The Power of the Rosary

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - LOCAL -

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.

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