Victory was won by praying arms

Thursday, May 05, 2016

 Victory was won by praying arms
Easter, Day 38

May is the month of Our Lady.  One of the things we associated with Mary is the rosary.
One story about the power of the rosary took place after the Council of Trent (1545-1563).  The Council was held to launch the counter Reformation to Martin Luther’s opposition to doctrine.  For one thing, the reformers denied honor and devotion to the Mother of God.  While the council was being prepared for, Michaelangelo was painting the Sistine Chapel.  In his painting of the last judgment, he put Mary in a place of honor at the right hand of Jesus. Beneath her, he painted a huge rosary hanging down on which two souls were climbing up into heaven.  In this way he wanted to reflect his own devotion but also that of the Church to Mary and to her rosary.  In 1571, a few years after the Council, the Turks invaded Europe.  St. Pope Pius V called for a crusade against the Turks but very few armies responded and they were no match for the Turkish army.   The Pope then called for a rosary crusade in Europe to help the Christian forces.  On Oct 7, 1571, the Christian forces met the Turks off the coast of Greece and miraculously defeated them.    The leader, Don John of Austria said that ”the victory was won, not by fighting arms, but by praying arms”  It was in thanksgiving for this victory that the Feast of the Most Holy Rosary was established on October 7.  

In the Last apparition of Our Lady of Fatima on October 13, 1917  our lady appeared as the Queen of the Rosary.  In the one hand she held the rosary and in the other, the scapular.   At one time, she had said to St. Dominic that the rosary and the scapular would one day save the world.   Is that time now?

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