Topic category: Secession - Formation of a New Constitutional Republic
Mary and the Three Covenants
Trying times have led us to expect conflicts as one usurper seeks power and the entrenched fights back. Jesus warned there would be “wars and rumors of wars” until he returns. Today we are in a great spiritual battle with the world-wide spread of radical Islam vs Asian and Western civilizations that have largely rejected their moral and spiritual foundations. Evil against evil, yet both are very redeemable. God’s covenants always provide a path for repentance.
The hatred of the Islamic countries toward the West is projected against all seen as “infidels” or hold to the tenets of another Islamic theology. The temporal power of Islam is returning on a worldwide scale. Islam is a theocratic religion with a strict code of laws – at least for those outside the ruling circle - Sharia. Muslim writers stated around 1950, "When the locust swarms darken vast countries, they bear on their wings these Arabic words, "We are God's host, each of us has 99 eggs, and if we had 100, we should lay waste to the world and all that is in it."
The Three Covenants - “God’s Word is without repentance."
God will fulfill his solemn covenants with Ishmael, Isaac and his Church. Abraham loved Ishmael just as much as he loved Isaac (Genesis 21:9-13), and Ishmael (the ancestor of the Arab people) and his descendants were loved and blessed by God (Genesis 21:13, 18) just as were the descendants of Isaac (the ancestor of the Jews, and Israelites of the other 11 tribes), but in a different way, for a different purpose. Jesus established his Church as the fulfillment of the primordial promise of a Redeemer made to Adam.
Muslims already have a devotion to Mary. The Prophet Mohammed held Mary, mother of Jesus, in highest esteem above all women, even his beloved daughter Fatima. The late Bishop Fulton Sheen was a student of Islamic teaching. He understood the meaning of the Universal Love of God as it applies to all mankind. Sheen noted Islam’s high regard for the Virgin Mary as a key element in bringing about that rapport. We should all be encouraged to build on that devotion as a sign of obedience to God’s covenants.
Scripture, ancient traditions and the stars of the sky show that our adventure on this earth has eternal meaning. Mary, Virgo of the Stars, is the penultimate human being. Jesus named her our Mother as He was dying on the cross.
Mary has revealed herself in our times. She longs to bring all people together. A seed planted by the Prophet Mohammed in the Qur’an; her miraculous apparitions in Guadalupe, Lourdes, Fatima and perhaps Medugorje. She loves us her children, scolds us, warns us of dangers, and exhorts us to repent for the Glory of God. (Detailed apologetics available through the Vatican and other Catholic websites. As a Catholic I respectfully yield to any official Church teaching that is contradictory.)
She seems to be making an extraordinary effort to awaken all of us to freely accepting our responsibility to bring Universal Love of God and childlikeness back to our hurting world, before we self-destruct or others destroy us.
Bishop Sheen taught us of Mary’s love for Islam. The Qur’an has many passages concerning the Blessed Virgin, e.g., belief in her Immaculate Conception in the womb of her mother. Her genealogy goes back through Abraham, Noah and Adam. Mary’s aged mother (St. Ann) says in the Qur’an: "0 Lord, I vow and I consecrate to you what is already within me. Accept it from me." When Mary is born, the mother says: "And I consecrate her with all of her posterity under your protection, O Lord, against Satan!"
The Qur’an also has verses on the Annunciation, Visitation and Virgin-borne Nativity of Jesus. Angels are pictured as accompanying the Blessed Mother and saying, "Oh Mary, God has chosen you and purified you, and elected you above all the women of the earth." In the 19th chapter of the Qur’an, there are 41 verses on Jesus and Mary. There is such a strong defense of the virginity of Mary here that the Qur’an, in the 4th book, attributes their condemnation of the Jews to their calumny against the Virgin Mary. (Any other ideas?)
Mary is for the Muslims the True Sayyida or Lady. The only possible serious rival to Mary in the Muslim creed would be Fatima, the beloved daughter of the Prophet Mohammed. 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 the pivotal issue, namely why the Blessed Mother revealed herself in the significant little village of Fatima, Portugal in 1917, so that to all future generations she would be known as "Our Lady of Fatima" as a pledge and a sign of hope to the Muslim people, and as an assurance that they, who show her so much respect, will one day accept her divine Son whose virgin birth endowed her with such high esteem.
I don’t pretend to understand the hand God has allowed us to deal ourselves with our poor exercise of individual and collective free wills. Perhaps we are facing this challenge because we have created a spiritual vacuum by slowly abandoning not only our Judeo-Christian values, but the greatest resultant secular gift known to mankind: The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. The contrast between the fruit of individual freedom under the law of love and that of the law of death and domination requires that we refill that vacuum with the law of love; E pluribus unum. Love is the currency of eternity and there’s plenty there for everybody. Mary’s role is to promulgate that love here and now.
One of the bright, but puzzling items comes out of the reported daily apparitions of Mary to several Bosnian young people, one of whom is Mirjana. Father Jozo, the pastor of St. James Church in Medugorje, interrogates the young people regularly. Mirjana looks at the others (young visionaries) and told Father Jozo she complained to the Virgin, “I was telling Madonna it wasn’t always easy for me to live a good life and remain close to God.”
“What did she answer?” “She told me to look to my neighbor, Pasha, as an example. The Madonna said that she is a saintly woman and very close to God.”
Answers Mirjana. “Isn’t Pasha a Muslim lady?”
“Why would the Madonna single out a Muslim lady?”
“I don’t know. The Madonna only said that our relationship with God was important and we should make every effort to spend time in prayer with Him.”“Is the Madonna saying that we should all become Muslims in order to be close to God?”
‘No!” responds Mirjana,“she did not say that we should become Muslim. The Madonna did say that in the eyes of God, we are all His children. He makes no distinction between Orthodox, Jew, Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Atheist or whatever.”
Why would this eternal Jewish Mother whom Mohammed held in highest esteem of all women, tell a Catholic girl to seek out to seek out a Muslim lady? She said, “I have come to wake you up!”
Gerald V. Todd,
October 21, 2012
*Most of the apologetics are drawn from a paper written by Bishop John R. Sheets, SJ, featuring comments by the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen and given to me in 1973. I realize today that our Father John was trying to tell us something he knew deep in his very holy spirit. This work and all others for the rest of my life are dedicated to his holy and delightful memory.
Jerry is a retired engineer with strong experience in environmental innovation which he still applies today with 2 clean water and energy saving technologies. His life avocation in writing and study of philosophical and biblical themes as they apply to the body politic's spiritual warfare. He survived stage 4 Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2006; now in excellent health. A graduate of the University of Illinois (1958, Industrial Engineering), Jerry had post graduate studies at both the University of San Francisco and the University of Santa Clara in California between 1961 and 1963 (Logic, Marketing). As co Founder and seminar presenter he was awarded a Ph.D. in Philosophy at Valley Christian University operating under California private-post secondary statutes for mid career student, VCU was the pioneer external degree school for mid career students. Its course structures were picked up by several well known Christian colleges. Hosted local broadcast radio and TV shows, "Religion on the Line" and "The News Firm" (jointly with wife, Joanne), respectively. Jerry has published several books that are available at Amazon. Jerry is available to speak as a visiting lecturer at the high school, college or community organization level. Jerry is married 55 years to Joanne Dean Todd – 3 children, 8 grandchildren.