Friday, October 7, 2011

Are The Two Worlds Truely Colliding? Or is Mankind refusing to accept Peace?

We are all children issuing from the same source. We are all brothers and sisters.

I received two different e-mails recently which I believe prove the current condition of today's world. The first was from ACLJ (American Center for Law and Justice), headed by Jay Sekulow. Urgent was the e-mail. Petitions, prayers and calls were requested to save the life of a Christian Pastor convert living in Iran. This weekend  we are awaiting the final decision from the Muslim controlled Iranian government. Statements from the article reads "Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani faces imminent execution in Iran for his Christian faith.". The second e-mail I received had to do with Fatima and Selcuk Town, Ephesus in Turkey. 

Ephesus is the town where the home of Mary and Saint John the Evangelist stands. It is a place on earth where Muslims and Christians pray together. Mary, the virgin mother of Jesus, is one of the four cornerstones of the Muslim faith. So it is no wonder that muslims are seen pilgrimaging to the Ephesus House. According to the pilgrims, the home of Mary is a place of great peace. Recent news announcements claim that Selcuk and Fatima will soon become Sister cities. "Selçuk and Fatima will bring together the eastern and western Mediterranean,” Selçuk Mayor Vefa Ülgür said earlier this week, adding that he hoped to conclude the sister city agreement soon after meeting officials from the Portuguese city.

Fatima is the name of a town in Portugal. Interestingly, the founder of the Muslim religion, Mohammed, had a daughter named Fatima too.  Fatima, Portugal got its name when a local princess of Moorish descent converted to Catholicism and married the local aristocrat.  This took place around the eleventh or twelfth century.  In 1917, The Blessed Mother appeared to 70,000 witnesses. She later became known as Our Lady of Fatima. She requested that we turn our lives back to God, to do penance through fasting and praying of the Rosary.

13 July 1917: Words of Our Lady of Fatima
"I want you to come here on the 13th of next month, [August] to continue to pray the Rosary every day in honour of Our Lady of the Rosary, in order to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war, because only she can help you."
 She said:  "Pray, pray very much, and make sacrifices for sinners; for many souls go to hell, because there are none to sacrifice themselves and pray for them."  

If we heed her call we will have peace. Questions like, why did she appear in Fatima, why in 1917?  The answer is,  because she saw the condition of our world. She saw how her children were living. She saw what would happen if we didn't change our ways. She pointed to todays world and knew there was only one solution. She presented the solution and then engraved its importance onto the minds and the hearts of witnesses by the greatest display and or miracle since the time of Christ. The miracle of the sun.

 Now the home of Mary and St John in Selcuk, soon to be a sister city to Fatima, seems to be a reminder of what Our Lady of Fatima once told us. This act of Fatima and Selcuk becoming sister cities, seems to re-affirm that Mary, loved by Christians and Muslims alike, will point the way to Peace.

Home of Mary and St John the Evangelist, Ephesus, Turkey

The Three Fatima Children:  Jacinta, Lucia, Fransisco, 1917
Basilica of Fatima where Our Lady of Fatima appeared to the three children 6 times.

There have been some discoveries concerning a French nun, Sister Marie de Mandat-Grancey. Through inspiration a cause in her name  has been started soon after the tragic events of 9/11. Sr Marie de Mandat-Grancey is a true story for our times. Through her story, through Our Lady of Fatima, perhaps the world will finally hear what is needed to obtain Peace in our world.

 Please consider praying the Rosary in Honor of Our Lady of the Rosary, for the release of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. Pastor Youcef is on death row in Iran because he converted to Christianity.

"If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen." 1 John 4:20

Words of Archbishop Fulton Sheen:  Mary and the Moslems

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