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Rosary Prayers and a Miracle Baby

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By Karen Nagengast

During Mass at a newly built church, I looked up to admire a beautiful fresco of the 12 Apostles on the domed ceiling. I was trying to identify which Apostles were John, Peter, and the others when I realized that I ought to pay attention to the Mass. As I lowered my eyes to focus on the reader, I saw a brilliant, cascading light. At first, I thought it was the sun streaming in from outside. But then I realized there were no windows in that direction. Rays glistened as shafts of bright light seemed to radiate from Heaven above. In my heart, I heard the words "Pray the Rosary."

My mind found excuses to ignore those words. "I don't know how. I'm not Catholic," I thought. "Why would I pray the Rosary?" The voice proclaimed once again with more urgency: "Pray the Rosary." I believe it was Mary, the Mother of God, speaking to my heart. Her words touched me and felt extremely important. At the time, I was searching for meaning in my life. With these strong words, I was confronted with a request I had to take seriously. I knew I had to say "yes."

As I started to pray the Rosary, I gained great peace and a deeper understanding of Mary. I read an article that said that when the Rosary is prayed, it is an incredibly powerful way to communicate with our Lord. It said that Mary often grants requests to people praying the Rosary for the first time, her way of drawing you closer to her and to her Son.

Around this time, my youngest son and his wife were struggling, unable to conceive a child after five years of marriage. My daughter-in-law was desperate.

Finally, through sobs, she told us that the doctor had suggested adoption. My husband and I sat quietly, listening to her as she lamented the likelihood of never having her own biological child.

I asked her if she had tried prayer. She stated that she prayed, but her prayers were unanswered. Now I knew why I was instructed to pray the Rosary. At home that evening, I promised Mary I would pray the Rosary every day for a year if she would grant my daughter-in-law a miracle.

The Holy Spirit continued to flow through me the rest of the year as I fulfilled my promise to recite the Rosary every day. Through sickness, travel, and the busiest of days, I always found time to pray.

Just before the year was over, a heartwarming Christmas gift was delivered. We received a phone call with good news — they were expecting! Prayers continued during her pregnancy. In my mind's eye, I had visions of angels surrounding her womb. This truly was a miracle baby. Nine months later, a child of God was born. Mary had answered my prayers.

Karen Nagengast of Walker, Minnesota, was confirmed into the Catholic Church in 2008, just months before the birth of her granddaughter.

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Sonia - Jun 13, 2018

Wow! Thank you for sharing this. It is a great reminder to pray the Rosary. Congratulations on the birth of your granddaughter!