There is no sacramental or devotion in the Catholic Church that is more widely praised, preached, and practiced than the Holy Rosary. And for good reason . . . it works!
Outside of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the most powerful prayer is Our Lady's Holy Rosary. After all, it was given to the faithful as a spiritual weapon by the Blessed Virgin herself!See also: The Spot Where Our Lady Gave the Rosary to St. Dominic
Just how important is praying the rosary? With unanimous advice from holy people like the ones listed below, you don't want to live without it!
12 QUOTES FROM THE SAINTS ON THE POWER OF THE ROSARY
“The Most Holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families…that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.”
-Sr. Lucia dos Santos (Fatima seer)
"If you say the Rosary faithfully until death, I do assure you that, in spite of the gravity of your sins you shall receive a never-fading crown of glory. Even if you are on the brink of damnation, even if you have one foot in hell, even if you have sold your soul to the devil as sorcerers do who practise black magic, and even if you are a heretic as obstinate as a devil, sooner or later you will be converted and will amend your life and will save your soul, if-- and mark well what I say-- if you say the Holy Rosary devoutly every day until death for the purpose of knowing the truth and obtaining contrition and pardon for your sins."
- St. Louis De Montfort
"The rosary is the book of the blind, where souls see and there enact the greatest drama of love the world has ever known; it is the book of the simple, which initiates them into mysteries and knowledge more satisfying than the education of other men; it is the book of the aged, whose eyes close upon the shadow of this world, and open on the substance of the next. The power of the rosary is beyond description."
- Archbishop Fulton Sheen
"Some people are so foolish that they think they can go through life without the help of the Blessed Mother. Love the Madonna and pray the rosary, for her rosary is the weapon against the evils of the world today. All graces given by God pass through the Blessed Mother."
-St. Padre Pio
"The Rosary is a powerful weapon to put the demons to flight and to keep oneself from sin... If you desire peace in your hearts, in your homes, and in your country, assemble each evening to recite the Rosary. Let not even one day pass without saying it, no matter how burdened you may be with many cares and labors."
-Pope Pius XI
"The Rosary is the most excellent form of prayer and the most efficacious means of attaining eternal life. It is the remedy for all our evils, the root of all our blessings. There is no more excellent way of praying."
-Pope Leo XIII
"You must know that when you 'hail' Mary, she immediately greets you! Don't think that she is one of those rude women of whom there are so many -- on the contrary, she is utterly courteous and pleasant. If you greet her, she will answer you right away and converse with you!"
-Saint Bernardine of Siena
"The Rosary is the most beautiful and the most rich in graces of all prayers; it is the prayer that touches most the Heart of the Mother of God...and if you wish peace to reign in your homes, recite the family Rosary."
-Pope Saint Pius X
-Blessed Alan de la Roche
-Pope Bl. Pius IX
"When people love and recite the Rosary they find it makes them better."
- St. Anthony Mary Claret
"The greatest method of praying is to pray the Rosary."
-St. Francis de Sales
This article has been updated and was originally published in 2013. © The Catholic Company