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Queen Blanche of Castile’s
Devotion to the Rosary

St. Louis Grignion de Montfort
The saintly Blanche of Castille, Queen of France, was deeply grieved because 12 years after her marriage she was still childless.

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Blanche of Castile with her son St. Louis IX

When St. Dominic went to see her, he advised her to say the Rosary every day to ask God for the grace of motherhood, and she faithfully carried out his advice.

In the year 1213 she gave birth to her eldest child, who was called Philip. But when the child died in infancy, the Queen sought Our Lady's help more than ever.

She continued to pray the Rosary and had a large number of Rosaries given out to all members of the court and to people in several towns in the Kingdom, asking them to pray to God for a blessing which this time would be complete.

This was granted to her, for in 1215 St. Louis was born, the Prince who was to become the glory of France and the model of Christian Kings.


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