Our Lady of Victory
Today is the 450th anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto, one of the greatest sea battles in history. Pope St. Pius V managed to cobble together an uneasy alliance of Catholic naval powers led by Spain and Venice to defeat the Ottoman fleet off the coast of Greece.
The battle was a decisive victory for the Catholic fleet, and Ottoman sea power never recovered.
At the start of the campaign, St. Pius requested all of Christendom pray the rosary and thereby obtain the personal intercession of the Virgin Mary on the outcome of the battle. It is hard to imagine a more comprehensive fulfillment of this prayer.
Of course Protestants generally disdain Mary, and some show considerable contempt both for her and those who venerate her. Some of the younger denominations even go so far as to claim that she did not remain a virgin after Christ's birth and that was of course what prompted Brant Pitre to write his book about her.
Setting aside Pitre's defense of Mary's place in scripture, it seems to me that if venerating Mary really is as offensive to God as some Protestants contend, one would think that the result would be a series of monumental disasters whenever she is invoked.
It's one thing for atheists to claim that great events are utterly unaffected by prayer, but Protestants (particularly evangelicals) have to explain how God would crown such a misguided cult with so many victories.
All I can say is: Ave Maria!
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