‘Mother of Jesus’ Category Archives

9
May

THE POPE VISITING FATIMA, PORTUGAL? but why? and so what??

by Arnold Jago in Celebrities, Faith, History, Modern Church, Mother of Jesus, Recent Developments, Sacraments

An 85-foot-tall glow-in-the-dark rosary — constructed by Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos outside Fatima’s Holy Trinity Basilica — glowing for the first time with the Pope reciting Rosary prayers for gathered pilgrims….
The Pope in Portugal — honouring the 100th anniversary of the first of several appearances of the Virgin Mary to three shepherd children at Fátima, Portugal, in 1917….
During 100 years since the apparitions, multiple conspiracy-theories springing up — particularly over the wording of the “Third Mystery” received by the children from an angel in July 1917….
NOT in dispute is that ‘pointing to the earth with his right hand, the angel cried out, “Penance, Penance, Penance!”’
Perhaps a message that Christians should be regularly going to confession – the Sacrament of Penance – confessing one’s sins to the priest and receiving absolution for those sins….
There seems little doubt we’re being reminded to do exactly that.
Are we going to?

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7
May

FATIMA ANNIVERSARY: what does it mean for us today?

by Arnold Jago in Faith, History, Modern Church, Mother of Jesus

A hundred years ago (May 13, 1917) three uneducated Portuguese children experienced a mystical apparition.
A Lady — whom they took to be Mary the mother of Jesus Christ – visited them six times, on the thirteenth day of each month, May to October 1917.
The visits became well-known. On October 13, a crowd of perhaps 70,000 assembled.
Many reported seeing a spectacular phenomenon in the sky — referred to as the Miracle of the Sun.
The Lady’s message took the form of three “Secrets”.
The First predicted forthcoming events involving Russia.
The Second foretold the soon-coming World War.
The Third remained literally secret until disclosed by Pope John Paul II after his 1981 near-assassination.
It referred to that shooting and to ever-increasing persecution of Christian believers — the message being introduced by an angel crying out, “Penance, Penance, Penance!”
In recent years, “Fatima” has become almost an industry, with commercialisation, conspiracy-theories etc.
But its basic message is simple: What this world needs is Penance — admitting our sins to God and letting him re-make our lives and our world.
First up, Christians must start going to Confession (the sacrament of Penance) regularly.

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)

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 . . . .