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Thursday, October 07, 2010


Gregory Williams

Wow! That was exciting reading. Thanks for sharing it!


Great read. Such a pivotal moment in history. Pius V was a great man.

(Though I have to admit that I didn't know Ferdinand and Isabella defeated the Moors in Grenada. I'm happy they did, but certainly there couldn't be more than five or six of them there, eh? ;-) )

Anyone wishing to read a riveting account of La Sallette's defense of Malta should check out Angels In Iron by Nicholas Prata. Fantastic read.


As a Roman Catholic, it has always been crystal clear to me that the 1588 Spanish Armada was doomed to utmost failure even before it set sail. And the reason for that was just the very name the Spanish had given to it: "The Invincible Armada" ("La Armada Invencible"). Once it was given that name, you could bet the farm it was going to be defeated.

Why? Because if you are fighting (or doing anything) for God, you have to place all your trust, all your safety in GOD ALONE. So what the Spanish did was exactly as if David had said before confronting Goliath "I will defeat you because I have The Invincible Sling", which of course would have been an absolute guarantee of failure for him. So what did David say? "I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts ... This day the LORD will deliver you into my hand, ... that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the LORD saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the LORD’s, and He will give you into our hand." (1 Sam 17:45-47)

So this is the name the Spanish should have given to their 1588 Armada if they wanted to win: "The most humble and utterly useless Armada that will win only by the help of God".

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