Today is May 28, and Pentecost is three days away.
One of the more dramatic moments in Western history took place on October 7, 1571. For centuries, Christians in Europe were arguing and warring with each other. The Turks from the East seized on this weakness and expanded their power and dominion, raiding and pillaging and terrifying Christian populations in Cyprus, Malta, Greece, and Italy.
Finally, the new pope, Saint Pius V, came up with a brilliant plan. He invited Christians everywhere to start praying the Rosary daily for the protection of Christendom. The Rosary brought unity. He then appointed Don Juan of Austria at the age of 23 to be the Admiral of the Navy, to search out and destroy the menacing Ottoman fleet. On the morning of October 7, 1571 the two fleets engaged in battle at the Bay of Lepanto. With the wind and the sun in their eyes, the Christians were at a disadvantage. But then at noon, the hour of the Angelus, the wind shifted, the sun retreated, and the Christians carried the day. History was made, and the Blessed Mother was there yet again at the “crossroads of history.”
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
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