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12
Sep

RE ISLAM’S ORIGINS: IS ANY OF THIS TRUE? DOES IT MATTER? any comments welcome…

by Arnold Jago in Faith, History, Mother of Jesus, Multiculturalism

“In recommending to readers “Plot Against the Church” by Maurice Pinay, a book which proves with a wealth of documents that the main external enemy of the Catholic Church for 2,000 years has been the Jews, these “Comments” stated that Jews were behind Islam, Freemasonry and Communism. No readers contested that they were behind Freemasonry and Communism, but a few asked what shows that they were also behind Islam. Indeed since Islam arose in the seventh century after Christ there is for Islam nothing like the documentation that exists for the modern roots of Freemasonry and Communism. In fact experts on Islam will say that even many original documents on the beginning of Islam may have been destroyed, precisely to cover up its true origins. We are left with the text of the Koran itself and historical arguments to point to Jews as the originators of Islam.
As for the text of the Koran, one who studied it closely before the Council, Hanna Zakarias, came to the conclusion in his book “True Mohammed, False Koran” that it was entirely the work of a Jewish Rabbi. To support his thesis that Islam is simply Judaism explained to Arabs by a Rabbi to convert them to the one true God of the Old Testament, Zakarias maintains that there is no story, no detail in the Koran that is not specifically Jewish, referring to the Old Testament, the Talmud or other Jewish literature. Only a Jew, he argues, could so glorify Israel as the Koran does, at the head of the nations, sole receiver of the one Revelation of the one true God. Thus passages in the Koran honouring for instance John the Baptist and the Blessed Virgin honour them purely as Jews, cutting out all connection to Christianity (Sourat XIX, 1–21). As for Jesus, he may have been the son of Mary, but he was certainly not the Son of God.
“On the contrary a post-conciliar student of Islam, Laurent Lagartempe, states in his book “Origins of Islam” that there are many questions as to the historical person of Mohammed, and he argues that the Koran is a medley of disparate texts, more or less stabilized only two centuries after the beginning of Islam, to justify the new religion, and to act as its holy text to rival with the Old and New Testaments of Moses and Jesus Christ respectively. But Lagartempe does not contest a significant presence of Judaism in the Koran, nor its influence.
“As for the historical arguments for Jews being behind Islam, Pinay’s book documents the well-known part played by Jews in helping the Arabs to conquer Catholic Spain between 711 and 788, reconquered by the Catholics only in 1492. Lagartempe reasonably supposes that the preceding Arab conquest of North Africa from 647 to 710 was also helped by the Jews, because those countries south of the Mediterranean, once a thriving part of Christendom, have ever since remained mostly under Arab control.
“However, perhaps the main argument for Jews being behind Islam is of a more general order, and hardly disputable, resting on the quite special role played in history by the people of the Messiah, Our Lord Jesus Christ. To begin with, the training of the Israelites for that role by God himself stretched over 2,000 years from Abraham to Christ. See in the Old Testament how specially God both rewarded and punished them, to form them as the cradle of the Messiah to come. This formation gave to the Jews a quite special familiarity with the one true God, and they have never entirely lost it ever since. And that familiarity gives them a special ability to fabricate substitute religions that seem to satisfy men’s real religious needs.
“Alas, they refused their Messiah when he came, and that refusal gives them a special motivation to fabricate false religions to pull human beings away from Christ and away from eternal salvation. Here is why Maurice Pinay can show how they have fought down all the centuries against the Catholic Church. Today they are indisputably behind the Muslim invasion of the once Catholic nations of Europe, to dissolve the last remnants of the Faith, and so stop those nations from opposing their New World Order.”

(source:
https://stmarcelinitiative.com/email/en-eleison-comments-by-mgr-williamson-issue-cdlxxviii-478.html)

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11
Feb

BLESSED VIRGIN MARY: our example?

by Arnold Jago in Lifestyle, Mother of Jesus, Women

Here are some thoughts suitable to print off and use as a guide when buying clothes.
An encouragement to copy the example of the Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus Christ.
Addressed, originally to women who are Christians.
But relevant, in principal, to men also and to persons of whatever belief-system.
* To be Mary-like is to be modest without compromise.
* Mary-like dresses have sleeves reaching the elbows and skirts reaching the knees.
* Mary-like dresses fully cover chest, shoulders and back and are cut no lower than two inches below the neckline.
* Mary-like dresses avoid transparent fabrics, inappropriate use of flesh-coloured material etc.
* Mary-like dresses conceal rather than reveal the figure of the wearer and do not emphasise unduly parts of the body.
These Mary-like standards are a helpful guide to inspire a sense of modesty and respect.
They help to avoid the causing of sinful thoughts or embarrassment or shame in other people.

13
Jan

GETTING OUR PRIORITIES RIGHT: family first? or family second?

by Arnold Jago in Family, God, Mother of Jesus, Truth

“Family” is a catchword in today’s world.
“Family Planning” means having no family — or at least curtailing its numbers to what suits your convenience.
A “Family Clinic” is where you can go to get your baby aborted or your fertility interrupted, temporarily or permanently.
They say modern “families” take multiple forms: single-parent, blended, same-sex — you name it.
Even married heterosexual couples living together are tolerated.
* * *
The Church sets aside one Sunday per year as the “Feast of the Holy Family”.
Today is that Sunday.
Today’s gospel reading is from Saint Luke, chapter 2:
“The parents of Jesus went to Jerusalem each year for the Passover Feast. When he was twelve years old, they went as usual. When they returned, the child Jesus remained in Jerusalem without their knowing. Thinking he was in the company, they travelled a whole day, then looked for him among kinsfolks and friends: not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem and after three days found him in the temple with the teachers, listening, and asking them questions.
“His mother said, ‘Son, why did you do this — your father and I have been distressed looking for you?’ He answered, ‘Why did you have to look? Didn’t you know I would be in my Father’s house?’ But they did not understand his answer.
“So Jesus went back with them to Nazareth, and was obedient to them.”
* * *
What can we learn from that?
That one only loyalty outranks loyalty to family — our duty to God.
Otherwise we obey what our family role demands — always, without fail.
Jesus taught this, both in words and in practice.

23
Dec

CHRISTMAS IS COMING: Oh my Lord, your very Self you gave us . . . .

by Arnold Jago in Contemplation, God, History, Mother of Jesus, Truth

Today is the last (fourth) Sunday in Advent.
During the Advent season, believers long for the coming of Christ.
Whereas Advent is the season of “absence of Jesus”, Christmas is the season of joy in our possession of the Saviour.
Jesus, as God, begotten of the substance of the Father before all ages — and born of the substance of His Mother in the world — is given to us.
* * *
By the union of our souls with Jesus, born to human life, we are born to the divine life.
Or to put it another way, as per Boney M:
“Hark now hear the angels sing
a King was born today
and man will live for evermore because of Christmas Day.”
Watch them at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=lv8RTNWUmmQ
Forgive Bobby F: his restless legs syndrome was bad that day.
* * *
Oh my Lord
you send your son to save us
Oh my Lord
your very self you gave us
Oh my Lord
that sin may not enslave us
and love may reign once more . . . .

17
Dec

CHRISTMAS THEN AND NOW: focussing on what is real.

by Arnold Jago in Contemplation, History, Jesus, Mother of Jesus

The historical Wise Men at first followed human logic, seeking the Child Jesus at the palace of the corrupt King Herod.
From our knowledge of Herod’s recorded life — killer and adulterer — his court was definitely the wrong place.
The Wise Men turned away from all that, to put faith in God’s wisdom and follow his star to Bethlehem.
Saint Matthew’s gospel, chapter 2:
“Seeing the Child with his mother Mary, they bowed down and worshipped him.
“Then opening their treasures, presented him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
“Being warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country a different way.”
We might do the same — at this special time turning for guidance to God, ignoring worldly distractions and focussing our attention on Jesus Christ, who is the reason for the season.

13
Aug

ISLAM AND CHRISTIANITY: can they coexist?

by Arnold Jago in Faith, God, Mary, Mother of Jesus, Multiculturalism

In Pakistan, August 12 is “National Minorities Day”.

Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani yesterday reaffirmed his government’s “obligation to strengthen the bond of love and promote culture of tolerance”.

He quoted a government decision to reserve a percentage of minorities in the government and said, “Extremism is a serious threat to the fabric of our society . . . perpetrators of crime against minority communities anywhere in Pakistan must be brought to justice, and they will be.”

Sounds pretty good. But is it believable?

Australian politicians also make some hardly-believable claims . . . for example, that Islam is basically a peaceful faith;  that terrorists are the exception – bad Muslims.

Was the Prophet Mohammed himself, therefore, a “bad Muslim”?

He personally ordered the annihilation of whole cities, and the beheading of those who failed to submit to his religion.

Such stories aren’t inventions of enemies of Islam, but are recorded in the writings of traditional Muslim authorities.

* * *

The Catholic faith teaches that there is one God, who is a Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

Muslims are angered by such a suggestion.

Catholics believe that Jesus Christ was/is God’s only-begotten Son.

Muslims believe that “Allah has no son”.

So is there any point at which Muslims and Christians can come together?

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Islam’s holy book, the Qur’an, mentions the BLESSED VIRGIN MARY 37 times. It seems little interested in the mother of Mohammed.

* The Qur’an speaks of Mary as having  unique dignity:  “Remember when the angels said, O, Mary! Verily God hath chosen thee, and purified thee, and chosen thee above the women of the world.” (3:42)

* Mary’s sinlessness is also proclaimed by the Qur’an: “With goodly acceptance did her Lord accept her, and with goodly growth did he make her grow.”  (3:32)

* Islamic writers quote the Prophet saying, “Fatima (his own daughter) would be the chief of the women of Paradise, were it not for Mary, daughter of Imran (i.e. the Mother of Jesus)”.   (Ibn Hanbal, Musnad 3:80)

Something to think about.

 Mary shared in the sufferings of her Son, by which we are redeemed from our sins. That is why Catholics call her our Co-redemptrix.