in favor of all goods. So that Cardinal immediately obeyed the words of the holy man and with all his strength began to recite the Psalter, to take care of others and to evangelize. Finally, he made it so that it was recited by many in his Cistercian Order. Having rebelled after five years (with the collaboration of the devil), against the Supreme Pontiff, almost all together, with the sole purpose of recovering imperial rule (some nobles incited the Roman People to this end), having pressured the Supreme Pontiff and all the Cardinals fleeing, hiding in a Castle near Rome, followed him and surrounded him with a very powerful harassment. Since there was a lack of food at the time, and the lack of drinks and food was so great that many Ecclesiastics, motivated by necessity, ate the meat of their horses and mules. The said Cardinal, finding the entire Roman Church in great danger, with faith preached my Psalter to all those who were shut up in the Castle, promising them, and affirming, that, if they prayed this, they should not doubt that help would arrive. . Everyone, from the Supreme Pontiff to the smallest servant in the Castle, prayed my Psalter with much weeping and groaning. The work of my great piety came soon after. On the third day the Romans, who were besieging the Castle, were confounded and marked by such terror, and repentant by penance, that many abandoned their weapons and fled.

The Nobles and Chiefs, abandoning their weapons and wearing only their shirts, naked with ropes tied around their necks, approached the Castle begging for mercy and peace. This granted very happily and in a very short time, those who were previously enemies, took the Supreme Pontiff to Rome with maximum glory and placed him at his headquarters. And that's not all. The said cardinal sent on a mission to the faithful who were fighting in the Holy Land against the impious Saracens, having preached my Psalter there, obtained a wonderful victory against his enemies.

Three thousand Christians defeated more than one hundred thousand Infidels in that battle. All other Christians were imprisoned by the Pagans, killed or exterminated by the plague. And even if the Christians were very few and had almost innumerable enemies everywhere, they would undoubtedly recover the Holy Land, if they remained constant and had fought, but by a council, and being in disagreement, after the said victory they returned to their own homes. In fact, they felt that the Sultan, with all his people, and an infinite multitude, were approaching quickly against them: what else? That Cardinal soon after this persevered in the action undertaken until the end of his life, and warned by myself, for one hundred and fifty days before his death he did a great penance, fasting, crying, disciplining himself, watching and confessing his sins. At the end of three days, however, he could not open his mouth.

When everyone despaired for him to receive the Eucharist, on the third day I appeared to him, and touching his tongue with the Virgin Hand, I restored his sensitivity and perfect speech. For this reason, having received the Sacraments very devoutly, he cried a lot when receiving the Body of the Lord, my Son, as none of those present had seen so much crying from a man close to death. In fact, his eyes looked almost like two small streams gushing water. His heart was agitated by very strong palpitations (due to strong regret), and for a long time the sound of the heart's movements was examined from his tomb. Admirable fact! That son was shaken by many sobs and by immense groans of eternal salvation through repentance of his sins, for the love of Christ, and for the desire of the Heavenly Court. His heart, like a vessel full of fine, pure and fresh wine, broke and emitted through his mouth the blood of the shattered heart, he returned the spirit between the hands of my Son who was close, and under his guidance, he came to joy eternal. Therefore, oh Ecclesiastical Men, consider this story and make the Confraternity of my Psalter joyful, so that through this you may become Citizens of the Celestial Court. Amen.

EXAMPLE VIII

Alan the Breton, Devoted Soldier

A certain devout Soldier, named Alan of the Colora Valley of Gaul, near Dinan in Brittany, went through the land of the Albigensians with the Count of Montfort, and with many others from Brittany, to fight. At the time when Saint Dominic, fighting in that place, with the spirit, against the heretics, he preached wonderful things about the Psalter of the Virgin Mary, thanks to which he converted the faith of Christ much more than with any other preaching.

This devout Soldier, through the teaching and warning of Saint Dominic, recited the Psalter of the Virgin Mary every day, devoutly meditating on the articles of the Incarnation and Passion of Christ, and asking unfailingly while kneeling.

Extraordinary things happened to this Soldier of Christ and the Virgin Mary, through the Psalter of the Virgin Mary. Once, going to the battlefield with very few people, he was surrounded by a huge crowd of heretics, and already tired, he was unable to resist. The Virgin Mary, our most merciful Lady Mother of God, appeared there and terribly and visibly threw one hundred and fifty stones at the enemies, throwing them to the ground, while he and his people were freed. And many other similar things happened there. Another day, having been shipwrecked in his land, a beautiful queen visibly built for him a passage and a bridge with one hundred and fifty foundations, and he, so unharmed, walking through the sea, was led to dry land.

Finally, this Alan, returning to his own land, founded a large Convent of Friars of the Order of Preachers, while Saint Dominic was still alive, and became the Maximum Preacher in the same Order. And he, preaching throughout France, also taught many to pray devoutly every day the Psalter of the Blessed Virgin, and he died very holy in Aureliana. And they buried him very dignified before the Altar of the Virgin Mary, there in the Convent of the same Order. His mouth and hands, motivated by the Psalter of the Virgin Mary, after his death shone with great splendor and candor, like a crystal.

EXAMPLE IX

Bartholomew, Count of Italy.

In Italy there was a Count named Bartholomew, famous for his power, perversion and iniquity. This one once confessed to Saint Dominic, who preached there (it was normal to confess, famous men and doctors, who esteemed him, perhaps due to popularity, or a certain interest; he did not do as the confessors of great lords and princes, what pain! Who do not reproach them for their own actions), I knew that I had never confessed well. In fact he used to tell other confessors only the foam107 of his sins (as many now do).

107 Delicate metaphor in which Foam means only the superficial layer of something that can be understood much deeper.

Saint Dominic (who had the special grace of God to know the consciences of all those who confessed to him, and all their sins and graces) felt and saw with absolute clarity the innumerable sins on his conscience, due to the evils he suffered. he had confessed, and of which he was previously unaware. So that he was very repentant, and had a good purpose, Saint Dominic, so that he could fully examine his conscience, ordered him to recite the Psalter of the Virgin Mary every day, as was advised to great and noble people. And giving him a Psalter of one hundred and fifty small beads, and fifteen large ones placed between one ten and another (and thus formed by three Crowns), he ordered him to be careful in making for himself a small Psalter, the Rosary, of which fifteen large beads were of different colors, with which it was normal to pray the Our Father, and with which one could reflect on all life and sins by praying the Psalter, and recalling the graces and blessings of God, meditating and reflecting on the Incarnation and Passion of Christ, the glory of the saints and the punishments of the condemned.

The first five large beads of the first Crown should be like this: The first colored with various colors, indicating its various sins, and the one hundred and fifty sins of the world and many other sorrows and miseries. The second yellow, indicating death, and the hundred and fifty dangers of it.

The third red one, which indicated the Judgment, whether particular or universal, and the one hundred and fifty general penalties of that. The fourth black, indicating Hell, and the one hundred and fifty general punishments of that. The fifth color of gold, indicating the glory of Paradise, and the one hundred and fifty universal exultations thereof. The other five great bills which he had taken care to prepare, for the second Crown were such.

The first was the Image of the Crucifix, indicating the Passion of Christ with its one hundred and fifty fruits that came to us.

The second was the Image of Mary, with Christ, indicating the Incarnation of Christ who has the one hundred and fifty exultations of the Virgin Mary.

The third was a Ring, indicating the marriage of the Virgin Mary with God the Father, and through this, of the devout soul with God who has many other privileges.

The fourth was the lamb that indicated God's mercy, offering to all who prayed with the one hundred and fifty blessings that came to the saints from the splendid vision of Christ and especially to those who sang this Psalter of the Virgin Mary.

In the third Crown afterwards there were five other large beads of admirable significance.

The first was in the shape of a beautiful apple, indicating the one hundred and fifty fruits of Paradise, which will be given to those who sang this Psalter.

The second was an empty cup in the form of a small vase within which were Relics of the Saints, indicating the one hundred and fifty aids, which will be given to those who pray the Psalter.

The third was in the form of a key, indicating that the keys of hell will be far from them, and that the keys of Heaven in one hundred and fifty ways with the treasures of Heaven will be delivered to them.

The fourth was a coin, on which the Name of Jesus was written, which indicated the Holy Eucharist, with which those who pray the Psalter of the Virgin Mary die.

The fifth was an empty square with a cup-shaped interior that indicated the Sacraments of the Church, to which the soul is destined, and in these there are one hundred and fifty benefits, according to the fifteen powers of man multiplied by the Ten Commandments of God, and other merits and prizes, as has been clearly stated elsewhere.

Thus this Count made so much progress in one year, and since the devil, envious and enemy of him, decided to watch him; He, unable to resist, cast his Psalter on the devil's neck and made him a prisoner under his power. Throwing him to the ground and stepping on him, while he screamed and screamed horribly, swearing that he would never hurt him again, asking him to allow him to leave, letting him go, after having attacked him as he wanted, he never came back. to him. The said Count, having observed the value of the Psalter of the Glorious Virgin Mary, thanks to which he had thus blocked the devil, since he had a beautiful Castle that was completely inhospitable because of the demons that lived there, and that carried out horrible arrogances, had the walls painted and He placed many rosaries in the rooms and throughout the Castle.

And so the demons that always came at night and screamed horribly, since then have not dared to enter anywhere.

Finally, he asked Our Lady to show him the Celestial Exultation a few times. Shortly afterwards, while praying devoutly following his Psalter, he saw an Angel of God take from his hands a Rosary of one hundred and fifty precious stones, and take it with great exultation to Heaven, handing it to the Blessed Virgin. And soon, having it in her hands, these one hundred and fifty stones became piles of precious stones from which she built a palace of almost infinite grandeur and beauty. Bartholomew, seeing this, decided within himself not to recite just one Psalter, but many, so that in all places and at all times, he, even standing still, continued to pray as he walked and when he did anything, to build on the sky many palaces. Then, Our Lady appearing to him, and announcing his death, died with the utmost devotion. Amen.

EXAMPLE

When it is useful to carry the Psalter of the Virgin Mary.

A great king, wanting to encourage his family to pray the Psalter of the Virgin Mary, carried a large Rosary on his waist, which he did not recite, however. And so everyone, seeing the King carrying him, began to pray. What else? This King, dead, and led to the Judgment of God, saw that he should be condemned to the torments of Hell, because even though he had done something good, he had committed many sins in war, robbery, pride, gluttony and many other things. And while the sentence of condemnation was being given against him, the Virgin Mary approached him, saying that she had something good, and at the same time she extended in his midst the Our Father, which that Defendant was carrying, and which, however, he had not recited. Therefore, on the scales were placed many evils on one side and his Rosary on the other. Admirable! Then the furious demons, blaspheming the Virgin Mary, began to try to weigh down the highest part of the scales, saying: Oh Mary, unjustly you made him equal. What else? Returning to the King, Mary said: Behold, for you I have obtained from my Son that small favor, which you showed me, of returning to life and placing you on the scales on your side. Meanwhile the King lay dead in his house and was to be taken to the tomb. And suddenly, before everyone's eyes, he rose again and said: Oh blessed be the Psalter of the Virgin Mary, through which I was freed from the condemnation of Hell. Therefore repentant of all things, from then on he took the Psalter of Mary and also prayed it very devoutly. It is believed that this fact happened to a King of Spain, during the time of Preacher Saint Dominic.

EXAMPLE XI

The Reverend Father Friar Pedro, Superior Certosino.

Through the first Certosa, which was placed in the Grazionapolitana Diocese, and which is the mother and origin of all the Monasteries of the Certosina Order, a Superior of the same Order passed, and out of devotion he remained there, he was very devoted to the Lord Jesus. He, stretching out on the floor in a place in front of the altar, asked for freedom from the difficulties, which were persecuting his Monastery in a very serious way. In fact his Monastery in the Spanish parts of the kingdom was attacked by wars, and oppressed by the powerful so much so that all the income and assets of the Monastery became theirs. So while separately each day in the space of fifteen days he continued in prayer, at the end suddenly caught up in the Spirit not as was usual (he had total devotion), but in a higher way, he saw very clearly the Lord Jesus Christ who appeared in glory admirable of the Passion, and carried fifteen weapons of wonderful decorum, that is, five spears, five shafts, and five lances, which all shone with the Blood of Christ and shone like stars. To him the most devoted Son of Mary said: Do not be afraid, Peter, with these weapons, in fact, you will overcome all adversities. Oh Lord, what makes these weapons so glorious? To him the Lord replied: They are the fifteen excellencies of the Lord's Prayer, which are capable of freeing from all contrarieties, then go and preach my Psalter and speak to yours; and soon you will feel my help. And I show which and how many of these admirable virtues are. In fact, having preached this, returning to their land, in a short time, all the enemies went to ruin, the looters restored the things taken away. Its Religious grew stronger; in another place the looters, who, however, numbered more than five hundred knights, entered precisely to loot their fields, vineyards, and the Monastery, suddenly became furious or possessed by the devil or struck by paralysis, so much so that they could not leave , nor move from any place without having done penance, and having asked the same Superior for forgiveness with humility. João do Monte narrates these things, who states that Certosino was a relative of his.

EXAMPLE XII

Certosino who saw Jesus angry with the world, ready to strike it, if it weren't for the intervention of the Blessed Virgin.

Note well: Alan is not the author of the following example, but his Collector, the posthumous Transcriber, inserted this, while he was a Certosino, and this happened in the year 1479, at the end of that year this book was printed; Alan being dead four years before, according to the Will of God.

A Certosino, very devoted to the most glorious Mother of God, was also loved, for the fact that every day at the appropriate times he devoutly recited the Psalter of the ever Glorious Virgin Mary with some meditations on it.

Therefore once, while after the Hour of Compline, having completed his devout meditations on the Psalter, his eyes soon became heavy with sleep, and he was carried away in spirit for a long time, he was led to a royal and solemn palace, where saw a very large crowd, dressed in various ornaments. Among other things he saw the King crowned with all the decorations, to whom many servants were close. The same beautiful Queen was also present on her right, who was standing on the right side of God, full of rods in fire and flames, who like a rod launcher raised her hand from above to the earth. To him the Queen said: Do not do it, oh my most beloved Son, do not do it, but forgive the miserable sinners, so that they may do penance. Then the King answered the Queen. Don't they call me righteous in all my roads? Why wouldn't justice be done? Don't you see what the world does? Does not inequity have supremacy in all situations? So, do not hinder the work of justice. To him the Queen: I confess the truth, oh my most beloved Son, but perhaps Mercy has not been raised above all the Heavens? And for this reason I will not be able to deny Mercy. Perhaps it is not written: When they turn to you, will you remember Mercy? The King replied: You tell the truth, because I want Mercy and not strict Justice, but no one asked for Mercy, so Justice is done directly.

The Queen replied: Even if men do not ask for Mercy, they do ask that it be given. And you know that human flesh was propagated from corrupted matter, so it tends towards corruption rather than perfection. And since it will not be able to resurface, if not through the help of Graces. Therefore I, who am called Mother of Mercy and Graces, can in no way deny her, because I am Full, which fullness before your conception the Angel announced to me, saying: Hail, oh Full of Grace, the Lord is with you . I will then sink the same fullness of Grace into the wretched ones who need it. I ask you to accept my request.

The King replied to the mother: Ask and the son will not deny you anything. Then the Queen Mother said: Even if, oh my Son, the whole world from head to toe is destroyed and there is no sanity from the greatest to the least, and even if your Holy Catholic Church is at great risk, and remains on the limb contaminated, but I, Mother of Graces, will spread a small Grace in the world like a sweet medicine, so that each one may receive it, use it in the right way, and be completely healed. And the Queen further said: Here is this man, who, not with a special action, venerates me in three groups of fifty Hail Marys and fifteen Our Fathers, in the Psalter, and in this he wants to devoutly meditate on my Conception until your Death; especially about the joy of your Resurrection. So I ask, that everyone who recites my Psalter devoutly, kneeling, with these meditations, be saved and not die of any bad death, nor be oppressed by any other danger, and please distance your indignation from him.

Then the King, having laid down the flaming and inflamed rod, embraced the Queen, saying: O most beloved Mother, it is not possible to deny you the work of salvation, because all these things that you count, were the principles of salvation. Each one then who fulfills those things devoutly and without mortal sin, as you ask, will have from me Mercy, Grace and Eternal Life. And you will also be able to grant to your servants, in the service of your Psalter, and to those who serve you in the meditations thereof, every Grace with benign favor, any one you ask for. Having said these words, the Queen embraced the King very affectionately, and bowing humbly, she sat down again beside him on a golden throne, near many Choirs of Saints. And soon the Spirit of this man returned to the body. And that good man, as if he had fallen into a deep sleep, woke up and meditated this vision in his mind. And behold, at one time in the morning, when I had once again finished with the usual meditations, the first group of fifty prayers of the Psalter of the Glorious Virgin Mary, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared visibly in maximum luminosity. Having seen her, that friar was very disturbed. The Blessed Virgin Mary said to him: Friend, do not be afraid, I am that Queen that you saw in spirit tonight. Behold, you then saw the mighty King holding the burning and inflamed rods, you also saw me holding his hand ready to cast it into the earth. You then listen diligently, and do the things that I will command you, and you will save many with you who would otherwise be in great danger. Through those burning and inflamed rods that you saw in the King's hand, several horrible wounds were arranged, with which my Son very rightly, because of the enormity of sins, decided to attack the world. But I, who am called the Mother of Graces and Mercy, held his hand so that he would not do this in the fury of his indignation, and I obtained Mercy. You then do not delay any longer in teaching, in the way in which you usually venerate me in my Psalter, in public with the texts and words of the Psalter.

Even though many Indulgences have been granted to my Psalter, I will however grant much greater Indulgences to those who pray devoutly without mortal sin and kneeling my Psalter, for each group of fifty prayers. Furthermore, to each one who will persevere in this Psalter with the Mysteries said before, in his last prayer for faithful service, I will grant him plenary remissions of the penalty and guilt of all his sins. Let this, on the other hand, not seem incredible to your ears: if this is lawful for the Vicar on the Land of my Son, it is worth saying to the Pope, to whom he gave this power, much more will it be lawful for me, Mother of the Celestial King, who are called Full of Graces, and if Full, then I will spread Grace widely to my dear ones. Therefore, like a faithful Soldier, lead the activity of the Celestial Queen to the end, that the wanderers through me may be led back to the path of life, and that on that day you may receive the Crown of joy that the righteous will give you. And with these words he fainted. The devout man, considering the Queen's mission and activity entrusted to him, taught and wrote as much as he could, sending his writings in many places, with which, whether spiritual or lay, they could correct themselves and were able to reach Mercy and Grace soon, as well as Glory in the future. Amen.

These things were revealed to this Father Certosino on the day of the annunciation of the Most Glorious Virgin Mary at the Hour of Compline, in the year 1479 of the Incarnation of the Lord.

EXAMPLE XIII

Practicing the Psalter is pleasing to God and the Saints.

Note: This small part was inserted by the transcriber. The style and time allow us to understand that it is not by Alano.

These things were revealed to this Father Certosino on the day of the Annunciation of the Most Glorious Virgin Mary at the Hour of Compline, in the year 1479 of the Incarnation of the Lord.

One of the priests, who died in 1431, in the Certosina Order in the house of Treviri, left in his writings that one of these, who used to pray the Rosary, was led in the Spirit to the Empyrean Heaven, where among many mysteries he saw and heard, in a clear way , that by the same Rosary was presented to the Most High, and that the Most Holy Virgin Mary, with her Virgins, and all the Angels, and all the Saints, from Adam, until that time, approached, and gave thanks to the Almighty God, and they blessed him, for the holy exercises, which are carried out in Heaven and on earth around that Rosary. And they prayed for all religious and devout men, who exercise themselves in this, that grace and peace may be joined to them on earth, and glory increased in Heaven. He saw and heard that all the foretold Saints and Angels of God sang in a very devout way the same Rosary with their meditations, adding to any meditation the clause present there Alleluia, with a very soft chant. Every time they named the name of the Blessed Virgin Mary there, they bowed humbly. In the name of Jesus Christ, each one actually knelt in a very devout way, according to the words of the Apostle: To the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, all things heavenly, earthly and infernal should kneel. It was also said in a clear and open voice, that as many times as he had completed the said Rosary, with his meditations, so many times he would have received full indulgence for sins. He also saw innumerable Crowns, beautiful, truly marvelous, incorruptible, fragrant, which were reserved for those who devotedly exercise themselves in the same. And so many times is a Crown added to it in Heaven, how many times would someone have recited a Crown in this way in praise of God, and of his Mother. The same Priest many times in a day once or twice saw and heard the Celestial Exaltations. And sometimes also in the body he wanted to feel a great consolation and a great comfort according to which he could exercise himself devoutly in the same Rosary. And even though he is not named in his writings, we do not doubt in the slightest that he is the same person who also wrote these things. He was in fact of such a kind of life among the friars, of such great devotion, patience, literature, grace, and strength also in the body, even if he lived in a rigid way, and for all other things he thus deserved to have the Revelations.

In this way, however, the same things that he knew in a divine way, he knew how to prudently hide, that in the common conversation of the Friars he had not shown any surprise, and he lived full of consolation and comfort for everyone.

EXAMPLE XIV

Splendid vision seen by B. ALANO, the new Spouse of the Virgin Mary.

A certain devotee of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Psalter, on a great feast of the Virgin Mary, was kidnapped in Heaven. It seemed that from every part of the world voices could be heard shouting very terribly: Revenge, revenge, revenge for those who live on earth. After this, Heaven came out like rivers of fire above the inhabitants of the earth. And there died an immeasurable multitude of men; with the cry of those who perished, those who remained began to call for help. Suddenly a celestial ship arrived from Heaven, white and decorated with stars with many wings, and it flew in an admirable way, above the houses. It was so large that countless people could enter it. What else?

He saw fifty on one side of the ship, fifty on the other side and fifty on the roof, who were throwing water with basins, extinguishing a terrible fire that was spreading. But on top of the ship like a protector stood a Lady, so admirable that it cannot be described. The Eye of God circled that ship. Then the Queen said to the men who were in danger: Oh! Miserable children of men, take recourse, lest you die in this flood. And as before the world was liberated from the flood of sins through the Angelic Salutation, so now, come to me through the same Salutation. What else? I saw that all those who accepted this Salute received help. Very white doves came and carried the ark there. And the Most Blessed Mary made him a great invitation with very pleasant foods and the wine of exaltation. Soon after these events, this Lady ordered the Angels to perform three groups of fifty prayers, which put out the fire on a very high mountain, and in a very short time, they built a city of wonderful grandeur with one hundred and fifty towers, where all who prayed The Psalter of the Virgin Mary were taken to be saved from the fire, from which today almost the entire world is devoured. And the benign Mary says: As those who despised Noah's Ark all perished in the flood, so all who despise me and my Psalter will certainly perish in the latter times. Who could say how much and what this flood was? I don't believe that this can be said with human language. In fact, for me to conclude with just a few words, it seemed like a second Hell. Mercy was not shown to anyone there, except where Mary was invoked. And what to say? One person who saw all this, saw very many who should please turn to Mary in the time of such a flood; but those evil ones, who blasphemed her, plunged into such a deluge in Hell, with a terrible death and with their blasphemies.

He saw many simple men and women, who in their simplicity with their Psalter, turning to Mary, received blessing and salvation from her; among these she saw some ecclesiastics, up to the highest grade, and some laymen, down to the lowest grade, who died on the same day, in the time of the plague. Two or three ecclesiastics, in fact, and five or six laymen, whom she had known, died with the utmost devotion. And this is what the Lord says in the Gospel: The servant who knows the will of the Lord and does not do it will receive blows with many wounds: he who does not know it will actually receive blows with few wounds (Lc.12). Therefore, to keep our consciences pure, in this very dangerous time, the Virgin Mother and her son are greeted in the Psalter.

EXAMPLE XV

The Monk suddenly became cultured.

A Monk who was very devoted to the Psalter of the Blessed Virgin Mary, after a long time, thanks to this Psalter, was taken to Heaven, where he saw the King of Angels in the Glory of His Majesty. In his presence was a Book of infinite grandeur, in which every science was fully described. Mary, then leading this servant of the Virgin Mary to her Son, obtained from her own Son, to read in that Book. After several sheets, he had the fullness of science. Thus becoming upon himself, he marveled, and desired to know if these things were true. He therefore looked at the books and understood everything fully: he spoke with the other monks and surpassed them all, so much so that they believed him possessed by the devil, because the exalted one of the demons was the enemy. After, as before, living, he always taught and preached, and like his Psalter of the Virgin Mary every day, chanting to her, he deserved these donations, and soon reached the Eternal kingdoms.

EXAMPLE XVI

It is fruitful to pray the Psalter of the Glorious Virgin with discipline

PREFACE

Ye praise him in the Psalter, &c. (Ps. 150). Because in the praises of the Husband, and the Wife of Jesus Christ, and the most sweet ever Virgin Mary, there is all the salvation of men, as Saint Bernard said in a Sermon on the Husband and the Wife: The Psalm is good on earth, therefore exultant and decorated is Praise. For this, my soul, praise the Lord, as long as life accompanies you. But why will I do thanksgiving to the many salutators for the immense benefits? Without a doubt: I will sing to the Lord a new Song, that is, Angelic, and there I will praise in the Psalter of the Virgin Mary, that is, the Hail Mary. In fact, the Angelic Salutation is the highest Gospel, because it is the principle, origin, and Mother of the Lord Jesus and of all the Gospels.

This is why God became incarnate, according to Anselm.

2. Mary became Mother of God, so God cannot do anything greater in a pure creature, according to Saint Thomas.

3. The devil was defeated, according to Saint Augustine.

4. The world was renewed, according to Saint Jerome.

5. Hell was emptied, according to Basil.

6. Sins were forgiven, according to Gregory.

7. The virtues were reacquired, according to Remigio.

8. Wisdom was offered to the world, according to Fulgentius.

9. The sick were cured, according to Damasceno.

10. The dead were resurrected, according to Didymius. And what else?

11. Through this Psalter, which is said to be almost the Greeting of the Greeting, eternal salvation was given to the world, according to Nazianzen.

12. The things of Heaven were reacquired, according to Gregory.

13 The Most Holy Trinity was appeased, according to Ambrose.

14. The prisoners were freed and the servants were redeemed, according to Orosius.

15. Those who were in the shadows and in the shadow of death, saw the light of human salvation, which illuminates every man who comes into this world, according to John Chrysostom.

16. The exiles and the poor were also brought back to their Kingdom and to the Paradise of delights, according to Aimone. What else?

I say that all the creatures of the world put together cannot sufficiently understand the indescribable praises of the Angelic Salutation. Only He can, who was born through this ever Incorruptible Virgin Mary. Therefore, all of you praise God in the Psalter, that is, in the Our Father and the Hail Mary, according to the number of the Psalms of David, since these are the Songs of Songs of the New Testament. As a Religious did not long ago and as will be done here next.

HISTORY

Since a Religious, by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, prayed the Psalter of the Virgin Mary for a long time, and disciplined himself harshly with flagella, one day with a certain insistence he began to ask the Virgin Mary, to deign to show him the way, through which all men can reach her, and her Son, soon and happily among the many evils and adversities, in which the whole world was immersed: to him who prayed with great fervor, appeared to the Most Holy Virgin Mary, Advocate of the sinners, and said to him: This is, oh most chaste Spouse, the true road of salvation, founded on all kinds of precious stones, adorned with all kinds of flowers and sown like all kinds of Stars, that is: every day , or several times a day (at night, in the morning and at noon) be offered my Psalter, to my Son and to me, with fifteen Our Fathers and as many other Hail Marys reaching each of these ten Hail Marys, so will they be in total one hundred and fifty Hail Marys, as in the Psalter there are one hundred and fifty Psalms, in which the Our Father and the Hail Mary are represented, and implicitly contained. And having asked why this number pleased her more than the others, she gave it many beautiful reasons, set out in another place. She then said: This is the true road of salvation, which I showed you in reward for affection, through which everyone can come to me by the blessing of graces. One hundred and fifty blows are given with discipline, with the twig through precision or the teasing of the flesh, on the thigh, on the hands, on the legs, on the chest or in other places.

This discipline of deception is real: it can be done everywhere, always in a very easy and secret way, whether to acquire every good or to escape every evil. As I revealed in previous times to a servant, who once used to discipline himself harshly with scourges, but being in the midst of many friars of his Order, and out of shame he did not dare to submit to the ever-rumored scourges, therefore having distanced himself through of previous disciplines, the temptations, which innumerable presented themselves again, from the flesh, from the devil, and from the world, so much so that, often failing to comply with them, soon after, he was desperate, I, Mother of Mercy, appeared to him. While he was agitated, I said to him: Do not fear, oh son, indeed I am the Mother of God. And he said: If you are the Mother of God, I beg for your merits, that of your Son and of the entire Church Militant, that you deign to free me from these temptations, unbearable and reprehensible for me. And I said to him: These things, I say, oh son, have happened to you, because you threw down your weapons, and exposed yourself defenseless in the presence of fierce enemies. Thou hast laid down arms, the daughter of Justice, the sister of Religion, the friend of Penance, the Lady of Humility, the Duchess of Fortress, the Master of Chastity, the Artificer of Devotion, the Friend of Saints, the Nourisher of all Goods , and the Doctor and of all evils, my Companion and wife of those devoted to me, that is, the discipline that you let go, diminish, and shamefully erase. How many blows, like blasts of fire, hit all the demons. How many blows you gave yourself, how many iron walls you placed in front of temptations; how many blows you supposed, how many celestial shields you put up against the spears of the demons. How many blows you gave yourself, so many Angelic Weapons you received, so many golden towers, and so many silver castles you made for yourself. How many blows you received, with so many blows from the feathers you freed the living and the dead, other exultations you awakened me, and all the Saints and the Angels, and so many other sadnesses you removed from you, and so many other filth of the flesh, and so many other desires from the mind, you distanced yourself. With so much sadness, and bonds, and prison you bound, and bound, and imprisoned all the demons.

But he said: Oh my Lady, I have certainly discovered that everything you said is true. In fact, when I was full of infinite sins, also very serious and horrible, to the point that I could not in any way abstain from sins, after so much discipline I soon placed myself above my hope and that of all my confessors, and soon I overcame all the others, also very devout in prayer, vigils, abstinence, fasting and other exercises of devotion, so much so that it seemed to me a great thing to have been able to endure martyrdom. That's why I often bloodied my body with ropes and very hard flagella, with greater fervor and strength. But when I abandoned all the disciplines in this way, which was also very easy, very difficult things came up for me.

Even though at first it was difficult to receive the slightest blow, however, soon after it was also very easy to sustain horrible blows, in fact it was even pleasant, so much so that, when I was afflicted by great sadness and temptations with disciplines of this kind, I became calm in the face of all the others, and strong against the complacency of sin, so much so that he would have preferred to endure all the tortures in the world, rather than commit a single known mortal sin. But miserable as I am, I sometimes have contempt and discomfort for every spiritual good, and of all evils I am distressed and immersed in depth. But however, oh Queen of Mercy, be kind to me, because, as you know very well, I abandoned this one out of shame and modesty.

And She said to him: Son, give me your hand. He gave it to her humbly, and she took his right hand and said: Son, now I show you the Royal Discipline, very easy, attainable to everyone and very fruitful, and so with their fingers they began to press the skin of his hand, with small blows, I said to him: Do you feel, oh son, this teasing coming from me? Then he, crying out in pain, said: Oh, oh, oh, Madam, I feel, and I know, that secretly and more humbly I can torture myself in this way than many lashes. And I said to him: Return therefore to the previous ones, against all evils, whether yours or yours, and for you and for yours, you will do this penance according to the Psalter, so that you will endure at least fifty torments in the night before the bed, many others after the morning and others also during the day. And so it disappeared. And he, as she taught him, did, and still does, and achieves the preceding things, as well as much greater holier things. The Bridegroom: Oh Lady, I beseech you, in what way do you make us know by the shortest road what all poor sinners must do for you? Mary replied: Listen to Augustine, my disciple, when he speaks: he said: If we want to greatly please Jesus Christ and Mary, his most sweet Mother, we offer our whole body and our whole soul, the internal part and the external part. this one. That is why God is little pleased with prayers that are without repentance. Repentance also does not please him if it is not accompanied by punishment and bodily discipline. So he said in a Sermon about me.

EXAMPLE XVII

The figures of the Psalter, which indicate their value in Heaven.

The New Husband of the Most Glorious Virgin Mary was kidnapped in Spirit, after he had prayed the Psalter of the Virgin Mary for a long time; In that abduction he saw that the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of the whole world, was standing before him, who said: Why, he said, do you not serve me with zeal in my Psalter, as you do every day? You started out fairly, but you are very moderated by laziness, while you should improve day by day by praying. And do not believe that the reward I will give you is small if you serve me faithfully in my Psalter, in addition to the one you received: come with me, I will truly show you a greater glory and excellence. Thus, under the guidance of the Virgin Mary, he reached the heavenly Palaces. Where first she saw in glory an indescribable City, of silver, gold, and crystal, and composed of pearls of wonderful form.

On its highest wall there were one hundred and fifty Towers of indefinable glory, in which the angels and guards were, and they sang in a single voice the Wedding Song of Heaven, that is, the Hail Mary, infinitely sweeter than all the harmony in the world. . For in the City there was a Castle of infinite glory, of grandeur, and immense height, made like all precious stones, and in it there are one hundred and fifty very beautiful Rods, in the form of Towers. And here there were the Patriarchs, the Prophets, here also the Apostles, the Martyrs, the Confessors, and the Virgins who enjoyed an indescribable exultation. Inside this Castle was the beautiful Garden of Paradise, which had one hundred and fifty ornaments. It had lilies, roses, flowers, trees, all the desirable fruits, and a perfume that surpassed all fragrances. And above the trees were birds of all species, all of which sang the Psalter of the Virgin Mary saying the Our Father and the Hail Mary, with such sweetness, that this melody could have removed all the misery in the world. What else? In the midst of this Paradise was the Imperial Palace of the Trinity, built in a marvelous way with radiant stars, it had one hundred and fifty thalami, with many other admirable Tabernacles, in which an indescribable multitude of Virgins and Saints were present, who assiduously sang the Salutation Angelica, with inestimable and indescribable exultation. And the angels were present, playing the Psalters very sweetly, and everyone played with their voices. In the middle of the Palace there was the Court, that is, the Throne of infinite glory where the Bridegroom of souls, the Lord Jesus Christ, sat.

He stood up and made the Mother and the Virgin who was approaching sit with him.

Then She with that Virginal Voice said: Oh most sweet Son, I ask that it pleases your mercy to confirm the things that I promised to my Husband.

Then he replied: Oh Dear Mother and Wife, you have obtained the things you ask for, your will be done. Then, smiling, Mary said: I promised my Husband this entire City with all those who live in it, and the same thing I promised all those who serve me in my Psalter.

Then the Beloved Husband Jesus Christ said: And I, oh Dearest Wife, through your Love I grant myself as a gift for eternity to those with all the things they ask for, if they persevere in our Psalter, so that they may give their own will in merit to all these things . And then she appeared to the said Husband, who was led to the embrace of the most sweet Jesus by the Virgin Mary, who held him by the hand, and who drank from all his wounds the Ambrose of eternal exultations; she learned here the wonderful secrets of God. The Lord Jesus Christ said to him: Furthermore, remember to also pray more strongly, and more attentively, if you want to make your City wider and smoother. Wanting to do so, he unintentionally left heavenly things, and found himself sad on earth, after having left behind so much glory. Because then doubts are dispelled, things that are lifeless are brought to life, Celestial Palaces are acquired, as we customarily greet Mary and her Son in the Psalter, always saying with a serene mind: Hail Mary, full of grace, etc.

BRIEF recent MIRACLES, on the Lord's Prayer.

PREFACE

As the laws and ordinances of the Saints passed into oblivion, so the negligence of the faithful, and of the world, unworthily buried the great goods of the Psalter of the Virgin Mary; Not being able to bear this, the Lovely Mother of God, very often in recent times, taught, through many signs and wonders, that these things should be reestablished, saying to her New Husband: As the world was renewed through the Hail Mary, Hell was emptied , Heaven recovered, just as in these recent terrible times, with such prayers of intercession, the same Most Pitiful Mary Mother of God wanted to bring the Holy Laws of God to the world again. Adding that she would have extended many types of graces to the cultivators and preachers of this Psalter. Let the corrupters and enemies of this one not doubt it, because they provoke the annoyance of the Queen of Mercy, something that I have often experienced. In fact, almost all of those who obstructed him, or precipitated him into a very great sin, scandal, very serious damage, or a terrible death. Therefore, all of you faithful to our Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Virgin Mary; Please, take care of your faith: you consider your death to be certain and its hour uncertain, the current times very dangerous, and the future eternal torments. To acquire those goods, and escape from evils, preach and orally the Psalter of the Virgin Mary, praising the Holy Trinity at least once a day, with this most blessed Psalter. Even if the Examples mentioned above do not encourage this, at least the recent examples do. In fact we would not have dared to say them if we were not profoundly certain. I speak as a Doctor of truth, for divine Truth, for natural Truth and also for customs, and for the universal salvation of the entire Church Militant.

NARRATION

I met a man in Waldenshusen, who had paid homage to the devil, after having denied Christ and Baptism, but in a surprising way through this Psalter received, he reacquired divine filial descent: since he prayed “Our Father”, therefore he also deserved it, that he was the Father of many others who wanted to serve God.

I also saw those almost condemned to death in the plague, I saw that they freed themselves from death with this healthy antidote, since they repeated “What are you” in the Psalter.

I examined with my own eyes, some religious people given over to all their vanities, who with this healthy medicine became totally holy, since “In Heaven”.

Afterwards, prostitutes and usurers through this bond of morality were very often put back on the scales and were sanctified, since “Be Sanctified”.

I have known blasphemers and hard men, full of all wickedness, who were led through this prayer of faith, to the respect of every species of the name of God: seeing that “Thy Name.” There was also a King dethroned from his Kingdom, in our time, who through this Psalter received, reacquired his own Kingdom: seen “Your Kingdom Come”.

At times I felt absolute exultation, since among the Infidels, some apostates from the Religion and the Holy Church of God converted for fear of the punishments: but with this exultant prayer of intercession, they returned to the Divine Will as soon as they faced martyrdom with great courage. . Among them, a certain Anthony entered the Order of Friars Preachers in our times, since “Thy will be done”.

You receive a great miracle through this healthy prayer in a heavenly vision, since in some lands, where there was a huge storm of wind, damaging especially to men and all things, however, after the preaching of this divine prayer of intercession, everyone returned to desired serenity, just “Like in Heaven”.

After experience, I saw famine in some lands, and a disastrous pestilence that advanced in a horrendous way, but when this kind star came, that is, the Psalter of the Holy Virgin Mary, a blessing was given to the earthly people and their lands, “So in the land".

I have known many who, because of the weight of their sins, considered the most precious Eucharist with contempt and without respect, but, having had the medicine of devotion, they fully felt a singular softness in the magnificent Sacrament, so much so that they often wanted to communicate, because they saw in that very sensitive way the great works of God. Enlightened in the divine way of his clemency, they really saw Christ Jesus himself there, seen as “Our daily bread”. Also with a joyful soul I sometimes saw some faithless and fierce, as much as lions, like a certain soldier, whom I do not know by name, but by fame, who received the instruments of this Psalter, possessed and distributed them so abundantly, to the point of surpassing for clemency all the improvements in those lands, because “Give us today”.

In a surprising way I met a man, who was plunged into such an abyss of despair, no one who knew him could expect anything about his health, but having received the writing of hope in this Psalter, he surpassed in hope and in work also many very devout people I knew. , since “Forgive us our sins”.

I also knew a boastful Baron in the world, also a Count, who had an eternal hatred against a Prince similar to him for his power, and that is why evils happened, but, after receiving the prayer for peace, a peace was consolidated between them so great that these two became, like an uncle and a friend, because “Just as we forgive anyone who has offended us”.

I also saw with my own eyes one possessed by the devil, but when he carried the Evangelical weight of this Psalter, he was always freed: when he abandoned it, he was immediately oppressed by the enemy, and very often I saw and heard many similar things, for which “And we do not let yourself fall into temptation.”

I also saw men and women who told me, under an oath of faith, and made the sign of the Cross, that dead people appeared to them, who said they had been freed from punishment, because for them the Psalter was recited, by some devout women and of religious men, so that “Deliver us from evil. Amen".

So I gave these fifteen Examples about the Lord's Prayer, because, if the words of Saints, Doctors, Preachers, and those who give advice, are of great effectiveness in many cases, there is no doubt that, through the words of the Prayer of the Lord, equal and greater things may happen. Each of these fifteen words, 530 is arranged in successive order as the Ten Commandments of God according to Divine Law, so that precisely, by such right, the Lord's Prayer also has the Holy Number of the Psalter of the Holy Trinity.

And likewise the following fifteen words of the Annunciation of the Lord were arranged in successive order, by natural and divine right, as the Ten Commandments of Christ; on the other hand, fifteen times ten are one hundred and fifty. From this it is evident, that these two Prayers comprise two most devout Psalters, in number and virtue, for which they should rightly be called Psalter.

FIFTEEN EXAMPLES

Very brief about the Hail Mary The Virgin Mary's Nuptial Song (with the help of the same Queen of Clemency) was also greatly magnified, not only due to many ancient signs, but also by recent signs above the rules. And precisely, because with such a beginning the word of God became Flesh.

I sometimes saw sinners in a Church with this very salubrious antidote. They had so much regret and so many tears, that there is no doubt that Mary appeared and placed her hand, because “Hail”.

Also, the Holy Mary brought an abundance of science, wisdom and intelligence to an ignorant person with such a book, that you would have understood it very consummately in schools, given that Mary is an illuminator.

Mary, the most illustrious Lawyer of this world, led a still living man, through the gift of graces, to feel within himself every day some exultations of Paradise, which surpassed every exultation in the world, because “Of 531 Graces”.

This sweet Queen of Angels, to a very poor and needy lady, in our times in France, brought a great abundance of riches, as much as being Mother of Nourishment of all the poor, because “Full”.

The worthy Mary of this Psalter, in these days freed many prisoners from prison, when she made the vow of the Psalter: because “the Lord”.

Furthermore, the most happy Mary, through the virtue of this Psalter, freed a man who was out of his mind and very angry, who scratched others, freed him immediately after having hung a Psalter around his neck and made him as sweet as a lamb. This occurred in Picardy in my presence: because “With You”.

Yet the Glorious Mary of this Psalter gave speech to a man who had not spoken for a long time. As he kissed the Psalter and carried it around his neck, he received the perfect benefit of the tongue: because “Blessed”, she who blessed speech.

The most honorable Empress of this world, later, to a man who had been blind for many years, with the medicine of the same Psalter, helped him, completely restoring his vision: because “You”, which is demonstrative and relative, according to Prisciano.

This Mary of immense mercy also offered an unexpected act of clemency to a man sentenced to death in France through the gift of the Psalter. He broke bars and chains, which manufacturers can break in so many days, and thus escaped. Instead, Mary also freed another chained to the gallows, with the offering of this Psalter. Soon after she received it, she escaped from the gallows, and ran through the guards, until she arrived in freedom at a Church: Because “Among women”, who are by nature pious, according to Augustine.

Furthermore, this Dear Lady, in these days, with the gift of the Psalter, granted a poor woman a great sentence, in a case against very rich people, even though the judge was against it. Three times when the judge thought of pronouncing a sentence against her, he approved the case in favor of the woman in everything, because “And Blessed”, Christ in fact, according to Augustine, is the Blessed Judge of all.

This most praised Mary, with the fruit of this Psalter to a barren woman, gave a son, who died, through the merits of Mary, returned to life again, and I also saw him in the areas of Holland, because “The Fruit”.

After the Queen of Mercy through the virtue of this Psalter, a deserving woman was given such great grace that, living in Picardy, always wearing a hair shirt and an iron chain around her body, and sleeping on the floor, fasting on bread and water, she made a penance, the most horrendous of all, and she recognized that she possessed the Spirit of prophecy and of the Holy counsels in many things, because “From the womb”. In fact, Mary's womb, according to Ambrose, is the temple of all moderation.

Likewise, the Most Noble Mary, in recent times, with the power of this Psalter, gave such a great power over all his enemies to a dejected and despised man, that they lived, or died, according to her will, since “Yours”. Whoever belongs to Mary, according to Anselm, will participate in the power of belonging to Mary.

By virtue of this, long ago he granted Saint Catherine, Virgin and Martyr, to be Wife of the Son of God. And the same Saint Catherine of Siena of the Order of Preachers, with innumerable signs and wonders, granted the same most devout things, because “Jesus”, who is the Spouse of souls, according to Augustine.

Finally, this most pious Queen of Clemency, recently appeared to another man who was dying, and who was praying this Psalter, distanced the demons from him, making him very happy and announcing the hour of his death.

He died with such devotion that I have no news of anyone who has died so devoutly in our times. He almost calmly saw the demons and, expert of Heaven, laughed, making light of their temptations. And seeing Christ approaching, he said with a loud voice: Into your hands I entrust my Spirit; and, having said this, as if he were smiling, he sighed, because “Christ”, according to Jerome, has the power to give the anointings of the Sacraments both in life and in death. Knowing these things, you praise Mary in her Psalter, etc.

EXAMPLES XVIII

Baron Pedro

There was a Baron, named Pedro, a blood relative of Saint Dominic, and an excellent author of all wickedness, and thus obstinate in his desire to sin, which he seemed unable to convert. In his presence, many things were said about the praise and virtue of the Psalter of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and from the same Confraternity, he said: Behold, I am desperate, but I want to hear such great wonders from the man of God. Therefore, accompanied by a crowd of nobles, he approached the Church, not for his conversion, but only to observe the rarity of the holy man.

While listening to his preaching, not yet converted, but troubled by a strong fear, he returned to his own house.

On another festive day, on which again by custom he was forced to enter the Church, and without knowing it he again met Domingos who was preaching.

Domingos, having seen him, and knowing him guilty of sins so great that he could not be converted, if an external disturbance did not come to help, prayed to God in a loud voice: Oh Lord Jesus, do you see that one, if it pleases you, Who is that, who enters here. And suddenly, by God's will, he saw this Baron chained and treated horribly by demons.

A cry arises in the Sermon, those who see not a man, but believe they see the devil, hide. And while the cry and fear grew among the people, Dominic recognized the moment of divine clemency for this Baron, he sent a beautiful Psalter of the Holy Virgin Mary, that is, a Rosary, through a Religious named Bertrando, urging repentance and pray the Psalter of Mary. This Baron, Captain of all sinners, received and prayed the Psalter devoutly.

But fearing greatly, he asked Saint Dominic to pray for him to the Lord. After he asked to confess, he was heard and acquitted. Firstly, there are many sentences of greater excommunication in serious matters, as is customary. Secondly, the almost innumerable irregular fouls. And thirdly, of all sins. And through a Revelation of the Virgin Mary, made to Dominic, it is imposed as a penance to pray a Psalter of Mary daily.

Having humbly accepted, and by order of Dominic, having embraced the Confraternity of the Psalter of the Virgin Mary, he began to write with his hand the name in the book of this Confraternity, and suddenly those who had seen him with a devilish face, then saw by Will divine an angelic aspect, adorned with three beautiful Crowns of Roses, because of the three groups of fifty prayers in the Psalter. Then, in fact, through the merits of the Most Glorious Virgin Mary, he gained the grace to become very devout. Finally well-enlightened in all things to be done and acting expeditiously, after having introduced his wife and the entire family to the frequency and assiduity of the predicted Psalter, persevering with him in this holy purpose, the Virgin Mary obtained the pre-announcement of his death and those of his. And the appearance of Christ and the Virgin Mary, this repentant sinner deserved, through the same Psalter, to trust himself in the hands of Christ and Mary, not without the singular devotion of many who watched, for the presence of the Lord Jesus and the Virgin Mary .

EXAMPLE XIX.

An infamous Count of France converted by virtue to the Psalter of the Virgin Mary.

There was in France a very great Count, who spent his entire life in adultery and fornication, was so obstinate in these things, that he was not able to convert in any way, neither with speeches, nor with advice, nor with examples. Seeing this, his noble wife (driven by jealousy), also decided to commit adultery, not out of libido alone, but also out of revenge against her adulterous husband.

Extraordinary! She just decided on this path, and went to sleep, while she was sleeping, she was suddenly kidnapped in a vision and behold, she was shown the many terrible torments to which adulterers were subjected in Hell after this life. Therefore she was surprised by so much horror, that she almost came out of herself, and often cried out saying: There is an oven here, if you don't want to come in here, lock yourself in the house. Finally coming to her senses, she changed her mind, and to make the Confession, she approached Saint Dominic very devoutly. The same Dominic, out of compassion, ordered the Psalter of the Virgin Mary as penance. Having devoutly accepted, together with the Confraternity, and having prayed the same Psalter for fifteen days, on the advice of Saint Dominic (who also watched over the salvation of the said husband), she placed for three consecutive nights, under her husband's pillow, a Psalter, or that is, the Rosary, entrusting the work to the Lord Jesus Christ and Mary, Queen of purity and Virginity. And behold, on the first night, he began to be shaken by terrible tremors due to the offense against God, and to ask the woman for help with many tears. On the second night, he appeared in a dream, being dragged to the Judgment of God, and being accused of all his sins. After he woke up, he was terrified to death, and began to treat the woman with respect and love.

The third night, in fact, he was dragged to the pains of Hell and saw the pains of those lustful ones, that is, those who had previously seen his wife, not only saw the pains but also felt them for a short time.

Then an Angel of the Lord came to him, who surprised him speaking above all about adultery and among other things said: Come, come, and for the future amend and pray with great faith, the Psalter of the Blessed Virgin Mary, through which you were converted, love your wife, and enter the Brotherhood of the same Psalter, with your entire family, to receive from the merits of others, those things that you cannot deserve through yourself. The man then returned from Hell, and asked the woman for forgiveness, and promised her perpetual fidelity. He also went to São Domingos with his family, everyone confessed, and signed up for the Confraternity.

He, in fact, thus converted, carried in his hands the Psalter of the Blessed Virgin Mary, not only in the Church, but also in the fights, in his own home, and in the King's Palace. And so from his own wife he had many children, by gift of God, and lived with her for a long time with happiness, health, fame, abundance of all goods, and excellent holiness. Finally, on the same day, and at the same hour, the Virgin Mary appeared, they died very devoutly, and in one and the same tomb in Paris, they were buried in the Main Church (which is consecrated in honor of the Immaculate Virgin Mary).

EXAMPLE XX

The prodigal nobleman who converted.

A young man in Germany, after the death of his parents, corrupted by the company of wicked people, squandered all his precious inheritance in gambling, dice, and taverns; After becoming a vagabond, he wandered around the country miserable. Even though he was foolish in other things, he preserved the chastity of his body. A soldier, his paternal uncle, with compassion for him, found him one day and said to him: Unfortunately it happened that you went astray, dear cousin, you who, noble by birth, could have become a good man and a Master, if I hadn't caught you. such madness. Since the young man ridiculed his words as if they were effeminate words, the Soldier added: Is there nothing else, oh my dear, that you can do for me? But that one replied: Yes. And the Soldier: I want it. So may you greet Mary, the Glorious Mother of God, fifty times every day with the Angelic Salutation. And laughing, he replied: I can do that. I will pray it every day. The uncle insisted, saying: You will need to do this in its entirety, who knows if perhaps with eyes of Mercy the Glorious Virgin will look at you and for your misery she will intercede for you with her Son. With his words the young man consented and walked away. Just after a year, the uncle saw that young man and asked him if he had kept his promise. And he said: I kept it and I don't want to lose it in any way. I am freer than ever from the things of the world. The uncle (who devotedly always served the Glorious Virgin in his Psalter) said to him with great exultation: Then next year you will double the service to the Mother of Christ in the Greetings. And the Young Man said: All right.

After the second year he returned to his uncle saying: Now, with the favor of the Mother of Christ, every frivolity and the state of my misery are past, and the stability of my will has become certain with the purpose of doing good. His uncle, the most devoted Psalmidian of the Virgin Mary, said to him with tears: The Mother of faith blessed you and also gave thanks to you, oh dearest, who believed in the healthy advice. I ask nothing more than that next year you find yourself firm in your purpose. And if I find you firm, I will prepare a worthy marriage for you. You will diligently honor your Helper in the Salutations of the three groups of fifty. The young man agreed, and was found firm. After the year, the uncle fulfilled what he had promised the young man. He established the marriage, and the invitation was prepared, relatives of both parties arrived. Once the table was set, and the flowers were in their hands, when the Husband and Wife were about to get married, they were sitting together, suddenly the Husband remembered that he had not done that day, as usual, the Greetings of the three groups of fifty prayers; Then, getting up, he suggested to his uncle that he wait a while to serve the dishes. With his uncle in agreement, the young man entered the thalamus, performed the Salute to the Mother of Christ, which he had offered in vow so devoutly and with greater clemency had been satisfied. As soon as he finished the last Salute of the three groups of fifty together, the Glorious Virgin Mary appeared to him, more splendid than the Sun, showing three wounds on her very luminous tunic to the young man, one on the front and two on the sides, on each of which it was written, in letters of gold, fifty Greetings. Here, he said, are your Greetings written in letters of gold, with which you diligently honored me with the three groups of fifty prayers. And since with your body, although light and inconstant, you have maintained the purity of your virginity, soon a slow fever will consume you, and you will come to me on the third day, without any corruption of the flesh. Having said this, the Glorious Virgin disappeared. The young man came out, told everyone he was well and had fun, he apologized for not wanting to eat and for not being able to be with them. While everyone sat at the table, the young man went to bed at that moment. And when lunch was served, he called his wife and friends to the thalamus, and explained to them what had happened. The young man died on the third day as predicted. The Wife, in fact, no longer wanting to marry anyone, remained faithfully until the end of her life in holy virginity, and in the service of the Virgin Mary.

EXAMPLE XXI

The Psalter saves a Pirate from the evil spirit of one of the domestics.

A soldier, who owned a castle, mercilessly attacked all those who passed him. And even though he abounded in all sins, every day, he honored the Glorious Virgin Mary in his Angelic Salutation. Once a holy Monk passed by, and the Soldier made him fall.

A holy man instead asked the thieves to take him to his boss, as he had to reveal some secrets to them. Guided by the Soldier, he asked to call all his servitude and listen while he preached. When this was done, he said: Not even all of you are here, so seek diligently and you will still find someone. And they saw that the Soldier's Courtier was missing, and they found him and led him away. Then the Saint said: it is he I am looking for. He made him come to the center, and seeing the man of God, he turned his eyes and head from one side to the other, he was agitated like a madman, and he did not dare to come any closer. Then the Holy Man said: I command you in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, to tell who you are, and why you have come here. And he said: I am obliged to betray my secret. I then am not a man, but I am a devil. And I lived with that Soldier for fourteen years, since our Prince sent me here, to observe very carefully the day on which the wretch would not have offered the customary honor to his Mary, in his Salute, and I with the permission of God, I would have always tormented him and would have forever united him to our community. Having said these words, the devil fainted. The Soldier, hearing these things, was frightened, and threw himself at the Monk's feet, asked for forgiveness and changed his life for the better, and greeted the Glorious Virgin more devoutly. So that they may be liberated through the Virgin Mary, from the snares of the demons, honor her every day in her Psalter.

EXAMPLE XXII

About the converted Friar, who prayed only the Ave.

Note: This insertion is also from the transcriber: it is not part of Alano's narration, here it can also be said that it was inserted, but the style is opposed.

In the time of Saint Bernard, a pious Soldier, out of devotion, went to Saint Bernard, to humbly ask to be welcomed into the Congregation of Friars. Immediately the holy father Bernardo welcomed him with joy and gave him the habit of the Lay Friars. He could learn no other prayer at the Monastery than the Angelic Salutation, which he often repeated with wonderful devotion. Saint Bernard, seeing the simplicity and good type of life of the man, even if he was ignorant, however, made him be in the choir of Monk Priests, according to custom.

This good man loved the Glorious Virgin with sincere love and served her very devotedly in her Salutation. Finally, by the will of the Lord, he ended his days and happily arrived at Eternal Happiness. And he was buried in the Cemetery, where the other Religious men received burial. After a few days a beautiful lily grew on his tomb and on each leaf of the lily was written in golden letters Ave Maria. After what happened, Saint Bernard ordered the earth to be removed, so that they could see where the lily had fixed its roots. And when the earth was removed, they saw the lily stem coming out of the dead man's mouth. Finally, by order of the Holy Man, the deceased was opened, and they saw that the roots of the lily were fixed in the heart.

And in the cut heart they found written in golden letters, Hail Mary.

After seeing this, everyone marveled, understanding that this had certainly happened, because he recited the Angelic Salutation, also assiduously with true devotion from the heart.

EXAMPLE XXIII

About Prince Alfonso.

There was a noble and powerful Prince, as full of vices as he was of riches, whose wife, by divine judgment, had lost the “light of her eyes” (vision), which is why she often instigated her husband to do evil things. But also due to the iniquity of both, other princes invaded his land, plundered everything, devastating everything, and forcing him to flee to another city with his wife. The Blessed Dominic, passing by to preach in that city, on the day of the Birth of Christ, delivered an important Sermon in the Main Church, on the Psalter of the Glorious Virgin Mary. The Prince named Alfonso came, that day, to the same Church, either for the solemnity of the day or to avoid the scandal. He rarely or never attended church. Here, listening during the preaching of Sundays wonderful things about the Psalter of the Virgin Mary, especially if each one preached this devoutly, with the help and protection of the Virgin Mary, he would have obtained dominion over his enemies: he thought of praying the Psalter of Glorious Virgin. After lunch, he looked for Saint Dominic and asked him if the things he had preached about the virtue of the Psalter were true. To him Domingo replied: Those things, which I preached about the virtue of the Psalter of the Blessed Virgin, are all true. I promise you that all the things that I preached about the virtue of the Psalter will be yours, even greater than those that you heard from me, if you want to pray the same, and accept the Confraternity of the Psalter. Alfonso hearing these things, and returning, promised to pray the Psalter of the Virgin Mary, and humbly received the Confraternity of it. After that Domingos distanced himself from there. Alfonso attended Church every day, devoutly reciting his Psalter, in that City, in service to the Virgin Mary, for a whole year, he persevered. A year later, on the same day, on which the Psalter of Mary and the Confraternity of the same took place together, in the Church, according to custom, he devotedly brought his Psalter to an end, asking for mercy and grace from the Glorious Virgin. After the most solemn Mass, when everyone returned from the Church for lunch, Alfonso remained alone, in the Church, with his devotion. And there appeared before him a very beautiful Virgin, who had in her arms a very beautiful Child. At this sight, Alfonso remained very surprised. She said to Alfonso: Oh Alfonso, this entire year you served me devotedly in my Psalter; Now I have come to give you consolation for the service you gave me. I obtained from My Son, who you see in my arms, the remission of all your sins. You will obtain all the graces that my husband Domingos promised you, even greater ones, if, however, you persevere in my service.

I will also give you a Rosary, which you will always carry with you, and your enemies will not prevail against you. He gave him a Rosary of wonderful beauty, and suddenly disappeared. Alfonso, holding the Psalter in his hand, which he had given to the Virgin Mary, joyful and also amazed, returned to his wife and told her all the things that had happened; She didn't want to believe her husband's words. He said to her: play the Rosary, which the Virgin Mary gave me; This one, playing, soon regained her sight; This one, seeing such a great miracle, believed, and from then on began to pray very devoutly, the Psalter of the Glorious Virgin. After this Alfonso went out against his enemies, expelled everyone from his land and recovered all the things that had been taken from him; so much so that his fame was soon noticed in the place and nearby; so much so that the princes and kings, who fought against the infidels, fought for Alfonso; because with each one who united, he gained victory. No one in war can beat Alfonso, hurt him or impose themselves on him. But always, before the battle, it was customary to recite devoutly while kneeling, the Psalter of the Glorious Virgin; nor did he want to have any servant who refused to recite the Psalter of the Virgin Mary.

He encouraged all servants to pray the Psalter of the Virgin Mary. And seeing such a great virtue of the Psalter, he had Psalters painted and carved on sigils, shields, and their flags. Finally, the Virgin Mary gives Alfonso the reward for the devoted service offered to her. Alfonso began to get sick, felt very bad about his sins and made the confession of his entire life: to him, a Priest named John, administered the Ecclesiastical Sacraments. After having received them very devoutly, the Glorious Virgin appeared there with her Son, who took Alfonso's soul and took it to the Celestial Kingdoms. The priest saw her as a dove, whiter than snow. In accordance with these examples we must also conduct ourselves as Psalmidians of the Most Holy Queen of Angels. Amen.

END OF EXAMPLES ABOUT MEN

EXAMPLES OF DEVOTED WOMEN

EXAMPLE I

A prodigy in relation to Romana Catarina dictates Beauty.

PREFACE

The Glorious Master João do Monte narrates in his Marial, a fact that is also found in the book by Frei Tomas do Templo. At the time when Saint Dominic Guide and illustrious Father of the Order of Preachers, preached throughout the world, very renowned in many kingdoms, he incessantly exhorted the people to praise the Immaculate Virgin Mary, and to the Angelic Confraternity of the Psalter of the same he went to preach in Rome, before the greatest prelates from all over the world, and exhorted them with images and examples with great ardor, that the Glorious Virgin should be saluted in her Psalter; everyone was amazed at the abundance of words, surprised by the power of the prodigies. To these he said: Oh faithful, gentlemen, and other friends of the devotees of faith, hear a particular word, and healthy for all of you; so that you may know that the things I have said are true.

You preach the Psalter of the Virgin Mary and, praying, remember the Passion of Christ devoutly. In this way I announce to you that you will experience the Spirit of God. In fact, such a large flame cannot exist anywhere without heat; nor a light so immense, without illumination; nor such divine medicine, without cure. And what else? They all listened and marveled, astonished by the divine Sermons, and many began (not only among the people, but also among the great Prelates of the Church, the cardinals, as well as many honorable bishops), to pray this Psalter they preach, in order to experience some graces from God. An admirable fact! In the troubled city, there was a great increase in prayers in every state of life, as we heard from Saint Dominic. And so he saw in every place morning, evening and noon men and women carrying the Psalter in their hands. The pillars of the world, cardinals and bishops, were not afraid to have such large coats of arms of divinity and our practicing faith in their hands and on their waists. Domingos did not doubt that the miracles he heard were the result of divine help, through the work of the Virgin Mary, through the exercise of the Psalter: What can I say more? All those who have this Psalter had some sign of divine goodness: among so many, only one prodigy was narrated.

NARRATION

There lived in Rome a harlot, the most famous of all, for beauty, eloquence, ornament and worldly joy, who deserved to receive from the most holy hands of Dominic a Psalter, which, hiding under her tunic, she prayed every day! Known for her promiscuous and shameless life in front of everyone. Men were running behind her, more so than the other women in this vanity. They then gave this woman, named Catarina, the nickname Bela, for her incomparable beauty. She visited the Church at least once a day, where, praying the Psalter, she meditated on the following things. Reciting the first group of fifty prayers she reflected on the Childhood of Christ, when she carried all the successive passion, even if not in act, but in intention and in mind. She recited the second group of fifty prayers reflecting on the Passion of Christ, known in all its real human suffering. Finally, she prayed the third group, for the Passion of Christ as Divinity, not because Divinity should suffer, but because Divinity is infinite and loves human nature very much (as the Lord Jesus Christ very often revealed). Therefore, since by the eternal wisdom of God, she could not die in herself, she assumed humanity, which she wanted to suffer, and die for the entire human race. Since then (this Catherine Bela) persevered in prayer, it sometimes happened that she wandered, as usual, through the city of Rome. And behold, suddenly, a beautiful and wonderful man, standing next to her said: Catarina, why are you here? Don't you have a house? And she said: Yes I have, and in her all things are ordered in a very beautiful way. And he said: In this house I want to have lunch with you. And she said, I will gladly do whatever you want, I will gladly give you something to eat. So walking hand in hand, they arrived at her house, where they found many similar children. Lunch was prepared, and this unknown guest sat with Bela Catarina and drank, but anything the guest touched, a drink or anything similar, took on the color of blood, with a special odor, and a very mild flavor. Surprisingly, she said: Why, Lord, do all the things you touch become blood? And he: Don't you know, he said, that a Christian should not drink or eat anything that has not been dipped in the Blood of Christ? And so she was very surprised by such a great guest, and she was afraid to touch him. But she said: Sir, as I see, you show yourself to be a person of great respect. Who are you, please, and where did you come from? And he said to her: When we are in the thalamus, I will tell you what you ask. So she got up, prepared the thalamus; Entering the bed first, she invites the guest to enter next to her.

Thus something occurs that surprises all mortals and that has never been told! Suddenly that man, taking the form of a child, carried a Crown of Thorns on his head, the Cross on his back, and the Stigmata on his hands and feet, and innumerable wounds all over his body.

And he said to Catherine: Oh Catherine, Catherine, come out of your folly. Behold, you see the passion of Christ's Childhood, for which you prayed the first group of fifty prayers. Since from the first moment of my Conception until my death, I always carried in my Heart this pain, which was so great for you, that, if all the little grains of sand in the sea were children, and each one of them had so much pain, how much have all men dying, not even gathered together, you will endure such great suffering, as I suffered for you. She marveled at what she saw and heard. And soon he again transformed himself into a man, according to the image he had at the time of the Passion, and said: Behold, you see, oh daughter, how many things I suffered for you, these surpass all the pains of Hell. My capacity to suffer was not human, but divine. My suffering was so great that if it were divided among all the creatures in the world, they would die and become corrupt. Having said this, it soon transfigured itself into a solar luminosity, however, with the glorious Stigmata, in all of which there were infinite things, because all things were in the Stigmata, Catherine was then seen with much stupor and admiration. Because in every wound, on the waist, or on the hands, etc. And she said: Behold, oh daughter, how many things in the Divinity I suffer now for you and for your salvation! Since indeed, according to the Apostle, all things are in me, and I in all things; in all things I see you, I love you, and I am ready to suffer eternal punishment, which you see for your salvation and for the fact that my love is infinite, (according to Dionysius), and all things existing in me are infinite , (according to him). You then know the clemency of God, and honor the triple Passion of Christ, for which you recited three groups of fifty prayers, and because you were an example of all malice and all immorality, so then you live in a way, to be a mirror of purity, limpidity. If I appeared to you, I did not do so because of your merits, but because of the exemplary nature of your penance and since your Brothers, from the Confraternity of my Inviolate Mother, prayed for you, because in your conversion many will be converted, as before in your perversion, innumerable people they became diabolical.

And what else? Even with Catherine's vision disappearing, she felt the pain of the Passion of Christ, in her hands, feet and other parts. She then got up, did penance and the next day confessed to Domingos. He prescribed the Psalter as penance, according to custom, together with the acceptance of the Confraternity of the Glorious Virgin, which had not yet been in fact, but only in intention and purpose. And it should be noted how much this fraternity is worth in fact, given how much it was worth in purpose. While very devoutly saluting the Virgin Mary, the same Lady appeared to her, with Saint Catherine Martyr, saying: Behold, daughter, you have sinned many times, it is necessary to do a great deal of penance: then, on any given day, take three disciplines, each of which is of fifty blows, which form the penitential Psalter. No, she said, it is useful to always have the stick, but you purify with your nails, or press your flesh, always and in every place. So that you can resist temptations and obtain all good things, always do this penance.

And this is the Royal Penance, hidden and natural, which is the Queen of all penances. So she brought all those things to an end, as she had heard. And while he repented every day, Saint Dominic, elevated by divine virtue, saw, one night, stupendous things throughout the world. He noticed that in Catherine's house, from the limbs of a boy, fifty-five rivers flowed, which descended to Purgatory, at the arrival of which, the souls to be purified were comforted, and consoled. Oh, how many voices of praise broke out! Oh, how many blessings they sent to this Catarina! Their voices echoed across the land. Where in fact souls were liberated, comforted, consoled and freed from pains, due to the fact that this Catherine meditated on the boy's Passion and endeavored to apply them very devoutly to the faithful departed. Oh wonderful thing! Oh new argument! He saw after a man came from Catherine's room and from her body, that is, from the five wounds, fifty-five fountains came out, which nourished and irrigated the entire Church Militant, and the present world. Trees and plants increased, birds and fish lived happily, men especially were enlightened and bathed. Oh how sweet! Oh how much joy in the world! In fact here all things blessed Catherine and prayed for her to the Creator and all things. And these two wonderful things happened for the first and second group of fifty prayers. But when this penitent Catherine sang the third group of fifty prayers, Domingo saw the arrival of a giant of infinite grandeur, more luminous than the light of the sun, from which five fountains issued, from which fifty-five rivers arose, which did not flow through the earth, nor from purgatory, but that in a wonderful way they ascended to Heaven, and from these the entire Celestial Paradise was irrigated. And their softness was so great that the Holy Angels brought immense graces from them, and through them they returned to the Lord. Seeing these things Domingos, as Tomas do Templo narrates, began to marvel greatly, because these things happened around the house of the sinner Catarina.

Being close to him, Maria said: Why, Dominic, do you marvel at these things? Do you not know that I am a friend of sinners, and the mercy of God has been placed in my hand? So then I had to reveal to you this daughter, since you preach to the world, that in no way should the world and sinners, for any sin, despair, but always trust in the Lord, and especially those, who want to take refuge under the my mantle next to Catarina. The Mother of God, Mary, added: You have seen, oh Dominic, these wonderful things, listen and preach, the things that I will now tell you, so pious and so holy, that is, what I obtained from my Son: that all those who pray my Psalter, and those who are from my Confraternity, will have the same excellence that Catherine had. Even if they do not see it, just as men do not see God, nor the Angels, nor the Demons, nor their own merits, nor their virtues, in fact, they did not see the virtue of the imam, nor of the stars; how much less will they see their glory here? But they will see this after death.

Console yourself then, oh Dominic, and preach my Psalter and the Confraternity, because the things that this Catherine obtained, she achieved for everyone, not because she sees them, but because she has them. What else? Sunday gave immense thanks to the Lord, for God's mercy. This Catherine entered a Monastery, and then distributed all things to the poor. This was of such great sanctity that the greatest Saints turned to it for revelations. Fifteen days before her death, the Lord Jesus appeared to her, with the Virgin Mary and Saint Catherine, announcing her death. She died very holy. Three holy virgins, one of whom was called Joana, the second Marta, and the third Lucia, saw her soul leaving her body more luminous than the Sun and flying between the arms of Jesus. She was buried in the church of São João in Laterão. From this fact, you all think how great the power of the Psalter of the Virgin Mary is, if it is recited devoutly with the Passion of Christ. We praise the Virgin Mary and her Son, in the said Psalter. Amen.

EXAMPLE II

The mirror of the blessed sinner of Florence.

There was a woman in the city of Florence in Tuscany, named Bendita (who is also mentioned in the life of Saint Dominic), born from a noble family, and endowed with incomparable beauty. She spent her teenage years engaging in dangerous behavior. She finally became a public prostitute, in the ultimate insidiousness of the perdition of souls. When Saint Dominic, distinguished husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, saw her, he was very surprised by her great beauty, and at the same time, by her immorality, and he felt great pain at her loss, and that of many souls, redeemed by the Christ's blood. By God's will, that sinner, after Dominic's Sermon and hurt by it, went to confess to him. After the confession was made, she asked: Do you want, said Domingos, that I, as your Husband, pray for you with our Lord Jesus Christ and the most sweet Mary, his Mother? So that they can restore you to that state that is most convenient for you and your salvation? And she said to him: Yes, most sweet Father, I humbly pray and beseech you to do so. And getting up from the confession chair, Domingos began to pray for her. Then a multitude of demons entered the woman's body, and for a whole year, she remained thus chained and obsessed, to the great stupor of all the people, and the terror, especially of her lovers, and of all other carnal men. What else? After a year, Domingos, returning, visited her prison. Then she, with tears and great sighs, begged him to place the hand of mercy, freeing her from the enemies of the human race. He granted them this with pleasure and, making a sign of the Cross, by virtue of the Psalter of the Virgin Mary (through which it was always customary to do great things) he expelled from her all the demons, who were four hundred and fifty in number.

Therefore, it was applied to her as penance, each day, to recite three Psalters to the Virgin Mary, in which there are one hundred and fifty Hail Marys, against the many other demons mentioned above. Painful fact! You heard what happened next. After that unfortunate sinner was freed from these, and left to herself, the fires of the flesh began to be excited again, carnal thoughts and new desires for carnal accompaniments began to arise. The previous lovers, returning to her, seeing her restored to her former glory and the beauty of her body, instigated her to sin, so much so that that wretch, forgetting God's Mercy and grace, returned to her previous evil actions, and, even worse who previously sold herself. Innumerable lovers rushed to this, and it became the most serious spectacle of the devil. The pious Domingos, hearing the new spectacle, the ruin of the said Bendita and the perdition of many men, went towards her, pushed by the Spirit of God. However, being in far away places, and being found at home, surrounded by the consolations of the poor, and everyone far away with the divine light of the gaze, turning to her with a terrible look, she says: It's true, oh daughter.

Did you say that you had promised Christ and the Virgin Mary to lead an immaculate life? Certainly admitting that you already know about the great misfortune that God has in store for you as punishment, if you do not regret having had a relapse. She feeling this, remaining silent with fear, and remaining surprised, did not dare speak. Then the man of God said: Follow me. And he led her that same hour, as she was dressed, in the clothes of a harlot, in the largest Church, to which a great crowd came, and here sitting as in a court, he listened to the confession of that cursed woman, while everyone looked on and was immensely surprised. A new and wonderful hand of God. Once the Confession was made, Domingos said: Do you want, daughter, to give yourself for your salvation and that of others, to the most sweet Mother of Mercy? That poor woman, trembling and surprised, said: Yes, oh Lord, her will be done. Having then Domingos (who in all his requests, was always heard by God) praying a little for her, he saw with everyone, that she, like before, was possessed by four hundred and fifty demons, and in front of everyone she was horribly tormented . She was caught, chained, tied, and screaming horribly, to the horror of all those who were present, she was taken home. Domingos soon disappeared, he was found after an hour in Paris. So then that wretch for more than a year she remained possessed, and every day she was terribly tormented. However, every day she had free time, she often prayed the Psalter of Mary. During the prayer they could not torment or distract her, even if they got tired of bothering that poor woman in the Service of the Mother of God, with external blows, with murmurs of voices and by pulling her dresses or her hair.

While the poor prisoner of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Domingos was then, agitated by so much suffering, it happened during a certain Vigil of Mary the Virgin, who was astonished and kidnapped in spirit (Dominicos having already suddenly returned from her, to the will of God, praying and pleading with God for her) the court of God was soon seen, and she was dragged terribly into infinity, while the rows of Saints, surrounded by the splendor of the sun, and an immense book in the shape of a cell or room were taken, sealed with the signs of the curse and Hell.

In this, the entire life of that Blessed One was perfectly represented, and also narrated. The poor woman is ordered to carefully examine the description and writing on the first page, and to read it. That writing was of such great terror and weight that it would have been a pleasure to have been placed in a heated oven at one hundred and fifty degrees instead of the first page being read. Then trembling and afraid, she began to cry out aloud, saying: Am I cursed and not blessed, because I came into the world miserable? Why, unfortunately, in relation to Eve's other children, did I receive so many evils?

Despair, wretched daughter of the curse! Curse to the parents who gave birth to me and didn't teach me, despair to those who deceived me the first time.

Where will I go? Where will I go? Where will I hide? Where will I flee, what will I say, what will I do? Oh how miserable I am! I see hell open to catch me, I see hell as a very terrible judge for me. Why didn't I die young?

Why didn't I die in my prime? But, from a long wicked life, I was led to these extreme miseries. Oh, if I had foreseen these great risks, and had known them well, so that I could live them holy. Oh, if the world, the women of the world, these things that I see, knew, what would they think of it? What would they say? What would they do? Curse, daughter of abomination and confusion, of misery and every seduction, abyss of horrible indecency and all wickedness. My joys were brief, and behold, I see eternal torments prepared before me. And so, screaming and falling to the ground, before the High Judge, she was overcome by great pain. To her the angry Judge with a terrible voice added: Get up, he said, get up, do what I said, and read in your book, in front of everyone, the things you have done. And that one read the first page, and saw the margin of the first page. And all the letters and apexes that she saw caused various torments with the images. It would have been much easier and sweeter to bear the death of the body than the pain of the smallest letter in that book. Something horrible! Whether this wretch wanted to or didn't want to, she read the first page of the book of death, with so many screams, sighs, lamentations and pains, that without strength, almost dead, she fell before the Judge. The Judge very terribly, however, shouting very loudly, ordered her to finish reading the writing of her entire book. And turning the page to read another sheet, that poor thing cried out, with so much terror, fear, and awe, faced with the fear of the feathers on the next page, that even the stones and other inanimate things, if they had felt and understood, they would have cried with her. That's why those present, in solidarity, knelt before the Judge, asking for forgiveness for this poor wretch. The Judge, distancing himself, said that he was very seriously offended by his fault, and that very many souls were lost because of it; and for this reason, she should read this entire book, which she had written herself, and finally get the dignified sentence from it, as she deserved on her merits.

Then one of those present, who as she had recognized was Saint Dominic, turning to that wretch, said: To Mary, Mother of God, whom you served in the Psalter, shout quickly, so that she may have mercy on you. Then, groaning and sighing heavily, turning to the Mother of God Mary, he humbly said: Oh Lady, Most Sweet Mother of Mercy and Queen, have mercy on me, most accursed sinner, in so much anguish for my sins, that I am now here.

Then our Lady, praying to the Judge for her, and asking him, finally stopped him with the hope of repentance. More benignly than before, the Judge then, returning to speak, said: Behold, daughter, now I grant you the time of penance. See well then, to destroy with sincerity, through penance, all the sins, which you wrote in your book of death. If instead you do otherwise, I will give you the sentence of eternal damnation, on the day you will not wait for. So, when the vision disappeared, she returned to herself, and saw Domingos present with her in the Church. Confessing to him very quickly and carefully, he also asks the way, in which how to cancel the terrible book. He then said to her: Daughter, entrust yourself to the Virgin Mary. She was so helpful today and will help you later, if you serve her; without doubt truly, I hasten to another, and when I return, I will manifest to you as the Lord commanded me in relation to you.

Therefore, in the space of three months, every day with all my strength I greeted the sweetest Mary, in her Psalter. Domingos returning, while he was celebrating Mass, was kidnapped in spirit, for almost three hours, in which she saw the most sweet Virgin, who said: Daughter, daughter, you asked me very often about how to cancel your infernal book, and behold, I, Mother of mercy, have come to teach you the art, and the way in which you can cancel it completely. And then, the sweetest Mary, offering a beautiful lily with writing in letters of gold, gave it to Blessed, saying: Read, daughter, and in it cancel your sins. It was written on the lily: Remember the gravity of sin, and in that, God's Mercy towards you. And since she was struck dumb by shame, Our Lady turned to her and said:

1. I tell you, daughter, that the gravity of the smallest mortal sin is so great, and so hateful to God and to all the Saints, and so detestable to the Celestial Court of Paradise, that, if it were possible that I and the other existing Saints in Heaven, if we committed just one mortal sin, we would soon fall into Hell and be eternally condemned.

2. For this reason, daughter, perhaps Lucifer and so many thousands of demons, because of a single mortal sin, were not immediately expelled from heaven and eternally condemned? Since you, daughter, have gained more than all those in the number of sins and are more unworthy, more miserable, infinitely smaller, whether of them or of us, without any comparison; perhaps a little mercy and a little grace was done? So such a great Mercy should stimulate you, so that you return to clemency and grace, through the Mercy of the Creator.

Feeling this, Bendita cried a lot, due to the virtue of this lily. After Mary the Virgin blessed among women, she offered the same Blessed One a second lily that should be read.

In it it was written: Remember the most innocent death of Christ, and observe the penances of the Saints. If, said our Lady, God the Father hated sin so much, to the point of not sparing his son, but at the age of thirty-three, exposed him to the insults of the world, and without sin finally condemned him to a shameful death, because of Adam's one sin of disobedience; Maybe that's why you shouldn't thank God very much, who until now gave you the time to repent of your sin without penalty, when the same son of God, from the beginning of conception, until death, was always there for you at every moment, in the anguish of death as many times as you have offended him with your sins. And furthermore, do you not see that those who pleased God, such as the Prophets, the Apostles, the Martyrs, the Confessors, the Virgins and all the Saints, who were in the world were greatly tormented? And you, very miserable, have committed so many evils, and yet for so long you were mercifully awaited, and you did not bear any punishment. These words penetrated Bendita's heart like a sharp arrow, and caused abundant rivers of tears in her. To the very Wise Mary, she offered the third lily to the Blessed One for reading.

In it it was written: Remember the pains of the sin of the first man, and of all the righteous who sin. Introducing him, Mary said: Oh Blessed daughter, your life of examination of conscience by the grace of divine mercy must not displease you much, when you see the First Man Adam, expelled from Paradise, with his wife Eve the sentence of death, which carries to all his posterity, and in such a way the hunger, thirst, cold, heat and infinite calamities of the world, until the end of the world that follows: how evident! Behold, before you you see the sword of divine vengeance, in all places, punishing at all times the sin of Adam, and yet you committed many evils so great, so many times, so shameful, so horrible, during so many years, and not you were reproached by these, but always sweetly tolerated. Perhaps, oh daughter, this seems small and of little value to you? And furthermore, did not almost the whole world perish in the flood for the sin of lust, not only men, but also all animate and inanimate things, and, what is worse, very many innocent young people? And you, full of considerable sins, don't you want to convert to God, you, who have still been struck by some evil? See, he said, Sodom and Gomorrah, and the other cities united with them, in which, in the fire that descended from Heaven, almost innumerable innocents perished, with their fathers; and you, home of all vices and all sins, remain unharmed. Maybe all the Fathers didn't die in the desert? Indeed, did not the most holy Moses and Aaron die because of vainglory and murmuring? And you, such an abominable harlot, full of such nefarious sins, not yet punished for them, do you not recognize the clemency of the Judge, so severe and terrible to others? Hearing these words, Bendita died, lost in tears and groans. Mother Mary, so merciful, offered the fourth lily to her Blessed daughter.

In it it was written: Remember in what way you were called, while so many Kingdoms of Gentiles and Judges were not attracted by Christ.

Having said this, the Source of Kindness Saint Mary said: Perhaps a great grace was not given to you, oh daughter, because Christ called you, and did not call so many kings of the pagans, commanders, and nobles, so many beautiful young men, and so many beautiful women , very strong, very rich, of both sexes, for so many years in his law, while he led you to his knowledge, poor, wretched and miserable, and the least of all, carnal, and false? Think about these things, then, and think if this doesn't seem like a big deal to you, because these are children of the devil, and with the devils, they walk in all sins, and go through the life of death descending to Hell, and you, very unworthy , by God in Baptism you were called, united with the Angels and established on the path of salvation. Meditate on these things and recognize in this, how much grace and kindness and clemency was shown to you, and yet you offended your God more than all the Jews and the pagans.

 

2. How many, think about it, are the Jews and the Pagans, who fast, continually wear the sackcloth and scourge themselves harshly, maintain silence, perform works of mercy, and yet with all these things are dragged to Hell. And you, full of misery and sins, still without regrets and without good works, were attended to by God and guarded on the path of salvation by me and the Angels.

3. Oh, how many would be converted and faithful, and such things would be done around them, how many do you think would do for the love of God, if they do such great things with the error of the age? Therefore, he said, look more carefully, because in this you have been given more than if you were given twenty-four mountains of gold every day, and you did not consider these things carefully, nor fear them. She, hearing this, and gnashing her teeth with terror and fear, became weakened, knowing herself to be more miserable than all the miserable. Afterwards, the Mother of God and Blessed Queen offered her servant the fifth lily, which was very beautiful.

It was written like this: Remember the punishments of the world, inflicted on sinners in times past. Exposing this, the blessed Mother Mary said: perhaps you don't know about the sufferings suffered by Saul, Cain, Pharaoh, Datan and Abiran, and many others? How many, and how, were convicted of a single theft? How many have been set on fire, burned, and hanged for just one act of lust?

How many have been scourged, imprisoned, condemned, expelled and tormented for a single sin since the beginning of the world? And you, who did infinite evils, and suffered nothing for them. Maybe it doesn't seem like much to you? Perhaps, in life you were endowed and preserved with gifts of nature and fortune, unworthy and undeserved of each gift, you gained more than everyone. The one feeling this, and with the conscience that remorse her, confessing asked for forgiveness. The Queen of mercy, Mary, offered her the sixth lily, which contained the following writing: Remember the sufferings of those who live now and in the future in this world of the living. Exposing this, the same Master of all sciences, Mary our Lady, said: In truth, Blessed daughter, many, today from a good life have fallen, and you rise. Many today, because of a single mortal sin, have died. A soldier, in fact, while sleeping and living with his lover, suddenly died in his sleep, for this single sin.

And a man in England, for the one sin of wrath will be beheaded.

In this city of Florence, three men for a single sin were burned. Today, several at a single banquet died for the sin of gluttony. In fact, some Religious who live without devotion, especially because of the sin of possessing, will be burned along with the entire Monastery in Germany. This will also happen with the neighboring town, for the most part, because they are participants in their sins and also defend it. And you, criminal, remain unpunished until now? In the same way today with success over some lepers, some fierce, some possessed by the devil, some sick, some oppressed, some condemned. And you, worse than them all, don't you recognize the Mercy of God that calls you? Oh how many there are, and will be in this world, those who, if they had the inspiration and opportunities for conversion, which you had, would with all their strength return to God with penance. Look then at these things, so that in this Mercy shown to you, he gave you more, than if a hundred worlds of gold had been given. Look then, and listen to the things I say, and turn to God with all your heart. She heard these words, and uttered lamentable voices, while confessing her sins, filled the entire chapel with tears, so much so that her dresses could also be seen bathed in dirt. Our illustrious, very benign Lady, Mary, gave the seventh Lily to the said Blessed.

On it was written the following text: Remember the condemnation of men past, present and future.

Exposing this, the Mother of Piety said: There is no condemned person, who, being where you are, would not repent enormously. And there still are and will be numerous condemned people, who if they had had, or had had your grace, would undoubtedly have been saved. Oh, how many were condemned for a single mortal sin, and you, who committed such great crimes, are still unpunished! Oh, how many were righteous until death, and sinning in death, were and are condemned! Since God is just, he does this or allows it according to justice. And you, wretch, are still alive! Oh, how many for the sins of ignorance have been condemned, and will be condemned, and you who committed such great crimes, of sure malice sought, are still protected and unpunished? Do you understand the things I say? If you believe, you convert, if you don't believe, pay attention again to the things said. Today a twelve year old girl, for the sole sin of lust, was killed with her own father, and condemned for eternity. And today in Spain a boy of eight years old will be killed for the sin of lust, which he committed with his sister; also if he did not fulfill it, but began and will be condemned for eternity. And what else? Today a certain beautiful and very noble Lady, who leads a group dance in front of everyone, will suddenly die and for the sin of choral dances she will be eternally condemned. In fact, a man in Lombardy, considered by everyone to be good and almost a Saint, who, for the sole sin of a negligent confession and a not perfect examination of conscience, will die, and will be eternally condemned, even though he had nothing to do with him. conscience that remorse. All those who then fear from now on confessing superficially and negligently, as many today do as much as possible.

Today also in this city four people will die, and a bourgeois will be condemned, because of a single negligence, because he did not educate his children and servants, scrupulously following God. Also a certain Curate and Shepherd, good in his person, but because he guided his sheep too negligently, and in the examination of the Confession, did not improve it, he will die unexpectedly and be condemned. Also a certain Religious from a monastery, falling today, will break his neck, die, and be condemned, because he did not have the firm intention of living according to the statutes, and the Rule of his Order; any Religious is obliged to have this purpose, at least in vow and intention under the danger of mortal sin.

There is also another Religious in another Monastery, who today will suddenly die of the plague and will be condemned, because he carried out the Divine Office with relaxation and little desire. And you wretched one, full of sins, who in one hour sinned more than these four in life, do you not fear, nor are you afraid? Today, at this time, the obstinate partners in the lust of some criminals are strangled and condemned. Oh, if these things happened to you, what would you do, say or think? Look then, look, and think, that in hell there are many better than you, who were never saved. And you, guilty more than all of them, have you not yet been condemned? What do you still want to hear? Look at how many good things God has done! Nor, however, did you do it to others, who are immensely better than you. Look then and think carefully, and observe the things that I have said: for if after these things you return to your infamy, the wrath of God will not fall upon you without mercy. In fact in this gift, you were given more than if you had been given so many worlds, of precious stones or all the stars of Heaven. So then, feeling these things, the aforementioned poor thing, especially knowing the sudden deaths of those who lived with her, and if otherwise culpable, began to palpitate, before the glorious Virgin. The veins ruptured, and the blood flowed throughout the body, and she remained almost dying, due to the anguish of her heart. When Domingos, coming from Mass (where he was for three hours, during which the said Blessed One was in ecstasy, praying for her very humbly), comes to know all the things that were said and done, in relation to his daughter, he catches her by the hand and the mark, by virtue of the Psalter of the Virgin Mary. After that, she who was almost dead, recovered her full health; while all the people were around, she saw and proclaimed immense praises to heaven. After seven days, while the very devout Father Dominic celebrated in the Church of the Blessed Virgin and that so-called Blessed One was present, she saw Dominic as if he were on the Crucifix with all the stigmata, and the Crown of thorns, which went to the altar, with the assistance from the Virgin Mary and many Angels. And once the consecration had been carried out, Christ visibly appeared lying on the Cross, with all the marks of the Passion and pouring the most divine blood on Domingos, constituting him perfectly to himself. After this, she saw on the right side the very great book, which she had previously seen in the judgment, becoming very candid, but not yet written.

While she was greatly surprised at this, she heard with a clear voice the Lord Jesus Christ saying to her: Blessed Daughter, you have canceled from your book all kinds of mortal sins, with seven lilies; make sure that it is written differently from now on, not as before, with the black and horrible infernal paintings, but with white and red letters.

If not, I will take my revenge on you again, and you will fall. Hearing this, greatly terrified, and greatly fearing of returning to the previous punishment, approaching even closer, and lying down at the feet of the most sweet Virgin Mary, she asked for mercy, so as not to be victimized by the same previous punishments. Then the Queen of mercy, lifting her cloak, with several precious stones, took from her neck a beautiful Rosary, saying: This, oh daughter, you gave me, and here, like an imperial necklace, I wear it around my neck. And my Son, whom you see on the Cross, similarly in place of the Royal necklace, has his crown, placed upon his neck of wonderful beauty, and value, which you gave to us, and by this you canceled your book of death with the addition of lilies. So, oh daughter, act without hesitation. Here is my Psalter, in which after your sins and those of others you will erase your confidence. And in the first group of fifty Prayers, which is made of fifty precious and clear white stones, you will write in the book the articles of the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, my Son, and of God, meditating on my dignities in order to the Son, according to all parts of my body, that is, with great respect you will bow your head to Him, with your ears you will listen to His voice, with your maternal and Virginal hands, you will touch His soft and beautiful limbs, and you will pay for the maternal services, distributing them among all the members down to the feet. With red letters you will write next to the second Crown, what you will say devoutly, the hours of my Son's Passion: this Crown is made of red precious stones, certainly meditating here on the fifty Mysteries of my Son's Passion, and having before you the Image of the Crucifix, you will offer a Hail Mary for each wound, even meditating on the pain of that part. You will write with letters of gold next to the third Crown, the one that will be the honor of the Holy Sacraments, and against your sins, and through the image you will have the images of your Church and your country, meditating from one to the other, passing spiritually, and especially this by the third Crown, formed of golden marks. So then, oh daughter, in the said Psalter, you will devoutly serve me, and my Son, as you began, and as many times as you offer the Psalter to us, as many other imperial crowns, which are of infinite value, you will place around our necks with a honor very worthy and Royal.

The Mass then miraculously ended, in which the Virgin Mary, taking part of the Host and the blood of Christ, gave communion to Domingos and her in a very familiar way, in a sign of the supreme and very unique friendship as between a Wife and a Husband. , helped him to lay down the vestments of the Church, and humbly saluting her, and handing over Bendita (of whom the things said before happened) with a most beautiful appearance, he disappeared.

And after this Blessed One, completely freed from demons and strengthened in good purpose, remained until the end, in the service of the Psalter of Christ and the Virgin Mary, with every sanctity of devotion, and fervor of penance, so much so, that our Lady appeared at the same time. frequently, and revealed several facts about Domingos that none of the men knew, and which were written, in part, in his Bibliography written by Friar Tomás do Templo, who was Spanish, and companion of Our Holy Father Domingos. From this biography, and from many other biographies, the facts were gathered, which are now said by Domingos, and were again confirmed by the Revelation of Christ and the Virgin Mary, with great signs and wonders. And of all these things I offer faith, and testimony, under the oath of faith of the Trinity, under danger of all curses, to be applied to me, if I have fallen short of the truth. Therefore, distance yourself from the bad road, and return to Christ and the Virgin Mary, our Mother, through her divine Psalter. Because it has been revealed again in these times, their will for you to preach, teach and be recited by all, against all evils to be overcome, and for each good to be achieved: and especially against imminent evils, over the entire world in the future time, if repentance does not exist among the people. Therefore you praise everyone, in the Psalter with ten strings, that is, by praying fifteen Our Fathers, and adding to each of these ten Hail Marys, which are one hundred and fifty in number: as there are in the Psalter of David one hundred and fifty Psalms, in all of which the sweet Virgin Mary was prefigured. Grant us Jesus Christ, Son of Mary and God, Blessed for ever and ever. Amen.

EXAMPLE III

About the Blessed of Spain.

There was a Virgin named Blessed, daughter of an illustrious Count in the Kingdom of Spain, related to the Holy Dominic, Patriarch of the benign Order of Friars Preachers. She was educated in vanity in her parents' house. She was physically beautiful, very kind, very strong, and more than others educated in the vanity of the world and in worldly eloquence. She knew how to sing and play exceptionally, so much so that there was no ecclesiastical singer who dared to oppose her in the art of music. She learned very well how to work with the symphony, the cetra, the organs and musical instruments. In chess, dice, and similar worldly games, she played very well and was called master by everyone. She was very competent in tournaments and games with rod and sword. She was so educated that in such disciplines, there was no one who could beat her. But the most serious thing was that, since she was full of worldly graces, she was very dissolute in her way of living, always being in dance groups and in the spectacle of duels, and induced everyone to love her. And how many, very many people came, from different parts of the kingdom, drawn just by her fame. Her father and mother led her, at the invitation of the nobles, to lead choirs of songs and dances, also at night, and naturally to entertain the guests with their words and responses.

And while these things were happening and she was almost twenty years old, an interested soldier, seeing her so beautiful, thought about how he could win her over. In fact, he said to himself: the fish cannot be out of the water, nor the deer out of the forest without being captured. In fact, it cannot happen that this woman, who exposes herself to so many dangers, living free, is not captured. Therefore, making a great invitation, with bad intentions, she received, together with her father and mother, that Blessed One, also to the joy of the guests. And while everyone was enjoying the choral dances, frivolous songs and very cheerful games, that soldier secretly offered her small gifts, that is, a gold ring and a beautiful necklace. She accepted it with pleasure, as she normally accepted it from others. Since then everyone celebrated this young girl's games and, above all, marveled at her science and human eloquence; that Soldier, while offering an abundance of very strong wine to the others, to the Blessed One, he offered wine mixed in a cup, and in an ampoule, it was possible to drink very white wine with the mistake, instead of water. What happened? The worldly Virgin, when she got drunk, was possessed.

Since all her relatives were drunk and entertained by entertainment, that miserable woman went out with the soldier to see all the rooms and other places in the Castle, with him alone; and in this way, she shamefully stained herself with the horrible mud of lust.

Returning to her family, she began to appear much more dissolute.

He was often with the soldier that year, and conceived a son, to the infamy of himself and his entire family. She gave birth at her father's house.

She cried, just like her parents and all those who knew her, the entire city despised her and the suffering Kingdom was surprised by these cries. Since she suffered insults and a lot of irony from the servants of the house, and from her father, who were looking for the perpetrator of the rape, she found herself severely attacked with gnarled rods, but she did not want to reveal in any way who had raped her. . She was full of pride, until after being badly attacked, she said to her father: Summon, said, oh father, your entire house and I will certainly indicate the perpetrator of such a crime. When everyone was gathered together, she pronounced before everyone: You, oh father, are the only one who gave birth to this son; and you, oh my Mother, are the same one who gave birth to him. Since everyone was surprised, she said: Do not marvel, most noble eminences, because I said this to my father and my mother: for these are the ones who introduced me into all the pomps and all the vanities, into all the spectacles. of the Kingdom, making me a Princess of Vanity. Therefore say to them: You raise your son. Because of you you despise me like this; Why have you let me do such things? Now I want to leave here; goodbye; I will be known throughout the world. And so in despair, after having offended and filled all the members of her paternal household with immense hatred, she became a prostitute in the Kingdom of Spain. Spending seven years in all pleasures and impropriety, she created great interest in everyone. She became a very well-known prostitute, which is why she also became very rich, she accumulated so many precious stones, the result of this sin, that she was almost considered one of the greatest duchesses.

He had servants, like decorated soldiers. And he was present at all tournaments with great pomp, and was the sad consolation of his rivals after their victory. In fact, since she knew perfectly all the art of fighting, as was said, she fought with arms against anyone in duels: and especially with her spear she surpassed everyone, in fact she was so strong and vigorous, that fighting with two men, he dared to challenge them and, even though they were very strong, beat them. That's why everyone wanted her and felt satisfied if they had been able to sleep with her. Because of her, many were killed, through the jealousy of lust, and because of her, many became poor. Her fame went through all the provinces, and the regions in those parts. When then, once, she entered into a duel, it was said to Santíssimo Domingos, evidently by a relative of hers, that there was a woman there who dueled and who prayed in one day, more than he could pray in a whole month. Approaching her secretly, being surrounded by many illustrious soldiers, he said: Oh daughter, you have served the world a lot, now please serve your Creator. She then took many examples about Christ and his Saints. She despised all these things as madness, saying: Oh Domingos, Domingos, if you were with me or with one of my servants, you would do things different from what you are telling me to do. And he said to her: Oh daughter, daughter, on the third day, in the near future, God will judge between you and me regarding these things. Something wonderful, and stupendous for all mortals! On the third day, the woman suffered six illnesses. Indeed that day, she lost the vivacity of all her senses, so much so that she became almost furious; she only had a few small lucid moments.

That's why she was soon despised by everyone; and her servants, after having robbed her of all her possessions, left that poor thing alone and impatient, blaspheming God. So then Blessed, daughter of Eve, after so much glory, she had Eve's first curse, that is, the loss of her senses!

Against her name, Blessed she became cursed. In the second week, she fell into the second curse of Eve, that is, infamy, against the nobility of Mary, designated through the Thou. In fact, her entire family turned away from her, took all her possessions with them, fled in secret, and left herself naked; Soon after these things, she fell into the third curse of Eve, that is, into dishonor. Since all those who knew her, having no compassion for her, mocked her, satirized her and the boys threw mud and stones at her, as one does with a demented person, without anyone stopping them. In the fourth week, since she did not repent, in fact she was also blaspheming God through agitation, suddenly she was struck by a horrible leprosy, and all her flesh rotted: so much stench came out of her that no one could bear it, so much was unbearable to her. herself, she who used to smell the scents of perfumes. Therefore, due to the intolerable pain in her heart, she became very agitated.

In fact because of this leprosy it suddenly became horrible, against the word of Mary's beauty, that is, among women. Instead, since he still couldn't make amends, he looked for Eve's fifth curse, the weakness and impotence of the body. In fact, she, who was previously strong and robust, like two men and even more than that, became so fragile in body that she could not even move a hand or a foot, in fact she could not even feed herself, but in a housing, separated from men, was left to itself. She received and had, however, (by God's mercy), a devout and holy servant, who, as she could, serving her for God, offered her the necessary help. No one else took care of her, because everyone fled from her, like the curse of God, and everyone said that it was harmful to help with anything; She certainly did many evil deeds in the world, and led so many souls to perdition with her vanity and her lusts. And so this is the most abominable thing; she herself before, so florid, rich, and vulgar, powerless and abominable in every way, continually lay in the mud of her same fetid excrement. And for three years, so she was placed on the cross. Due to prolonged contact also with being in bed, her flesh was corrupted and covered with worms.

Consequently she had the sixth curse of Eve, general infamy, so much so that a proverb in those lands about her ran publicly. If someone, in fact, had wanted to portend the worst evil for someone, he would say this: May the Lord do to you as he did to the Blessed One. And this curse was in place of Mary's Blessing, which is noted in the word: And Blessed. When at the end of three years, the Blessed Dominic returned to those places to preach, especially to visit his prisoner, coming with her, he was not recognized by her. In fact, she had lost her sight, and her entire face was so corrupted that the bones showed. Since, however, it was always for a short time (with difficulty) that reason returned, even if little, so the Blessed Dominic began to pray many things about Christ and about his Saints: but in vain. She, as she heard, and together, recognized that Domingos was present, with the strength with which she could, did not regret, but became inflamed with anger, cursed Santo Domingo, and stated that he was the cause of all her evils and the its ruins; With pleasure, as she said, she would have killed him if he could. Domingos, enduring these things, said: Oh daughter, choose what you want, either to die within a month, and thus enter eternal hell, or to entrust yourself to the Virgin Mary by praying her Psalter every day. And he devoutly convinced her, encouraging her, so that she put all her strength into participating in the Confraternity of the Virgin Mary, and in all the goods that she obtains in it through her psalmating devotees. With the merits of this, you will be able to recover lost things, and also achieve greater things. Feeling these things, she was terrified and distressed, she proposed to pray the Psalter and to enter that Confraternity, with all her strength. She asked Domingos to be able to be instructed by him in the best way possible, so she could start reciting as quickly as possible. So then, after Eve's six evils, she began with the grace of God, to receive six benefits through the Virgin Mary.

At the end of the first week, after he began to recite the Psalter, every vivacity of his sensitivity was restored perfectly; with increased awareness of virtues and customs. At the end of the second week, she was exalted, because the nobles began to visit her, and to give the nobles' earnings. At the end of the third week, his entire structure was illuminated during the night and the voices of choirs, certainly of the Angels, were heard, who rejoiced at his repentance, so much so that everyone began to fear God and honor him. there. And so she who was disfigured was quickly honored so wonderfully by God and the Blessed Virgin. At the end of the fourth week, the Virgin Mary, also appearing to her with her Virginal Milk, cleansed her entire body, cured her of leprosy and not only recovered but also increased her beauty. At the end of the fifth week, the Mother of God appeared again, she offered her a drink, from the taste of it, she became more robust, as before, she had the agile strength of four men. At the end of the sixth week, her lost fame was completely restored, which was celebrated with the utmost praise, on everyone's lips, and about her health, they were amazed, exultant, they congratulated her. And indeed, with her many gifts, she appeared more graceful than before. Once her fame was known, a King, attracted by admiration, by devotion to the Mother of God, by reverence towards her, decided and stated in public that he would not have married any woman other than Bendita. All the aristocrats, before whom the Royal Wedding was celebrated, were surprised, and for this reason, her and her family's infamy was abolished. Only the Queen was placed next to the King, the first request made by her was to lead the entire Kingdom to the cult of the Mother of God, and to introduce the practice of the Psalter; The Churches of the Betics, which at a certain time were continually built, were abundantly adorned thanks to her, and the Psalter was preached a lot, and was welcomed with joy by everyone. The Kingdom was internally agitated by wars, resorted to by the Queen, sent to them by divine will. And she herself, filled with the warrior Spirit of God, consoled the King in this way: Lord my King, if it pleases you, I only ask one thing, that you maintain the scepter and rudder of the kingdom, and govern the state, in peace; Trust the wars to me. But since I am used to praying with the Psalter, Your Majesty is concerned that it is fulfilled in due form, in my name. God, through a woman, will put an end to the pride of his enemies. Believe, my King, that in this right hand I have a force more valid than all the forces that may exist in your body. The King, feeling that the matter was guided by the Divine Will, gave his own consent to the request. There was no day on which the Queen did not say the Psalter before going into battle. At the same time, she also led her army, and did not allow anyone to abandon the Psalter, in fact she demanded that a safe time be found to recite it. She herself added secret penances to her prayers. And so, entering the field against her enemies, she conquered and drove away all who came against her; It often happened that these were already defeated and removed before she appeared.

Without a doubt, this is the strength of the Psalter, the support of the Mother of God.

Certainly not just once, but very often, which even seemed customary, every time the hundred Kings had defeated a thousand opponents, other times five kings would have defeated a hundred enemies, and so on other times when five hundred kings had killed almost three thousand enemies. In fact, there was nothing more common on everyone's lips than the sum of victories in the Queen's wars. At the same time, the Saracens could never praise their Sultan enough, because he was surrounded by great admiration and equally veneration. When peace was restored to the kingdom, every solicitude and industriousness fell upon him, so that he would maintain strong, through perpetual continuity, the cult of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Psalter, already celebrated throughout the Kingdom. This, as I learned, also promoted the most important things that served the Confraternity. And then, since she saintly led a long life, at the end she was warned of death by her Protectress: and this on the one hundred and fiftyth day, before the last day. In the same death she saw Jesus and Mary who kindly visited her when she died; An admirable thing to say, to see and even more admirable to hear, around the Castle several birds, with sweet sounds, flew and sang with a very sweet melody.

EXAMPLE IV

The Virgin Alessandra.

The Virgin Alessandra, during the preaching of Saint Dominic in the Kingdom of Aragon, many years before, had given her name to the confraternity of the Psalter; however, engaged in other vanities, she very rarely recited the Psalter. She spent her time in the morning, beautifying herself, she tried to win the favor of the most frivolous, and she had already won over many, but she had also disappointed them. Because of her, several duels and homicides were carried out. Because of a man who wanted to court her, a duel was held in public, while she herself watched and also fought, knocking those who attacked him with spears off their horses. With his strength and speed, he tried to prove himself fit for his beloved in that meeting. He overcame his own strength, almost sacrificing his life, taking the lives of others, as a winner. Finally, when he beat everyone, he called Alessandra, proud: Even if many are present, however, for your love, I would have no doubts about committing myself to the weight of the fight. Soon after he said this, a man came forward and challenged him to a duel, because he also wanted Alessandra. Now, he said, if you are a man, dare with me too. Said, done. They run with spears: and with blows from both sides, the two fight. And then, next to the blood, they vomit their souls, both pronounce fierce blasphemies, and exhale the unhappy spirits. In the place there were friends of both dead men, very close, whether by blood, by infamy, or by familiarity with them, who, disturbed by the fierce spectacle, and by the horrible death of both, had their souls exalted against Alessandra. Without refraining from weapons, they burst against it, and attacked with everyone's swords, they slaughtered it. There was no better luck for those who accompanied her as friends, most of them met their deaths.

They believed that Alessandra was dead from the blows that tore her apart: but she, not being in a condition to die, screamed for a confessor; truly horrible thing! When they saw the murders, and heard that she asked for a confessor, so as not to be accused, they cut off her head and threw her into a pit full of mud, Domingos, who was then in Oxford, knew spiritually what happened. After one hundred and fifty days, I assigned Domingos, my dearest husband, said Maria, to the place where Alessandra's head lay. He finally arrives next to it and calls Alessandra out of the opening of the pit. Soon, with his forehead, as if it had just been detached, he presented himself before Domingos, outside the pit, and as before, he asked for a confessor. After having made confession with Domingos, and having received Holy Communion, she received the Holy Unction with the utmost prayer, she immediately sent many thanks to Domingos. And she said that she would certainly be condemned, if she were not saved by the merits of the Confraternity of the Psalter. She added that, since countless demons wanted to kidnap her soul, the blessed Mary, always present, defended her and kept her alive. And it said that as punishment for her sins, she should be in Purgatory for two hundred years, and, for the vain ornament and luxury, with which she had made countless people sin, she was condemned to the very serious penalties of that for five hundred years. She counted heavily, however, on the help of the brothers of the Psalter, to be freed. So then, in a holy field, her head was buried with honor by a multitude of people, many of whom repented with the utmost devotion, and were encouraged to welcome the Confraternity of my Psalter. Very many had heard about the severed head: which remained alive for almost two continuous days, after the confession made by Dominic, for the praise of my Confraternity and to complete a certain number of Psalters, which Dominic, as a penance, had imposed on my prisoner. After one hundred and fifty days Alessandra appeared to Domingos, shining like a star, and said three things: firstly, she was sent by all the faithful departed, to say that all those were asking him to pray the Psalter, as well as his friends and the parents of these, who live in this Confraternity, that the deceased could participate in their merits, as well as the living, in their mercy; and they promised that they would return the exchange in glory, a thousand times more. Secondly, she gave thanks for her release to Saint Dominic. Thirdly, she said that the Angels and Saints were happy for this Confraternity of the Psalter; and that the Angels and Saints called and equally loved the psalmists of the Most Holy Mary, their brothers; while God is their Father, and the Blessed Virgin Mary is their Mother. Having said these things, she disappeared, and under my guidance, Glory arrived.

EXAMPLE V

The illustrious Lúcia of Spain.

There existed in Spain at the time of Saint Dominic, (as narrated in his Marial João do Monte), a very devout woman, who from her youth served God and the Virgin Mary, in her Psalter, in the doctrine and exhortation of the same blessed Dominic. This Lucia was born from a famous family, but she was much more splendid for her faith. She, having married a soldier, conceived, having become pregnant while the infidels invaded the Kingdom of Granada. A devastating soldier killed her husband (with God's permission) and she was dragged prisoner, with many others, to the lands of the Infidels, and sold as a slave into the service of a fierce tyrant. She became a slave to slaves, performing humble jobs every day. Not even the wicked spared her because she was pregnant, but they often beat her with aggression and torture.

Then the time for childbirth arrived: at midnight on the Lord's Christmas; Without anyone knowing, she was abandoned among the oxen and sheep, like a donkey. However, in this suffering he never abandoned the Psalter of Mary. Maria did something extraordinary with her. At the same time, while giving birth, she was distressed by pain from the first birth, and (being very young, that is, fourteen or fifteen years old and very embarrassed and inexperienced in the matter) she felt the pain, but did not know what to do, missing someone's help; As she could, she took the Psalter of Mary, and as much as the pain allowed her, in the night she began to salute the Virgin Mary. The Queen of clemency, who does not know how to close her bowels to those who serve her, is on the side of anguish: she plays the role of obstetrician, cleaning the child, cutting the umbilical cord: and since there was no one to baptize her, suddenly a Priest arrived venerable in face, exceptional in luminosity, with a crown of thorns on his forehead and the stigmata on his hands, not bloody, but splendid with the brilliance of the stars: He, coming with the Deacon and the Subdeacon, and with sacred Confirmation, baptized the child and called her Mariano. Mary Mother of God had the child, and so by the name of Mary, Godmother of Lucia, he was called Mariano. Lucia was amazed, and through wonder she forgot the pain. Once the child was baptized, Maria handed her son to Lúcia, saying: Behold your son, daughter, console yourself and persevere, I promise you that help will soon come to you from Heaven. And so the vision disappeared, and Lúcia remained with her son in the simple inn, happy at the sight. She was surprised that all the pain was gone, and she felt stronger than ever. She then took her son and placed him on the straw, as Mary did with her son Jesus in the nativity scene, among the sheep.

Lúcia remained there until the day of the Purification of the Virgin Mary, always exalting Mary in her Psalter. And suddenly on the morning of that day, a young man came to her, splendid in face, and said: Since, oh daughter, you have not purified yourself according to the way of Christians, prepare yourself for purification according to the way of believers. She said: Lord, here there is no Church, nor a Priest, nor a faithful people. He said: Now I will lead you to a beautiful church, where you will see wonderful things and hear wonderful things.

And because of this prescription, Lúcia, carrying the child in her arms, followed the young man, and they entered a beautiful church, where Madalena and the Holy Anne, mother of Mary, met him, who, taking Lúcia by the hand, led her to the choir. This done, the Glorious Virgin Mary appeared, who said to Lucia: You are welcome, daughter: you have often presented the Son to me through my Psalter: and now I present you to Him, for your purification with your son. And Mary took her by the hand and led her into the gates, where the imperial seat of Mary existed, and ordered her to sit by the great altar. And that priest came, who had baptized his son, and with incomparable melodies celebrated Mass. And when the moment for the offertory arrived, Maria ordered Lúcia to first offer the candle given to her. In this there were three parts, in each of which there were five lucerns, adorned in an admirable way, which, despite being of excessive size, was, however, lighter than it usually seemed.

Since an issue also arose between Lucia and Maria, who, first of all, kissed the hand of the Pontiff Priest. Finally, Maria forced Lúcia to kiss her first, saying: Today you were purified: for a long time I was purified; Before then, it's opportune for you to kiss the hand. Therefore Lucia kissed the Divine hand of Christ the celebrant, and then Mary. Once returned to their seats, Lúcia took first place. And when at the end of the Mass everyone took communion, Lúcia was the first to take communion, after Maria. Having made Communion, she knew and meditated on the incredible and joyful mysteries, and full of joy she was led through Mary to the door of the Church, and Mary said to her: Preserve, daughter, what you have received, and persevere in the work you have begun, in fact you I will lead you to your land. And suddenly at ten o'clock, Lúcia found herself in the middle of the Church of São Jacó, with her people. She was originally from Compostela, but had been married for a long time in the Kingdom of Granada. She remained a prisoner for all the days of her life, and her little son Mariano with her, and they were prisoners together. And after the glorious death of his mother (whose soul, the glorious Virgin Mary led with great joy to eternal happiness), Mariano remained here as a hermit, notable in all virtues, fearing worldly glory and always remaining at the service of the Psalter of the Virgin Maria, with many revelations. And so, together with the Virgin Mary who appeared to him, he had peace with a holy end. Therefore, oh women and children, aware of this example, praise the Virgin Mary in her Psalter, always saying: Hail Mary, etc.

EXAMPLE VI

Maria, Countess of Spain.

Maria, daughter of a very powerful Count in the Kingdom of Spain, was educated and forced at the same time by her father and mother, and induced by words, and with gifts of fruit or even by aggression, to pray before eating, fifty prayers from the Psalter of the Virgin Mary; and the second after eating with hands clasped and kneeling; and the third, before bed.

This then, reaching the years of puberty, and leaving home, by order of her parents, was handed over to her husband. This same married woman did not abandon that divine purpose: but with devout meditations, and three disciplines a day, each of which had at least fifty strokes, she continued (the new vessel has space, the old one has flavor). Since she had ten sons and daughters, she raised them in the fear of God with great care (as concerns good mothers). Then, the Bishop of Paris, Master and Doctor in Theology, and equally in both Rights, went to the City of this Lady Countess, and there he began to preach effectively. Finally, the predicted Mary went to him, saying that she wanted to know a prayer from him, through which she could reach a life of perfection. But he, when he found out that she was married, replied that she must have seven exercises. In her husband's first love. In the second, loyalty to the same. In the third, mercy to others. In the fourth, justice for the family. In the fifth, to avoid gossip. On the sixth to do something good. In the seventh to honor the Church of God, and guard its children always in the fear of God. She said so, that she had observed them effectively, but that she wanted more to progress. Then the Bishop: Oh Lady Mary, since you are married, you cannot do more, but be content to serve the Lord with these. Again she: Oh most sweet Lord, if you don't want to give advice, at least listen briefly to my life, so as not to make mistakes, because I am ignorant. And he: With pleasure, he said. Then she said that she prayed three groups of fifty prayers a day in the Psalter of the Virgin Mary, with a triple type of meditation, and with a triple discipline, saying: When I pray the first fifty prayers I think of the Virgin Mary, and the members, the powers , in the acts of this, I pray a Hail Mary, I think of the eyes, which saw the Son of God; I pray a Hail Mary and think about the ears, which heard the Angelic voice; and so every thing, consequently. And as she did so, she said, as she felt the Virgin's limbs, an ineffable sweetness descended into her limbs, which surpassed all the consolations of the world. He prayed the second group of fifty prayers in honor of the Passion of Christ: and then he thought of Christ Crucified, meditating, then through the plucked hair he said a Hail Mary, then for the Crowns of Thorns, and so for the other members of Christ a greater sweetness than than before, so much so that she felt completely transformed in Christ, and completely full of compassion and love in Christ, and while the whole world was a shame to her, in comparison with the love of thinking and feeling it. She then prayed the third group of fifty prayers in honor of the images of the saints in relation to the Altars of her Church and Chapel, saying nine or ten Hail Marys to all the Angels; one for John the Baptist, one for John the Evangelist, and so on for the others, also meditating on the lives of those Saints, and asking him to be consoled and strengthened.

Thus, in these meditations, she lost her external senses and was often kidnapped to the Lord: like Saint Isabel Langravia. And she did these things with fastings and disciplines, as it is said: and she caused all the poor to recite the Psalter. He heard the following things from the Pontiff, who, feeling almost beside himself, with admiration, weeping said: Oh Mary, my dearest daughter: behold, I have been a Bishop and Doctor of Theology and of both Rights for almost twenty years, and I have never heard about this spiritual exercise. Therefore, from now on you will be my Master, and I will be your disciple. Then he placed the Rosary on his waist, in front of everyone, and the next day he began to preach the Psalter of the Virgin Mary. When the people saw that such a great Pontiff prayed and carried the Psalter of the Virgin Mary on his waist, saying: If such a great Lord carries and recites the Psalter of Mary, without a doubt this is something great. We then, since we are sinners, must imitate him. Therefore, all that land, everywhere, was filled with devotion to the Psalter. Finally, Our Lady, the Virgin Mary, appeared to Countess Maria, announcing her death, and while she died she was at her side, and led her soul, splendid as the sun, to eternal happiness together with a column of innumerable Angels and Saints, as mortals also heard. After having heard these things, you praise Mary: as Mary did in the Angelic Psalter, so too will you deserve to be led along with her to the Kingdom of Heaven. Amen.

EXAMPLE VII

The Custodial Nun and the Monastery reformed through the Psalter.

A Count was rich and surrounded by many children; fearing greatly that he would not give everyone a marriage suitable to their origins, he offered religion a very delicate daughter, very beautiful in appearance, small in age, to Saint Blessed, entrusting her to the Nuns of the order of the same, precisely because with these would be for the rest of your life. The Virgin was clothed, and after this, like the other daughters of nobles, she lived in fun. This Congregation of Nuns was not concerned with maintaining the Regulation, but, like a flock that goes down the wrong path, it fell into the pit of sins. The confessor of that place said this to this Virgin: Are there some prayers for you, with which, avoiding idleness, you can serve God and the Blessed Virgin with greater purity? And she said to him: You ask me, oh Father, something unknown, I am small, and used to entertainment; If there is any work to be done, I'm certainly not used to it. And he said to her: It is not troublesome, nor of great effort, but of great pleasure and is a way of accumulating virtue. She replied: What is this of which you speak so commendably? Tell me, I ask you, oh Father, without delay. And he said: The Psalter is named after Mary, and is made up of one hundred and fifty Angelic Salutations, after every ten Salutations, a Lord's Prayer is always added: because I heard it from Saint Dominic. This, daughter, is without a doubt the exercise of the primacy of praise for which a Sermon has already been had. And she said: I will know if it is so, as you say from experience. And he: Listen then to the way I will reveal to you, according to which you should pray this. You will pray the first group of fifty, repeating and meditating on a point from the Incarnation of Christ. You will pray the second, meditating on a healthy point of his Passion. You will pray the third for your sins. And with this asking for the intercessory prayers of the Saints who are special to you in devotion, and imitating their example. Touched by these very healthy events, and obeying, the child recited it with joy and with great devotion. With this occupation, she remained immune to the many evils that afflicted that Convent of Nuns: and not only acquired the sanctity of the mind, but also, extraordinarily, the health and beauty of the body. Before, she was always sick, and that's why her parents offered her to the Religious Order, when they found out about her health and beauty, they tried to prevent her Consecration and wanted to give her as a wife to the most illustrious son of the King of Spain. She herself, fearing God more than her parents, consecrated herself at the right time. She thus became Consecrated (since each of the nuns had her own friend and lover, like whom they sang in choir, drank and did many reprehensible things), many nobles chose her because they knew she was noble and beautiful, and they wrote her letters to encourage her to do that kind of thing. She, distressed, threw her cards into the ditch, placing her love in God Jesus and his glorious Mother. The enemy of the human species, seeing this and envious, encouraged the nuns to stand against her, since she did not behave like the others. They then disdained her, persecuted her, and called her a hypocrite. That didn't mean she gave up, but with greater devotion she invoked the Virgin Mary, asking her to strengthen her in patience. While she was praying, once, the glorious Virgin, ever blessed, placed before her a letter, in which it was written as follows: Mary, the Mother of God, greets Joan, daughter of God. And in addition to the three warnings contained in it, it was written that if it was finished with assiduity, it would reach perfection even sooner. The first warning was that she should continue the Psalter she had begun more devoutly. The second was that she distance herself, while she could, from bad thoughts and idleness. The third had to paint in each place of her convent cell the good advice that distanced from evil and encouraged good. For example, those about the Passion of Christ, about the Kingdoms of Heaven, about death, about hell and so on about other things, to better be able to resist temptations.

Joana devotedly fulfilled all these things. She later understood that a certain Holy Abbot, because of the reform, went to that Convent, but was insulted and attacked by lovers, and by those in love, and finally was forced to leave, in great pain. After (not long), he returned to the same Convent, not because of the renovation, but for a mere visit, as is the rule. Received courteously, in the second hour of the night, he had a vision, he saw very pleasant things but he also saw horrible things: he saw a convent cell, which seemed to be surrounded by sunlight. Inside was a beautiful Lady Queen accompanied by saints of both sexes who were of inexplicable beauty. She was present, with them also a young woman who was praying. There were countless demons around her in the horrible forms of animals, which emitted voices in their own forms; but as if rods were thrown, all the pillars of the demons were removed from there. And thus distancing themselves, they spread to the other rooms, where they entered in the form of a frog, some with the appearance of a serpent, some in the form of a dragon, placing and offering corporeal and unclean essences to the nuns. And all of them accepted those deadly poisons as a sweet drink. And through their mouths, through their limbs, other things also entered. He then seeing all this, and recognizing such miseries in almost all of them, crying out, and deploring, did not sleep and became almost dead, through anguish and terror, and just as a dead man was taken into a cell, where he remained for some time, but , by God's will, he recovered. He then, wanting to leave, called Joana and asked carefully what he had seen in that convent. She then, not being able to deny it, said that that Lady was the Virgin Mary, with the Saints, to whom she was devoted in her Psalter.

Feeling this, the man of God was very happy and exhorted her to perseverance in the Psalter. And considering the virtue of the Psalter, he gave one to each Nun as a pact, that each day each one would pray a Psalter, adding and promising, that he would never have wanted to reform their Convent with violence. They all accepted with joy, either because they were happy with the beauty of the Rosary, or because they did not want to be reformed. Extraordinary fact! The virtue of Mary's Psalter reformed that which the violence and power of that devout Father could not amend.

Almost a year passed, and they had established themselves as such, to abandon every boast and, writing to the Abbot, they notified him that they were ready to obey his will. Then, reforming, they then led a life worthy of praise with Joan, persevering in the Psalter of the Virgin Mary, through which they had deserved such immense grace.

EXAMPLE VIII

Helen, harlot of Anglia, converted through the Psalter of the Virgin Mary.

A woman was, according to the splendor of the world, illustrious by birth, but despicable by custom. From the age of twelve until she was thirty, she continually immersed herself in her libido, she was an example to all the harlots. And since she was very beautiful, everyone desired her, not only for her beauty, but also for her magical art. That's why she had an abundance of money and was able to grant a lot of wealth to two counts, which is true, but it also seems unbelievable.

This killer of souls and bodies, sometimes going to assemblies to attract the attention of illustrious and powerful men, and stopping briefly, listened to someone preaching some praises from the Psalter of the Virgin Mary. In these, she understood that the supreme remedy for the conversion of customs, whether for a good death or for having divine revelations, was this Psalter of the Virgin Mary. Not wrongly: because through the Angelic Salutation, the revelations of all the Prophets were fulfilled. And the Lord's prayer was given to the apostles as an excellent way to obtain all the benefits of God. Even if she was not converted, she thought about starting to pray the Psalter of the Virgin Mary, not to convert, but to prosper more and more in her activities. This harlot, named Helena, was going out with her companions from the Church and by chance came across a man selling Psalters. She bought one and hung it on the waist of her lower robes.

Finally, little by little this Lady Helena began to pray the Psalter, when she had free time. And, having preached it for fifteen days, she felt so much compunction and fear of judgment and death, that, not being able to resist, nor to imagine, nor to sleep, she went to confess. And she confessed with so many tears and sighs that nothing like this had ever been revealed to the Confessor. After the confession, and while she was praying the Psalter before the Virgin Mary, she heard this voice: Oh Helena, Helena, a tough lioness you were for me and my Son, from now on you will be a sheep to me, and I will make you be a participant in myself and my things. Encouraged by these words, she distributed to the poor all the things she had: and entering a cloister, she did a very heavy penance, always counting on divine consolations; She often saw the Son of God between the hands of the Priest, she knew the minds of men, she predicted the future. Truly also, after communion she was seen, not as a woman, but transformed into Christ, according to the word of the Lord Jesus Christ to Augustine: You will not change me in you, but you will be changed in me. She suffered many temptations from demons, but the Virgin Mary helped her to resist. And said Helena, who very sensitively knew that these two prayers, the Our Father, and the Hail Mary, were two small vessels of the Divinity, in which is contained every beautiful thing to be seen, every sweet thing to the smell, every tasty thing to the eye. taste, pleasant to the touch, comprehensible to the intellect and desirable to love, and through which the Trinity consoles the faithful. And she added that there are two lamps, by which the faithful are illuminated to contemplate superior realities; In the two wedding songs she attentively considered the entire Celestial Curia and the entire world, after having received the Body of the Lord.

So there were two great Kingdoms, in which there was only one Castle, that is, a Palace, and that is why she understood the universe of Praise to Mary, etc., as one. Then he bowed to God with these two prayers, because he often experienced that the entire Trinity was shown there. And sometimes it was said to her, that with Culto de latria108, they should be venerated, because with the same adoration, one worships the reality and meaning of divine things, according to Saint Thomas and Saint Augustine.

And this Saint Helena progressed precisely in these things, that by her example the whole of Anglia was stimulated to great devotion. After many days, the Lord Jesus appeared with the Virgin Mary, and, announcing herself at the end, finally caught her; while she was dying, a very white dove also took her to heavenly things, and those who were present felt a very sweet odor and spiritual joy.

So, from the example of this Helena, you all learn together the Psalter of the Virgin Mary, so that you can distance yourself from sins, accumulate merits, have divine visions, and reach the Celestial kingdoms. Amen.

 

108 “latria” is defined as the worship of the Holy Trinity, distinct from “dulia”, veneration of the Saints, which in the case of Maria SS. It is called “hyperdulia”, that is, very special veneration.

EXAMPLE IX

The Countess Domingas. Memorable example.

One can read the example of the Noble Countess Domingas, who after her marriage, with her first husband having died, was incredibly mistreated by her in-laws. They plundered her cities and castles and devastated everything. But she, fearing the darts of death, sought hiding places; fleeing here and there alone without jewels, she sought the dark caves in the deserts, None of those, of whom she was Countess for a long time, for fear of tyrants, dared to welcome her. Having recently mastered all orders, she had now become an evil enemy, and the servants rebelled. These glorified themselves in great banquets, while she was consumed by hunger. Those wicked people exalted themselves as children of impiety, in the clothes of the expelled Lady, and at the same time also in riches. Poor girl, now, in a dump, trembling and fearing, she became a very vile companion of frogs and toads. She almost died from the misery of hunger and thirst, and, diminishing her faith in God, she broke out into fierce blasphemies. Oh how hard it is after the exaltations of this world, to sing these terrible songs! Oh! How heavy it is after the end of this century, to receive the torments of infinite forms of death! But what I say is little. The men would not have been able to refrain from crying if they had seen this poor thing crying. What pleasure do you want to hear about a daughter of death, about that impious and miserable woman who was recently accustomed to such great discounts, as is customary for the lords and ladies of the world, in whom all types of vices reign?

She then became enraged and blasphemed the Majesty of God, took a knife and attacked herself three times in the chest. Falling down in pain, she stretched out her hands, stretched her feet and all the signs of death were present. That wretch saw the legions of hell, whose number surpassed the abundance of the sun's rays. How many pains, how many groans, as she saw the nefarious and horrible legions of Hell beyond that, that one can imagine. Oh, how many sighs, how many calamities, when that wretch saw the unspeakable immorality in the condemnation of these, the unthinkable obscurity, incomprehensible abundance of shadows and the infinite burning of the infernal fire. So, worldly people, take care, you will end up in the hell of such a tyrant! Finally, she, more than miserable, surrounded by triple anguish, that is, natural, spiritual and infernal death, was able to think only of despair and blasphemies against God. Without a doubt, when she dominated, she allowed blasphemers to rule her court.

But where iniquity abounded, grace also abounded: immediately after listening to Saint Dominic's preaching, praying the Psalter of the Virgin Mary, he freed the little girl. She received the Psalter of the Virgin Mary from the hands of the Holy Dominic, in Spain (he was already canonized at that time). But, when the influx of the world arrived, she abandoned the Psalter in purpose and in word, even though she always had it at her waist and in her royal lap. Something admirable, and where there is much to be praised for God's clemency and for always preaching the Virgin Mary. As the fearful moment of death approached, the Blessed Virgin Mary approached, accompanied by three beautiful young women, leading them was Saint Dominic with his staff, who attacked the infernal legions with great blows. And those who could not withstand the power of Dominic's heavenly blows, fleeing before those who hurried, left a very wide road. Then the Most Holy Mary, turning to the daughter of Eve, said: Oh daughter, daughter, you have forgotten me, and behold your misery, and need, I have remembered you with great mercy. Before, in your youth, you greeted me through my Psalter, as a warning, only very singular, my Husband and Preacher Dominic, now for a long time you placed me behind your back.

But since the dearest of my friends Dominic preached for you, listen to my voice. If you promise to offer me my Psalter, I will renew your life and give you all the goods you lost. So this one who was about to die, in fact, was almost dead if not with her voice, she promised in thought, that she would have done it. And Mary handed her over to Dominic, who approached the dying woman, touched her wounds, and said: Since you abandoned the three groups of fifty prayers, you allowed yourself to fall into the three deadly wounds. Now, since you prayed a short time ago and intend to resume your abandoned prayers, you will be given the three remedies for salvation. Soon after, the one who was almost dead, got up perfectly healthy. And since she was undressed, Saint Dominic gave her the clothes of the wife of that Tyrant, who possessed the land of the Lady, and with a visible escort, he took her back to the Palace itself, and with divine Power Dominic made it possible for the Tyrant to be seen in the aspect of the torturer, and the Tyrant's wife, as his concubine; thus the Lady, becoming the successive Princess, received all the lost things again, and everyone paid homage to her.

Then she imprisoned all her enemies, and did with them as she pleased. And finally, after the restitution of all her possessions, she narrated to everyone the power of the Virgin Mary and Saint Dominic; She remained in such great fervor, in relation to the Psalter of the Virgin Mary, that in major festivities, in her palaces, she preached it to herself and exhorted it, and forced everyone together to pray it, offering beautiful Psalters to everyone.

Finally, after having lived holy, she died gloriously; The Most Glorious Virgin Mary appeared to her with Saint Dominic, and they took her soul to Heaven, with great praise from the Saints for seeking to obtain the truth, whether about life or the means of salvation. It is then evident that one should frequently pray the Psalter of the Virgin Mary, preached through Santo Domingo in many places, prayed by her, taken and distributed to others. Amen.

EXAMPLE

It is useful for married women to pray the Psalter of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

We read about Branca, mother of Saint Ludovico, King of the French, who most implored the Blessed Dominic to pray for her, so that the Lord would free her from sterility, and guide her children to his service and honor. And he came to her aid and persuaded her to pray the Psalter of the Glorious Virgin devoutly, to buy many Rosaries to give to all those who wanted to recite them. After having done these things piously, after a short time, through the prayers of the Blessed Virgin Mary, she conceived and gave birth to the most beautiful, most devoted and most illustrious son Ludovico, and the other successive royal offspring.

EXAMPLE XI

About the Virgin attacked by a Wolf.

A Virgin lived in a territory infested by wild beasts; She was originally from France, and used to recite the Psalter of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

While, with a companion, she was crossing the forest, she encountered two hungry wolves: while one of the wolves, attacking her companion in the throat, killed her; She who prayed the Psalter, with such great anguish, invoking Mary asked not to let her die before she confessed and took communion. Miracle! The Wolf tore apart her breasts, devoured her entrails; Soon, however, she was freed by some who arrived, and survived for three days, in which she confessed, devoutly took communion, died in faith, was visited by Mary in her last moments, and was taken to heavenly happiness. Then she would not have given up for all the gold in the world the possibility of praying the Psalter, through which she obtained such great mercy.

EXAMPLE XII

The three sisters, who had a holy life.

Three Sisters lived together, in chastity, and in contempt of the world they served God, and devoutly recited the Psalter of the Blessed Virgin Mary; these also growing in all sanctities and devotions, in such great grace of the Holy Trinity, and of the entire heavenly Court, they advanced, through the merits and prayers of the same Virgin Mary, since they were considered worthy of herself; very often, they were also visited by her in a friendly manner. Finally, after many apparitions, Mary manifested herself to them again, accompanied by two Virgins and Martyrs, that is, Catherine and Agnes, in the last test of life; These each had crowns between their hands, which the glorious Virgin Mary offered to each of the three said Virgins, saying: I already assure you of the Kingdom of my Son, but you will only enter tomorrow. After completing the next day, Saint Mary again came to that place, with her Servants with a luminosity and a perfume that cannot be described, and all three were dressed in a candid garment and the Angels sang to each one who expired: Come , Wife of Christ, you receive the crown that the Lord prepared for you for eternity. And so they entered Heaven with joy. From these examples, many were encouraged to better things. The glory of the Virgin Mother of God, of the Rosary, the exaltation of it and the comfort of the Brothers.

EXAMPLE XIII

To Ítala Maria, who denied the Psalter and the Confraternity.

In Rome lived Itala Maria, matriarch Noble by birth, and a very great Lady before the world, but greater and more noble before God, for her virtues. While Saint Dominic, in his sacramental confession, had imposed on her to preach the Psalter of Mary daily for a year (not, however, making her guilty of a mortal sin if she abandoned it, but only giving this as an increase of grace and merits, if the preached), she refused to accept, saying: Father, I have other prayers, and I usually fast, and I also always wear the hair shirt, with a rope made of chain, and so every day, walking through the Churches of Rome for Indulgences, I don't have free time; and besides, I have many fraternities; for this reason I dare not assume the honor of this Psalter. I also hope that I can be saved in the merits and sufferings of the Saints without the practice and Confraternity of this Psalter.

Feeling this, he was very surprised by such great devotion and holiness of this woman, and he tried hard to persuade her to accept the Psalter, but he got nothing. The woman, after having distanced herself from the Holy Man, was confused as to why a man of such great holiness and fame had appeared to her. Therefore, following the advice of the Holy Spirit, which he inspired internally, going to all the monasteries and hospitals in the City of Rome, with huge alms, he begged everyone to intercede particularly for his cause.

This holy woman was never so tormented: she often saw in dreams an open hell around her, almost ready to receive her. And she was so distressed with fear, that she lost her strength and color. For approximately twelve days, since he could not find help anywhere, he went close to Minerva, and there he heard Saint Dominic preach to many the wonders of the Psalter of Mary, and he remained there in the Church, to be able to participate in his Mass. And behold, during the celebration of Saint Dominic, this woman was suddenly kidnapped in spirit, going to higher realities, where led before the terrible judgment of God, she was strongly reproached for having disobeyed the servant of Christ, Saint Dominic. And having heard that she was condemned to endure very serious punishments for a few months, and already beginning to feel the indescribable harshness of the punishments, she herself begging the benevolence of the Virgin Mary amidst her punishments, she invoked her help very intensely. The Virgin Mary appearing to her, and taking her right hand, freed her from the punishments, said: Oh daughter, daughter, since you were disobedient through ignorance, now obtain mercy.

Then suddenly, the Matriarch, saw the same Domingos as if he heard the confession and imposed the Psalters of the Virgin Mary for penance. Mary, taking one of these, said to them: Here, daughter, is my Psalter on the scales, against all your corporal penances. Having done this, and having raised the scales, on which were the penances, Mary said: This is how much virtue my Psalter has. And after these things she showed, through another vision, that the Confraternity of her Psalter greatly surpasses the confraternities of the other Saints, just as Mary herself is superior to all the Saints. Having seen this, and having felt many other things about the praises of this Psalter and about its Fraternity, which were explained through the Blessed Virgin, the woman said: What despair for me, a sinner, because I ignored such great goods for so long. Then coming to her senses, and seeing Saint Dominic pass before her, she approached him very humbly, told him all the things she had seen and heard, and very devoutly took from him the penance previously denied to the only Confraternity; and she remained patron, and organizer of the same Psalter and the Confraternity, for herself, and for her relatives while she lived, and cared for the new order of Saint Dominic, like a Mother to her children. The Blessed Virgin Mary finally appeared to her at the moment of her death, and led her soul with glory to the Celestial City; Afterwards, her body was buried with honor, next to the Friars Preachers.

EXAMPLE XIV

The devout Nun, also due to the merit of the Angelic Salute.

A Nun was in a Convent; she had a very praiseworthy conversion; Finally, as God wanted, she fell victim to a serious illness. With a fragility that grew in intensity until agony, and for seven days, she bore a cross so heavy that all the nuns were surprised.

Finally, after the seventh day, contented, his spirit happily returned to God.

After a few days the predicted deceased appeared to a nun familiar to her, saying that she was in state and grace, and after a brief conversation the deceased said: Oh if I could return to my body, to pray at least one Ave Mary dying, even without great devotion, I, because of the merit of that Hail Mary, wanted to hold up such a large cross for seven days again, which I held up before my death. That is why you all assiduously praise the Glorious Virgin together in her Psalter, always saying with a serene mind: Hail Mary, full of grace.

END OF EXAMPLES AND ALL OF ALANO'S WORKS.

AUTHOR Reverend Father Frei ANDREA ROVETTA DE BRESCIA

Master Priest of Theology of the Order of Preachers.

Saint Alan's work of art, created in a certainly golden form, will not seem useless to someone who has added a breath of life to the heart of the entire work, for the oppressed in the Fraternity of the Rosary; This will undoubtedly be necessary for all those who love the Holy Mother of God and want to know everything. Be it because the main stories, which are not so easily accessible everywhere for anyone, can be had at hand here, or because the undoubted graces of Mary Mother of God in relation to this Association are recognized with more conviction, or Finally, to remember the esteem and goodwill of the Roman Pontiffs for this, together with their perpetual and consistent preference in relation to other Confraternities.

I ask, in fact, if in all the people and in the Christian world, there have never been, or still exist, some Confraternities, of which so many, such, and so great testimonies can be presented and so many wonderful things can be preached every day, in which more gloriously the majesty of the August Most Benign Virgin Mary Mother of God will have her thirst and will begin to shine to the world! From which so many sources of grace arise! And to summarize the many things in a short time, these are the most important things in the Fraternities of the Rosary, which teach that it is excellent compared to others. These few things of this kind are presented here next.

The Most Glorious Ever Virgin Mary, truly was Mother of God and Mother of the Confraternity of the Rosary, and, in fact, by inspiration and desire of the same through Saint Dominic was born, by his instruction, was taught and observed in certain forms and rules, in short it was propagated very widely and quickly throughout the world under his authority. 109 It is the Confraternity that, through the favor of God and the Mother of God, can bring its own origins to the same Founder, whether by itself or by the Religious Order, and this can and must be said to be truly sister to the Sacred Order (of Preachers) . It was Saint Dominic who, after much fatigue, scarce fruit in the Lord's field in a cave around Albigio, city of heretics, was dissuaded (from his intention) after extensive consideration and confused by anguish, as to which road he particularly liked. to God to fulfill what he sought to obtain, so that success would not make so many efforts in vain; and to (receive) the grace of this, immersed in many prayers he prayed more intensely and comforted himself with God and the Mother of God.

109 Beatus Alanus, part 2. ch. I.

And the Blessed Virgin finally said to him: Do not marvel, Son Domingos, in fact, you plowed on land that was neither irrigated nor wetted by rain; you must in fact know that when God was about to reform the world, he first sent the rain, that is, the Angelic Annunciation and in this way a great transformation ensued. You then preach my Psalter and you will have ascendancy over the people in prayers and in knowledge. Hearing this, Saint Dominic did as he had heard and progressed admirably in the conversion of the people; and wherever he was, that is, in the Confraternities established by the Rosary, he preached this. 110 For this reason Saint Dominic must have undoubtedly been the Author and Founder of this Confraternity, while it is a constant tradition the Roman Pontiffs Pope Leo X, in the Bull Pastoris Aeterni, Pius V in the Bull Consueverunt, Gregory XII in the Bull Dudum Siquidem , Sixtus V in the Bull Dum ineffabilia, Clement VIII in the Brief Ordo Praedicatorum.

And very recently Pope Alessandro VII in the Brief Cum Alias. 111 It was always thought that this same Confraternity served the Church greatly: whether by encouraging the faith, customs, and discipline of the observant; whether by the conversion of sinners and the extirpation of heresies. So Pope Gregory IX; in the Bull for the canonization of Saint Dominic, he wrote as follows: while Dominic fulminated the delights of the flesh and blazed the merciless minds of the wicked, every arrow of heretics trembled, every Church of believers exulted. That is why in that same Bull of his Canonization, something that he himself did against heretics, whether in Italy or France, is publicly attested; how and by what force and by what road the heresy of the Albigensians was particularly eradicated.

110 Anthony of Siena. Bernard of Luxemburg. Castle. Thomas Maeluenda tom. I. Annals. Abraham Bzovius tom. 13 Annal. and B. Alanus pag. Chapter 5 4.

111 And B. Alanus, part. Chapter I 8. and part. Chapter 5 4.

A large part certainly with the weapons of the crusaders, a larger part due to the preaching of Domingos, an even larger one in fact through the Prayers of the Confraternity of the Rosary. In fact, the things said before did not progress much alone, but with the Confraternity that then made its appearance. They began, said Pope Pius V of happy memory, to distance themselves from the shadows of heresies and to appear the light of the Catholic faith. So we rightly maintain that the only Confraternity of the Rosary, before the others, is the pacifier of the Church, the extirpater of heresies and that this is the happy seed of the woman Mary, who treads on the head of the serpent, who walks on the asp of heresies, and over the basilisk of the pleasures and vices of the flesh, which finally terrifies the lion of the maddened world and the dragon of all wickedness. 112 And which other Confraternity experienced such a present and constant protection and help from the Most Holy Protector Virgin Mary? In fact, she (as they said) is the woman of whom God foretold in Genesis chapter. 3: She herself will crush your head, said to the serpent who causes all evil; Mary then crushes the serpent, but through Christ her seed.

112 Ex B. Alano, part. 2. chap. 17.

And this actually happened only through this one Behold, said the same Christ, I gave you the power to walk over serpents and scorpions and over every power of the enemy and nothing will be able to harm you (Lc.10). Perhaps this power was given only to the Apostles and not to all believers in the same way? When enmities were placed between the serpent and the woman, it was also added between your seed and her seed. As the seed of the devil is not just anything, but all are children of Belial, serpents, progeny of vipers, so also the seed of the blessed woman is not only the Christ, the Blessed fruit of her womb, but every Christ, at whose heel the devil can and often brings insidiousness; each one who is a brother of Christ and therefore similar to him, is the seed of the woman Mary. This in a splendid and eloquent way, Saint Ambrose in the commentary on the Gospel of Luke, in chap. 10, thus teaches: Who is this fruit of the womb, if not he of whom it was said: Behold, children are the inheritance of the Lord, the reward of the fruit of the womb? In other words, the Lord's inheritance is his children, who are retribution for his fruit, which came from Mary's womb. The root is the lineage of the Jews, the lintel is Mary, the flower of Mary is Christ, who, like the fruit of the good tree through the progress of our virtue, sometimes blossoms, sometimes bears fruit in us. Since then all those who were born of God and were initiated into Christ are seeds and fruits of this woman, which is why, in the Song of Songs in chap. 7 is: Like a heap of grain, surrounded by lilies.

Why don't we affirm that the Brothers and Sisters of the Rosary are seeds of the woman Mary, since the same Mother of God voted and dedicated herself in a particular way? Let us be guided in this by Pope Paolo V in the Bull Piorum hominum, who at the See of Peter did not hesitate to call the Brothers and Sisters of the Rosary, dear children of Mary. That is why we want Confraternities canonically instituted under the invocation of the same Blessed Virgin of the Rosary existing in any part of the world, be it Brothers or Sisters, dear children of hers, etc. These are the words of Paul V. It is indeed her, in Genesis chapter. 3: the Mother of all living. Where the same Brothers can also return to her in each Rosary. Genesis chap. 12: Tell me, I pray you, that you are my Sister, so that through you I may receive good and my soul may live through your grace. The Confraternity is then a good because of her and lives thanks to her sister; and the same (lives for the grace) of the Mother. The seed, I say, that the Lord blessed in the Blessed among women, that is, in the Virgin Mary; and so, under her secure patronage, the Brothers feel strongly that they are protected from all evils and benefit from all good things. 113 Our Brotherhood of the Rosary was not embellished by the venerated title of antiquity, if you look at the name; but above all if you look at the thing in itself. According to some, in ancient times the word became known as Rosary. Certainly while calling upon the ancient inhabitants of the desert, among whom this Brotherhood was cultivated; in fact, there was also a practice of prayers in accordance with the Rosary, even if the world had not heard the name of the Fraternity of the Rosary, if not perhaps around the year 1212, at the time when Saint Dominic, founder of this Psalter of the Virgin, lived. He, in fact, and gifted by the same Virgin Mother of God, was ordered to preach the Rosary and to present His Confraternity in public under precise laws and rules. 114 If you actually consider the matter itself, or the substance of the Rosary, it must already be (attributed) so much antiquity that it is necessary to look for the origins of the Gospel itself. In fact, the Angelic Salutation was the first word of the Gospel. Similarly the Lord's Prayer was the first (prayer) to pray everywhere in Spirit and Truth: it is a teaching on the part of God. So, what precedent do you find in the Church, what is older than these Divine parts of the Rosary? 115 I add that this Marian Psalter of ours was formed in similarity to the Davidic Psalter; and just as it should not be doubted that in the first Church the use of the Canonical Hours in the Choir, or of the Psalms of David, was in force to sing to God; thus the people become faithful imitators of the Clergy, in the worship of God and in the religious duty of praying: as many Davidic Psalms offered the Clergy, as many Angelic Salutations the same people offered, interspersing them with some of the Lord's Prayers.

113 From B. Alan p. Chapter 2 5 and chap. 7.

114 B. Alan p. Chapter 2 17.

115 From B. Alan p. Chapter I 3 and p. Chapter 2 2.

But we feel about this argument a man with a lot of authority, Judeo Basil, patrician Achense, advisor to Emperor Maximilian I; and, in fact, in a book of his, which he wrote about the Rosacea Crown, in relation to the antiquity of the Rosary he brings a testimony. The coronal way, he states, of greeting Mary, carried out by the novices, was not written anywhere, as it was spread within the same Church. In fact, since during the same origins of the nascent Church some faithful assiduously celebrated the Divine Praises with those three groups of the Davidic Psalms; Also among the simplest, who were most profoundly deprived of divine teachings, emulation of this pious custom derived. So that they would not sing the same Psalms, which they could neither read nor understand sufficiently, but would use the singing of the Angelic Concert in consideration of that mystical number, and thinking this: that there were all the mysteries of those Psalms in hiding under this Celestial Gift , if certainly he whom the Psalms sing would have come, this formula announced that he was already present; and so the three groups of fifty prayers of the Greetings, because they were equal in efficacy and in number, the office of the regular Psalter, began by calling Mary's Psalter. Having placed a Lord's Prayer between each decade, as before the Psalmidians tried to observe. Therefore, each one dedicated himself to pious observation for his own advantage, and no Communion or Association was started. They were so fervent at that time, because of how much they had gained in the unity of faith. And it was already beginning to spread throughout the world, the more Maria was in favor of her followers, to whom she sometimes restored health with admirable wonders; Like these, some collected the miracles of the Celestial, and many supporting volumes demonstrate this. He declares these things: that not with a single name, but with a multiple name, the marvelous and clearly special excellence of the Rosary and the worship in relation to the Omnipotent God of both (the Psalter), whether of that ecclesiastic or of that layman, is equal. , or almost stop, due to antiquity. 116 Likewise, the order of our Rosary must become celebrated, because of how wonderful it is. In fact, what is more complete or more mysterious than its number? What is more perfect than its brevity? What is more beautiful than the order of its parts?

What is more convenient for reason than its interpretation or form of defense? What is more constant than observation or tradition? What is holier than the practice of this? What is more wholesome than the Mysteries of this? What could be more popular, or easier, than this? 117 In addition to the final point of the Rosary, it constitutes another excellence.

116 Ex B. Alano p. I. chap. 3. etc. 8.

117 Ex B. Alano p. I. chap. 5. etc. 12.

Indeed its height is God; the depth is Purgatory; his breadth is the entire Church; longevity is the complete totality of things and all times past, present, and future. These prayers of the Rosary and the Confraternity thereof protect and embrace these things, and these penetrating to the point where they are direct and go to the sign; the Bishop of Forli Alessandro, delegate for the whole of Germany, in the Bull, “Et si gloriosos” said: The Praise and Glory of the Holy Virgin, were established advantageously for the edification of many, (and) upon this abundantly. 118 Furthermore, the nobility of the Rosary encouraged its illustrious Author. And certainly if you look for the Author of the Lord's Prayer, he is the Son of God, Christ Jesus, God and man. From the Angelic Salute to the Holy Trinity, Saint Elizabeth and the Church; of the Confraternity, the Virgin Mother of God and Saint Dominic. 119 In the Rosary the virtues and their admirable fruits also produce another not indifferent excellence; I have no knowledge of any other like it within the Church, and the great, wonderful, multiple and different goods, whether of the body or of the soul, which the Mother of God conferred on the Brothers widely, you will also look at with admiration; Those inherent to the body: because he deflowered the Virgins; made marriages fruitful; he gave fertility to the barren; provided for hunger and misery and sought the goods of this fallen life; He cured diseases, cured mortal wounds, or put them away, and brought the dead to life; similarly (if we can narrate the things inherent to the sphere) of the soul. Indeed, in other places he put an end to heresies; to congenital fools he gives both intelligence and knowledge; corrects depraved customs, leads to true penance and Sacramental Confession; undoes the laity and the devil's pacts; comes to help the desperate; defends and saves from the danger of condemnation; protects life for divine happiness; and finally the souls are led out of Purgatory as soon as possible.

118 Ex B. Alano p. 2. chap. 7. etc. 17.

119 Ex B. Alano p. I. c. 8.

These and other greater things I say to the minds and souls of those who serve her and God, mainly through the Rosary, Mary Most Holy Queen of Heaven and earth, Patron of the Rosary and the Confraternity has always offered and granted favors. 120 And the splendor of this sacred Confraternity of the Rosary has splendor, because it was universally prophesied, and it is. Indeed, there is none other, nor greater, but never has there ever been an equal meeting of men of all ages, orders, states, and conditions; or that has established headquarters and dwellings in so many parts of the world. The observation is in the book on the Rosácea Coroa by the erudition Basílio Aquense, to which these words belong. This too, he said, is to be assessed as greater and supra-human, the more it can retain belonging to everyone.

In fact, these aspects within Christian Associations are certainly so strongly regulated that they are not only (often people) of all ages, but also of both sexes and of any condition.

But certainly, this sweetening of childhood does not offend old age, it does not let the idle rest; not for the busy; it attracts the powerful and the rich, it does not leave out the poor and the weak; it does not lead moderates to aversion, nor does it admit only the living, but also the dead. That is why this Association, among all the others, seems to be covered in riches.121 Our Confraternity also carries within itself an outstanding excellence due to the dignity of its title and its name. In fact, this is called the Rosary, because this type of prayer has never existed in the Church, or anywhere, or there would have been something at least more collegial, more dignified and more excellent, easier, more recommended and Most celebrated also for miracles, in this unique way of the Rosary!

120 Of which abundantly B. Alan p. 5. p. the whole

121 Ex B. Alano p. I. chap. 8. etc. 15.

In fact, if the Virgin Mary is called Rose and calls herself Rose, when she said this: I am like a plantation of Roses in Jericho (Sir. 24). Precisely that way of praying, through the fifty Angelic Salutations and the five Prayers of the Lord, are scented with Roses, not certainly arising from the earth, but sent from the Consensus of the Holy Trinity, through the Archangel Gabriel once from Heaven, with which the previously sick human race was healed and filled with the love of God.122 Other things to be taken into consideration are that the same external material sign of the Rosary, is not a badge, or a sign of recognition of the professed and observant faith, with which it is lawful to distinguish Catholics from heretics, but a sign and testimony of faith, with which among the same observers you discern on the basis of each one's faith.

A support of faith, offering us the instruments of prayer, or Rosaries, which hung from the necks of Christ's faithful, throughout Slavery, in the time of Saint Otto and which distinguished him as a sign of the Christian Religion, of which the Saint remembers Alano.123 Many other excellences and prerogatives of the Most Holy Rosary can be seen, whether in the books written by him, which were believed in in such a large number, because there is no other type of prayer so sought after besides the predilections of writers, advised by so many literary documents , as we read, or remember, was spread by the enthusiasm of so many speakers and all the eloquence of the Preachers, whether finally by the common consensus and the universal applause of each approved order and religion, both by Mendicants and non-Mendicants, being indifferently embraced, approved , advised and entrusted to posterity.

122 From B. Alan p. Chapter I I. and c. 5.

123 p. I. c. 8

124 And so the extraordinary nature of the Rosary also arises from the arrangement and number of prayers and this will be the value to be attributed to the work, since the number of one hundred and fifty is not fulfilled due to some superstition, but for the honor of imitating the Church, according, in fact, to the number of the one hundred and fifty Psalms; and the prescribed number of Angelic Salutations in the recitation of the Rosary of the Virgin Mother of God, will be the recognition: the Rosary in fact is composed of as many Angelic Salutations, as were the cubits with which the wonderful house of Lebanon was built, which is long and the breadth of Marian charity and mercy.

Likewise through this once in the time of the flood when the wrath of God was transformed into mercy, and as also the waters of one hundred and fifty days began to subside, so we obtain mercy through the Rosary. From here we say that the one hundred and fifty Hail Marys are similar to the one hundred and fifty verses pronounced by Christ the Lord on his cross: my God, look at me, etc., up to the verse: In your hands, etc. sign of divine supreme mercy. The multiple reasons for this number based on the figures of the Old Testament, shows Saint Alan in merit to the nature, to the characteristic, also on the basis of the special Revelations he had from the Virgin Mary. 125 Another mysterious number in the Rosary is the number three, evidently one of the three groups of fifty prayers, into which the Rosary of Mary is divided, according to the fiftieth year of the Jubilee according to the divine law, celebrated throughout the centuries; For this reason, the Mother of God, Mary Virgin according to Jerome, is Queen of a triple Jubilee, that is, of nature, of the Mosaic law, and of the grace communicated to us by God on the Most Holy Day of Pentecost, which was the fiftieth day after the Resurrection of the Lord; or also that he adds that the entire Rosary of the Virgin is expressed by those one hundred and fifty-three large fish that the Apostles caught in the presence of Christ after his most glorious Resurrection (Gv. 21).

124 B. Alan p. Chapter I 8.

125 B Alanus. p. Chapter I 5 and p. 4. c. 1.

With this recognition, consideration is not only given to the Angelic Salutations of the number of one hundred and fifty, but also in relation to the triple sequence of the Mysteries of the same, Exultant, Painful, and Glorious. But also in relation to the number above, three of our faith, indicative of the Holy Trinity, of which the Rosary expresses a sure profession (of faith). One would say it is a prediction, that a Brother of the Rosary, after having absolved exactly to the Psalter of the Virgin in the number of one hundred and fifty Hail Marys, will be a certain sharer in the assets of the militant Church; in time of the Exultations of the triumphant Church and also of the heavenly goods for eternity with Mary Sovereign Queen of Angels. 126 It is therefore presented to examine this fiftieth number, no less Sacred of that fiftieth jubilee year, at the time when debts were freely canceled and servants were freed again, this fiftieth number, which has the same sound as the fiftieth, is subdivided, not without mystery, in five tens: who doesn't see how many wonderful things that number fifty of each fiftieth of our Rosary contains? In fact, with five verses, or words, the Mystery of the Incarnation is fulfilled: “May it happen to me according to your word” (Lc.1).

126 Ex B. Alano p. 2. c. I.

The Eucharist is fulfilled with five words: “This is, in fact, my Body”. And with five words Christ the Lord takes the Thief to Glory: “Today, with me, you will be in Paradise”. If then this number fifty is not devoid of a complex mystery, perhaps then one should not take this number consecrated in the Rosary? If the same Rose is also the sumity, or the long one with the green leg has five leaves. In addition to the things said so far, much can be learned from Holy Scripture about the same number. 127 No less sacred will be, in our Rosary of the Mother of God, the number of ten in the repetition of the Angelic Salutation, applied to the Brothers for each decade. These ten Angelic Salutations are the ten curtains of Byssus and Hyacinthus of the Tabernacle (Es. 26). These are the ten loaves that David took to his brothers (1 Kings 17). These are the ten talents or ten cities (Lc.19), given to the faithful servant. In these decades, with each Lord's Prayer, we follow ten Angelic Salutations, so that the Ten Commandments of God come to mind, according to the interpretation of Saint Prospero: The new Song, he said, is the Song of Grace and of the new man and of the new Testament, since in the Psalter there are ten strings, that is, in the ten Commandments of the law, it was sung. In fact, the singing of this Psalter of the Holy Rosary is said to be perfect, because the singing is perfect in charity.

127 B. Alanus par. I. chapter 5 and p. Chapter 2 I.

Especially that of the Angelic Salutation, which in memory of the Decalogue, is repeated in due and solemn fashion throughout the Decades in the Virginal Psalter. For this, while with our heart and mouth we venerate the Virgin in the Salutation, we imitate her whether in the application of life or in the same work. Many other things we know about Santo Alano. 128 Finally, the Sacred number of fifteen inspired by the Holy Spirit is also offered, as is piously believed.

128 p. I. chap. 5. and p. 2. c. 8.

The words are from the happy memory of Pope Pius V in the Bull Consueverunt. He said: Inspired by the Holy Spirit, as is piously believed, Saint Dominic propagated in the different parts of the Holy Roman Church, an easy and open to all and also very pious way of praying and imploring God, the Rosary, the Psalter of the Blessed Virgin Mary, with the Lord's Prayer, interposed to any decade, and represented with certain meditations that show the entire life of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Where he brings any ten to the meditation of any Mystery, so that the fifteen Mysteries correspond to the number of fifteen times ten. This number is certainly expressed in the fifteen pieces of silver, with which Hosea (Acquired a wife) a harlot woman, ch.3. This represents God made man through a woman, that is, sinful human nature, (which God) in the womb of the Virgin, without any imperfection, marvelously linked himself in a bond of love. Oh we say that this number of fifteen, keeps away the evils that overwhelm the world, came to help us by divine will: Make seven and also eight parts, so that there is no evil to us on earth (Sir.11). And finally we conclude that it is represented on the steps of that memorable ladder of Jacob (Gen.28), which according to some Rabbis remember that it was formed of fifteen steps, according to the number of the Gradual Psalms, with such excellence however, because, in Genesis chap. 28, Jacob's Ladder rests only on God, and the Lord was leaning on the Ladder; to this in truth God with the Mother; there God only at the top, here Christ and Mary on all the steps, in fact in each and every Greeting. Bird full of grace, the Lord is with you. Other things adds B. Alano. 129 The order of things requires us to explain and embrace other things with utmost certainty.

129 p. I. c. 4 130 ex B. Alano p. 2. c. 17

Who doesn't know, among the many types of Brotherhood and types of Association, this one from the Virgin's Psalter occupies the first place? In fact, the Fraternity of the Rosary is one of those who put good works in common in an admirable way, or for whom some good works are especially done in common. Everyone, in fact, and those enrolled in this, become participants in all the satisfactions and good works, which in any way, or in any way, through the Christian world of any Brother and also devoutly of any sister, are done according to circumstances, and will never be left. One by one, the participants actually recite the three rosaries which, due to a customary weekly commitment to prayers, are fulfilled by each one. It is the same then, that every week, each one, either prays to the same ones, or prays for another, a Psalter of Mary, which is made up of three groups of fifty prayers, or Crowns. Whoever has omitted them, and how many others, only for that time, does not become a participant in the Prayers said. However, no less remains in Communion of the merits of others. And you can then recover the things left behind, if you omitted in proportion to your commitment; then donate the omitted part, in addition to the usual one. 130 In addition to the things already said, each one participates separately in all the merits of the Brothers and Sisters of all the Order of Preachers, this is all the Masses, the Prayers, the Disciplines, the Fasts, the sufferings, the works good, that divine goodness, through the disciples of Divino Domingos of the said Order of Preachers, will have given birth throughout the world. In other words, it was certainly confirmed many times through the letters of the Master General of the Order, and the Briefs of the Supreme Pontiffs131. After the distinguished merits of this Order, with which the Brothers unite, they were enumerated in the Mari Magno of Pope Sixtus IV by the Order of Preachers.

We, he said, of the Order of Friars Preachers and the people of this, wish with intense affection a prosperous and peaceful condition, etc. For the exuberant fruits, which the same Order, resplendent by the glory of merits and the grace of Holiness in the field of the militant Church, by the propagation of the Catholic Faith, has produced and is producing until now courageously, we understand with hope that it will also be in the future, also extending its breadths to the sea, to the sea, and to the barbarian nations; he took on these things for the Order of Minors. 132 But, someone will say, this testimony of Sixtus IV is true and seems ancient. Since then the vicissitude of things, according to the variation of times, similarly carries with it the change of a period of so many years, another testimony of our century is requested, from the Most Holy Pope SS Clement VIII, that on January 19, 1601 under form of Brief on the Praises of the Order of Preachers wrote thus: The Order, he said, of Friars Preachers founded by Saint Dominic, has always sought such great and sweet fruits in the Church of God, and each day seeks, that the propagation of this (to be understood through the Rosary of the Virgin) we precisely think that it should be interpreted favorably, etc.

130 ex B. Alano.

131 Messanellus de Regul. Brotherhood book 3. c. 6.

132 From Lezana on Privileges and Bullarius.

What is more splendid than the Holy House of Saint Peter? This is why it was discovered that not only in the time of Sixtus, but always on a daily basis, the Order of Preachers in the Church of God flourishes, and flourishes through the accumulation of merits.

From here recalling the most famous gifts for the consolation of the Brothers of the Rosary of the predicted Order of Preachers using a saying from Saint Paul to the Ephesians,133 say this: We Brother Disciples of the Divine Sundays are the work of God, according to God, created in Christ Jesus, and in Saint Dominic in the good works, which God prepared, so that we may walk in them; Therefore, Brothers and Sisters in the Rosary of Mary, you will remember, that you were distant, now, you become close in the Blood of Christ. And in fact, through the special Communion of Saints founded in Christ, you participate with equal luck with us and in the merits of the entire Order. He himself, in fact, is our peace, who made both things one, so that at the same time he could put both in himself into one new man, establishing peace and reconciling both with God in one. body through the Cross, and through the Confraternity; and this began then, when Saint Dominic came, and evangelized: peace to you, who were far away, for the Brothers, that is, of the Rosary, and peace to those who were close, that is, Brothers of his Order: Because through this same one we both have access to the Father in one Spirit.

133 cap. 2

So: Never be foreigners and pilgrims, but be citizens of the Saints, in the Order of Preachers and Relatives of God, built on the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, the Martyrs, that is, the Confessors, and the Doctors of the Dominican Religion. But to the same Christ Jesus, the supreme cornerstone, on which the entire building of the Order and Fraternity grows, constituted in the temple of the Saints in the Lord, in whom you are also incorporated into the house of God through the Rosary, that is, in the Spirit Holy. The Fraternity of the Rosary of the Order of Preachers enjoyed the merits and also enjoyed the satisfactions of the Saints hidden in the Church's Treasury. And since the perfection of our Catholic Religion is guided by two duties of Christian doctrine, that is, to be far from evil, and to do good; so to this, the Society of the Rosary also guaranteed both, leading us by the hand to this good, and removing the penalty due to this evil. The Confraternity guarantees the first thing, through the Communion of goods, Psalm 132: This is how good it is, and how exultant it is for brothers to live in the same place, the second thing actually through the application of Indulgences, according to Isaiah's prophecy , chapter 50: Perhaps my hand has become short and small, which I cannot redeem, or even in me there is no ability to deliver?

134 On this topic B. Alanus p. I. chap. 16. et chap. 17. p. 2. c. 17.

Also (Isaiah) cap.51. The Lord will then console Zion and console all her ruins, and her desert will return, like delights, and her steppe, like the garden of the Lord, and the same Prophet, smiling at the wonders of the Confraternity, of the repetition of the Rosary through the Choirs, sum: Exultation and joy will meet in this, thanksgiving and voice of praise.

And even so many Indulgences are collected in this Confraternity, and those so great in the same genre, in the same way so particular, by the same distribution of so many excellences, that it may seem to surpass all others in this part. Whoever wishes to see the innate propensity of the Roman Pontiffs in this Fraternity of the Rosary to become rich with the height of Indulgences, should turn to the Bull Dum ineffabilia of the Most Holy Our Lord, Pope Sixtus V of the Order of Minors: where he will contemplate, as in a lucid mirror, the common applause and more luminous universals of the meridian light of the previous Pontiffs on the communication of Indulgences. 135 This way of praying then, invented by the Holy Trinity, of the Holy Spirit (as it was devoutly believed) inspired, by the Virgin Mother of God revealed, and finally disseminated through Saint Dominic under the Pontificate of Pope Innocent III, to put an end to heresies , around the year 1212, having a huge fruit of souls in the Garden of the Church, it was planted to gather abundant fruits: there is no one who challenges the controversy, only illustrious, in fact, the Bulls of the Supreme Pontiffs, of Pope Pius V Consueverunt and of Pope Sixtus V Dum ineffabilia. This can be read in the work of Saint Alan.136 In short, you, Brothers of the Most Holy Rosary, through so many centuries, want to know what the Psalter of the Virgin has done in the Church of God up to this moment, listen to what has done in each century. So it is stated like this:

135 Ex B. Alano p. I. c. 13.

136 p. 2. c. 8 and c. 17, ma anche in Abraham Bzovius tom. 13. Annal. p. 202. Flaminius, Theodoric. St. Antoninus Fernandez. and Thomas Malvenda tom. I. Annals. p. 125

MEMORABLE EVENTS OF THE FIRST CENTURY THAT IS TO SAY From the year 1212. Until the year 1312

Victories achieved with the help of ROSÁRIO.

Among the Victories of the Rosary, it is worth remembering, with just merit, the one that claims first place, was the famous Victory near Toulouse on the part of the Catholics, under the very strong General and Count Simon de Monfort, against the Albigensians in the year 1212 , with the help of the Virgin Mother of God. In fact, with only eight hundred knights and a thousand soldiers, General do Rosário triumphed admirably against a hundred thousand heretics, killing part of them, and sending part to flight. 137 While these things were happening in Gaul around the year 1212, the Queen of Heaven came to help the Most Serene Alfonso IX, Catholic King of Spain, as he fought heroically u