Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Our Lady of the Rosary - The Battle of Lepanto

On October 7, 1571 the Turkish armada was defeated by Christian naval forces in a decisive sea battle that saved Rome and much of Europe from Muslim conquest.  The victory came after Pope Saint Pius V urged Christians throughout Europe to pray the Rosary in advance of the battle, seeking the intercession of Our Lady to avoid defeat and bloodshed.  The Christian fleets, drawn from Venice, Genoa, Spain and the Knights of Malta, faced a proud and confident Turkish fleet whose galley slaves pulling the oars were half-starved Christian slaves.  In a 2007 article for National Review, Michael Novak wrote of the battle,  "The Christian victory was far more complete than anyone had dreamed. The victory seemed to many quite miraculous, and victory was immediately attributed to Our Lady Queen of the Rosary — soon to be called by a new title, Our Lady Queen of Victory. All over Europe, from city to town, church bells rang out continuously when news of the impressive victory arrived. Ever since, October 7 has been celebrated as a feast day by the Catholic Church."   It is especially important to remember that our struggles of today are not unique and to not lose confidence that prayer is, as always, the best weapon as well as the best path to peace in the world.

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Men of The Catholic Jedi Academy are also Men Of Saint Joseph!

Men of The Catholic Jedi Academy are also Men Of Saint Joseph!
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