Salvation of a King
Praying the Rosary led to salvation for Alphonsus, King of Leon and Galicia. The king constantly wore a large rosary on his belt to inspire others to pray it and honor Blessed Mother, even though he didn’t pray it. One day, after he became so ill that it was believed that he wouldn’t live much longer, he had a vision. In it, he was being judged and was just about to be cast to hell, when Blessed Mother interceded for him.
St. Louis De Montfort described what happened next. In “The Secret of the Rosary,” he wrote “She called for a pair of scales and had his sins placed in one of the balances whereas she put the rosary that he had always worn on the other scale, together with all the Rosaries that had been said because of his example. It was found that the Rosaries weighed more than his sins. Looking at him with great kindness Our Lady said: ‘As a reward for this little honor that you paid me in wearing my Rosary, I have obtained a great grace for you from my Son. Your life will be spared for a few more years. See that you spend these years wisely, and do penance.’
When the King regained consciousness he cried out: ‘Blessed be the Rosary of the Most Holy Virgin Mary, by which I have been delivered from eternal damnation!’
After he had recovered his health he spent the rest of his life in spreading devotion to the Holy Rosary and said it faithfully every day.”