Posted by: fvbcdm | April 30, 2013

Feast of Pope Saint Pius V (30 April 2013)

For the second day in a row, we have the joy of celebrating one of our Dominican saints. Yesterday, Saint Catherine of Siena; today Pope Saint Pius V. He was an Italian who was elected because he was known to be very much in favor of the reforms mandated by the Council of Trent. He reigned as pope for only six years, but accomplished a great deal during that brief pontificate.  In 1571, the Muslims were trying to invade Europe from the east, having failed to do so centuries earlier through the west. They assembled a great fleet of ships from their Ottoman empire in what is now Turkey, and came sailing around Greece, hoping to invade the Italian peninsula.  Pope Saint Pius knew this.  Because he had great devotion to Our Blessed Mother, and especially to the Rosary, he asked the people of Rome—and wherever else his request reached—to pray the Rosary for the protection of Christendom from the infidel.  A Christian fleet went out to meet the Muslim fleet; they met and fought off the Greek coast, near a place called Lepanto.  The Muslim fleet was destroyed, and Europe was saved. The naval engagement took place on October 7th; for that reason, the Pope decreed that that date should be celebrated as a feast of Our Lady of Victory, Our Lady of the Rosary.

Then, as if by way of a follow-up to that event, over three hundred years later—in 1917 in Portugal, the Mother of our Lord appeared to three shepherd children at a place called Fatima. That was the year of the Russian revolution, when the great nation of Russia and all its dependencies stretching eastward toward the Pacific Ocean suffered the horror of having atheistic, materialistic communism imposed upon it by people like Lenin and Stalin and Trotsky.  It was the beginning of seventy years of misery and irreligion.  The Holy Virgin, concerned about this tragic turn of events, asked the world through those three children at Fatima to pray the Rosary for the conversion of Russia, and identified herself as “the Lady of the Rosary.”

It is not by accident that Our Lady appeared at Fatima. The name is that of one of Mohammed’s daughters, and thus the mother of Jesus associates herself with a Mohammedan, Muslim, name.  Jesus, and she, are mentioned with respect in the Koran, the holy book of Islam, but in a position inferior to that of “the Prophet, Mohammed.”

So here we have Saint Pius V asking that the Rosary be said for the defeat of Islam, and Our Blessed Mother taking upon herself the name of a Muslim woman while at the same time saying, “I am the Lady of the Rosary.”

It is time for us to start a great crusade of prayer—and of the Rosary in particular—for the conversion of Islam. There are millions of people in this world who follow Islam and therefore deny the divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ.  On the infamous “9/11” some of their radical extremists flew airplanes into the World Trade Center in New York and into the Pentagon in Washington, killing more than three thousand people, believing that they were giving glory to Allah, their name for God.  The only real champion we have to aid us in our combat with this kind of fanaticism is the gentle Mother of Christ whose immaculate heart loves even the most hate-filled of human beings, since she became their mother when her divine Son gave his life on the cross for their redemption. Let us listen to the official prayer of the Church on Good Friday for the conversion of the infidel:  Almighty and eternal God, enable those who do not acknowledge Christ to find the truth as they walk before you in sincerity of heart. Help us to grow in love for one another, to grasp more fully the mystery of your godhead, and to become more perfect witnesses of your love in the sight of men. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note:  Father Brown composed this message some years ago.


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