Pray the Rosary
"The rosary is the most excellent form of prayer and the most efficacious means of attaining eternal life. It is the remedy for all our evils, the root of all our blessings. There is no more excellent way of praying." Pope Leo XIII
The Holy Rosary
There is good reason that Van Marchand is affectionately known as "The Rosary Man," Mr. Van has lived his life devoted to the Virgin Mary and begins each day by making and praying a rosary. His story is as intriguing as it is inspiring.
In the midst of battle, he offered a heartfelt plea to the Virgin Mary, requesting safety during the ravages of World War II. The plea was quickly followed by a bargain of sorts: Van, if he returned home from the war, would dedicate his life to the Virgin Mary. His hasty prayer was answered and at the end of the war, Van returned to Louisiana. To fulfill his obligation of gratitude for his safe homecoming, he devoted himself to praying the rosary at the beginning of each day. In 1977, he learned how to make a rosary. From that point on, he has started each day by constructing a rosary as he prays for the eventual recipient.
Recently he had the opportunity to discuss his story with Catholic Life TV. The interview is linked here for your viewing pleasure.