October 7, 2021 Reflection – Our Lady of the Rosary!
We are facing our own Lepanto in the entire world today… October 7, 2021 Our Lady of the Rosary (Our Lady of Victory) Dear Family of Mary! On this wonderful feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, we remember the the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. Pope Pius V rallied the Christian faithful of Europe to withstand the invasion of the Turks by praying the Rosary. On October 7, 1571, there was a decisive battle at sea that destroyed the Turkish fleet, sending them limping home. Europe was saved. Pope Pius V believed it was praying the Rosary that turned the tide, through the intercession of Our Lady. He declared October 7 the Feast of the Holy Rosary. He also gave Our Lady the title “Our Lady of Victory” and referred to her as “Help of Christians”. It seems that we need to have the same confidence in Our Lady and the prayer of the Rosary in these days. We are facing our own Lepanto in the entire world today. The future hangs in the balance now even more than it did then. The entire world is locked in a battle to the death with Satan and his forces. It is a battle beyond our human strength. But the victory will come through the Rosary and Our Lady herself, as Sr. Lucia of Fatima has told us: “Look, Father, the Most Holy Virgin, in these last times in which we live, has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary. She has given this efficacy to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families, of the families of the world or of the religious communities, or even of the life of peoples and nations, that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary. With the Holy Rosary we will save ourselves. We will sanctify ourselves. We will console Our Lord and obtain the salvation of many souls. In Medjugorje our Blessed Mother gave us the same advice: August 8, 1985 “Dear children! Today I call you especially now to advance against Satan by means of prayer. Satan wants to work still more now that you know he is at work. Dear children, put on the armor for battle and with the Rosary in your hand defeat him! Thank you for having responded to my call.” We have a weapon in our hands that is more powerful than we can know. It is the Rosary! As we respond to Our Lady’s call in these days, it will be with our Rosaries in hand, and prayer in our hearts that we will move forward into the battle that God has ordained for us. It is the battle to end all battles! Our Lady of Medjugorje, pray for us! Mary, Hope of Christians, pray for us! Mary, Queen of the Holy Rosary, pray for us! Mary, Our Lady of Victory, pray for us! Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us! In Jesus, Mary and Joseph! Cathy Nolan Mary TV 2021