The Blessed Virgin Mary and Elbereth Gilthoniel in Lord of the Rings

Blessed Virgin Mary with St. Joachim and St. Anne

Blessed Virgin Mary with St. Joachim and St. Anne

Today is the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary. And today I shall talk about a female figure in the Lord of the Rings that reminds us of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Elbereth Gilthoniel.

Read more at Monk’s Hobbit.

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Skyline movie review: Christian rapture and the war for human brains

My father and I watched the movie Skyline few Sundays ago. We came about 15 minutes late, but we made it to the Day One of the Alien Invasion. The film ran for about an hour and a half. Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie a 14% rating, i.e. bad movie. But I disagree.

First, there are no movie stars like Tom Cruise. I think this is a positive aspect of the movie. The characters are plain and boring–just like you and me. They represent many of people we know who spend the night away in parties and orgies. A casual sex made a girl pregnant and the man is not ready to be a father. The setting is a condominium and there is no family to speak of. An old man lives alone with a dog.

And second, the story was not well told because it has a hanging ending. When the movie ended and the cast of characters went up, the people still remained in their seats, wondering if the movie has really ended. I felt cheated that the movie did not end properly unlike Independence Day–a virus was delivered and the spaceships were destroyed. Or in Transformers: the Autobots defeated the Decepticons. A glorious morning shines after a terrible storm. But this is not how it ended in Skyline: in the face of an alien invasion, the humans–with all their jet fighters and nuclear missiles–are powerless. And the thought of powerlessness lingered long hours or days for me after watching the film.

Let us turn to some theological elements in the film:

1. Captivating Light and Beatific Vision

According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, as quoted by Wikipedia, beatific vision is defined as follows:

The immediate knowledge of God which the angelic spirits and the souls of the just enjoy in Heaven. It is called “vision” to distinguish it from the mediate knowledge of God which the human mind may attain in the present life. And since in beholding God face to face the created intelligence finds perfect happiness, the vision is termed “beatific.”

The light seen by the human characters in the movie may also be called beatific in the superficial sense, because they find it wonderful to see.  Such a wonderful light pulls them towards the heavens, similar to what St. Paul described during the coming of Christ:

Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. (1 Thes 4:17)

But in the movie there was no heaven to speak of, but a deep pit of dark slime where humans are piled on top of each other.  This is Sheol, the abode of the dead.

Such an alien light reminds me of the shining darkness of sin (e.g. pornography): it captivates your vision, drawing you closer to read or see more, until your soul is plunged in the darkness of sin.  Not to look is difficult for the will, unless another person immediately pulls you out from the captivating light.  This reminds me of the palantir of Orthanc that Pippin looked into and the Dark Lord Sauron caught hold of his mind; Pippin only recovered when he confessed his sin to Gandalf.

2.  War for the human brain

The alien creatures may be classified as octopi and behemoths.  Octopi creatures capable of flight.  No, they do not scan for electromagnetic radiation like that in the Matrix and zoom in for the kill.  Instead, they seek human and draws them out either by lure or by force.  Behemoths, on the other, have nothing else to do but to crush everything in its path.  

These alien creatures remind me of the modern-day headhunters: multinationals, governments, and non-government organizations.  They get the best minds to join them and the persons they get became imbued with the organization’s culture and values.  I am thinking countries like China, companies like Planned Parenthood, and the many organizations which promote the homosexual lobby.  What the movie’s ending may be saying is that it is possible to be part of these organizations while keeping your own mind.  Tyranny is terrified by the human free will and tyrants will try to keep human mind in control either by brainwashing the adults in universities or by sucking the brains of infants in partial birth abortion.

The movie ends with utter hopelessness: no US nuke missiles can destroy the alien ships. The US tried all their military hardware and software against Vietnam; US lost the war.  The US also tried their military might against Iraq; the US is now recalling back its forces.  The US has not learned its lesson well: a war of the mind cannot be fought with guns and nukes.  The religion of peace called Islam can only be converted by the peace of Christ, the Lion from the Tribe of Judah.  The Great Red Dragon that is communist Russia and China can only be defeated by the Woman Clothed With the Sun, Our Lady of Fatima.  And the multi-tentacled behemoth that is Planned Parenthood can only be destroyed by She Who Crushed the Head of the Serpent, Tequaxalupeaux, Our Lady of Guadalupe whose feast we now celebrate.  In the end, this is what we can be sure: the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary shall triumph.

Triskaidekaphobia and October 13: the Message of Our Lady of Fatima and of Akita

Triskaidekaphobia is the fear of the number 13 or three (tris)  and (kai) ten (deka).  In a short while, the Monk’s Hobbit blog will reach its 13,000 th visitor since I started seriously blogging a day after my last year’s birthday: November 4.  November is the 11th month in our present calendar.  But November comes from nona meaning nine, as in nonagon, a polygon with nine angles (or sides).  November 4 is therefore 9 + 4 = 13.  Julius Augustus Caesar inserted July and August, so September, October, November, and December are moved by two months from their original position of being the 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th months, respectively.  I was born in the year 1975.  This may be broken down into 19 and 75.  But 1 + 9 = 10, while 7 + 5 = 12 and 1 + 2 = 3.  Thus, 10 and 3 gives 13.

No, I am not superstitious.  I am only mentioning thirteen because Our Lady of Fatima appeared every 13th of the month from May to October of 1917.  Interestingly, 1917 may be reduced to 19 + 1 – 7 = 13.  Also, May is the 5th month and October is 8th month (without July and August).  So 5 + 8 = 13.  In mathematics, 5, 8, and 13 are the numbers in the Fibonacci series: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34….  Add the two consecutive digits to get the next digit: 1 + 1 = 2, 1 +2 = 3, 2 + 3 = 5, 3 + 5 = 8, and 5 + 8 = 13.

October the 13th is coming, which is the Anniversary of the Last Apparition in Fatima.  According to Christopher A. Ferrara of the Fatima Network (May 8, 2009), the rumored missing third secret of Fatima is essentially the same as that of Akita:

In my book I show that the former Cardinal Ratzinger, who conferred face-to-face with Bishop Ito in Rome concerning the Akita apparitions, told Howard Dee, the former Philippines Ambassador to the Vatican, that the Message of Fatima and the Message of Akita are “essentially the same.” But here is what Our Lady told Sister Sasagawa on October 13, 1973, the very anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima:

“As I told you, if men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never have seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead. The only arms that will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by My Son. Each day recite the prayers of the Rosary. With the Rosary, pray for the pope, the bishops, and the priests.

“The work of the devil will infiltrate even the Church in such a way that one will see Cardinals opposing Cardinals, bishops against other bishops. The priests who venerate Me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres…churches and altars sacked, the Church will be full of those who accept compromise and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord. The demon will be especially implacable against souls consecrated to God. The thought of the loss of so many souls is the cause of My sadness. If sins increase in number and gravity, there will be no longer pardon for them.

So let us put our fear of the number thirteen in a more religious perspective and pray everyday the Holy Rosary.

Philippine Flag for Christians and Muslims: Add Our Lady of Fatima on top of a crescent moon

In the Letters section of the Philippine Star, a Muslim proposed to add a crescent moon on the Philippine flag (see picture here):

Since the avowed purpose for the modification of the flag is to give recognition to the Muslims of Mindanao, I suggest that we add a green CRESCENT instead to one of the stars (see proposed design above) in which manner the recognition intended them can be said to be clear, distinct, apparent and can be readily pointed to even by any grade school pupil and not to be lost within one of those rays that most people never care to count at all. More importantly, it hails them not just as mere freedom fighters but as Muslims. — DATU RUBEN S. BUAN SR., Datu Lukes of Maguindanao Sultanate, 102 Quezon Avenue, Poblacion 1, Cotabato City

I am sure many Christians like me would object to this.  If we add a CRESCENT, we must also add a CROSS, but not to place them side by side, overlapping each other, to form the hammer and sickle of the Communist Russia.  And since about 90% of Filipinos are Christians, the cross should be at least nine times bigger than the crescent moon.

But I am sure Muslims would object to the cross.  So why not choose a symbol dear to Christians and Muslims alike: Mary.  Mary is the Mother of Christ and Mary is also found in the Quran as Miriam.  Muslims revere Mary more than Fatima, the daughter of Muhammad.  As Archbishop Fulton Sheen wrote in his book, Mary and the Muslims:

Mary is for the Moslems the true Sayyida, or Lady. The only possible serious rival to her in their creed would be Fatima, the daughter of Mohammed himself. But 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 our second point, namely, why the Blessed Mother, in this twentieth century, should have revealed herself in the insignificant little village of Fatima, so that to all future generations she would be known as “Our Lady of Fatima.” Since nothing ever happens out of heaven except with a finesse of all details, I believe that the Blessed Virgin chose to be known as “Our Lady of Fatima” as a pledge and a sign of hope to the Moslem people, and as an assurance that they, who show her so much respect, will one day accept her Divine Son, too.

Evidence to support these views is found in the historical fact that the Moslems occupied Portugal for centuries. At the time when they were finally driven out, the last Moslem chief had a beautiful daughter by the name of Fatima. A Catholic boy fell in love with her, and for him she not only stayed behind when the Moslems left, but even embraced the faith. The young husband was so much in love with her that he changed the name of the town where he lived to Fatima. Thus, the very place where Our Lady appeared in 1917 bears a historical connection to Fatima, the daughter of Mohammed.

The final evidence of the relationship of Fatima to the Moslems is the enthusiastic reception which the Moslems in Africa and India and elsewhere gave to the Pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima, as mentioned earlier. Moslems attended the Church services in honor of Our Lady; they allowed religious processions and even prayers before their mosques; and in Mozambique the Moslems, who were unconverted, began to be Christian as soon as the statue of Our Lady of Fatima was erected.

Because Muslims honor Our Lady of Fatima so much, it is fitting that our Lady should stand on top of the crescent moon as in the icon of Our Lady of Guadalupe or of the Immaculate Concepcion, which the Muslims also believe:

The Koran, which is the Bible of the Moslems, has many passages concerning the Blessed Virgin. First of all, the Koran believes in her Immaculate Conception and, also, in her Virgin Birth. The third chapter of the Koran places the history of Mary’s family in a genealogy which goes back through Abraham, Noah, and Adam. When one compares the Koran’s description of the birth of Mary with the apocryphal Gospel of the birth of Mary, one is tempted to believe that Mohammed very much depended upon the latter. Both books describe the old age and the definite sterility of the mother of Mary. When, however, she conceives, the mother of Mary is made to say in the Koran: “O 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 thy protection, O Lord against Satan!”

The Koran passes over Joseph in the life of Mary, but the Moslem tradition knows his name and has some familiarity with him. In this tradition, Joseph is made to speak to Mary, who is a virgin. As he inquired how she conceived Jesus without a father, Mary answered: “Do you not know that God, when He created the wheat had no need of seed, and that God by His Power made the trees grow without the help of rain? All that God had to do was to say. ‘So be it, and it was done.'”

The Koran has also verses on the Annunciation, Visitation, and Nativity. 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 nineteenth chapter of the Koran there are forty-one verses on Jesus and Mary. There is such a strong defense of the virginity of Mary here that the Koran, in the fourth book, attributes the condemnation of the Jews to their monstrous calumny against the Virgin Mary. (Bishop Fulton Sheen, Mary and the Moslems)

Our Protestant brothers may object to Mary.  But they can think of her simply as a Woman on top of a Crescent Moon described in the Book of Revelation (for Protestants will never believe unless it is in the Bible):

A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. (Rev 12:1)

How about the members of Iglesia ni Cristo and of the Masons?  The Philippine flag already contains the triangle, the stars, and the sun, which are their common symbols (see comparison of INC and Masonic logos).

I think this proposal of adding our Lady of Fatima on top of the crescent would be acceptable to all Faiths: Catholics, Protestants, Muslims, and Masons.  If we remove Our Lady, we must also remove the Crescent, and many would be happy with our flag as it is.

The Book of Job: a Prophecy on the Catholic Church in the 20th Century?

The Book of Job is a story about an upright man who was blessed by God with good health, many children, and lots of possessions.  Every day, Job offers a holocaust for her children for the forgiveness of their sins.  One day Satan asked God’s permission to test Job’s faith, for Satan believes that Job only believes in God because of his many blessings.  God gave Satan the permission.  Then Job’s oxens and asses were taken away by Sabeans and Chaldeans, his servants were put to the sword, fire from heaven burned his sheep and shepherds, his sons and daughters were killed by a gale, and Job himself was struck with malignant ulcers from head to foot.

Is the story of Job a prophecy for the church in the 20th century?  I think it is.

Job represents the Catholic church.

As Job offers holocaust for the forgiveness of the sins of his children, so does every priest of the Catholic Church offer the Body and Blood of Christ in every mass for the forgiveness of sins of many.

Satan asking God to test the faith of Job corresponds to the year 1880, when Pope Leo XIII overheard near the tabernacle the conversation between Our Lord and Satan:

The guttural voice, the voice of Satan in his pride, boasted to Our Lord: “I can destroy your Church.”

The gentle voice of Our Lord: “You can? Then go ahead and do so.”

Satan: “To do so, I need more time and more power.”

Our Lord: “How much time? How much power?”

Satan: “75 to 100 years, and a greater power over those who will give themselves over to my service.”

Our Lord: “You have the time, you will have the power. Do with them what you will.

The oxens and asses represent the Papal States

Papal States were the gifts of Constantine and the donations of Pepin the Short.   In 1870 the Papal States were captured and annexed to the Kingdom of Italy.  The Pope never accepted the indemnity for the lost Papal States and he considered himself as the prisoner of Vatican City.  In 1929 the Lateran treaty was signed between Vatican and Italy, making Vatican City an independent sovereign state.

With the loss of Papal States, Pope Pius IX, in his encyclical Saepe Venerabilis (1871), institutionalized the Peter’s Pence, which is an ancient Anglo-Saxon custom of giving tithes to Pope.  Every year, on the Sunday closest to June 29, the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, the church collections for the Sunday mass are sent to the Vatican for the Pope’s financial support.

The sword that killed Job servants represents persecution of the Church

This persecution is against the Christians in general and the Catholic priests and friars in particular:  Philippine Revolution (1898), French Secularization (1905), Mexican Revolution (1917), Bolshevik Revolution (1917),  Spanish Civil War (1930’s), Chinese Communism (1949 to the present), Hindu Fanaticism (2008), Islamic Jihad (Jihad Watch), and the present Obama Administration (Georgetown IHS, Notre Dame Scandal, and FOCA).

The fire from heaven that burned Job’s sheep and shepherds corresponds to the first World War I and World War II

Sheep corresponds to the Christian faithful and the Shepherds are the priests and bishops, because Peter, as the head of the church, was commanded by Christ to feed and care for His sheep.

The fire from heaven recalls the fire which burned the offering of Elijah, in the presence of the priests of Baal and the people of Israel, as proof that there is no other God but the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  Fire also means war: World War I and II, which raged in Europe and throughout the world, killing millions of men and women.  World War I started in the assassination of Ferdinand, the Archduke of Austria, the last Holy Roman Emperor.  World War II ended with Cold War between the West  and Communist Russia.

Bur fire also gives light.  This is the prophecy of Our Lady of Fatima:

This war will end [WWI], but if men do not refrain from offending God, another and more terrible war will begin during the pontificate of Pius XI.

When you see a night that is lit by a strange and unknown light [this occurred on January 28, 1938], you will know it is the sign God gives you that He is about to punish the world with war and with hunger, and by the persecution of the Church and the Holy Father.

The gale that destroyed the house where the sons and daughters of Job feasted represents the tempest that followed after Vatican II.

There is a new spirit blowing in the church after its windows were opened to the fresh air of the modern world.  It is not the Holy Spirit.  It is the Spirit of Modernism.  The Spirit of Vatican II.  Pope Paul VI calls it the Smoke of Satan.

After Vatican II, the people of God walked in the darkness and found themselves no longer in Rome, according to the Prophecy of 200-Day March of Don Bosco.  The Catholic Church cracked from forces within as the Dragon swept a third of the stars : the priests, bishops, and cardinals who defy the pope, calling for women ordination, political correctness, collegiality,  inculturation (liturgy), contraception, ecumenism, modernism, homosexuality, and liberation (theology).

The result? The church attendance and vocations dwindled worldwide.  The 40,000 strong Jesuits, the Church’s greatest missionaries, halved.  Europe, once dotted by churches, are now emptied and converted to  mosques.  And the U.S., whose dollars are marked with  “In God we trust”, became a godless abomination.

Job’s malignant ulcers is the Sexual Abuse Scandal

Sexual abuse is a sin of the flesh, and worse if the abuse was made by priests and bishops, the epitome of Catholic sanctity.  The homosexual subculture persisted for decades, with homosexual bishops transferring erring priests to another diocese to cover the priests crime.  One by one, as sexual abuse litigations arose, Catholic dioceses went bankrupt, as they sold their buildings and lands to pay for the victims of sexual abuse.

Homosexuality is sexual sin and many homosexuals, because of their multiple sexual partners, acquired AIDS.  If you wish to imagine what Job looks like, look at the picture of an AIDS patient.