Originally this was the feast of Our Lady of Victory, celebrating the victory of Western naval forces over the Turks on this day. It was also known as the Feast of the Rosary because the forces turned to the Rosary before the battle. The feast twisted through several popes for various reason.
Paul VI settled it as a mandatory memorial celebrating all of the times throughout history that recourse to the Rosary has been used to positive results and as a reminder that Our Lady watches over us as a mother and has given us a prayer of supplication and comfort. It is a reminder of all that God has done for us in Jesus Christ.
What then shall we say to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but handed him over for us all, how will he not also give us everything else along with him? Who will bring a charge against God’s chosen ones? It is God who acquits us. Who will condemn? It is Christ [Jesus] who died, rather, was raised, who also is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? As it is written:
“For your sake we are being slain all the day;
we are looked upon as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
-- Romans 8:31-39
Truth to Ponder
I decided to spend a year thinking about the Faith celebrated in the sanctoral calendar. There are also just some events, Scriptural, and other quotes that strike me on random days; or randomly on days, as the case may be.
Saint's Days by Month
Days by Entry