Happy Columbus Day / Feast of Our Lady of the Pillar

This year, the “observance” of Columbus Day (always a Monday) falls on the actual Columbus Day, October 12. The day is also the Feast of Our Lady of the Pillar, but this is not mere coincidence. The great Catholic explorer promised his disgruntled men that if land were not spotted on this feast of Our Lady, they would turn back to Europe. Our Lady, in whose holy name Columbus sailed, came to the rescue. Thus we see that the christening of the New World was a project of the Blessed Virgin from the very start.

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