What is your “Battle of Leponto”?

The Battle of Lepanto by Paolo Veronese, public domain, wiki

With the Feast of the Our Lady of the Rosary just past, many of us know its history. As a quick refresher, this naval battle between the Holy League (a group of Catholics) and the Ottoman empire was a real David vs. Goliath. Catholics being David and Goliath was played by the Ottomans. Spoiler alert: ‘David’ wins again and the ‘stones’ that were used were all connected in the thousands of Rosaries that were said.

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In talking about it with my kids during history and reading of GK Chesterton’s poem about it,


I was reminded that everyone has their own Battle of Lepanto, a fight that seems impossible to win. Each and everyone of us is David and each of us have our own Goliath.

What are you facing today? What struggle do you face that seems already a lost cause, an impossible victory?

Give it to Mary. Take some time to say a quiet Rosary and ask the Queen of Heaven and Earth to bring you the peace and confidence you need to continue the fight and ignore the smoke that billows around your heart, mind and soul.

I’ve got my own Lepantos and I’m always tempted to give up the ship but I remember this was a real, actual moment in history when the faithful overcame the enemy by keeping their beads in their hands, their heads bowed in prayer and their faces set for the fight. Domino Gloria!

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