Victory Beads

“I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the Rosary shall have for intercessors the entire celestial court during their life and at the hour of death,” (Promise #13 out of the 15 promises Mary gave to St. Dominic for Christians who recite the Rosary).

October is the month of the Holy Rosary. The Church commemorates two Marian feast days in October: Our Lady of the Rosary, on October 7th; and Our Lady of Fatima’s last apparition, on October 13th. The feast of Our Lady of the Rosary was established by Pope St. Pius V to commemorate the anniversary of the Christian fleet in Lepanto, Spain, at a critical time in Church history of the 17th century. The Spaniards were heavily outnumbered by the Mores, but the miraculous victory over their enemies was attributed to Mary’s intercession after the Christians invoked her assistance by praying the Rosary.

Fred Berretta, the last speaker during the Men’s Conference, spoke about his ordeal as one of the passengers aboard US Airways’ flight 1549 that was ditched in the Hudson River on January 15, 2009. The incident was immediately labeled as the “Miracle on the Hudson,” after the crash by the Major of New York. Berretta wrote a book titled, “Flight of Faith: My Miracle on the Hudson.” Fred shared openly with the audience how his Catholic faith was pivotal during the emergency landing, and how God had prepared him for that moment throughout his whole life.

Fred grew up in a nominal Catholic household and eventually fell away from the faith during his teen years until his late twenties when he saw a documentary about the apparitions of Our Lady to the three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal in 1917. After that happened, he started praying the Rosary regularly and said that Mary obtained for him the gift of his initial conversion back to God and His Church in January of 1993.           However, Fred confided that with the passage of time, work and other worldly concerns took precedent over his Catholic faith. With the coming of the New Year in 2009, he decided to inject new life to his spiritual life and committed himself to say the Rosary daily. “The best way to have a good relationship with Jesus Christ is to have a relationship with His Mother,” he said.

At the heart of Mary’s message to the three children in Fatima was for the faithful to pray the Rosary and make sacrifices daily for the conversion of sinners and of Russia, and for world peace. St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina called the Rosary, “the weapon” against the attacks and wiles of the Enemy. After Mary gave the Rosary devotion to St. Dominic   circa 13th century, all saints, without exception, have had a filial devotion to Mary and her Rosary. I have never met a truly devout Catholic that would not be caught dead without first saying his daily Rosary.

All who recite the Rosary are my sons, and brothers of my only Son, Jesus Christ,” 14th Rosary promise of Mary to St. Dominic.

Let’s ponder: Do we have a relationship with Our Lady and honor her as the Mother of Our Lord Jesus? Do we meditate on the Rosary mysteries daily and pray for the conversion of sinners and our on-going conversion?

Let us Pray:

Queen of the most Holy Rosary, you have deigned to come to Fatima to reveal to three shepherd children the treasures of grace hidden in the Rosary. Inspire my heart with a sincere love for this devotion in order that by meditating in the mysteries of our redemption which are recalled in it, I may be enriched with its fruits, obtain peace for the world, the conversion of sinners and of Russia, and the favors for which I now pray (STATE YOUR INTENTIONS). I ask this for the greatest glory of God, for your own honor, the good of souls, especially my own.