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By Mark Pollock

Through the Rosary, both my mother and father had powerful healing experiences.

Several years ago, my late mother had a heart attack. Since the blockage in her coronary arteries was too long to place stents, the doctors decided to give her a medication that would prevent further extension of the clot. They made no plans to remove the blockage.

Three to four years later, my mom had another medical event. When I talked to the cardiologist about my mother, he said that he was surprised to learn that she had ever had such a blockage. According to him, the blockage had not only shrunk but was gone completely. I don't know how this blockage cleared except by prayer. I know that my large Catholic family said many Rosaries for her health.

More recently, my father was suffering from pneumonia and had a large empyema over one of his lungs. The doctor suggested we gather the family and be with him during his final days. About 15 to 20 of my family members, many travelling long distances, gathered to visit him in the Intensive Care Unit.

We decided to pray the Rosary together out loud in his hospital room. Once we finished one set of mysteries, we decided to say another. As we prayed together with my dad, we watched his vital signs stabilize on the monitor. I don't know if it was a miracle, but I do know that it played an important role in his immediate improvement.

These experiences have encouraged me to continue to pray the Rosary. I intend to pray it every day, although that does not always happen. I usually pray with a cheap set of rosary beads, but I also have a wooden-beaded rosary that I had blessed in Rome by Pope Francis when my wife and I were there for the canonization of Pope St. John Paul II and Pope St. John XXIII.

Frequently, I pray the Rosary in the Adoration chapel at my parish, Our Lady of Lourdes in Washington, Missouri. I also use my time in the chapel to read. I read Champions of the Rosary by Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, and now I am reading the Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska. Though Jesus does not speak to me like He did to this saint, for a while, I have experienced some unusual occurrences where it seems like Jesus is in agreement with what I am saying. He answers me with sudden and intense emotions and tingling sensations. At times, these have caused a sudden outburst of tears and a deep sense of humility.

In the end, I say the Rosary because I am a huge sinner, and I realize that I need all the help and grace I can get.

Do you have a testimony to the power of the Rosary? E-mail it to thirteenth@marian.org.

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