Posted by: fvbcdm | February 28, 2014

Feast of Saint Hedwig (28 February 2014)

There is an interesting article in the latest issue of TIME magazine on Thomas Jefferson. What particularly caught my attention in it is the fact that during Jefferson’s presidency, he had to deal with the pirates from North Africa who preyed upon shipping in the Mediterranean and were a serious obstacle to commerce in that part of the world. Finally, Jefferson persuaded Congress to authorize the building of an American navy to stop the predations of the Muslim pirates, and the establishment of a Marine Corps for that purpose. That’s why, in the Marine hymn, the opening words are: “From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli…” The halls of Montezuma refer to Mexico, of course, and Tripoli is the old name for Libya. So it turns out that our country has been having trouble with the Muslims since the earliest days of our history.

If you read your daily newspapers or watch the news on television, you will find that history is repeating itself once again. Islam, which is the religion founded by Mohammed and professed by Muslims throughout the world, has never been able to achieve any lasting unity. The same can be said for Christianity, or any other movement which contains lots of people, some of whom will not obey the legitimate authority within the organization. Without obedience, there can be no unity. Spain and Portugal would still be under Muslim domination today if the Muslims had been able to get along during those centuries of occupation.  But they couldn’t, and the Catholics pursued a divide and conquer policy to gradually get rid of the Muslims in the Iberian peninsula. Now, we find the Iraqi and the Iranians fighting, along with the Sunni and the Shi’ite Moslems in other parts of the world.  I fervently hope and pray that this process of making of Iraq a democratic nation will be a very important step in the conversion of Islam.  Let us pray through the intercession of Our Lady of Fatima, who has deliberately taken upon herself the Muslim name “Fatima.”  Fatima was one of the daughters of Mohammed, and it is certainly not by chance that Our Lady chose to appear in that Portuguese town that the Muslems had named in honor of Mohammed’s daughter back in the days when they were occupying Portugal. Thank you for seeking God’s truth.  God bless you.  Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note:  This message was composed some years ago.

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