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REAL CLEAR RELIGION

Culture, Christianity, Catholic Dogma & The Death Of The West

Culture, Christianity, Catholic Dogma & The Death Of The West

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OUR LADY OF RANSOM PROVIDES HOPE AGAINST ISLAMIC JIHAD AND THE DEATH OF THE WEST

Today is the feast of Our Lady of Ransom. This Feast commemorates the founding of the Mercedarian Order in the year 1218. The Order was founded to ransom Christian slaves kidnapped by the Muslims during their frequent raids on Europe. The stated mission of the Mercedarians was 'to visit and to free Christians who are in captivity and in the power of Muslims or of other enemies of our Law… all the brothers of this Order...must always be gladly disposed to give up their lives, if it is necessary, as Jesus Christ gave up His for us'.

These Christian slaves were often freed by the payment of ransom money. The original Mercedarians travelled as merchants through Muslim territory, freeing many Christian slaves.

Prayers are traditionally said on this day by the Catholic Church to also rescue England from the heresy of Protestantism which keeps people from the one true faith and from the Mother of God. England was once known as Our Lady's Dowry.

Today we have an obvious need to invoke Our Lady of Ransom to release souls from modern errors including relativism which is the deadly fruit of the Reformation. We must also petition her to obtain from her Divine Son a return to the Catholic Faith by the inhabitants of the Western world who are once again threatened with Islamic jihad. She is the woman clothed with the sun that has been granted an enormously critical role in the battle against evil in this world. She is our merciful mother who will guide us to her Son and to a degree of holiness that is otherwise unobtainable.

The Opening Prayer (Collect) for this Feast Day of Our Lady of Ransom prays:

"O God, through the glorious Mother of Your Son You enriched the Church with a new religious congregation dedicated to freeing Christians from slavery among the heathens. We venerate Mary as the foundress of this institution and pray that she may also deliver us from our sins and the slavery of the devil through her own merits and intercession. Through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord . . .