Column: Peace on earth possible, but we must be willing to ask

by Bill Scholl

If you’ve been trying to sell your house lately, you know why I’ve been praying for a miracle. For months, my wife and I have cringed at our bills as we struggled under the weight of two mortgages. It got so bad we started to lose hope, so we turned to saying a family rosary every night.

If you’re a parent, then you know this step was difficult. The toddler would roam to see what she could break, while the eight-year-old would decide that the Our Father was a good time to learn if his foot could touch his ear. When trying to start the habit of the family rosary, 20 minutes can seem like two hours. The real miracle is that our family is now much closer and praying has gotten much easier. The other night, my wife learned about one of Mary’s titles, Our Lady of Prompt Succor. In 1815, before the Battle of New Orleans, the terrified wives and mothers of Andrew Jackson’s men prayed with the Ursuline nuns for Mary’s intervention under this title. The next day, against tremendous odds, the American forces won, and General Jackson attributed the victory to divine intervention.

So when we began the rosary, we prayed to Mary under the title of Our Lady of Prompt Succor. We had just started the joyful mysteries, when our real estate agent called. A prospect was going to make us an offer on our house. Wow, talk about immediate succor! The kids cheered, my wife teared up, and I smiled at how Mary had touched our lives. Prompted by the children, we continued the rosary and at every utterance of “amen,” we lifted our arms in cheer.

I wish I could convey the joy we felt, but I think it best for you to come find out for yourself. So please mark your calendars now for the afternoon of Sunday, May 25, to be at Royals stadium for the Eucharistic Family Rosary Crusade. We are hoping for thousands to come from across the Metro and the Midwest to lift up our Lord Jesus Christ and to call on the tremendous grace he works through his mother Mary and the Eucharist.

A world at prayer is a world at peace. With the current state of affairs, the world needs Mary’s help in bringing Christ’s peace. St. Padre Pio taught that the rosary was a powerful weapon against evil, and holy people like Mother Teresa and Pope John Paul II were known to pray the rosary constantly. If Mary will help my family, believe me, she will help you and your family. She is ready to help bring peace to the world. All we have to do is show up and ask her.

You can find out more about the Eucharistic Family Rosary Crusade by going to the Web site: www.eucharistic


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