In 1600, the sultan of Constantinople, Mohamed III (Mehmed), bragged that he would conquer Europe and use the altar of St. Peter’s Basilica as an animal trough for Turkish horses. This sultan was already famous for having had his 19 brothers and half brothers executed to secure his power. Over and over again, the Ottoman sultans kept attempting to conquer Catholic Europe.
30 years later, Pope Clement VIII asked St. Lawrence of Brindisi, a Capuchin friar, to go to Germany to organize their princes into a crusade against the muslim attacks going on in Hungry. He was very successful and organized the crucial resistance needed to save Europe.
At this same time, Protestant Queen Elizabeth I, was courting the Ottoman turks to make an alliance with England. She sent a jeweled musical organ to the sultan that had mechanical birds that sang as the organ was played. It arrived on a large English gunship that the sultan studied and copied to use in his future battles to conquer more European Catholic territory.
The Battle of Stuhlweissenburg Hungry took place on October 11, 1601. St. Lawrence led the battle on a horse carrying a large cross in front of the troops. Again on October 14th of that same month, these Catholic forces, with St. Lawrence leading, had to fight the muslims in another battle and won.
St. Lawrence, when leading the troops in front into battle, was miraculously saved from all injury and claimed that all the success came from God and Mary. The Catholic troops, numbering 18,000 men, way out numbered by 80,000 muslims. The Turks, after suffering the loss of 30,000 men, withdrew their army behind the Danube.
Many of the great saints, like St. Bernard of Clairvaux and St. King Louis the IX of France, organized and participated in the crusades. St. Louis died on a crusade at Tunis North Africa on the 25th of August, 1270.
Whenever the crusades were led by holy people and all those envolved prayed and fasted, they had success. Whenever they were unjust or doing evil sins, they lost.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.