The Power of the Rosary
Father Albert Shamon tells the stor y of Austria’s great Rosar y Crusade that liberated the countr y from Soviet control. At the end of World War II, the victorious allies pulled out of Austria and left it in Soviet hands. After three years of tyranny, the Austrian people could no longer bear the communist yoke, but they were helpless to do anything. Then, a certain priest named Pater Petrus, remembered a revered Austrian hero, Don John, who credited the rosar y with his miraculous defeat of the Ottoman Turks at Lepanto in 1591, though he was outnumbered three to one. And so, Fr. Petrus called for a Rosar y Crusade against the occupying Soviets. He asked for a tithe: that ten percent of the Austrians, roughly 700,000, would pledge to offer a daily rosar y for the withdrawal of Russian forces from their countr y. The 700,000 Austrians made the pledge, and the Rosary Crusade continued for seven years. Then, on May 13, 1955, the anniversar y of the Fatima apparitions, the Russians withdrew from Austria. Their evacuation made no sense. Austria was a war prize, industrialized, strategically located, and rich in natural resources. To this day, historians are baffled by the pullout. Let us now, on October 13, 2017, during the 100th year of the Fatima apparitions, offer the rosar y for great intentions: the United States of America, world peace, an end to abortion, the conversion of sinners, and the special intentions of the Blessed Mother. Please make your personal pledge to say the rosary daily for these intentions.