I shall put my usual sanguine silliness aside for this evening.
I really enjoy reading this blog, http://reclaimingthesacred.com/, as the writer has so many beautiful reflections on Holy Mother Church and other topics on tradition.
This afternoon’s post was quite different. I post the link below but will reiterate her caveat of an extremely graphic photo at the bottom of her post. That is a picture that shows the remains of an Iraqi young (presumably) Catholic lady who got in the way if the Islamic extremists making their way across Iraq.
God-willing, she was in the state of Grace and now as a martyr enjoys the Beatific Vision.
Those martyrs can now aid us in prayer; helping us to get over and offer up our considerably smaller problems and turn to Our Lord.
But, we shall not lose hope.
I think it is safe to assume that there were similar atrocities that led up to these great battles that are described in the YouTube videos below. Battles in which we, the Church Militant, were well out-manned and out-gunned…but as members if the True Church, armed with the Holy Rosary, we were victorious.
The Battle of Vienna
The Battle if Lepanto
The same priest tells both stories so well. I hope you find them just as encouraging.
All ye Iraqi martyrs, Orate Pro Nobis!