Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary
You would think that this feast was made for the times we are living in and in fact the historical similarities between today and the time when the feast was instituted are staggering.
In 1571 a great naval battle was fought between the Turks and the Christians. The Turks were not the Turkey we have today but was the name given to the Muslim empire or Caliphate. The Christian navy was made up of ships from several countries.
The battle was fought at Lepanto in the Mediterranean Sea. It is said that the victory of the Christian navy was aided by the saying of the Rosary and the aid of our Holy Mother. After the battle Pope St Pius V instituted this feast.
Would we not need to pray hard today? Is there not a crying need for us all to pray that peace comes to the Middle East and that people learn to live in harmony and community?
Perhaps we should pray that all wars stop, not that we be victorious over the Muslims but that people learn peace in their hearts. We are going nowhere in this battle between two great civilizations: each side can kill as many as they want but we are never going to settle this with bullets and bombs.
Maybe the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary will cause us to pause and think that we all have a part to play in settling this war. If you can, take time out from your busy schedule and say a rosary today - for peace in your heart, family, community and the world.