How Lepanto Teaches Us to Confide in Our Lady

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This is an interesting article from TFP, shedding new light on the historic Battle of Lepanto and its relevance for us today. It is written by a descendant of Saint Louis IX : Prince Bertrand of Orleans-Braganza.

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How Lepanto Teaches Us to Confide in Our Lady

How Lepanto Teaches Us to Confide in Our Lady

When considering the present chaos today, the first word that comes to mind is Lepanto. We need to remember Lepanto because this great battle is a lesson for our time.

This is the 450th anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto. It was the famous sea battle off the coast of Greece on October 7, 1571. The outnumbered forces of Christendom faced the mighty Turkish fleet.

This battle is both similar and different to the fight of our days. Looking at the crisis inside society and the Church, we can easily see the parallels.

Similarities Between Our Battles and Lepanto

The future of Christianity depended upon the results of Lepanto. Today, our Catholic future depends upon our fight to defend what little remains of the Faith against the Revolution.

The hatred that drives the left’s fight against the remnants of Christian civilization today is the same hatred that sought to destroy Christendom back in the sixteen century.

In Lepanto, the defenders of the Church had to fight indifference, inertia and even betrayal by those who put their interests and pleasures ahead of those of Christ. Today, we also face apathy, lethargy and betrayal by those who have the most to lose from not fighting.

The Great Disproportion

There are also differences between Lepanto and us.

The biggest difference is that the enemies of Christianity today are much greater than those at Lepanto. The enemies are everywhere inside all fields of society.

As Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira says in his magisterial book, Revolution and Counter-Revolution, we face a Revolution that is universal, one, total, dominant and processive.

And our forces are much, much smaller. We are a Counter-Revolution that is not proportional to the dominating enemy. We do not have the overwhelming power and clout that the other side has.

The Scourge of Human Respect

The second difference is that the heroes of Lepanto enjoyed the praise and applause of Catholics everywhere. Everyone was praying for their success. However, we face opposition both inside and outside the Church. We must confront the world, the flesh and the devil in all their Revolutionary manifestation. We face ridicule, indifference and scorn.

Human respect causes people to worry about what others think about them. Thus, people refuse to protest blasphemy or pray in the public square because they fear public scorn.

As a result, Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira said that it takes much more courage today to go to the hostile streets than it did to fight amid the glorious acclaim of Lepanto.

The Crisis in the Church

The third difference is the heroes at Lepanto did not have to face the severe crisis inside the Church. They had at their head a saint. Pope Saint Pius V organized the forces against Islam. What a difference from our situation today.

Today, we face the persecution of the shepherds who should be protecting us as we fight against the Church’s greatest enemies, including Islam. We face the tragedy of shepherds that help the cause of the other side against us.

Never has the Church faced such a situation. This plight is why we must look to Lepanto because it has a lesson for us in the face of impossible situations. This final outcome will give us the courage to forge ahead.

The Miracle at Lepanto

Consider what happened at the battle of Lepanto.

The two fleets met and then interlocked. The sea became one enormous floating battlefield with soldiers fighting and dying on the decks of ships.

Because the Catholic fleet was outnumbered, the outcome of the battle was in doubt. It seemed that all was lost, and the Catholic cause was in danger of being overwhelmed. Their situation was desperate. But still, they fought on.

Modern progressivist Catholic sources do not mention a crucial fact that happened at the height of the battle. However, some ancient Muslim sources do tell of an extraordinary event.

Suddenly, when least expected, these Muslims reported seeing a lady dressed as a queen in the sky, gazing at them with such a terrifying look that they lost courage and fled.

The Need to Confide in Our Lady

This fact has a valuable lesson for us. When everything seems lost, we need to trust in Our Lady.

We serve the same queen that won the battle at Lepanto. We can win today if we trust in her. She can turn the most desperate situations into victory. She will turn our present chaos into the triumph of her Immaculate Heart promised at Fatima!

The Greatest Heroism of Lepanto

Commenting on the Lepanto victory, Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliviera said the greatest heroism of those fighting at Lepanto was not fighting the Turks. That took a lot of courage, but all battles take courage.

In his opinion, the greatest heroism of those Catholics was the heroism of believing that the battle would be won by Our Lady when everything seemed lost.

That act of confidence was an act of fidelity in which the interior voice of grace invited each one to confide and pray that she would give the victory.

And she gave a spectacular victory beyond all expectations!

The noted Catholic thinker said that sometimes “the good cause throughout History finds itself in a situation similar to the Catholic heroes at Lepanto. Humanly speaking, everything seems lost, but Our Lady puts a hope in our souls that she will win the battle for the greater glory of God.”

Trusting in the Voice of Grace

True heroism means trusting in this voice. We must be faithful to this voice of grace that brings us all together here.

When tempted not to believe, we must reply: “The worse it becomes, the closer we are to her intervention. Our Lady does not lie. This voice that speaks within me is her voice!”

When discouraged by the intensity of the fight around you, think of Lepanto. Listen to the voice of grace and go ahead. Believe in our modern Lepanto, a battle a million times more desperate which only increases our certainty of victory.

Our Lady and her Victories is needed now – more than ever!

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Today is the Feast of our Lady of the Rosary, originally our Lady of Victory.

The Pope at the time extended this feast to the universal Church, in response to the Victory at Lepanto, which was to protect Europe from Moslem invasion . Christians were drastically outnumbered and had no chance of survival.

The victory occurred on October 7, 1571. Pope Pius V ordered monasteries and convents and all the people to pray the rosary, and it was prayed on every ship. They were hugely outnumbered. They had only 200 ships, but a huge storm arose and destroyed the other ships.

A detail, which I especially like – I forget where I read this – but at the moment of victory, (remember no tv’s or radios or telegraph…) the Pope turned to the people from his window and announced the Victory!!

The Victory of the Rosary at Lepanto

The TFP –http://www.tfp.org(Tradition, Family, Property) celebrated it by a few articles explaining these events. Even if you already know about these battles, read the articles below – there will be lots of details you may not be familiar with.

Click on the titles below to read the articles:

How Our Lady Granted Victory at Lepanto

Statue of the Blessed Virgin Present at the Battle of Lepanto has Been Found

The Rosary Defeats God’s Enemies

There have, however been many Victories, worldwide,  of the Rosary.

  • 1683 Vienna Austria – armies of Europe prayed the Rosary as they marched
  • 1716 Peterwardsein Hungary – people prayed Rosary and Prince Eugene of Savoy led Christian armies to victory
  • 1945 Hiroshima Japan – priest and 7 others survived nuclear bomb blast at ground zero. Scientists could not explain it. Fr H Schiffer S.J said “In that house we were living the message of Fatima”
  • 1955 Austria –facing threat of communist takeover, everyday for 7 years people prayed the Rosary. Then the communists withdrew without a reason.
  • 1966 Brazil and Portugal 1975:averted communist rule. A woman named
  • Dona Amelia Bastos formed a group (campaign of Women for Democracy).
  • 20,000 women reciting the Rosary in Belo Horizonte broke up leftist meeting.
  • And 600,000 women praying the rosary in Sao Paulo stopped Communist revolution in Brazil.

 

  • Soldier in Afghanistan

Guardsman Glenn Hockton realized his Rosary beads had fallen off his neck. When he bent down to look for them, he realized he was standing with an exposive device between his feet. The Rosary beads
had saved his life.

He was wearing the beads because his great-grandfather had been saved 65 years earlier when he bent to pick up the Rosary from the ground just as a bomb exploded, resulting in 6 members of his platoon being killed.
For this reason, Guardsman Hockton’s mother bought the Rosary beads for him and had them blessed before he went to Afghanistan.

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Today, Christianity, and indeed, all of humanity is under threat again. The enemy is huge. The battle is between darkness and light- between Satan and Christ. Only the Rosary can save us. Indeed, at Fatima, we were told that in the end, Mary’s Immaculate Heart will triumph.

We must join with Mary, who leads us in the battle, to fight for her Son.

See the message below:

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The Book of Truth and the RosaryMother of Salvation: I will work closely with my beloved Son, Jesus Christ, in His final act to salvage humanity

6 July 2014 @ 2:25pm

My child, my time as the Mother of Salvation, when I will work closely with my beloved Son, Jesus Christ, in His final act to salvage humanity has been firmly established. 

I will, as and from this day forward, do all that is required of me to respond to Him as He intervenes in the affairs of the world to reveal His Mercy. 

The road to salvation is a very difficult one, as it is never easy to open the eyes of the blind to the Truth. There is nothing more frustrating to witness than those poor souls who cannot see because they refuse to. Man’s stubbornness is a great barrier and because of this great acts of prayer and sacrifice are required by all those who are blessed with the Light of God in their hearts. It will be your generosity of free will, as you bring my Son the gift He desires, which will enable the Holy Spirit to descend upon those souls who are in great need of my Son’s Mercy.

It can be a great challenge to proclaim the Truth, by your faith alone. But while many people are loyal to my Son they do not have the gift of insight. Blind faith in God is a great Gift and is given to those who are tender of heart and devoid of ego. Rise therefore, dear children, and prepare for the great battle for souls. It will be the greatest task even for the strongest amongst you. Allow me, your Mother, to guide you in the times ahead, for I am your Advocate and Jesus Christ has given me great Graces so that I will be able to take you with me along the path to great glory. 

Go in peace to love and serve God. For those who follow Him, as little children, every Protection will be accorded to you.

Your beloved Mother

Mother of Salvation

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Mother of Salvation: When you say my Rosary you can help save your nation

5 February 2012 @ 1:15pm; Message 0329

My child, I call on all of my children to pray for unity in the world at this time.

Belief in my Son is disappearing and my children are being left with barren souls.

I am your Immaculate Heart and through the love I have for my precious Son, Jesus Christ, will work with Him closely to save humanity.

By praying for me to intercede, I will beg my Father, God the Most High, to keep His Hand of Justice from the severe punishment He will pour down on the Earth, to stop wickedness from spreading.

I will help you, children, to become closer to my Son’s Heart. When we work together, my children, we can avert disasters worldwide.

Never forget the importance of my Most Holy Rosary, because when you say it every day, you can help save your nation. Satan’s power is weakened when you say my Rosary. He runs away in great pain and becomes powerless. It is most important, no matter what Christian faith you belong to, to say this at least once a day.

So many people do not accept me, their Blessed Mother.

Like my Son, I am rejected, scorned, insulted and demeaned. Yet, by asking for my help, I can bring souls right to the Sacred Heart of my Son, Jesus Christ.

My Son, Jesus Christ, is your Saviour, children, and He will never reject sinners no matter how blackened your souls are.

If you feel sorry for having offended Him, just call out to me, your loving Mother and I will take you by the hand to Him.

My Son is preparing to come to bring all His children together so you can all join with Him in the New Paradise on Earth. Only pure and humble souls can enter.

You must start your preparations now. Start by reciting my Holy Rosary.

So important is this Prayer that it must now become a Crusade Prayer, in its own right.

Crusade Prayer (26) Pray the Rosary to save your nation  *

Feel the peace, children, when you meditate on my Rosary.

As the Graces are poured over you, after reciting it, you will then know that the deceiver has moved away from you and in its place will come love. Love comes from my Eternal Father.

When you feel love in your hearts, you will know that you are winning the battle to defeat the evil one.

Your beloved Queen of the Angels

Mother of Salvation

https://missionofsalvation.com/Message-0329/

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PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY

O Virgin MARY, grant that the recitation of thy Rosary may be for me each day, in the midst of my manifold duties, a bond of unity in my actions, a tribute of filial piety, a sweet refreshment, an encouragement to walk
joyfully along the path of duty.

Grant, above all, O Virgin MARY, that the study of thy fifteen mysteries may form in my soul, little by little, a luminous atmosphere, pure, strengthening and fragrant, which may penetrate my understanding, my will, my heart, my memory, my imagination, my whole being. So shall I acquire the habit of praying while I work, without the aid of formal prayers, by interior acts of admiration and of supplication, or by aspirations of love.

I ask this of thee, O Queen of the Holy Rosary, through St. Dominic, thy son of predilection, the renowned preacher of thy mysteries, and the faithful imitator of thy virtues. Amen.

Queen of the most holy Rosary, pray for us!

Our Lady, Help of Christians, pray for us!