Saturday, October 07, 2006

Our Lady of the Rosary

Today is the memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary. This feast finds its origin in the historic battle of Lepanto where the Christian forces joined together, not only in arms but also in prayer, to combat and subdue the seemingly insurmountable Turkish fleet.

This Feast of the Rosary teaches us the power of united prayer. The forces at Lepanto were not exactly close to one another. In fact, many among them were traditional enemies. But they managed to transcend their difference and pull their act together united by a single task, not only to protect the European continent but also to safeguard Christianity in the West. They then went together to face the very difficult task with a navy smaller in contrast to the Turks'. But nonetheless, they ended up victorious with the power of prayer that is far mightier and stronger than that of arms.

Our own country has experienced a similar event in the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution. Our people went out to the streets together and won peace, not by the power of arms but by the power of united prayer.

In this time when people rely more on their own strength, let us learn once again to trust in God. In this time when there is so much division, let us learn to unite again.

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!
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