On October 7, Holy Mother Church celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, also called Our Lady of Victory. The Feast was established after the European victory over the Ottoman Turks on October 7, 1571--a victory in which a greatly out-numbered European force was victorious through the intercession of The Blessed Virgin Mary. This victory is attributed to Our Lady because of the exhortation of Pope St. Pius V, who instructed all Catholics to pray the Rosary for the intention of victory against the Turkish invaders.
During this month of October, which is dedicated to Our Lady, it behooves all of us as Catholics and Christians never to lose sight of the tremendous sacrifice that so many have made so that we might continue to practice our Faith, and to practice it freely. And we entrust to the intercession of the Mother of God our fellow Christians throughout the world who do not enjoy such freedoms. May Our Lady of Victory give them victory over their oppressors, that they may be free to worship as Catholics without fear of persecution!
Our Lady of Victory, pray for us!