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Saturday, May 18, 2013

May Feelings, Elvis and the Battle of Lepanto...

“Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world.” -- Blessed Pope Pius IX.

I love that video.  It was first posted on YouTube in 2009 but every time I watch it, I get inspired.

It was the brainchild of a 23-year-old Spanish filmmaker, Santiago Requejo, who says he was just sitting around with some friends listening to Elvis Presley one day, when a song came on called, "The Miracle of the Rosary."

They were shocked, not only because there was a song dedicated to the Rosary and the Blessed Mother, but because Elvis was a Protestant!  Yet, there he was singing about the Rosary.  It made them think.  If Elvis who was Protestant was honoring the Virgin Mary, then they had to do something too.

The fact that it was four days before May, the month the Church honors the Blessed Mother and asks Catholics to pray the Rosary, prompted them to produce an earlier video using 50 friends who said why they liked to pray the Rosary.  This music video came a year later and they have produced a couple of others.  

The Rosary is a powerful prayer that, for me, led me to a thirst for the Bible.  Since the mysteries are based on Bible passages, I started wanting to learn more about the circumstances in the passages that I was praying about.  Before long, I got hooked, not only on praying the Rosary, but on reading the Bible.

At any rate, while Bl. Pope Pius' quote at the beginning of this blog may sound a little strange, it may not be far from the truth.

Even though, Europe today is being conquered by what some have referred as the "Silent Jihad," where Muslim families are having eight children for every one that a European family has, and studies indicate that, unless this changes, Muslims will be a majority in Europe during the next 50 years, the continent would have already been under Muslim control since, as early as, the 16th Century, if not for the Rosary.

Battle of Lepanto...
It was at the Battle of Lepanto, where a comprised fleet, organized by Pope Pius V (a popular papal name,
if you haven't noticed), which included ships from the Holy See, Venice, Genoa and Spain, held off the main fleet of the Ottoman Empire, which was steam rolling through the region conquering everything in its path and had not lost a major naval battle since the 15th century.

As the powerful forces approached the small port town of Lepanto, which was strategically situated for the Ottoman Empire's push into Europe, and threatened Christianity in the entire area, the Pope implored Catholics to pray the Rosary and ask for the Virgin Mary's intersession.

In five hours, the superior Ottoman Empire was defeated and forced to retreat.  The Pope was so elated that the date was declared as the feast day of Our Lady of Victory, which later became the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary (read more here)....

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