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Fr. Patrick Briscoe, OP, Aleteia, 10/07/21

Life is one storm after another. The Rosary is a great ship of obedience.

The most common depictions of Our Lady of the Rosary show the Blessed Mother handing her chain of prayers to St. Dominic and St. Catherine of Siena. According to tradition, Dominic, the founder of the Dominicans, received the Rosary from Our Lady to help his work of preaching in medieval France. St. Catherine of Siena, another great medieval Dominican saint, was an advocate for reform and known widely for her piety and devotion.

The Battle of Lepanto

But today’s feast has a connection with another Dominican saint. 450 years ago, in 1571, Pope Saint Pius V (a Dominican!) called on the Christian West to pray the Rosary. The occasion? The pope had marshalled a naval force, the Holy League, to sail out to meet the Ottoman navy off the coast of Greece, at Lepanto.  …

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