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Thursday, November 14, 2002 Bracing words from the Pope
When the impious Mohammedan power, trusting in its powerful fleet and war-hardened armies, threatened the peoples of Europe with ruin and slavery, then--upon the suggestion of the Sovereign Pontiff--the protection of the heavenly Mother was fervently implored and the enemy was defeated and his ships sunk. Thus the Faithful of every age, both in public misfortune and in private need, turn in supplication to Mary, the benignant, so that she may come to their aid and grant help and remedy against sorrows of body and soul. And never was her most powerful aid hoped for in vain by those who besought it with pious and trustful prayer.
How inspiring it would be if the current Pope, so instrumental in bringing down the Iron Curtain, were to speak as forthrightly in invoking Our Lady of Victory in the defense of Christendom and God's chosen people against the forces of Islamist barbarism.
Perhaps in an indirect way the Pope is offering a prescription for the defense of the West: Have more children, and pray the newly augmented Rosary. But it should be noted: Before Our Lady could intercede at Lepanto, it was necessary for Don John of Austria to launch a navy.