I took the above picture when I was a chaplain at the Sanctuaries of Our Lady of Lourdes in France.
Almost twenty years ago, when I was but a fledgling priest, I was brought into a most horrendous pastoral situation, a true nightmare, in which someone was on the verge of dying, and wanted to return to the Church and receive the last sacraments, and couldn’t get them because of the truly hellish belligerence of others. On my way to meet him, about a half-hour drive, I must say it was like my guardian angel was encouraging me to take out my rosary and to pray for the success of this encounter, which, humanly speaking, could not possibly take place because of that hellish belligerence of others in the house.
I was a bit too anxious to pray the rosary, and felt I had to place my petition even more directly in front of the Immaculate Virgin. What felt like the insistance of my guardian angel to pray to the Immaculate Virgin was overpowering: the weight of the glory of God. I still remember this clearly to this day. I had learned how powerful was her intercession during exorcisms, and now felt drawn to seek her protection right here, right now! This was an emergency!
What came out of my mouth was what I’ve called since then the Emergency Chaplet of the Immaculate Conception. It’s really very easy, just what one needs in an emergency. On the large beads of the Rosary, recite your act of contrition. On the small decade beads, say, “Oh Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.” That’s it! I love this chaplet, just love it.
The Immaculate Conception came through, by the way. I think that that was one very, very happy soul, for he had a very, very holy death. It was truly awesome to behold. I was able, I’m sure thanks to my guardian angel working way overtime in keeping people busy in this way and that, to escape the situation unscathed. I was filled with consolation and a spirit of thanksgiving all the way home. Needless to say, I’ve used this chaplet countless, countless times. Try it out!