Over the last few weeks, America has experienced many dramatic and unprecedented events. Riots rage with homes, businesses and even churches going up in flames.
Many people are asking: Is there hope for America?
Our Lady Gives Saint Dominic the Rosary and Saves Southern France
In the early thirteenth century, a similar state of unrest prevailed. Catholics in southern France faced violence from a radical protestant sect known as the Albigenses. They swept through the country, destroying Churches and attempting to wipe out the Catholic faith.
Our Lady intervened to save France from this destructive heresy. In 1208, Our Lady appeared to Saint Dominic in the small town of Prouille, in southern France. This future founder of the Dominican Order received the Holy Rosary from her as a means of overcoming this devastating heresy.
Saint Dominic soon employed this new spiritual weapon and achieved astonishing results. The Albigensian heresy was entirely eradicated from France.
The Rosary Saves Christendom at the Battle of Lepanto
A few centuries later, a new menace threatened the Christian West. This time it was not a heresy but the Muslim forces of the Ottoman Empire that sought to destroy Christian countries.
Pope Saint Pius V saw that Christendom would be destroyed if he did not take swift action. Thus he organized a great fleet to oppose the mighty Ottoman Navy. However, Pope Pius knew that his forces were still greatly outnumbered. He asked all the faithful throughout Christendom to pray the Rosary, beseeching the Queen of Heaven to intercede and obtain a victory.
The Christian fleet headed for battle at a place called Lepanto. On October 7, 1571, all the men were on their knees, praying the Rosary, knowing that it was the only thing that could save them. Our Lady granted a glorious victory to them.
In recognition of this miraculous victory, Pope Saint Pius V declared October 7 as the Feast of the Most Holy Rosary.
How the Rosary Saved Austria from Communism
A more recent victory of the Rosary occurred in Austria after the Second World War. Austria was divided up among four allied countries. One of these countries was Russia, which brutally imposed communism upon Eastern Europe. The Russians occupied Lower Austria, which was the richest part of the country and included the capital city of Vienna.
As the Communist grip tightened around Lower Austria, Our Lady offered her Austrian children a solution: the Holy Rosary. In 1946 Father Petrus Pavlicek, a Capuchin priest, went on a pilgrimage to the important Marian shrine of Mariazell to seek the Blessed Virgin’s help for Austria. As he prayed before the shrine’s miraculous statue of Our Lady, he heard these consoling words from the depths of his soul: “Do as I say, and you will have peace.”
Father Pavlicek understood that Our Lady was asking the faithful to pray the Rosary just as she had asked the three shepherd children at Fatima, Portugal in 1917. Heeding Our Lady’s request, he established the Crusade of Reparation of the Holy Rosary in Austria, praying for the country’s freedom from Soviet tyranny, the conversion of sinners, and peace throughout the world.
Over the next decade, vast numbers of Austrians took part in this prayer crusade by praying the Rosary and joining Marian processions. In 1955, over half a million people, about ten percent of the population, participated in this crusade to storm heaven with prayers. Heaven responded beyond any expectations. Suddenly, the Soviet government declared it was pulling its troops out of the country. By October 26, 1955, all Russian troops left. It is no coincidence that the Russians left during October, which is the month the Church dedicates to the Most Holy Rosary.
How Can Prayer Beads be so Powerful?
How can a set of seemingly harmless prayer beads have such immense power? The answer is through the intercession of Mary Most Holy. At the Battle of Lepanto and during the Soviet Occupation of Austria, Catholics turned to the Rosary because they knew it was a powerful weapon to achieve victory because the Queen of Heaven and Earth backed it.
The Rosary Can Save Our Nation if we Act Now
History and the Catholic faith show that the Rosary can solve the nation’s problems, but action must be taken now before it’s too late.
Our Lady of Fatima gave the formula for success. The Holy Rosary is the central piece. However, for the Rosary to be effective and successful, there must also be prayer, sacrifice and amendment of life.
The Blessed Mother asks that daily trials and crosses be offered up for her eventual triumph. She also insisted upon the amendment of life. To cooperate in Our Lady’s great plans, personal defects and vices must be uprooted so that the Rosary can have its maximum impact in changing lives and the world.
As the forces of evil attempt to destroy America, the solution is to turn to the Rosary, a weapon that has never failed, and pray with a renewed conviction for Our Lady’s intervention and triumph.
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