Thursday, January 26, 2012

Don't Do It, Liam Neeson!



It's in the news today that actor Liam Neeson is considering a conversion to Islam.  
The only thing close to a  reason for Neeson's interest in Islam is stated in this quotation: "The Call to Prayer happens five times a day and for the first week it drives you crazy, and then it just gets into your spirit and it's the most beautiful, beautiful thing."
Liam, the Catholics have an official prayer five times (or more) a day, too. In fact, the Catholic church had this tradition before Islam even existed. It's called the Liturgy of the Hours, a cycle of prayers and readings mostly from the Bible. True, lay Catholics are not required to pray it the way priests, monks, and nuns are. But many of us do, and that number is increasing. Pope Benedict thinks all Catholics should use these prayers.  Liam, the psalms and other prayers of the Liturgy of the Hours are beautiful. They express every facet of human experience and emotion as we cry out to our Creator.Pray them for a few weeks and I guarantee, they'll "get into your spirit" too.  Would you please look into this and give it a try? You can find these prayers on the internet here and here.
Liam, you also commented on the beauty of the mosques in Turkey, saying, " Some are just stunning and it really makes me think about becoming a Muslim."  Surely you have visited the cathedrals of Europe? And those in your native Ireland?  By any standard, the stun factor of Catholic architecture equals or surpasses that of Muslim architecture. You know this. 
Please, Liam, what is really going on here? A few years back you narrated a Way of the Cross CD to help raise funds for the Redemptorists, whose missionary work you say impressed you. You know about Jesus, about the salvation He won for us. What is it about the gospel that no longer moves you as it apparently once did? You say you are reading lots of books about God these days. I hope that includes some Catholic ones. May I suggest Orthodoxy by G.K.Chesteton, or, if you want a modern bestseller, try Catholicism by Father Robert Barron,and/ or its stunning companion video series. Before you move to Islam, you have to confront the claims of Jesus. Is He Who He said He was, or not? 
Liam, those news articles didn't really tell much about what is really going on in your mind that would make you wish to choose Islam as a way of life. You said, "I was reared a Catholic but I think every day we ask ourselves, not consciously, what are we doing on this planet? What's it all about?" Jesus Christ and the Church He founded has those answers for you. If you never learned them, or forgot them, or blocked them out because of something a sinful priest said or did, please investigate  once more before you leave. May the Holy Spirit guide you,and Our Lady protect you. 
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  1. So Liam sees in Islam all that we surrendered in order to make ourselves more comprehensible to people like Liam.......

    When will we finally realize "aggiornamento" has been a disaster?

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    1. Actually Liam, your movies were never that good regardless if you choose the TRUTH or a LIE..it's what's in YOUR heart that will decide.

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  2. I guess Jesus dying on the cross just doesn't amount to a hill of beans as far as Liam Neeson is concerned.
    -Mike D.

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    2. I understand what you are saying st. bosco; however, Liam Neeson (unlike yourself during your Baptist days and St. Paul during his Judaic sojourn) is proposing apostasy from the True Faith which he (presumably) possess at present. Why so we collectively yawn and comfort ourselves with a blasé self-assurance that once gone Liam will certainly return?

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  3. Obviously he's never given his Catholic faith a real shot. So he's basically a baptized person who's lost and wandering about searching for some meaning in his life. And maybe the rigors and rhythm of Islam appeal to him. He's been through a lot--I'll pray for the guy, that he may see that our Church has what his heart is yearning for!

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    1. Liam is not on his own when it comes to suffering...

      SUFFERING is a BLESSING -if he could learn more about the faith of his fathers he would be a happier person.

      ALLAH is certainly a dumb idea Liam!

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  4. @Sherry--after writing my post yesterday, I did more research and saw that two years ago he was saying some very Tashlan-friendly things:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1335586/Liam-Neeson-upsets-Narnia-fans-claiming-Aslan-Mohammed-Christ.html

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  5. As an actor of no particular talent or personality, Mr Neeson's thoughts about religion are not of the slightest interest. As a potential Catholic apostate, however, this poor man is on his way to losing his soul if, in fact, he hasn't done so already, and of course he should be prayed for.

    But we should pray for anyone considering such apostasy, and we should not care if he is a car mechanic or a mere performer. If anyone reading this knows the man then by all means try to talk with him. Otherwise, pray for him and then forget about it.

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  6. Did anyone want to remind Liam that most of those "stunning" mosques in Istanbul, were originally churches in Constantinople?

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    1. Good heaven, you're right! I'd forgotten about that.

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  7. ES of VA and Catholic!January 28, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Liam: Attend Holy Mass every day for your heart's desire.

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    1. Listen to me Liam... you dont need religion!!! all you need is a personal relationship with Jesus! The Bible says I am the way, the truth and the light! not some man. Read the bible... you can pray to God anytime you want... you dont need a man to forgive your sins... all you need is Jesus.
      I pray you seek him and find he truth. praying for you!

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  8. This is sad news but he is following a route that so many have taken, looking for something apparently deeper than much of what liberal Catholicism offers.
    The Bishops are waking up to this albeit ultra slowly.

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  9. All these things(his comments about other religions) seems to have happened after his wife died. I wonder if her death threw him into a tailspin, and he's kind of wandering around lost, confused, and extremely vulnerable to the false religions in this world. I feel really bad for him, and will pray that he be guided back into the Catholic Church.

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  10. I thought Liam Neeson was like Gerry Adams and most other influential Irishmen; that is, avowedly pseudo-Buddhist. I mean they are advocate only the easy non-moralistic aspects of Buddhism, fancying instead the pretty-parts. I imagine that the fascination with Islam is like a dog that returns to it's vomit, just another Victorian uppity conception that every Eastern is grand and everything at home is dismal, damp, and thoroughly sogged by the rain. These men do possess the capacity to see the beautiful in their own beings, in their own families, and in their own culture as a whole. They do not see the forest for the tree. I should not say that I am suprised, once again. Calvin has ingrained the idea of self-wretchedness so effectively in the modern-whites that it is somehow a logical step in the spiritual life for those Irishmen (and British I also dare say), who have nothing going on in the soul except an ember.

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  11. why care? my plumber is a fallen away methodist. So....?

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    1. No more reason to care about him than your plumber except that, as a celebrity, what he does will influence far more people.
      Flip side of the coin, celebrities have an advantages of having their doings and/or their misfortunes publicized, so luckily for them more people might actually pray for them. And now, everyone here at least can say a Hail Mary for your plumber.

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  12. Those who have known Christ and then turned away from him will be judged most severely by the Lord. Pray for his soul. I am sure he can't help being such a complete idiot.

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  13. Friends in Christ! As someone who almost made the same blunder as Mr. Neeson, please pray for him and encourage the Holy Spirit to awaken the hearts and laughter of those around him. Christ's claims aren't invalid because we don't recognize them (as you have rightly synthesized), but we make a dog's breakfast of our lives if we ignore them. Laughter's a key thing, here: it reawakens our sense of incongruity, or proportion. Let's pry we smacks his forehead and, laughing, shouts to the Heavens: "Oh, yeah, Hagia Sophia -- Holy Wisdom -- not a mosque; oh, right, Chartres not a mosque; Canterbury, York, Lincoln, Ripon not mosques, either. Monks, nuns, holy souls praying the office not Muslims, either. Who knew? Vivo Christo Rey!"

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    1. Actually, it is "VivA Cristo Rey"...

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  14. Sorry. That last one should have read, "... Let's pray he smacks his forehead and, laughing, shouts to the Heavens:" We don't need to pry and I don't need a flatter forehead than I have!

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  15. Tell him we wont behead him for leaving Christianity but the door to islam doesn't swing both ways!! Once in the penalty for apostasy is death - Rene

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  16. I'm thinking along the lines of Anonymous Jan 28, 2012 09:36 AM.

    His beloved wife died. That's enough to send anyone around the bend. Let's simply pray for the man and offer him words of encouragement to look more deeply into Catholicism, the True religion brought to us not by mere mortals but by the Son of God, Who is God Himself. Let none of us ever settle for anything less that the One True Faith!

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  17. We should not judge Liam Neeson too harshly. First of all, he ought to be commended for just publicly speaking about his belief in God. In our time this requires quite a bit of courage, especially if you are a famous Hollywood actor. Second, I understand him because I had been also seriously considering a conversion to Islam for several years before I came back to the Church. The reasons? When you start thinking very seriously about God and then you look at the present state of the Catholic Church, frankly, you are not very impressed. The damage done to Her by the "spirit of Vatican II" is at the first glance so great that there is seemingly not much left of the genuine mystery and spirituality in Her. Only when you begin going deeper and deeper, the ancient treasures start becoming visible from under the rubbish of bland liturgy, cafeteria-style morality and exaggerated focus on social issues. That's why Islam looks much more attractive as a straight path to God. Don't take only my word for it, Dr Peter Kreeft says exactly the same thing! However, just as I have come back to the Catholic fold, I wish Mr. Neeson did the same. I will pray for him.

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  18. This was my first thought on reading the article. I've only recently been aware of the LOH myself and am sure there are many others out there who don't know about them. Just search "brevery" or "liturgy of the hours", there are several websites out there that make it easier to pray them. Because otherwise you buy a book or books and starts by book marking the pages you'll use for the prayers.

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    1. I would recommend the Roman Breviary...in place of the LOH, which is deficient. (yeah, there's an App for that......FREE!)

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    2. Anonymous, I would not say the Liturgiam Horarium, which has been given to us by the legitimate authority of the Church, is deficient. One could easily argue this regarding parts of the English translation. Both the LH and the RB are approved for use. There are good reasons for choosing either one of them. In fact, I would be happy to do some posts on this in the future, if a writer would like to send me (to my home email) a proposed post which explains the differences between the two, and why he or she loves the RB, and list resources for those who want to learn more. But this post would have to avoid diatribes against the second Vatican council and the Novus Ordo. It would have to stick with the subject of the RB, and be charitable. Anyone who is interested in doing this may contact me off-list.

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  19. You will never be able to call God your father as he will only be your master. If you change your mind they may kill you as this is one of their fatwa's.

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  20. He is OBVIOSLY one of sheep that know the voice of Jesus the Good Shepherd, according to the Gospel of John Chapter 10. He is impressed by their Mosks?!?!?! What a fool, I guess the sacrifice of Jesus and our Heavely Queen are peanuts to him (whoever he is?)

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    2. Mary said 'yes' to bearing Christ and bringing into this world...when He was in His passion, she was there and supported him, suffered with him. It was her son after all! Not only that but her King and her God! She was the first Christian, His first disciple, and chosen specifically by God the Father to bear Christ, and was told by the Angel Gabriel is "full of grace"...to be full of grace is to be sinless! Not lacking any graces! She therefore was immaculately conceived. We do not worship her. We do not pray TO her, as if SHE were God, but rather that she pray for US, as our INTERCESSOR (as the saints are!); she whom has so much favor from God, the angels, and Christ (he performed miracle at Wedding in Cana BECAUSE SHE ASKED HIM TO).

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    3. Also, because she was immaculately conceived, she therefore could not die like other men, since she was freed from sin when God created her immaculate. So she ascended into heaven, and was made Queen thereof. Do you see her relationship now to the Church? to Christ? to all people? Christ at the cross saying "Woman behold thy son, son behold thy mother" to her and "the beloved disciple", St. John the Apostle! She is mother of all, the model of virtue, the Queen of Heaven, Sinless and Full of Grace. So that what was prophesied may come true. "
      "The role of Mary was foreshadowed in the Old Testament. In Genesis, the very first book of the Old Testament, which has been called the 'protoevangelicum,' meaning 'first gospel,' the 'woman' and the 'serpent' are put in 'enmity.' 'I will put enmity between you [the serpent] and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel' (Gen. 3:15).

      "Enmity means a complete and entire mutual opposition. Since the seed of the woman is Christ [who will crush the serpent's head by his redeeming work], then the woman [in this prophecy] must refer to the Blessed Virgin, who, with her Son, has complete enmity against Satan and against sin" ( Introduction to Mary, Queenship, 1993).

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    4. Out of curiosity where does it ever say in the bible that she suffered through with Jesus? For the entirety of His walk Jesus was alone and His disciples following. Never was she there following. How does she become a queen? That is putting a place on someone higher than Jesus if that were the case. For then it would be God, Mary then Jesus because he is the son. But it is not. It is God, the Holy Spirit and Jesus.

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  21. Correction:
    NOT one of the sheep

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  22. Liam, as you treasure the memory of your wife and her talents, think that if you and she were Muslims, SHE would be a prisoner in her own home practically- is this any way to honor her memory? to take up a religion that hates women that demeans their talents, their dignity? As for Turkey, ALL of it is a Christian graveyard- St Nicholas' relics had to be spirited out and taken to Bari, Italy. As for Ephesus, important to Our Lady-you can barely pray to her there EXCEPT when the Turks allow you to! But Novus Ordo Catholics need to hang their heads in shame; if Liam is thinking as he does, did not JPII's kissing of the Koran and Benedict's praying in Hagia Sophia like a Muslim cause the scandal? Would ANY Pope in the past have done this- NEVER not even at the cost of their very lives! So prayers all around are called for.

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  23. Myself I reflected upon these three religions:MUSLIMS,GUDAISM,AND CHRISTHIANITY,

    I concluded that NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN.

    So Adam became a SPIRIT, FLESH AND BLOOD, and A SOUL BEING.

    The spirit was SATAN ,the flesh and blood was LUCIFER and the SOUL was God's but dead through sin.

    So human beings were evil creatures through sin,with the exception of the select.

    In the OT these three element were symbolized in ISRAEL, JERUSALEM,AND ZION.

    After Jesus came and died for us He recreated us anew so we became a SPIRIT IN THE HOLY SPIRIT,FLESH AND BLOOD STILL THE WORLDLY ELEMENT OF SATAN THE GOD OF THE WORLD BUT WASHED IN BAPTISM OF JESUS CHRIST,AND THE SOUL GOD'S ALIVE IN JESUS ONLY.

    AFTER TWO THOUSANDS YEARS IN THE NT. FROM JESUS DEATH,THESE THREE ELEMENTS ARE

    THE SPIRIT(SATAN,ISRAEL) MUSLIMS The seed of antichrist

    FLESH AND BLOOD( LUCIFER,JERUSALEM) JUDAISM.

    THE SOUL( GOD'S DEAD SOUL,ZION) CHRISTIANITY

    THE MUSLIMS ARE MURDERING,CHRISTIANS,AND DESTROYING THEIR CHUCHES,AND ALARMINGLY HAVE THE HIGHEST EXPANDING RATE: OBVIOUS ANTICHRIST EMERGING.

    I WOULD ASK Liam Neeson:

    ARE YOU READY TO BE ONE OF THESE ELEMENTS OF ANTICHRIST

    CHARLES

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  24. I would recommend the Roman Breviary (yeah, there's an App for that......FREE!)

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  25. Is this the unforgivable sin of "blaspheming against the Holy Spirit"?

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  26. "The grass is always greener in the other fellow's yard." In our day, good catholic examples seem rare compared to jihadists, willing for martyrdom.

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  27. A Hollywood has-been converting to Islam? SO WHAT? He's just following the $$$ and the power (and his agent's advice.)

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  28. My thoughts are with Wendell. We need to pray for him, that he will see that the Catholic Church IS THE CHURCH and that all the answers he seeks are here. Jesus, My Lord and My God!

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  29. Secular liberalism of the west creates many gullible and ignorant people who doesnt know much about spirituality and religion.Its very easy to fool these people.

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    1. You are so correct. The sad fact is that Western culture has long ago bought into secularism. Christendom has become as dead as cold mush, with blind leading the blind. Meanwhile, Islam appears as the struggle to overcome the infidels. Who can resist, without a deep confirmation in Truth?

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  30. Dear Liam,
    God Bless you and your family and your desire for closeness with God, neighbor and yourself. The Holy Roman Catholic is so rich. We are given free will to live out out our faith. As catholics we are all called to to prayer all day long. We have a richness of prayer, daily morning offerring, daily mass, meal prayers, the 12 noon Angelus, the rosary, 3pm Divine Mercy prayer, evening prayer, saint devotions throughout the day, liturgy of the hours, holy hours, short prayers, long prayers, spiritual communions, praying with the scriptures, praising God in song, Devotional readings, prayer groups, bible study prayer groups. The list can go on further. We have been given free will to enter in to all day conversation with God that is prayer too. Then for more desired disciplined prayer life and prayer activites there is the 3 Rd orders of many priest/brothers orders for the laity to join. Finally is God calling you to come closer to Him in a more personal way of desiring and answering the call to a vocation? God calls us through our many trials and sufferings and our searchings to a deeper, more intimate place in Him.
    I pray you will be OPEN to the Graces of God in your baptized Catholic Faith and answer the call to be more prayerful and allow God to lead you. The Sacrament of Reconcilliation is great place to leave behind our old self and ask God to open up our heart, mind and spirit to His endless possibilities, that He has for us. Seek God in prayer in Jesus through Mary in the Holy Sacraments of the Catholic faith. You will never go wrong. I will pray for you. Love in Jesus for you , through Mary and care of St. Joseph.

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    1. Hi st bosco. I just got back from Church and am just getting through all the comments. You ask that we reason together, and I am all for that. But it is not reasoning to insult a faith, and its customs, which you do not understand. The bit babylonian beads is a tip off that you source of information about the Church is Jack Chick tracts or similar nonsense.
      A few random thoughts for you. Yes, we repeat some prayers. That does not mean they are vain. Jesus repeated many times, "Father if is possible, let this cup pass from me." Were those repetitions vain? If you pray the Lord's Prayer, or psalm 23, for example, more than once in a week or a day, is that vain repetition?
      Statues in a Catholic church serve the same person as the paintings or stained glass windows that are seen in protestant churches. They are decorations and visual aids. We do not worship them. We believe the commandment against idol worship means making these images for the purpose of worshiping them as gods. We do not do this. There are several places in the Bible where God commands his people to make graven images.
      You will not change any hearts or minds to your point of view by insulting priests and priestly vestments by making cracks about "costumed holymen". Catholic priests (and clergy of some other Christian churches) wear vestments as a kind of uniform, a sign of the sacred ministry they carry out in church. These vestments help point out the holiness, the set-apartness, of the worship that goes on at the altar. Surely you know that the Jewish priests also wore special clothing as commanded by God.
      Feel free to comment some more on any of this, but if your tone cannot be respectful, if you cannot show that you are willing to learn what Catholics actually believe before you express disagreement, then I will have not choice but to delete your comments.
      May God bless you.

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  33. Hello Daria. No one loves catholic people more than me. You say we can discuss the points you mentioned. I have been in a ministry witnessing to catholics for 5 yrs. Believe me,they taught me about their faith.
    First point...I am aware that you personally dont worship the statue. God does what he wants. He had cherubs on the walls of his temple. No one bowed to them. The best example catholics have been taught is the bronze serpent. Yes, it had power. All you had to do was look at it and be healed.It had a one time purpose. Do you know what happened to the bronze serpent? People started Venerating it and gave it a name, Nahustan. Venerating an object is detestable in the eyes of god. Amen?
    God had Hezekiah get rid of it because it was a great evil to venerate objects. 2 Kings 4 18 i think. Maybe its 2 kings 18 4. There goes the bronze serpent reason.
    Next are the cherubs on the mercy seat of the Ark. God commanded us to make images ....im told. What is not mentioned is that the people couldnt go in and bow to it. The people couldnt even look at it or they died.There goes another example. Daria, i hope you dont find me disrespectful to you. Everything i said is in scripture.
    You took offence to the costume bit. You say that other religion have costumes also. That Jews had men in special dress as priests. These priests WERE commanded to wear special dress. They are priests of God. If you go back to the old test you will see that the Levite men are the priesthood of god. No one else. If anyone wears a costume and calls himself a holyman, they are not. Go to the new testament and you see that the body of the saved, the born again are the priests and saints. No special dress. Peter warns us about setting ourselfs apart from our brother. Jesus said...It is finished.
    The Veil has been torn apart. We can now approach Christ by ourself. Thank you Daria and god loves you

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    1. Hey Bosco;

      DON"T EVER EVER PUT DOWN Christ's mother.
      Your writing sounds feminine. If you are a woman and in a "ministry" then YOU are in big trouble attacking the priests in the church that Christ founded. Take your protestant views and bother your own. Obviously you had to come to this site because you cannot get anywhere with your own ilk.

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    3. OH YES Jesus did say to John at the foot of the cross...."BEHOLD your MOTHER"

      You twist and interpret the bible to suit yourself.
      Foolish know all that you come across.
      By the way we Catholics do pray to St John the baptist and you know Jack about the bible.
      Bet you don't even read the Dhouay Rheims.

      Sometimes I think the devil has influenced so many with his garbage whispers how right the person is to interpret the faith that the only tool he relies on to do it is PRIDE and aren't your words FULL OF IT!

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    4. I have nothing to be proud of, believe me.
      Befor Jesus died, he entrusted his mother to one of the disciples. Hebrew custom was that the eldest child took the mother or father or both in. Joseph was most likely dead already. Obviously. Jesus didnt entrust her to the eldest brother because he wanted Mary to be eventually led to Christ by his disciples. Jesus brothers and sisters thought Jesus was beside himself. They were not followers of Jesus. So he entrusted her to John(john the baptist was dead at that time).

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    5. Bosco,

      I'll say a rosary just for you.

      And I do believe that you have nothing to be proud of. Be humble like HIS mother, they both love you whoever you are Bosco. In fact, I can guarantee you everyone in this blog WILL be thinking of you in their daily rosary today as well as Liam. Lucky you to be amongst a site of others that truly care and know what can help both of you. Mary is my mother too and she wants exactly what her son and the Father want, unity and "as it is in Heaven".

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    6. Thanks my new friend. Ill pray for you too. God knows your real identity.I need no name

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    7. The greatest miracle is CONVERSION of HEART

      Christ's 3 years of public ministry NEVER stopped converting the heart. Your heart matters most so let it be filled with love and be a copy of His Sacred Heart as much as we possibly can -

      Jesus, meek and humble of heart make my heart like unto Thine....Have a great day!,

      from Bosco's new found friend.

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  34. Like your style st bosco

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    1. There must be 2 Anonymous in here...one friend , one foe

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  35. Is it OK to post a website about the origins of the rosary beads?

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  36. no, because it would be from an anti-catholic website. Unless--don't tell me--you were going to post the article from New Advent, which is the Catholic website you subscribe to which got you to this blog?
    st bosco, I'm afraid this discussion would lead to an endless back and forth, your links against mine, mine against yours, your scripture verses against mine, mine against yours, ad boredom. You aren't going to convert anyone who comes to this blog to share our enthusiasm for praying the psalms of the Catholic liturgy. We believe the Church gave us the Bible and is the definitive interpreter of it, and are not impressed by the many, many churches started years later by people who preferred their own private interpretation of scripture. I will consider starting a separate page on this blog if you want to keep up an apologetics discussion, but do not want to prolong it here. You have long since stopped discussing the topic of this post, which was concern over Liam Neeson's possible to Islam. If you want to continue on a separate page, let me know, and I will do so, and we continue our discussion, building on the foundation of our common faith in Christ as Savior and Lord, and our baptism into his grace.

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    1. Well, st bosco, I just checked around and found your trashy, anti-catholic blogs. You are not someone with whom I can expect to have a reasonable discussion, so I don't think I'll be setting up a page that might lead people to your offensive blogs. I'll be deleting your comments. I'll pray for you tonight with my babylonian beads.

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    2. Daria, don't delete her words. She's lost like so many others. Please don;t take it personally. Correct and rebuke gently but firmly. Bosco needs to be shown the errors first. You should not throw in the towel so quickly. Her soul is just as important as Liam's and yours!

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    4. Your profile says it all Michelle. Enough said.

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  38. So much for new evangelisation Daria

    You need a rosary more than Liam

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    1. and more blah, blah... I'm just wondering do you have a back bone to DEFEND the Church, or even say a one Rosary a wk. on a regular basis? not just when you have a petion???

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  39. You know better Daria.

    Would Our lady or any mother for that matter give up on any of her children?

    Is it so important that we always have to be right to the point of being irresponsibly stupid?

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  40. I looked at St Blog's links, and I see what Daria is protesting. You can pray earnestly for someone, yet choose not to give that person a platform from which to speak nonsense. I understand completely.

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    1. You can bring a horse to the OCEAN but you can't make him drink!

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  41. Daria I like your blog and I love to see a faithful Catholic woman armed with a knowledge of her faith present the truth to another. Keep the faith and keep up the wonderful work! Arguing with this guy st Bosco is probably a fruitless endeavor. First of all much like the Muslims he obviously thinks being deceptive is an appropriate means to propagating his particular religious beliefs. To present himself as a person who is probably Catholic by using that title is deceptive and dishonorable. Peter speaks well when he says in the epistle that there are many things in scripture that the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction. Jude also talks about men like this who revile glorious beings, they have nothing of value to offer. They can only continue to attack the Holy Bride of Christ and also deny His Mother the honor due her. They make God out to be a stingy being who desires all glory for Himself to the exclusion of anyone else. The image they present of a believer's relationship to God is more like the slave relationship of the follower of islam than the filial relationship of a Christian to God. To equate Catholic beliefs and practices with the babylonian mystery religion or any other pagan faith is a tactic that may work with someone who is as ignorant of history as most protestants seem to be; but like you stated above isn't going to impress anyone who knows something of their faith. Private interpretation of scripture and the whole protestant construct has wrought nothing but destruction since it's inception; destroyed societies,destroyed families and ever increasing division in the Body of Christ I wish these people who fancy themselves such profound thinkers and biblical exegetes would take counsel from the Lord himself and see by the fruit that this system has wrought what it's nature really is. No blinded by their own desires they would rather trust in their own version of things and continue on being deceived and deceiving others. I hope by the grace of God your conversation with this guy will bring him around to what's true but maybe God has already abandoned him to his apostasy. I hope not. At any rate keep up the good work.

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  42. Thank you, Kathy and Joe for supporting me in this. It was not a decision made lightly. I enjoy engaging in dialog, discussion,and debate with non-catholics, but in this instance, I judged (maybe wrongly, but there it is) that this person would not benefit from anything I had to say to him. Certainly I'll be praying for this person. You know how Jesus said some demons are only cast out by prayer and fasting? This seems to be one of those situations.

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  43. You know what Daria, you taught Bosco NOTHING.

    You were offended that a sinner actually wrote something nasty in their past about our faith, so being miffed and self righteous you blew a chance to instruct the ignorant and chose instead to use your power on your site and pulled the plug on them.

    Perhaps you should consider just giving other homeschoolers some useful tips or eggplant recipes. As for the breviary somewhere in there you might see what a goose you have been.
    As for Joe and Kathy's comments well, wouldn't it be funny if Daria and Bosco both ended up in purgatory until they sorted out their differences....

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    1. AND THE KETTLE TOLD THE POT!
      you forgot to mention that you'll be in purgatory playing
      mr./ms. Anonymous/selfrightous/judge/and jury!

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  44. Do not look at so called Christians, because you will be disappointed. We are very imperfect siners. We need to look to Christ, Who says: "Camo to me all of you that are searching....because, I will give you PEACE..."

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  45. Bottom Line...If he is considering Islam he obviously does not know what the church teaches. NO one with sound reason would leave the Catholic Church if they knew the history and teachings of this Devine institution. NO one! NO one! NO one!

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    2. duhhh. Jeepers bosco you know everything.

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  46. He is OBVIOSLY NOT one of sheep that know the voice of Jesus the Good Shepherd, according to the Gospel of John Chapter 10. He is impressed by their Mosks?!?!?! What a fool, I guess the sacrifice of Jesus and our Heavely Queen are peanuts to him (whoever he is?)

    *Pardon for reposting, but I typed my first post from my iphone and it's a little hard to type, I inadvertently left out "NOT"

    Michelle

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  47. Daria, I was born Sept. 29th the Feast day of St. Michael. And I stand and defend the Church's teachings and God's precepts...

    and I can see CAFFETERIA Catholics from MILES AWAY! they always come out in interesting topics/blogs such as this, never fails! I should know, there's a couple in my family!

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  48. Oh my Christian friends...truth stand clear from falsehood.
    Our natural disposition will tell whether its the truth or not, in the case of Liam the truth of islam is what entered his heart.
    Please pray for his success in this life and in the next

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  49. The Eucharist, the Eucharist, the Eucharist!! Islam doesn't have that Liam!!

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  50. Let him. Idiost like him do think they know more that the inferior mortals who are not movie stars, like him. Tell him not to do is like telling my son he is wrong, he knows everything already thus it is me, not him who is wrong. We can pray for him, but he probably doesn't care about our prayers. He is a STAR, we are not. He KNOWS more than we do, so let him. Maybe some day he will see the light, let's hope and pray that day will not be too late for him

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  51. Try praying the Angelus three times a day. That would be a great start.

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    1. Absolutely! That is another fixed-hour prayer, and so easy to do. There was a time when all Catholic churches rang their bells 3x daily, and many Catholics would stop in their tracks to pray. Since Vatican II, this custom has fallen by the wayside among the general Catholic public. Churches quit ringing their bells (or noise laws stopped them), or quite repairing and maintaining bells, and ugly new churches were built without them.

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  52. Important to take care of people! And pray!
    An interesting blog, Daria!

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