Archive for July, 2007

By Bishop Fulton J. Sheen (1950)

Moslemism is the only great post-Christian religion of the world. Because it had its origin in the seventh century under Mohammed, it was possible to unite within it some elements of Christianity and of Judaism.

Moslemism takes the doctrine of the unity of God, His Majesty and His
Creative Power, and uses it as a basis for the repudiation of Christ, the Son of God. Misunderstanding the notion of the Trinity, Mohammed made Christ a prophet only.

The Catholic Church throughout Northern Africa was virtually destroyed by Moslem power and at the present time (circa 1950), the Moslems are beginning to rise again. If Moslemism is a heresy, as Hilaire Belloc believes it to be, it is the only heresy that has never declined, either in numbers, or in the devotion of its followers.

The missionary effort of the Church toward this group has been, at least on the surface, a failure, for the Moslems are so far almost unconvertible. The reason is that for a follower of Mohammed to become a Christian is much like a Christian becoming a Jew. The Moslems believe that they have the final and definitive revelation of God to the world and that Christ was only a prophet announcing Mohammed, the last of God’s real prophets.

Today (1950), the hatred of the Moslem countries against the West is
becoming hatred against Christianity itself. Although the statesmen have not yet taken it into account, there is still grave danger that the temporal power of Islam may return and, with it, the menace that it may shake off a West which has ceased to be Christian, and affirm itself as a great anti-Christian world Power.

It is our firm belief that the fears some entertain concerning the Moslems are not to be realized, but that Moslemism, instead, will eventually be converted to Christianity, and in a way that even some of our missionaries never suspect.

It is our belief that this will happen not through the direct teaching of Christianity, but through a summoning of the Moslems to a veneration of the Mother of God.

This is the line of argument:

The Koran, which is the bible of the Moslems, has many passages concerning the Blessed Virgin. First, the Koran believes in her Immaculate Conception and in her Virgin Birth. The third chapter of the Koran places the history of Mary’s family in a genealogy that goes back through Abraham, Noah, and Adam. When one compares the Koran’s description of the birth of Mary with the apocryphal Gospel of the birth of Mary, one is tempted to believe that Mohammed very much depended upon the latter.

Both books describe the old age and the definite sterility of Anne, the mother of Mary. When, however, Anne conceives, the mother of Mary is made to say in the Koran: “O Lord, I vow and I consecrate to you what is already within me. Accept it from me.” When Mary is born, her mother, Anne, says: “And I consecrate her with all of her posterity under thy protection, O Lord, against Satan!”

The Koran has also verses on the Annunciation, Visitation, and Nativity. Angels are pictured as accompanying the Blessed Mother and saying, “O Mary, God has chosen you and purified you, and elected you above all the women of the earth.”

In the nineteenth chapter of the Koran, there are forty-one verses on Jesus and Mary. There is such a strong defense of the virginity of Mary here that the Koran, in the fourth book, attributes the condemnation of the Jews to their monstrous calumny against the Virgin Mary.

Mary, then, is for the Moslems the true Sayyida, or Lady. The only possible serious rival to her in their creed would be Fatima, the daughter of Mohammed himself. However, after the death of Fatima, Mohammed wrote: “Thou shalt be the most blessed of all the women in Paradise, after Mary.” In a variant of the text, Fatima is made to say, “I surpass all the women, except Mary.”

This brings us to our second point, namely, why the Blessed Mother, in this twentieth century (1950), should have revealed herself in the insignificant little village of Fatima, so that to all future generations she would be known as “Our Lady of Fatima.”

Nothing ever happens out of Heaven except with a finesse of all details.

I believe that the Blessed Virgin chose to be known as “Our Lady of Fatima” as a pledge and a sign of hope to the Moslem people, and as an assurance that they, who show her so much respect, will one day accept her Divine Son, too.

Evidence to support these views is found in the historical fact that the Moslems occupied Portugal for centuries. At the time when they were finally driven out, the last Moslem chief had a beautiful daughter by the name of Fatima. A Catholic boy fell in love with her, and for him she not only stayed behind when the Moslems left, but even embraced the Catholic faith. The young husband was so much in love with her that he changed the name of the town where he lived to Fatima. Thus, the very place where Our Lady appeared in 1917 bears a historical connection to Fatima, the daughter of Mohammed.

The final evidence of the relationship of Fatima to the Moslems is the
enthusiastic reception that the Moslems in Africa and India and elsewhere gave to the Pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima. Moslems attended the Catholic services in honor of Our Lady; they allowed religious processions and even prayers before their mosques; and in Mozambique the Moslems, who were unconverted, began to be Christian as soon as the statue of Our Lady of Fatima was erected.

Missionaries in the future will increasingly see that their apostolate among the Moslems will be successful in the measure that they preach Our Lady of Fatima. Because the Moslems have a devotion to Mary, our missionaries should be satisfied merely to expand and to develop that devotion with the full realization that Our Blessed Lady will carry the Moslems the rest of the way to her Divine Son.

As those who lose devotion to Mary lose belief in the Divinity of Christ, so those who intensify devotion to her gradually acquire that belief.

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My Internet connection is still not what it should be, but I thought I would post anyway. There is so much I want to comment upon if I find time…my new parish assignment, the motu propio for the Tridentine Mass, the Holy Office’s document on ecumenism and the definition of “church”, etc. As for now, here is something fun:

A person who has stopped growing at both ends and is now growing in the middle.

A place where women curl up and dye.

Someone who is fed up with people.

The only animals you eat before they are born and after they are dead.

A body that keeps minutes and wastes hours.

Mud with the juice squeezed out.

Someone who is usually me-deep in conversation.

Cold Storage.

Cutting money in half without damaging the paper.

An insect that makes you like flies better.

Grape with a sunburn.

Something you tell to one person at a time.

A bunch of bones with the person scraped off.

The pain that drives you to extraction.

One of the greatest labor saving devices of today.

An honest opinion openly expressed.

Something other people have. I have character lines.

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Because of the danger of spam and profanity, the comments feature will be on moderation until I get back online.  That means they will be stored for awhile.  God bless! 

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Why do I long to hear your voice?
Why does my heart want to rejoice?
Things are diff’rent it’s plain to see,
Are you sure that you still love me?

You say things I don’t want to hear,
But to lose you is my great fear.
Despite the cost I am your slave;
I pray dear Lord please make me brave.

You grant so many your favor,
Us alone I want to savor.
There are no dragons I might slay
To prove my love and save the day.

Sometimes we seem as worlds apart,
When hearts are broken, time to part.
But ne’er far away, you’re inside,
So I can’t run away and hide.

Caught in the web of mind and heart,
Always looking for a new start;
Your brand is burned upon my soul
With fire hotter than any coal.

I see you wherever I look:
In the doe that drinks at the brook;
In the sweet laughter of a child;
In the eyes of lovers beguiled.

Love for you has made me a fool,
So why is it that we must duel?
Will this clash of wills never end?
I cry mercy to heal and mend!

Like an addict I yearn for you,
Sick as any man with the flu.
To sniff your fragrance makes me swoon,
Like lovers under midnight moon.

Your touch is more than I can bear
And I cringe from your awesome stare.
I fall to my knees in true prayer,
Knowing that you are really there.

From the pulpit you share your Word
For me to follow what I’ve heard.
From the altar you give me food,
So with your presence I’m embued.

This verse is no earthly romance;
But about a spiritual dance.
The Father, Son and Holy Ghost
Is that upon which I must boast.

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The top blog at WordPress is daily the same, a site called I CAN HAS CHEEZBURGER? It features animals, particular cute cats, with written dialogue and statements, often misspelled.


It features an outrageous number of tags to increase traffic, like the following:

1up 80s aggressive amused angry animation announcement apple art asian astar awesome awsum aww babushka baby bald balls bang basket bath battletoads bearz bike blargh bold books booze bored bowl box brb bucket bunny burrito buttsechs buttsecks buttsex camouflage car cat caturday ceiling celebrity censored cheezburger chick chillin coke computer cookie costume crazy critical mass cry cups cute damn dance danger ded diabeetus dinner dinnur do not want dog donotwant driving drugs dude dune easter eated eatin eggz emo eww excuseme exercise facestab fail fambly fap fat fatty fazed fight flavor flying foods foodz forever ftl fun funny furry fuxing games gay geek geeky glasses gotz grass gravity gray haha halmet halp hamster happycat harble has hat have helps hide-n-seek hiding hifive hitler holycat holykitten html hugz hungry i iz i’s ice cream ichc in ur indian internets invisible jail jumping justice karot kawaii kill kitteh kitten kitty knife kthx lasers lazy liek listen lol lolbird lolbunny lolcat loldog lolhamster lolmouse lolrabbit lolraccoon lolrus lolz losted love magic mailz masturbate matrix mind moar mom monorail mothership mouse movies muneez music ninja nintendo nintendods no thx nootrishus nothin nsfw nugget offensive offering office oh hai oh noes oh snap ohgod ohhay ohhi ohnoes omfg omg omgwtf own3d pan parody party pasketti piano player pleased plz pole poll poop pooper post poster puppy pwnd rabbit ram ready receptions sad sandwich scared serious sexy shark shoe sleep sleepy snow space special spice spoon sports staring starwars steelin stop sup supercat surprise tank tard technology teh they be tired toilet tongue toys trash treasure trees tv tyep vehicle videogames visible waiting walrus want war watchingu weed weighst wemadesit! whoa why wii work wow wrong wtf wut yawn ze frank ism zelda ∑:P

They even invite submissions of animal pictures particularly cat pictures with funny captions.

The creators of the site say this about themselves:

I Can Has Cheezburger is a site that gathers, organizes, tags, and captions what we hope is the most funny and slightly weird pictures of lolcats and lol* (other animals) from the Internet. We also receive user submissoins, and we caption some (tag = wemadesit!). Many of the earlier images on this site were found around the internet and forums (there are hundreds of forums where this meme has grown outside of its original context such as fark, fazed, vwforums, gpforums) — we attribute as much information as is available, however due to the nature of the internet, anonymity, the inability to locate the creators of a picture, and sourcing info our information may be incomplete, or flawed.

It is a very interactive site, although I cannot imagine how someone has enough time for such a blog.

Of course, when there are so many serious matters to discuss, what does it say about our culture when such a site is NUMBER 1? Oh well….

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Washington Archbishop Donald Wuerl has announced the retirement of one priest, the appointment of three pastors and new assignments for six other priests. He made the announcements this week, and they are effective as indicated.

Effective July 1:

Father William F. Berry, parochial vicar and senior priest at St. Pius X, Bowie, has retired. He resides at St. Pius X, Bowie.

Father Arsene Jasmin has been named chaplain to the Haitian Community at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart, Washington, D.C., and Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Takoma Park. He resides at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart, Washington.

Effective July 11:

Father Richard Gancayco will become parochial vicar of Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Parish, Washington, D.C. He previously worked in the missions.

Father Mark Knestout will become director of the archdiocesan Office of Liturgy and Worship, with residence at the Cathedral of St. Matthew. He is currently pastor of Holy Family Parish, Mitchellville.

Father Joseph Jenkins will become pastor of Holy Family Parish in Mitchellville. He is currently pastor of Holy Spirit Parish in Forestville.

Father Tam Tran will become pastor at Holy Spirit Parish in Forestville. He is currently parochial vicar at Our Lady of Vietnam Parish in Silver Spring.

Effective July 25:

Father Kyle Ingels will become chaplain to Catholic students and faculty of the University of Maryland at College Park. He is currently parochial vicar at St. Jane de Chantal Parish in Bethesda.

Father William Byrne will become pastor of St. Peter Parish in Southeast Washington. He is currently chaplain to Catholic students and faculty of the University of Maryland.

Father Charles McCann will become senior priest at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Clinton. He is currently pastor at St. Peter Parish in Southeast Washington.

Father Francisco Alves will become parochial vicar at St. Jane de Chantal Parish in Bethesda. He is currently parochial vicar at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Northwest Washington.

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