Thursday, May 26, 2011

Rosary Story for the Month of May

One of my beading creations, "Our Lady's Veil" Rosary.

Recently I read a story from a little publication in Australia called the Apostles of Mary. This time last year they published a story called, "Serial Killer Ted Bundy and the Power of the Rosary" which I am sharing here today.

"To understand that Our Lady needs us, it helps to begin with the awareness that we also need her and that her help never fails those who pray to her with a sincere heart. This American Monsignor is a good witness of that.

On May 14, 2009, Mgr. William Kerr, a leading human rights figure, died. Mgr. Kerr often spoke of his very first hospital assignment, where he ministered to a young burn victim dying from his injuries. Later, he recalled, he would be called upon to perform even more ghastly duties.

In 1978, the police called Msgr. Kerr in the middle of the night to accompany them to a sorority house in Tallahassee. When he arrived he was told that all but one of the girls in the house were dead or near death, killed by the infamous serial killer, Ted Bundy. After administering last rites to one of the college girls who was dying, the police on the scene asked Fr. Kerr to speak with a girl who had survived the massacre unscathed. They had a very specific question: Why did Bundy stop right inside the door to her room, drop his weapon, and leave without touching her?

The young woman refused to speak to anyone except a priest. When Fr. Kerr approached the near-catatonic girl, she told him that her mother had made her promise, before going off to college for the first time, that she would pray the Rosary every night before bed for protection; even if she fell asleep praying the Rosary, which she had that night. When Bundy came into her room to murder her as he had the other girls, the beads were still clutched in her hands.

Ironically, Bundy later sought out Msgr. Kerr as a spiritual counsellor while he waited on death row. Over the course of their sessions, Bundy explained to Mgr. Kerr that when he entered the girl's room, he just wasn't able to continue with his spree, he dropped his weapon, and he fled.

Our Lady's protective mantle, a shelter to all.

Such is the power of our Mother's protective mantle. Such also is the wisdom of a Mum, who managed to give her daughter the most efficient, powerful weapon ~ the rosary, which later saved her life."

~ by Domenico Bettinelli of


Leanne said...

Anne, Thank you for sharing this. it gave me goosebumps. How powerful is Our Lady & the Rosary !!

Daftpunkett said...

wow thats so amazing. Thank you for the reminder of how vital the rosary (even the sleepy ones) is to our lives. I'm going to try to say one tonight!

Carole in Wales said...

This is an amazing story! I had not heard it, and I will certainly share it with my family. And thank you Anne, for sharing it with us.

Rosario said...

Love this story. Another prayer that I pray often and using the rosary is the Divine Mercy chaplet. A few days ago I prayed for a man that was suffering of cancer and was already in his last days. Next morning his daughter found out he had passed away. A peaceful smile on his face. I believe God helped him to finally let go of his suffering.

noreen said...

Wow, wow, wow Anne. I had not heard that before about Ted Bundy. So he obviously knew what a rosary was?