On this month’s episode of The Liturgical Year, we reacquaint ourselves with St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the "Little Flower," whose feast day we celebrate this month. We are warned, however, that St. Thérèse is no sugary, sentimental saint: devotion to her is not mere flowers and an enigmatic smile. Devotion to her is a powerful — and even manly — way to sanctify even the most everyday tasks.
October is favored with the feast day of that most quintessential of Marian devotions, the Most Holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Preached by St. Dominic against the Albigensian heresy, the Rosary plays as much a role as a tool of sanctification as a weapon against error. Consider the decisive, if not utterly unlikely Christian victory over the Mohammedans at Lepanto, in 1571. Not putting their trust in men, but in the Mother of God, the Christian fleet was buoyed up by all Christendom, which itself was directed by the Sovereign Pontiff, St. Pius V, to pray the Rosary for a victory. That victory is still commemorated annually in this month's feast.
Join us as Father Charles McGuire and host Joshua Gunsher discuss these two important feast days on this month’s episode of The Liturgical Year.
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