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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Marian Apparitions, Part VI, More on Bayside Mary

John J. Delaney, editor, A Woman Clothed With the Sun

Because the New York apparitions went on for 25 years, there is almost more material available than can be absorbed without weeks and months of study. It used to be on the website “rosesfromheaven,” but for some reason most of it has been removed. Another website, “” carries some of the more important statements. Check out their Index to find statements and directives by topic.

Mary had so many negative accusations against the nuns, priests, Roman cardinals, and Vatican II, that she may have done more damage than the Communists detractors. At a later date, when the apparitions at Medjugorje began to be widely known, the Church would be arguing over which was the real Mary. Medjugorje Mary and Bayside Mary could not have been more different. Medjugorje Mary never mentioned the Pope at all. She was much more ecumenical and far less theological.

Apparently Catholics who followed the Bayside revelations began to panic when they realized that their parish and their church was trying to modernize. They feared that their priests had been corrupted and that the Mass, Communion, baptisms, etc., were not valid. “Mary” had to assure them that they should stay put. The Mass was valid even if the priest was a rogue.

Mary’s most amazing revelation was about the plot against Pope Paul VI. Veronica was shown that he would be martyred. By March of ’72 the assassin had already been chosen. By April 23 the pope would be removed from the seat of Peter unless enough prayers go up. His replacement had been chosen. Forged documents would come out of Rome to blame Paul and put him in a bad light. These conspirators wanted an international religion. Pope Paul was imprisoned in chains, crying for help [6-8-72]. Apparently all those rosaries had a good effect because as of May 30 he was still alive [bvm, 5-30], as he was in 1978. “666, Lucifer and his agents, will make a concerted effort to dethrone the present Vicar (9-28-78).”

The status of women will not progress under Bayside Mary. The Apostle Paul showed up to proclaim,
“Listen, my child, how Satan has corrupted the word.” Veronica: And now he’s becoming quite angry and pointing, jabbing with his finger the Book and saying, “Observe: Women shall be meek in the presence of their husbands. We hear the call of ‘liberation’! Whom shall woman be liberated to but satan! A man, as a figure of the Christ, my child, shall be the head of his household. So it is from the Lord. “A woman shall adorn herself not in pearls and braided hair, but in goodness and piety and good example to her children. A woman will not expose her body as a pagan. What manner of example has she given to her children? Woe to the parent who brings scandal to her children! Woman, remove your arrogance! You are searching in darkness. As a sign of reverence, you will cover your head. It is not that I call it custom, My children; it is that the angels demand this in the presence of the Sacrifice, Mass!” [March 22, 1975].

One of the weirdest directives calls for women to wear blue berets as a sign of their submission: “They will wear the blue berets, for they will not be above their husbands. They will do as they have done in the past in honor of the Father; and in the path of the Father, they will listen to their husbands and honor their husbands within the home. If they do thus, they will receive honor from their children. The example in the homes is very, very poor. So husbands, now, you will act with love to your wives, but you will keep them in discipline. Many of them have lost their way.” [].

Here are some of the Index entries regarding Woman/Women: (
Asked to dress to ankles as example of modesty ‘75: 8-21
Destroying your image before God and man ‘74: 11-1
Jesus: “No woman shall stand in My House to represent Me.” ‘75: 12-27
Must cover heads during prayer and the Mass ‘72: 2-1; ‘74: 8-14, 11-23; ‘75: 3-18, 3-22, 9-6; ‘76: 5-29, 9-28, 12-7; ‘77: 11-19; ‘78: 7-15
Must not enter holy place of Sacrifice ‘74: 3-24, 11-1; ‘77: 7-15; ‘78: 9-13
Must not expose flesh ‘74: 7-15
Must not wear slacks ‘73: 6-8
Must return to her place; been misled ‘73: 7-25; ‘74: 3-24
Not to be on altar ‘77: 7-15; ‘87: 10-2
Not to be priests ‘88: 10-1
Satan has set her to rebel against her destiny ‘74: 3-24
Seek to cast off role of mother, housekeeper and woman ‘75: 3-18, 7-15
Shall not become a priest ‘76: 3-18, 12-7
Shall not wear shorts, slacks in the presence of Jesus ‘74: 7-25
Who display nakedness will burn ‘71: 7-25, 11-20; ‘79: 6-2
Will wear prayer shawls, Blue Berets, honor husbands ‘74: 4-13
Would regain glory by child-bearing ‘74: 3-24
Young, should be placed under guidance of holy ones ‘75: 9-6

As for the disasters prophesied by Bayside Mary, the Lady of Roses site has a version of the third prophecy of Fatima. Here are a few statements from the page “A great chastisement will come up all mankind; not today or tomorrow, but in the second half of the twentieth century . . . If mankind will not oppose these evils [the manufacture and proliferation of deadly modern weapons], I will be obliged to let fall my Son’s arm. If the chief rulers of the world and of the Church will not actively oppose these evils, I will ask God my Father to visit His justice upon mankind. Then will God punish mankind even more severely than he did at the time of the Great Deluge. The great and powerful will die along with the lowly and weak . . . There will be no escape. The good will die with the wicked, the great with the lowly, the princes of the Church with the faithful, the rulers of the nations with their people. Death will reign everywhere, raised to triumph by erring men, the helpers of Satan who will be the masters of the earth. . .”

The fact that these dire prophecies did not come to pass is a flashing sign that these apparitions are bogus. But there is another that speaks directly to me about Mary’s veracity. She stated:
“Do not abandon My Son any longer by rejecting His Church. Do not judge My Son's Church by man. The foundation is My Son, Jesus. And though the walls may develop cracks, the foundation is solid. Will you not remain and patch these cracks, My children? We do not wish that you break apart into small groups of discord. No schisms must take place in My Son’s Church. For all who are baptized a Roman Catholic must die Roman Catholics to enter Heaven. A rejection of the papacy, a rejection of the Faith because of human reasoning shall not be accepted by the Eternal Father in Heaven. Remain faithful and true forever unto the end.” – Our Lady, November 20, 1979  [].

Evangelical churches are full of ex-Catholics like myself. The Church got us halfway to God, which we appreciate, but we didn’t learn to pray, to read the Bible, and to go directly to God with our sins and needs. All of us can say without a shadow of doubt, we are not bound for hell and we are not going back to the Catholic Church. I could understand if my mother, or some priest, or the Pope himself made that statement, but for the real Mary to say that? No way. Bayside Mary is a fraud.

Remember that the first Mary appeared as a 14 year old Native Mexican Indian. She can appear as anything, including a lovely Caucasian woman. Demons and/or aliens can appear as your relative, a saint, Jesus or Mary (compare my series on the Gulf Breeze Six, where “Mary” comes through a Ouija Board). The real Mary would really uphold the Bible and not just the dogmas of the traditional Catholic Church. That means no statues! [First Commandment] No goddesses. Aliens and demons love to make dire predictions to promote fear and terror and to create an environment of control. Demons are the accusers of the brethren [Rev. 12:10]. Jesus Christ is only the mediator between man and God [1 Tim. 2:5].

Such a nice idea! Sweet Mother Mary. But remember that the New Testament tells us that Lucifer is the “ruler of the kingdom of the air” [Eph. 2:2]. He is the great dragon who deceives the whole world. He is the shape-shifting prince of liars. If devotion to Mary truly leads the believer to Christ, then so be it. If Mary, statues, medals, fear, and condemnation replace Christ in the heart and in the Church, she is a fraud.

Marian Apparitions, Part V, Mary of Bayside New York

John J. Delaney, editor, A Woman Clothed With the Sun

 Appearing in the headlines during interesting eras

One thing about the Mary of the apparitions, she certainly comes at politically auspicious moments in history. She was stunning the Catholic Church in Mexico during the sixteenth century Spanish conquest, the same decades during which Copernicus was developing his new and controversial cosmology, also when St. Theresa of Avila was being levitated during her ecstasies, and when the Protestant Reformation was just catching on in Europe.

She was in France in the 1800’s during decades of political and social upheaval (Paris, La Salette, Lourdes).  She was in Fatima (1917) while Marxism was changing the face of Russia, just before the world-wide Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, and just before the end of the WW I. She was in Belgium (Beauraing, Banneux) during the terrible Great Depression, just before Anti-Christ of WWII began his ugly rise to power. In Belgium she called herself The Virgin of the Poor (Delaney), putting herself in direct competition with Marx and Lenin, the alleged champions of the Proletariat, and with the claims of Hitler.

What intrigues me is that “she” came at times and seasons when mankind should have been crying for a sign, for a supernatural intervention or correction, or for hope and divine comfort. Mary showed up when you would want to see God do something dramatic. As I wrote in my early blog, if God isn’t behind the Marian apparitions, He should have been. No wonder Catholics love her so much.

Her 1971 appearance in New York, the headquarters of the United Nations, was another matter. She came to announce through visionary Veronica Lueken that God’s patience with mankind is used up. The heavy, angry hand of Jesus, like the hammer of Thor, was about to come down in spite of her constant pleas for mercy. She warned of unspeakable catastrophes: there was the plot by Cardinals to murder Pope Paul VI and replace him with a look-alike actor. Agents of the Anti-Christ had taken over the Vatican as early as 1971. Not just a sort-of Anti-Christ, but 666, the one that would usher in the Second Coming.

To bolster her claims, she brought in retinue many well-known Catholic Saints, including (allegedly) little Jacinta, the child of Fatima, who died in the flu epidemic. And of course, “Jesus” came with her, to assure the Church that He Himself authorized the threats and complaints against the Church.

Mary the Queen of Heaven mourns and weeps for the state of the Catholic Church. She complains about the evils of abortion, the error of Vatican II, the horrors of guitars in the church, the scandal of higher hemlines for worldly nuns, the deceptive new Bible translations, and the repulsive Mass in English. Priests were being led astray. Some Cardinals are agents of Satan. The Pope is in danger of being replaced.

As a result of these evils, God would send a plague equal to the Spanish flu that would particularly strike young children. They would die in their mothers’ arms, but be spared losing their souls in hell. New York will be destroyed, possibly by a tsunami. If abortion doesn’t stop and if people don’t obey Mary’s demands, the US would be embroiled in another war (1994). As if that wasn’t bad enough, the human race will be almost annihilated by the Ball of Redemption, a comet that would strike the earth. This boogie ball was mentioned month after month after month with ghastly visions of the destruction it would cause.

It all caused me to nickname her Scareware Mary. Scareware on your computer is a false pop-up alert that attempts to frighten you into clicking on a malicious virus link. I first learned about scareware after I ran the scan-scam and fried my hard drive.

Her Queenship already established

By the time of the Belgium visitations in the early 1930’s, again to children, Mary was already hailed as The Queen of Heaven, The Immaculate Conception, A Co-Redemptress with Jesus Christ, the Mediatrix of all Graces going to and coming from God, a way leading to God. She had a “golden” Immaculate Heart equal to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. At Bayside she called herself, Our Lady of  Roses, the Help of Mothers. In 1973, Michael the Archangel tells Veronica, “Make haste and listen well to the words of the High Queen of Heaven. Her directions will be followed or you will receive the punishment due an ungrateful generation” (rfh, 2-10-73).

By 1972, several dire prophecies are in place

Millions will be killed by the Ball of Redemption or the Chastisement, a huge, round fiery comet, spinning and glowing orange with fire and heat [Actually, comets are made of dust and ice]. Earth will be “planet-struck.” The air will burn, choking those who don’t die by fire, and few will be left. This is for the cleansing of mankind. Resulting tidal waves will wash away buildings and flood the streets. At some point, New York will be leveled [rfh, 2-1-72; 3-24-72; 5-30-72]. A plague will take away many infants before Satan can corrupt them. The sword [of war?] was predicted by Michael, Raphael, and Gabriel [rfh, 3-24-72]. World War III is coming in which hoards from China march across the land. The Pope is being slowly poisoned and weakened. They want to kill him and replace him. The Anti-christ is in America, and in the Church. [bvm, 11-20-79, tldm] The UN is evil and should be banished. [2-1-72; 4-10-72. rfh]

Complaints against modernization

St. Theresa is horrified at the modernized garments for nuns. She wants arms covered, no hair showing, and skirts to the floor. Today’s nuns will burn in hell for their immodesty. Women must continue to cover their head in Mass (bvm, 2-1-72).
Babies created in a test tube will have no soul [bvm, 2-1-72].
Priests who leave the priesthood will burn in hell, as will all those baptized into the Church who leave for other faiths.

The solutions

Victim souls, no matter how young, must offer their sufferings for atonement for sins, reparation for offenses against God, and conversion of sinners.

People were told to bring their rosaries, medals, and scapulas, etc., for Jesus and Mary to bless them. This practice of looking to medals and statues with extra-natural powers is one of the issues dividing Catholics and Protestants. As a Charismatic Protestant since 1965, I find it amazing that Mary would bind people to this practice rather than wean them away from it. She told people to wear them continually and never take them off. They were also told to wear their rosaries and make their children wear these talismans. And of course, the medals and scapulas are all about her!

When Mary appeared to Catherine Laboure in the 1830’s, she revealed by vision a sacred medal that would keep people safely under her mantle of protection. The Christian approach has always been to put away animistic objects, which really often do carry spiritual influence, at the time of conversion. When we pray the rosary, we are certainly inviting spiritual energy into our environment, whether for good or ill. If we have doubts about who Mary is, then we should NOT pray the rosary. She seems to thrive on the energy those repetitious prayers create.

When we wear the scapula, it may be similar to meditation with a mantra. Though this energy may seem protective, it goes with us, influencing our lives. We don’t actually need those things. Protestants believe that sincere prayer is quickly heard by our Lord. The power of God covers those who love him and call on Him. The Atonement of Christ keeps us all safe if we abide in the secret place with Him (Ps 91:1). He has promised to never leave us nor forsakes us (Heb. 13:5). Evangelicals believe and have experienced the fact that “My grace is sufficient for you” (2 Cor. 12:9). He said, “My peace I leave you” (John 14:27). And “Come unto me all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28).

The fear aroused by warnings to constantly wear sacred medals is the bondage of superstition. If someone wants to wear a medal, let it have Scripture on it or a picture of Jesus. Let it be something normal, and not an intense, cultic symbol like a heart with thorns around it.

And we should never put our trust in a medal, thinking it is a talisman of salvation. Mary practically guaranteed salvation to all those who wear the scapula.

Tune in again soon for Part VI, More About Bayside Mary, and what, in my view, it all means.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Marian Apparitions, Part IV, Mary's Rise to Power

Source: A Woman Clothed With the Sun, by John J. Delaney, 1961.
There are 3 major pillars upon which the entity identified as Mary has established her claim to near divinity. The first is Revelations 12:1-2ff, “A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth.” A dragon with 7 heads and 10 horns challenges her, intending to kill the child. She cries out in pain, gives birth, and the Manchild is taken up to the throne of God. Satan and his minions are driven out of heaven, but they come down to earth to make war on the rest of the seed of the woman.

Catholics have somewhat of a point when they claim that the woman is none other than Mary. There is a shadow of her there, the birth and resurrection of Christ, and the attempt of King Herod to kill the child. If the woman was only Mary, then she is in fact adorned and glorified as a deity, clothed and crowned with creation as if she and the universe were eternally one.

But the Protestants also have a point when they point out that these images are mystical apocalyptic symbols with no linear timeline. The woman’s birth pangs are surely more than Mary in the cave. They denote the sufferings and persecutions of God’s people being birthed in the Kingdom of Heaven. The war takes place after the Manchild ascends to the throne of God. The dragon is Satan, but it is also the satanic, anti-christ world system comprising nations and governments. The woman is the mother of all the seed of God, thus representing the Judeo-Christian Messianic community which is persecuted by the world system.

The Marian apparitions, however, clearly place the Lady squarely in Rev. 12:1. She appeared to Catherine Laboure with 12 stars on her head. She talks about being Queen of the world, but, with the exception of Medjugorje, she comes only to Catholics and acts as if Protestants don’t even exist. She appears bathed in light, arrayed as royalty, and often has rays coming from her hands. Those are difficult images to resist.

The second pillar is the subtle supplanting of Mary as the fulfillment of Genesis 3:15, where Jesus says to the serpent, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed, and he will bruise your head and you will bruise his heel.” It’s not just that Mary was the woman bringing forth the promised Seed (perhaps she was) but that the ‘he’ becomes ‘she.’ Mary crushed the head of the serpent. This idea arose in 1531 when Mary appeared to an Aztec Indian in Mexico, speaking to him affectionately in his native language. She called for a basilica to be built. When the bishop required a sign, Juan Diego’s tilma was impinted with a beautiful image of the Lady of Guadalupe, which means ‘river of the wolf.’ It’s otherwise a beautiful story. In 7 years, 8 million native Mexicans were baptized into the church. One scholar suggests that the real word in the Nahuatl language was Coatlalupej, which would sound to the Spaniards like Guadalupe, a word they were familiar with. It means ‘stone serpent trodden on.’ From then on, Mary was celebrated as crushing the serpent-god Quetzacoatl, to whom many humans were sacrificed (p. 54, 55). In a genuinely lovely speech, she sweeps away all doubt as to her continued virgin state after the birth of Jesus. “Dear little son, I love you. I want you to know who I am. I am the ever-virgin Mary, mother of the true God who gives life and maintains it in existence. He created all things. He is in all places.” Powerful words. She then requests that a basilica be built so that she can console the people and help them in their sorrow.

The third pillar is the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception and the bodily resurrection and Assumption of Mary. Where did the Catholic Church get those ideas? From Mary herself. In 1830, a nun named Catherine Laboure was introduced to Mary by a child (that wasn’t really a child as it turned out, p. 71). She was granted a two-hour interview in which Mary spoke about the future of France. In the next appearance 4 months later, Mary stood on a half-globe with a spotted snake at her feet. She is holding a ball, representing the "world and all individuals," with a cross above it in her hands. Rays representing graces glowed from her hands. An oval frame began to form around the picture and words appeared, “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.” A medal was to be struck, which would protect the wearer and bring them graces (gifts and protection).

On the back was another picture – a cross, beneath which is an M, under that a bar, under that two hearts, side by side. One had a crown of thorns (Jesus), the other had a sword through it (Mary). Mary also wanted a statue to be made and dedicated to “the Virgin of the Globe.”

So [1] Mary’s Immaculate Conception and Immaculate Heart was approved by the magisterium of the Catholic Church. The medal was struck and sold. The statue eventually made. Author of the article, J. Dirvin, writes that these apparitions [2] resulted in the doctrine that Mary is the Mediatrix of all graces. All prayers and graces coming and going to and from God go through Mary. Without her apparitions and words, this whole idea would seem like nonsense, even to the Catholic Church. Mary is launching her gradual campaign for equality with Christ upon irresistible Catholic sensitivities and beliefs. [3] Mary was called Co-Redemptress of the human race. [4] The 12 stars crowning her head placed her as the Woman in Rev. 12:1. [5] She promised salvation to all who would wear the medal (which makes her an Eternal Judge, like Jesus).

But Mary didn’t stop there. 1846, La Salette France in the French Alps, Mary appeared to two little cattle herders, Melanie, aged 14 and Maximin, 11. She shared her displeasure with the world saying, “I have appointed you six days for working. The seventh I have reserved for myself. And no one will give it to me. That is which causes my Son’s arm to be so crushing.” No, that is not Yahweh of the Old Testament talking, that is Mary! She is now pre-existant, an ancient giver of Sacred Law. She stands as an advocate between an angry Jesus who would punish mankind with disasters and plagues – Jesus, who is said in the New Testament to be our Advocate before the Father.

She made a threat that would be repeated in subsequent generations, including Bayside, NY. If people don’t turn away from sin and neglect of religion, a severe plague would come that would cause many young children to die in their mothers’ arms. Crops would fail, and people would starve. While the Church deliberated over these prodigies, a spring appeared and miraculous cures were reported. Eventually the Catholic Church authorized the cult of Our Lady of La Salette.

At Lourdes the Rosary was central, and sacred candles became a requested mode of showing devotion. Another cove, another spring, another basilica. When asked who she was, the beautiful Lady did not say, “I am the one conceived without sin.” No, her pronouncement was “I am the Immaculate Conception” (p. 137). The ‘I am’ statement echoes Yahweh and Jesus who made similar statements as to who they were beyond their attributes.

In the revelations of Fatima (see Part II) Mary reveals to Lucia that her Immaculate Heart will be a refuge and a way that will lead her to God. But my word count is up and the best is yet to come, so in another post I will discuss Bayside, NY, the culmination of melodramatic, threatening, petulant Goddess power. There is a lot about Marian apparitions that I could accept if it were not for her mighty scepter waving over the world. If God Almighty came to me and told me it was all true, I don’t know if I could submit to it. I do know that I find it soooo troubling that humans, on our beautiful blue pearl of a planet, are afflicted with such difficult and opaque mysteries.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Did the KGB Sabotage a UAL Flight During the Korean War?

I am actually close to posting Part IV of my Marian Apparitions series, but in the meantime, I received a very interesting email from a stranger addressing the issue of a UAL crash in Colorado in 1951. To better understand this email, you could read my research story at Click on Civilian flights, then Crystal Mountain, DC-6B, then look for “Capt. Appleby’s daughter…” The question of the research is, was Flight 610 hijacked and sabotaged, a question close to my heart since my father was the captain of this flight which killed all aboard.

Hi Janet, I know this may be a bit strange getting this crazy email from some random stranger. What I'm about to tell you might seem crazy too. Last night, I took a class in Fort Collins, Colorado for paranormal activity. I thought it would be fun entertainment but never expected to see and hear I did. We visited a garage in old town where apparently the remains of the aircraft were stored while the investigation was being done. This building is quite old and is only used for storage for the restaurant on which the property sits currently. From my understanding there had been two suicides in the building and one fatal police shooting among the remains from the airplane.

Anyway, we used an EMF sensor that detects electrical transmissions in certain areas. You may be familiar with this already. This building is so old it really should be torn down but they have left it up due to the cost of demolition and have since turned off any power to it for safety reasons. As we were standing in the middle of the room the EMF meter started going off. Interesting but not conclusive, so we walked around with it and it would continue to go off in certain areas. Those areas were constantly moving. There were also warm spots in that area that you could feel. The temperature in the garage was 27 degrees last night and in those warm spots you could read 40 degree plus. You could feel a wind being pushed directly from the concrete straight upward where the meter was going off too. I know at this point it sounds hokey but it does get a little more interesting.

There is a controversial application you can download on your iPhone called the iOvilus. The tour guide had been "playing" with this app recently but wasn't sure about its credibility. So as this EMF reader was going crazy, the iOvilus was starting to say words that pertained to the plane crash. Keep in mind there is no way to program this app to do anything, you download it and it just works. The words that were spoken were ‘plane,’ ‘casket,’ ‘ascending,’ one of the names of those who perished ‘Frank.’

Those words by themselves could be taken for anything, but the one that surprised me the most was ‘Crystal.’ I decided to come home and research about the crash and see if anything else was said on the device that struck me as odd. As I was reading your article I about fell out of my seat as one of the words that were said was ‘Hijack.’

From my understanding the lady that used this app had also used it in many other places and she said there never seems to be anything of importance said unless she is in an area that is stated to have paranormal activity. You may or may not believe in this, however, it was quite real to me. We did take a digital recording of the whole event and if you are interested in it I could send it to you once I receive it. Please don’t think I’m nuts, but I did find it very interesting and thought I would share with you. Erika F.

A flurry of further correspondence produced this message from a woman who runs haunted tours of Fort Collins and who has also visited the garage.

I have to admit that the app on the iphone sounds like a really non-credible source. We’ve just had some really specific words come through along with random, nonsensical things as well. We had a young man on our tour a few months ago with the same app, and the words that came through in a row included ‘fly,’ ‘explode,’ ‘metal,’ ‘suppress,’ ‘hijack.’ Later that week I had mine on, and this was before I’d read your report, and words included ‘Korea’ and ‘atom’ popped up, which I thought were odd but at that point saw no relation to the garage. When I read your report I wished I had kept a log of other things it said.

I am a bit of a skeptic myself about what is and isn't real in our search for contact with whomever may be ‘just out of reach’ as I call it, but I will keep you posted about anything new that we hear in that old garage. Lori Juszak,

Thanks to these people who took the time to share their experience in a garage where pieces of the plane were stored after the crash.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Apparitions of Mary, Part III, Inanna of Sumer

It’s interesting how ancient Sumerian documents are all the rage in UFO studies these days. UFO scholars actually take the legends seriously as echoing actual interaction between aliens and humans. The comparison I am drawing between Inanna and the apparition at Fatima does not indicate that I think Inanna was a real goddess and that she has returned as Mary. I just want to point out the similarity of devotion between Inanna’s worshipers and that of the Blessed Virgin.

The document is called “The Exaltation of Inanna,” translated by William Hallo, and can be found in The Context of Scripture, Vol. I, Canonical Compositions, edited by William Hallo and K. Lawson Younger, Jr., Brill, 519-522.

This psalm of exaltation was written by Enheduanna, the actual daughter of Sargon the Great. She is so far the first non-anonymous ancient author that we know of. She was a priestess who was pleading for Inanna’s help against her enemies, men who worshiped Nanna the moon god. Portions of verse 1,

Lady of all the divine attributes, resplendent light, Righteous woman clothed in radiance, beloved of Heaven and Earth, Hierodule of An, . . . You have picked up the divine attributes, you have hung the divine attributes on your hand, You have gathered up the divine attributes, you have clasped the divine attributes to your breast.

I could not help, as I read this, to think of Mary with the rosary draped over her hands. Mary has become her own Trinity in a way. She is the Mediatrix of all graces, the Mother of Earth, the Queen of the Universe (sometimes the Queen of Heaven). I’ll write more about that in my next post. She heals the sick, and becomes a doorway to God. She claims to be light. She is the Immaculate Conception, and she portrays an Immaculate Heart. (See the two previous posts) But don’t cross her. Offenses against the Eternal Father, her Son Jesus, or against her or the Church will result in severe punishment, such as a flaming comet, the Ball of Redemption, that will cleanse the Earth by annihilating most of the human race. Before that will be a plague taking the lives of many children. Then will come WW III. In that sense, she and Inanna are alike.

Like a dragon, you have deposited venom on the foreign land. When you roar at the earth like Thunder, no vegetation can stand up to you. . . . Raining the flaming fire down upon the nation, Endowed with divine attributes by An, lady mounted on a beast, Who makes decisions at the holy command of An.

The city of Uruk displeased her ladyship because the people would not dedicate themselves to her. She left the city and cursed the inhabitants to barrenness. The lines below are almost a perfect echo of Mary’s insistence that Russia be publically dedicated to her Immaculate Conception.

Because the city has not declared ‘The land is yours,’ Because they have not declared ‘It is your father’s, your begettor’s, You have spoken your holy command, have verily turned it back from your path, Have verily removed your foot from out of its byre.

Even Mary’s special birth, free from original, sin is echoed in this psalm.

You of the appropriate divine attributes, great lady of ladies, Issued from the holy womb, supreme over the mother who bore you, Omniscient sage, lady of all the foreign lands, Sustenance of the multitudes, I have verily recited your sacred song!

Enheduanna addresses Inanna in the same manner that Catholics address Mary.

Let me, Enheduanna, recite a prayer to her. My tears like sweet drink. Let me give free vent to for the holy Inanna, Let me say ‘Hail!’ to her!

Of course, there is one appellation given to Inanna that we won’t hear attributed to Mary. Enheduanna called her affectionately, “My impetuous wild cow.” After listing her persecutions, Enheduanna continues,

Of the heavenly foundations and zenith you are the “senior” queen. The Anunna have submitted to you. From birth on you were the “junior” queen. Over the great gods, the Anunna, how supreme you are. The Anunna with their lips kiss the ground (in obeisance) to you.

So Mary received a heavenly promotion. The junior queen would be revered, but the senior queen has serious authority. The final doxology reads,

For that her (Enheduanna’s) speaking to the Hierodule (Inanna) was exalted – (To) the devastatrix of the foreign lands, endowed with divine attributes from An, (To) my lady wrapped in beauty, (to) Inanna, Praise!

Of course, the similarities between Inanna and Mary don’t negate the possibility that our Mary is who she says she is. However, we will see in the next post that Bayside Mary is very controlling, old fashioned, melodramatic, and absolutely abusive in demanding that rosaries be said, sacrifices be made, atonement be offered, sanctuaries be built, medals and scapulars in her honor be worn for protection, etc. Modernization is taboo for Mary of Bayside, NY. There are so many reasons to be damned to hell and burn forever that one can hardly categorize it all. Bayside Mary split the Catholic Church and terrorized the devout. If you want to know just how, check out my next post.

As for the veracity of Sumerian documents, they reflect the fact that people of ancient times had to deal with the same devils, ghosts and gods that we do. These same entities are reflected in the Bible, which UFO researchers love to ignore. These ancient entities are very deceptive and manipulative. One of the most effective ways to manipulate humans is through religion. The devil just loves religion. But God the Eternal Father loves virtue over religion. He loves us. He wants to be loved by us and He wants us to love one another. He wants us to walk humbly before Him and do what is right. After that, most religious stuff is just fluff.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Apparitions of Mary, Part II, Fatima

One of the most amazing events of the 20th century, well besides WWI, WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf Wars, the Roswell crash, the nuclear age, etc., was the appearance of “the Blessed Virgin Mary” to three little shepherd kids in Portugal. If you are a Catholic, it was a big deal. If you are not, odds are you stuff that event in the Weird Closet of your mind with other anomalies like aliens and ghosts and Chris Angel Mindfreak. The closet is locked. There is nothing in there you need, so basically, all those things don’t exist.

Mary appeared during a time of political and social upheaval. It was in May, 1917, during the Great War (WWI), shortly before the Spanish flu epidemic, which killed millions of people. Women were fighting hard for suffrage (the right to vote). It was the era of the Model T automobile, and humans were building the first flying machines. Controversial Pentecostal denominations, with their miraculous manifestations, were spreading around the world.

Most notably was the return of Lenin to the post-Tsarist chaos in Russia. The Germans sent him there in a sealed train in April, 1917, about a month before Mary appeared in Portugal. Throughout the year, Russia teetered between western ideas of democracy and socialism. Lenin and Marx were the catalysts introducing a new, secular, ideologically-driven oppression. In 1917, you could almost hear the wheels of history groaning and turning.

For an expanded explanation of the general message of Fatima, click here. Below is a sample.

“Our Lady indicated to us the specific root of all the troubles of the world, the one that causes world wars and such terrible suffering: sin. She then gave a solution, first to individuals, then to the Church’s leaders. God asks each one of us to stop offending Him. We must pray, especially the Rosary. By this frequent prayer of the Rosary, we can get the graces we need to overcome sin. God wants us have devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to work to spread this devotion throughout the world. Our Lady said, ‘My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and a way that will lead you to God.’ If we wish to go to God, we have a sure way to Him through true devotion to the Immaculate Heart of His Mother.

When Sister Lucy asked Our Lord as to why He would not convert Russia without the solemn public consecration of that nation specifically, Jesus answered, ‘Because I want my whole Church to acknowledge that consecration as a triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, so that it may extend its homage later on, and put the devotion to This Immaculate Heart beside the devotion to My Sacred Heart.’”

If this consecration of Russia were not performed by the pope and the bishops, the errors of Russia would spread throughout all the world. There would be wars, plagues, misery, and death.

Of course the visitations were confirmed with miraculous weather phenomena, a spinning, dancing sun, healings, etc. For extra protection from the wiles of satan, Mary wanted people to wear the brown scapular, a sacramental picture pendant which she had miraculously delivered to a previous visionary. The faithful were commanded to pray the rosary daily, make sacrifices for the salvation of souls and reparations for offenses against Jesus and Mary.

So reading carefully what is stated above, while Marx and Lenin were ambitious to spread the message of Communism throughout the world, Mary wanted devotion to her Immaculate Heart to spread throughout the world. And Jesus is setting her Immaculate Heart right next to his as receptor of devotion and a dispenser of protection and grace. Mary then becomes a doorway to God equal to Jesus. So what in thunderation is Mary’s Immaculate Heart?

A good Catholic explanation can be found here. Basically it does not mean that Mary’s conception was of a miraculous nature, but that she was immediately delivered by the Father from the curse of original sin, a doctrine promoted by St. Augustine. So while other humans are born sinful and separated from God, Mary was never in that state, or was only there for a split second.

Now, if God wanted to do that miracle with Mary, fine. He is God, He can do anything He wants. If Jesus wants us to love His mother, I say why not? She must have been pretty special. However, there are two troublesome aspects to that dogma. One is that it is Catholic Tradition; it is not in the Bible. And here is one of the major divisions between Catholics and Protestants. Catholicism has no objection to establishing major theological streams that come from visions, revelations, papal proclamations, and extra-biblical documents. If the Pope finalizes it with a special encyclical, it becomes firm Catholic belief. Protestants fought back with the concept of sola scriptura. If it aint in the Bible, it aint so.

The other worrisome problem is that it sets Mary up to be a goddess. Catholics deny that, but if you stop and think what Mary became in the 20th century, (and I will elaborate on that in another post), she is truly like the fourth member of the Godhead. The doctrine of the Immaculate Heart was dividing even Catholics at one point. It had no chance of being accepted by Protestants. Why would God fight one of the most pernicious ideologies of the 20th century with a doctrine that isolates the battle to Roman Catholics, and that has nothing to do with the Person of Jesus Christ, our true Messiah?

Our Lady of Fatima is one ambitious entity! The whole idea was so shocking that the Catholic Hierarchy waffled for decades. They were commanded to open a letter from Mary in 1960, and they couldn’t even bring themselves to do that. In 1942, Pop Pius XII dedicated the whole world to Mary’s Immaculate Heart. The whole dedication can be found here. It doesn’t mention Russia. Below are a couple of the verses.

Queen of the Holy Rosary, Help of the Christians, Refuge of the human race, Conqueress of God’s battlefields, To You and Your Immaculate Heart In this tragic hour of human history We entrust and consecrate ourselves, And the Holy Church.

She [the Church] is the mystical Body of Your Jesus, Suffering and bleeding in so many parts And tormented in so many ways, We consecrate to You the whole world torn by bitter strife And consumed by the fire of hatred, The victim of its own wickedness . . .

. . . All of humanity were once consecrated to the heart of Your Son. All our hopes rest in Him, Who is in all times Sign and pledge of victory and salvation. Forever we consecrate ourselves to You And to Your Immaculate Heart, O Mary, Queen of the World.

How is that not a goddess? I don’t want to bash Catholicism in this blog, because Catholics worship Jesus. I was raised Catholic. It kept me out of all kinds of trouble when I was young. But Mother Mary makes me really nervous. In Part III, I want to turn to a particular document from ancient Sumer that reminds me of what is happening with Marian apparitions in the 20th century.