October is the month dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
the 7th is the feast of the Holy Rosary.
The only way to true world peace is in fulfilling the request of Our Lady of Fatima, namely;
- The consecration of Russia to Her Immaculate Heart,
- the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays,
- prayer (the daily Rosary) and
She told the three children May 13th:
"Recite the Rosary every day in order to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war." And again on July 13th "I want you to come here on the 13th of next month and to continue praying the Rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary, in order to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war, because only She can help you."
After showing the children a vision of hell Our Lady said to them
"You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to My Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war is going to end; but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the reign of Pius XI. When you see a night illuminated by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that He is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father..."
In Our Lady's final appearance (October 13th) to the children She told them:
"I am the Lady of the Rosary, I have come to warn the faithful to amend their lives and ask for pardon for their sins. They must not offend Our Lord any more, for He is already too grievously offended by the sins of men. People must say the Rosary. Let them continue saying it everyday."
A few centuries ago, the Turks (Muslim/Islam) were over-running all Europe and seemed on the verge of wiping out Christianity. When all seemed lost, Pope Saint Pius V organized a Rosary Crusade. He asked Catholics everywhere to pray the Rosary to ask Our Lady to deliver them from imminent disaster. When the day of the great battle arrived, the Christian soldiers literally went into battle with swords in one hand and Rosaries in the other. On October 7th, the Feast of the Most Holy Rosary, one of the greatest military upsets in all history took place at Lepanto. The little Christian fleet, very greatly outnumbered, defeated the mighty Turkish Armada.
When the atom bomb destroyed Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, it somehow spared a building only eight blocks away from ground zero -- the rectory of the Assumption of Our Lady Church. The atomic bomb killed 200,000 people in the city. The church next door to the rectory was completely demolished by the atomic blast. There was nothing left standing on the street outside and, in fact, the street was completely destroyed. Only the rectory stood amidst the surrounding rubble and four Catholic priests inside survived the first atomic blast. In it were living eight Jesuits who were unharmed by the blast, heat, and radiation. Some 200 scientists have examined the priests, trying to determine why they were unhurt. Speaking on American TV, the German Jesuit Father Hubert Shiffner gave the startling answer: "In that house, the Rosary was prayed every day. In that house we were living the Message of Fatima," he said.
There are many examples of the power of the Rosary. To give another example in our own time - the Russian armies withdrew out of Austria in 1955, without one person being killed and without one shot being fired. It is the only time that the militant atheistic forces of Marxism have ever peacefully left a country in which they held power. This victory for the Catholic people of Austria is due to Our Lady and Her Rosary, because at that time ten percent of the people of Austria were praying the Rosary every day.
"There is no surer means of calling down God's blessing upon the family . . . than the daily recitation of the Rosary".
-- Pope Pius XII
"The Holy Rosary is not just a conglomeration of our Fathers and Hail Marys, but on the contrary it is a Divine Summary of the Mysteries of the Life, Passion, Death, and Glory of Jesus and Mary."
-- St Louis De Montfort