September, 1683: Vienna is on the verge of collapse against the Islamic forces assailed against her. The city had been besieged for 2 months by the Ottoman forces and on 9/12, what was to be the final assault was consummated. Victory seemed assured; access to the heart of Christian Europe would result. But that day reinforcements arrived under the command of King Jon Sobieski of Poland. Before engaging the enemy Holy Mass was celebrated calling on the Lord for His assistance. In the afternoon, the largest attack by cavalry in military history commenced with 18,000 horsemen impacting the east flank of the Moslems. Thousands of foot soldiers aided in this counterattack. Vienna was saved and Christian civilization preserved. Such moments are not to be remembered in order to exalt bloodshed, but to remind us of the faithfulness of God! In difficult times, we must have faith and cry out like the palmist does in Psalm 77, recalling God's victory at the Red Sea. When have you and your loved ones been rescued by God? From this morning's Liturgy of the Hours: Psalms 77:14 Thou art the God who workest wonders, who hast manifested thy might among the peoples. 15 Thou didst with thy arm redeem thy people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. 16 When the waters saw thee, O God, when the waters saw thee, they were afraid, yea, the deep trembled. 17 The clouds poured out water; the skies gave forth thunder; thy arrows flashed on every side. 18 The crash of thy thunder was in the whirlwind; thy lightnings lighted up the world; the earth trembled and shook. 19 Thy way was through the sea, thy path through the great waters; yet thy footprints were unseen.... Have faith!