The Blessed Virgin appeared on the same night to St. Peter Nolasco, to St. Raymond of Penafort, and to James, king of Aragon, requesting them to found a religious order for the ransom of Christian captives from the Saracens who then held a great part of Spain.
It is truly meet and just, right and availing unto salvation, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks unto Thee, Holy Lord, Father Almighty, everlasting God; and on the feast of the Blessed Mary, ever a virgin, should praise and bless and proclaim Thee. — Preface of the Feast
The Imitation of Christ
If thy love be pure, simple, and well-ordered, thou shalt not be in captivity to anything.
During the time that so many Christians were being seized by the Turks, our Lady came to the rescue, as usual. She asked three men, great friends of hers on earth, to establish a religious order for the redemption of captives. Do you get some notion from this fact of how very interested in all of us our Lady is?
Say some very definite prayers today; first, to thank God you are a Catholic; secondly, for the conversion of sinners; thirdly, for the poor souls. Tonight, tell our Lady you did these things to show your willingness to help her in a work she wants done so badly.
He that shall convert a sinner from his ways, shall save his own soul from death and shall cover a multitude of sins. — Our Savior