Friday, June 23, 2006

Did the Pope Say the Smoke of Satan has Entered the Church?

It's only in Italian on the Vatican website, but it's definitely there and Pope Paul VI said it:
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In this document, you will find the words: «da qualche fessura sia entrato il fumo di Satana nel tempio di Dio». I'm no "expert" in Italian, but "il fumo di Satana nel tempio di Dio" IS translated to "the smoke of Satan in the Temple of God." I hope this helps.

Here's a little more:
da qualche fessura sia entrato il fumo di Satana nel tempio di Dio

Using the "babelfish" interpretor through this is translated to: from some fissure the smoke of Satana in the tempio has entered of God We can see this as "from some fissure, the smoke of Satan has entered the Temple of God."

Comments anyone?


Thursday, June 22, 2006

What is the Greatest Event in All of History?

What is the Incarnation?

An Article by Scott Windsor

I'm sure that most of you, at first thought, (as did I) answer “The Incarnation is when God became Man.” And you would be correct – but not wholly correct! Yes, the Incarnation, if we think of it soley as a regular noun, it is defined as:


1. a. The
act of incarnating.

b. The condition of being incarnated.

And “incarnate” is defined


1. a. Invested
with bodily nature and form: an incarnate spirit.

b. Embodied
in human form; personified: a villain who is evil incarnate.

in·car·nat·ed, in·car·nat·ing,

1. a. To
give bodily, especially human, form to.

b. To

Now, going back to the first reference,
the next definition is:

    2. Incarnation Christianity
    The doctrine that the Son of God was conceived in the womb of Mary
    and that Jesus is true God and true man.

So far, it's just as we thought –
that one action of God becoming Man, even as a proper noun, the
reference (which is to The American Heritage® Dictionary of the
English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000), is still
speaking of that one event, but really it is so much more!

The Incarnation of God, as an act of
God is an eternal act. It “happened” in time as we see
it, during that remarkable event of the Holy Ghost coming upon the
Blessed Virgin after she gave her fiat, “Be it done to me
according to Thy Will,” and that event is summed up in John
1:14, “And the Word was made Flesh, and dwelt among us”
(here, during the liturgy, we all genuflect or bow in respect and awe
of God becoming Man). But, as an eternal act of God, it continues to
“happen” outside of time, as we perceive it. So, this
“once in time” act – actually continues to this
day, and we are witness to that Act at each and every valid Mass!
When the priest declares (in persona christi) “This IS My
Body...” it IS His Body! We are there, at the Incarnation,
witnessing the Incarnation! What's more is that the Incarnation is
not merely the point in time when God became Man, but it is that
point in history wherein God became Man, was born, lived, died and
was resurrected! It is through the Incarnation that God redeemed

The Incarnation is the single event in
history which truly changed the world. No other event has had so
much impact on all of society as this one Act of God! This is
clearly exemplified in the fact that the calendar, used throughout
the world (with few exceptions) is based on “A.D.” which
is the Latin abbreviation for “Anno Domini” - and
translated that is “the year of Our Lord.” To limit the
Incarnation to that single point in Mary's life robs us of the true
significance of the Incarnation. God merely becoming Man is a great
event, but if that's ALL that happened, it would not be so
remarkable; afterall, such “incarnations” are part of
several religious beliefs. What made The Incarnation so remarkable
was that not only did God become Man, but God took upon Himself our
sins. He submitted Himself to death and died in our behalf so that
we might live again. Then He conquered death and rose again! That
is The Incarnation! Not only has The Incarnation happened, it
continues to “happen” at every valid Mass. It continues
to bring to the present that God became Man and dwells among us, that
he lived and died and rose again. That is The Incarnation! That is
the great Mysterium Fidei, (Mystery of Faith) which we celebrate
through the Mass.

The Modern Catholic Encyclopedia says it this way:

Thus incarnation
does not merely concern the conception or birth of the Savior, but
the entire redemptive history of the Word made flesh. Moreover, it
is human life in all its grandeur and vulnerability that is assumed.
As a result, inseparably connected with the understanding of
incarnation, is the recognition of kenosis,
the self-emptying of God into human form, even unto death. (p. 422,
The Modern Catholic Encyclopedia, Michael Glazier, Monika K.
Hellwig, editors, copyright 1994, nihil obstat, Robert C. Harren,
Censor deputatus; imprimatur, +Jerome Hanus, Bishop of St. Cloud,
Minnesota, June 10, 1994).

Anne W. Carrol, in
her book, Christ the King: Lord of History, states:

So to find the most important event in the history of the world, we
must find an event that had a great influence at the time it
occurred, that is still influencing history at the present time, and
that even made a difference in history before it occurred.

There is only one event that meets all these requirements. That
event is what Christians call the Incarnation: the birth, life,
death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, who was both God and man.
(pp. 8-9, Christ the King: Lord of History,
Trinity Communications, 1986

In summary, when asked what is the greatest event in all of history – our answer is “The Incarnation.” What we mean by “The Incarnation,” is not merely that point in time in which God became Man, but His entire life, death and Resurrection, and that “event” continues to this day in every valid Mass (and Divine Liturgy). It is through this Incarnation in which God redeemed the world, and it is through the Mass that this Act is still manifest for us to witness to this day, until He returns in glory.