The Power of the Rosary

House of Mary Shrine, Yankton, South Dakota

If two strands are stronger than one, imagine the supernatural power of dozens of people praying the Rosary in one accord and with one intention. Folks at four Catholic churches in Georgia, Kansas, and Missouri don’t need to imagine — they know.

When their men left to fight in World War II, parishioners at the Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Atlanta, Georgia, St. Mary’s Church in St. Benedict, Kansas, St. Mark the Evangelist Church in St. Marks, Kansas, and St. John Church in Leopold, Missouri, also went to war — spiritual war. They gathered weekly, often daily, to pray the Rosary, imploring Mary to cover their soldiers with the mantle of her protection. Nobody knew if or when they would see their loved ones again.

Week after week, year after year, the Rosary warriors prayed. “Spare our husbands, sons, and brothers,” they pleaded, their tears splattering the church floors.


Now rolling off the presses!

No need to travel abroad to visit a miraculous Marian shrine. You’ll find Mary’s miracles all across our land: in wee chapels and grand basilicas, in hillside grottos and on a tiny island, even in a ghost town. In Cold Spring, Minnesota, Mary averted a locust plague and then eradicated the species. When the rag-tag American army defeated the well-fortified British navy at the Battle of New Orleans in 1815 — a battle that lasted all of 30 minutes — the victory was ascribed to Our Lady of Prompt Succor. After a Colorado church fire, a multi-pointed crown of soot appeared over a painting of Mary, just like it belonged there.

These riveting stories and dozens more are told in Mary’s Miracles: A Traveler’s Guide to Catholic America (OSV). A companion to the bestselling Catholic guidebook Monuments, Marvels, and Miracles (OSV, 2021), Mary’s Miracles features maps, color photos, and testimonies galore of Mary’s intercession. No prayer petition is too big or too outrageous for “Miracle Mary.”

Our Lady intercedes for the sick, stops fires in their tracks, drills for gas, and is one tough real estate agent. At Carey, Ohio, Mary the Wonderworker helped catch a thief who confessed to