Today's feast day on the Church calendar commemorates Mary under the title "Our Lady of Ransom." It's notable because this is one of four feast days of Our Lady which has some direct tie to Islam and the Islamic incursion into traditionally Christian areas of the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.
|The habit of the Mercedarians is pretty swank. It includes|
the coat-of-arms of King James I of Aragon (d. 1276),
one of the founders of the order.