the end of World War II, the allies did a nasty thing: they
Catholic Austria over to the Russians. The Austrians tolerated
domination for three years, but that was enough. They wanted
Soviets out of their country. But what could Austria do: seven
against 220,000 million?
a priest, Pater Petrus, remembered Don John of Austria. Outnumbered
three to one, Don John led the Papal, Venetian, and Spanish
ships against the Turks at Lepanto, and through the power
of the rosary miraculously defeated them. So Pater Petrus
called for a rosary crusade against the Soviets. He asked
for a tithe: that ten percent of the Austrians, 700,000 would
pledge to say the rosary daily for the Soviets to leave their
country. 700,000 pledged.
seven years the Austrians prayed the rosary. Then, on May
13, 1955, the anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady at
Fatima, Portugal, the Russians left Austria. Even to this
day military strategists are baffled. Why did the Communists
pull out? Austria is a strategically located country,
a door to the West, rich in mineral deposits and oil reserves?
To them it was an enigma.
Williams, former custodian of the National Pilgrim Statue
Lady of Fatima, heard me tell this story . He said, you know
Father, I am
Austrian. Three months before Therese Newmann died, I visited
18, 1962). One question I asked her was, “Why did the
Austria?” She told me, ‘Verily, verily, it was
the rosaries of the Austrian
other words, Our Lady’s rosary did what the Hungarian
F ighters could not do with a bloodbath of 25,000 people.
a brilliant writer and diplomat of the 19th Century wrote:
pray do more for the world than those who fight. If the world
from bad to worse, it is because there are more battles than