My grandson was only 6 days
old, when he was admitted to hospital with suspected
Meningitis Septicaemia. I immediately phoned Mrs Gwen
MacLaren, (now deceased), who promotes the Rosa Mystica
apostolate in England, and she phoned other members of the
apostolate, asking for their prayers for him. I then went
up to the hospital, taking with me both the Rosa Mystica
statue, and Rosa Mystica holy water.
The doctors were all around
Joshua , and he was all wired up. One of the doctors said he
only had a 30% chance of survival. Another worry was that
there was a chance that with Meningitis Septicaemia, even if
he survived, there was a danger of him losing limbs or being
My son took some holy water and
moistened Joshua's lips with it, and made the Sign of the
Cross on his forehead. He also made the Sign of the Cross
with the statue of Rosa Mystica over him.
The next morning, Joshua was
much better, although still wired up. The doctors were
absolutely amazed that he had pulled through the night.
Rosa Mystica stayed with Joshua all the while he was in
Later, when his blood tests
came back, they showed absolutely no trace of Meningitis
Septicaemia, or any other infection.
Joshua's Recovery cont....
His blood was absolutely clear.
One of the doctors said "it was an act of God".
Obviously, he had to go back to
hospital for check-ups, even up to 2 or 3 years old to make
sure he had not suffered any after effects such as hearing
difficulties etc, which can happen with Meningitis
Septicaemia, but everything was fine. There was nothing
wrong with him. Today Josh is a healthy strapping 18 year
old, with absolutely no sign of the trouble he had at
7th Dec 1997
Mary and her husband Danny went to bed. Their daughter and
one of their grandchildren who were staying over were in the
bedroom directly above the scene of the fire. None of them
heard anything and all slept through till about 7 am when
Mary came down, went into the front room and discovered the
devastation caused by the fire. But no fire. Mary said the
room was cold. The fire had been extinguished without any
of the family even knowing there had been a fire.
Everything was blackened (pictures of damage are attached).
The windows were melted and cracked, which in the normal
course of things would have let oxygen in and escalated the
fire, but that had not happened. The fire had been
contained in the front room and mysteriously had seemed to
have put itself out. A few days previously, Mary had
received into her house a pilgrim statue of Our Lady Rosa
Mystica. This was standing on the windowsill directly above
the toy box. It was blackened, but otherwise unharmed. The
prayer book sitting beside the statue was untouched, and is,
in fact, still in use today. The cause of the fire it was
later discovered was an electrical toy which had been put
back in a toy box and not switched off.
Mary informed the council who sent an inspector and an
insurance person round. They examined the building for
further damage to the rest of the house, but found none.
The inspector even examined the upper bedroom, stating that
as there was little or no amount of insulation around the
upstairs skirting boards, the fire should have caused damage
to the upper bedroom, (where their daughter and grandchild
had been sleeping), but the room was untouched. Smoke had
not even come through the floor to endanger or do any damage
to the bedroom or its occupants, which was something the
Inspector could not explain. In addition, Mary also had at
that time, two dogs, who were in the kitchen that night,
Even they had not alerted the family, so they too, had also
apparently been unaware of the fire.
The council inspector and the insurance man had no
explanation for the case, however the insurance man stated
in no uncertain terms in response to a query from the
council inspector as to how the fire has come to be out,
“That is the reason” pointing to Our Lady Rosa Mystica. “It
is a miracle”
The case was featured in a Catholic newspaper at the time,
and a copy of the article, in addition to the pictures is
also attached to this history.
Lapsed Catholic returned to
the faith – Liverpool
In 1992, my friend and I were
going to Mass in Liverpool, and we had a statue of Our Lady
Rosa Mystica with us. Whilst on our way to the Church, we
had to pass some houses, where a man was cleaning his
windows, and saw us with the statue. He rushed after us and
asked, "where did you get that statue, I want one just like
that". He said he had seen me walk by his house carrying
Our Lady Rosa Mystica, and told me that when he looked at
the statue he knew he had to get one. So I gave him Mrs
MacLaren's (the lady who promotes the Rosa Mystica devotion
in England) phone number. He then left and I returned to
He did phone Mrs MacLaren and
ordered two statues. One for himself and one for his
daughter. He told Mrs MacLaren that he had been away from
the Church for about 30 years, but he did want one of the
statues. As it happened we were due to have the Blessings1
at Wigan soon after that, Mrs MacLaren told him to come and
he could choose his own statues. He not only came to the
Blessings, but went to Confession and Mass.
Rosa Mystica statues are blessed periodicallys during a
special service held at St Marys in Standishgate, Wigan, and
from there are distributed throughout the world, to both the
poor and to many churches. These blessings take place
simultaneously with the blessings taking place at the shrine
at Fontanelle, Italy.
My husband and I went to
spend a short holiday in Scotland, taking Our Lady Rosa
Mystica with us. On reaching the caravan we put Our Lady on
the dining table.
On our return from
attending Benediction on the Sunday, we saw a man having
difficulty with the ironing facilities offered at the
campsite, and my husband offered to help him, and the man
was chatting to me. He was nice and polite and apologised
for troubling us, explaining that his son had died a few
days before, and he was therefore, not himself. I said I was
very sorry, and that if he needed anything we would try to
Later that evening, a knock came on the door of our caravan,
and on answering it, I found the same man standing there,
with some chocolate and six eggs in his hand. He explained
these were in thanks for the help we had given him earlier.
Realising that he probably needed to talk, we invited him
in, and we began chatting. In the course of the evening, he
told us that he had been a successful businessman and had
had all trappings of wealth, but he had lost everything, his
business' even his wife, and he was now living in a caravan
on the site. However, he said, when his son died, this was
the last straw. He then asked if we had prayed for him since
we had met him. I told him that I had offered him up to the
Lord, I knew that he was in need of prayer". He then went on
to say, "I am going to tell you something now, I planned to
commit suicide tonight, I was just getting everything
sorted, doing the ironing and leaving everything in good
order, nothing unfinished. I was going to throw myself into
the Loch tonight, but here I am talking to two complete
strangers". I answered "Well the Lord knew, we didn't, but
the Lord knew what you were planning". We carried on
chatting. He was upset and kept crying, saying he had done
some terrible things. I assured him that the Lord knew and
the Lord understands and forgives. He said "No, the things I
have done are too bad, too bad, He can't forgive what I've
done". He wouldn't believe them.
However, all the time he
was talking to us, he kept looking at the statue of Our Lady
Rosa Mystica on the dining table. He said, “you are
Catholics, I presume, because of the statue.
We continued talking, but
all of a sudden, he glanced over to Our Lady Rosa Mystica,
turned away and rubbed his eyes, and I knew instantly that
something had happened. I asked "What's the matter"? to
which he replied "No, no, you'd think I was stupid" I
assured him we would not. He then said "She spoke to me," to
which I replied "what did She say?" “She said "Come to Me".
I answered him, saying, "There you go, you wouldn't believe
us, will you believe the Mother of Jesus?" "Yes" he said. He
then asked if we could teach him the Rosary. We had only got
as far as the first Joyful mystery, when he fell to his
knees, and crying and sobbing, he moved towards Our Lady’s
statue, saying, I'm sorry, I'm sorry", all the while not
looking at the face of the statue, but above it. He was then
filled with such joy, and love, that he had never experience
in his whole life.
The next morning, there
was a letter put through the letterbox from him saying the
he had been unable to sleep, he was so full of love and joy,
which was unbelievable in a man who, a few short hours
previously, was so distraught that he had been intent on
taking his own life. One thing is certain, on that night,
Our Lady Rosa Mystica saved his life, but also brought about
a great conversation of heart.
ROSA MYSTICA HOME FOR BLIND AND DEAF CHILDREN
This account is taken from a transcript from the website of
St Mary and St John's Parish in Wigan.
In 1993, a parishioner from
St Mary & St Johns parish in Wigan, England was travelling
alone in India. She had been there several times before and
had been moved by the poverty of the people and the work of
On this occasion she was
transporting a precious Rosa Mystica statue which had been
donated by Mrs Gwen MacLaren, the National Promoter for the
Rosa Mystica devotion in England, and over £1000, in cash,
donated by various people and a charity in Wigan. This was
destined for Indian charities.
Late one night, and while
she was nearing her destination, she was caught up in a very
bad monsoon storm. As it was getting dark, and her way was
blocked at a river bridge, she decided take up an offer from
a kindly Hindu rickshaw owner. Seeing a light in the
distance, they made for it. To her surprise, she found it
to be a Catholic church having a novena service. She then
discovered that the priest had been battling on bravely
trying to give a home to several deaf and blind boys.
It turned out that he had
spent four years working amongst the poor, and he was
currently renting a hut in order to house the children.
Village women kindly looked after them while the priest was
absent, but there was no State help given and there did not
seem to be any long-term solution to the problem. They
welcomed her warmly and were overjoyed with the statue she
carried, thinking it was for them. She told Mrs MacLaren
later that she did not have the heart to say it was destined
for another parish, so she left the statue with them. How
was it that this lady, carrying aid from Wigan, and the
statue of Our Lady Rosa Mystica, which was destined
elsewhere, found herself in this remote Indian village just
at the right time?
Several days later, after
she had given it careful thought, she returned to the parish
and with the cash she was carrying, they agreed to open a
bank account to be used for the welfare of the children.
After further cash had been
donated from Wigan, the priest suggested that a home be
built for the children. This was agreed, the home was
built, and within one year this lady returned to India for
the official opening of the Rosa Mystica home for
children. A controlling committee was formed and the
necessary staff engaged.
Since then the financial
support has continued from Wigan, generated by social
functions, private donations and sponsored events. Our
Lady looks after her children, wherever they are.
PS Sadly this lady is now
OUR LADY'S HELP DURING TSUNAMI IN SRI LANKA
Mrs Gwen MacLaren (now deceased) was in charge of promoting
the Rosa Mystica devotion in England and she has a friend
who also has a devotion to Our Lady Rosa Mystica and who
used to transport statues for Mrs MacLaren before making her
permanent home in Sri Lanka.
This lady now has a beachfront home, and the story she told
Mrs MacLaren was that on Boxing Day 2004, she and her family
had returned from Mass, and although the children usually
went swimming before breakfast, on this occasion, for some
reason, she told them to wait till later.
As she was making
the breakfast, she saw the Sri Lankan fishermen desperately
trying to pull their boats inland and noticed that the sea
had drawn right back leaving a long expanse of beach
exposed. Unsure of what was happening, but disturbed,
none-the less, she took her statue of Our Lady Rosa Mystica
and put her in the window directly facing the sea. Then
everyone rushed outside to help the fishermen drag their
boats behind her house.
The Tsunami hit the coastline, and devastated the area,
however, even though houses and a hotel to the side and back
were either damaged or destroyed, her house was left
untouched and the fishermen's boats were also saved.
The end result of this is that she now has Hindus, Muslims
and Christians alike all demanding that she take Our Lady
Rosa Mystica out to them every night, and they all
congregate in her back yard to pray the Rosary.