Praying the Rosary with Sister Adele by Edward Looney.
These rosary meditations were inspired by my personal devotion to the apparitions received by Sister Adele Brise in 1859. Since I was 16 years old, I have regularly visited the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, years before it was officially proclaimed worthy of belief. Adele’s story is simple and can be summarized by prayer for the conversion of sinners, the need for our own conversion, and our participation in the efforts of catechesis. Throughout my spiritual journey I have often found, when reflecting on a specific scripture passage, my prayer reflects what I am going through in my life at that particular moment. Similarly, these rosary reflections are the fruit of my prayerful study, research, and writing on the message and mission received by Sister Adele.
I hope the devotee visiting the shrine or praying from afar will be able to use these rosary reflections to better understand the importance of the message and mission given to Adele and how it applies not only to her but to the whole world. Adele’s story is not meant to simply be heard. It is meant to be listened to and lived in our daily life. May your meditation on the rosary mysteries help you to realize your own call to holiness. With each Hail Mary may you realize the weight of the prayer: “pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.” Each time we pray the Hail Mary we keep death before us, praying that we will be converted and remain faithful to the end. This was Adele’s prayer and work during her life, and I pray that the same will be true for you.