If you can't attend all the sessions, DON'T WORRY, everyone will be sent a digital copy of the entire retreat with all the sessions.
On the occasion of this great Feast, I have prepared a 3 days retreat to reflect on the power of the Blessed Mother and Her role in our lives, and the weapons She gives us to defeat the enemy and reach the heart of God. We are never alone, there is nothing to fear as long as we have Her; there is nothing impossible to us as long as we pray and if we can listen to Our Mother. I will speak about the different places she appeared and explain her messages to you in detail, as well as Her most important message--the power of the rosary, and its miracles in everyday life. I will speak about faith, how critical our Lady messages are around the world, and how to live Her messages in our daily lives and use that power She gives us.
As we celebrate the Feast of the Rosary on October 7, also known as Our Lady of Victory, a sign of the power of the Blessed Mother in our lives. Our Lady has told us that there is no greater power than the Rosary if prayed from the heart. I have seen many miracles in my life, from help I didn't know I would receive in my needs, in times of suffering. Graces that were just supernatural through this prayer. The Rosary is a tool of our faith that Saints have always prayed. It was said that St. Padre Pio was always seen with the Rosary in his hands. He called it a weapon to scourge the devil.
A portion of the proceeds will go to help the Parish of Mushubati near my village. It has lost thousands of parishers during the genocide has become very worn down, and needs repairs. It's very special because it was the parish priest, Fr. Clement who was killed during the genocide, he married my parents, baptized us, etc. and he never left his beloved church, staying put to hear confessions and consoling those who were about to die. They killed him right after and I believe he is a Saint.
God Bless You,
History on the Feast Day courtesy of the Catholic News Agency website:
On October 7, the Roman Catholic Church celebrates the yearly feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. Known for several centuries by the alternate title of “Our Lady of Victory,” the feast day takes place in honor of a 16th-century naval victory that secured Europe against Turkish invasion. Pope St. Pius V attributed the victory to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who was invoked on the day of the battle through a campaign to pray the Rosary throughout Europe.
The feast always occurs one week after the similar Byzantine celebration of the Protection of the Mother of God, which most Eastern Orthodox Christians and Eastern Catholics celebrate on October 1 in memory of a 10th-century military victory that protected Constantinople against invasion after a reported Marian apparition.
Pope Leo XIII was particularly devoted to Our Lady of the Rosary, producing 11 encyclicals on the subject of this feast and its importance in the course of his long pontificate.
In the first of them, 1883's “Supremi Apostolatus Officio,” he echoed the words of the oldest known Marian prayer (known in the Latin tradition as the “Sub Tuum Praesidium”), when he wrote, “It has always been the habit of Catholics in danger and in troublous times to fly for refuge to Mary.”
“This devotion, so great and so confident, to the august Queen of Heaven,” Pope Leo continued, “has never shone forth with such brilliancy as when the militant Church of God has seemed to be endangered by the violence of heresy … or by an intolerable moral corruption, or by the attacks of powerful enemies.” Foremost among such “attacks” was the battle of Lepanto, a perilous and decisive moment in European and world history.
Troops of the Turkish Ottoman Empire had invaded and occupied the Byzantine Empire by 1453, bringing a large portion of the increasingly divided Christian world under a version of Islamic law. For the next hundred years, the Turks expanded their empire westward on land and asserted their naval power in the Mediterranean. In 1565 they attacked Malta, envisioning an eventual invasion of Rome. Though repelled at Malta, the Turks captured Cyprus in the fall of 1570.
The next year, three Catholic powers on the continent – Genoa, Spain, and the Papal States - formed an alliance called the Holy League, to defend their Christian civilization against Turkish invasion. Its fleets sailed to confront the Turks near the west coast of Greece on October 7, 1571.
Crew members on more than 200 ships prayed the Rosary in preparation for the battle - as did Christians throughout Europe, encouraged by the Pope to gather in their churches to invoke the Virgin Mary against the daunting Turkish forces.
Some accounts say that Pope Pius V was granted a miraculous vision of the Holy League's stunning victory. Without a doubt, the Pope understood the significance of the day's events, when he was eventually informed that all but 13 of the nearly 300 Turkish ships had been captured or sunk. He was moved to institute the feast now celebrated universally as Our Lady of the Rosary.
“Turkish victory at Lepanto would have been a catastrophe of the first magnitude for Christendom,” wrote military historian John F. Guilmartin, Jr., “and Europe would have followed a historical trajectory strikingly different from that which obtained.”