The word's of the apostolic letter of our Holy Father Pope John Paul II have resonated in my soul. "The Rosary has accompanied me in moments of joy and in moments of difficulty. To it I have entrusted any number of concerns; in it I have always found comfort." (from Rosarium Virginis Mariae.)
|The Battle of Lepanto by Paolo Veronese|
The more often and devoutly I pray the rosary, the more I can see the work of God's hand in my life through joys and difficulties, just like Pope John Paul.
Today we also honor Mary under the title of Our Lady of Victory. This title came about because of the Battle of Lepanto. In 1571 Europe and Christianity were threatened by a Turkish invasion. Pope Pius V realized the grave danger and called upon all to pray the rosary. The battle was won and the people were saved. This is such an important event in history as both Europe and Christianity were preserved. Our Lady of Victory, pray for us!