Regular readers of this website know that I wear my Catholic faith on my sleeves. I do so for a good reason: it is the central force that has built and preserved Western civilisation.
Many readers also have no interest in the Catholic faith, Christianity or even religion in general. I acknowledge that. But I do not write this article for you.
I write it in honour of Our Lady and to mark the month of May, which is dedicated to her.
In particular, I once again ask Mary Help of Christians, the great patroness of Australia, to watch over our nation.
And I thank her for protecting me. And my family.
It has taken more than one miracle for this website to continue. Without her intercession, it would have been silenced many times over.
And I leave you with two articles to consider. It would seem that one of the benefits of praying the rosary is the retention of common sense.
From the New York Tiimes last October:
WARSAW, Poland — Polish Catholics clutching rosary beads gathered at locations along the country’s 2,000-mile border on Saturday for a mass demonstration during which they prayed for salvation for Poland and the world.
Many participants described it as demonstration against what they see as the secularization of the country and the spread of Islam’s influence in Europe.
The event, “Rosary at the Borders,” commemorated the 1571 Battle of Lepanto between Christian and Muslim fleets. Credit Wojtek Radwanski/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
The event, “Rosary at the Borders,” was sponsored in part by several state-owned companies and was timed to coincide with the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. It also commemorated the 1571 naval Battle of Lepanto between Christian fighters, under orders from the Pope, and the Ottoman Empire.
Organizers noted that in the battle, “the Catholic fleet defeated the much larger Muslim fleet, saving Europe from Islam.”
“Rosary at the Borders” took place in 320 churches near Poland’s border and 4,000 so-called prayer zones, including the biggest international airport in Poland, a nation moving increasingly to the right.
And from the Daily Express two weeks ago:
The Polish leader said: “Here in Poland, it’s we who decide who will come to Poland and who will not.
“Proposals by the European Union that impose quotas on us hit the very foundations of national sovereignty.”
He reiterated his commitment to help those affected by war or poverty but said Poland’s assistance would take the form of providing aid where the problems are, not accepting refugees.
Our Lady Help of Christians, pray for us!