Sunday, April 06, 2008

"It Is Just That Christians Invade The Land You Inhabit, For You Blaspheme The Name Of Christ And Alienate Everyone You Can From His Worship."
What Right-Wing, fanatical Traddy said THIS!!?? Probably not who you expected at all.

There's a certain individual who the Modernists and the Roman Protestants have attempted to portray as some effeminant little hippie who seems more at home in a Disney movie (complete with smiling squirrels and chirping birds), than as the strong defender of The Holy Catholic Church that he really was.

Oh, and this particular individual has also been hijacked by the Ecumaniacs. They've attempted to present him as someone who was "tolerant and accepting" of heretics and pagans. That couldn't be further from the truth.

Here's a bit of a fascinating interview conducted by LifeSiteNews.com with Catholic author Frank M. Rega, who has just released Francis of Assisi and the Conversion of the Muslims; With Concise Biography of the Saint; (Emphasis mine) St. Francis of Assisi: Not a Birkenstock-Clad Hippie But a Converter of Muslims

LifeSiteNews: Why did St. Francis of Assisi support the Fifth Crusade?

Frank Rega: Francis understood that the Fifth Crusade was part of an ongoing just war in response to Muslim invasions of Christian lands, which included many attacks against Italian city-states all along the peninsula over the course of centuries. For example, in the year 846, Rome itself was sacked by 11,000 Muslims, who desecrated the tombs of Sts. Peter and Paul.

Further, the crusade was called for by the Holy Father, and it is well-known that Francis had perfect loyalty to the Catholic Church, and showed devout respect for priests and all the hierarchy. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, he felt the crusade was justified on spiritual grounds. As mentioned in the book, Francis told the Sultan "It is just that Christians invade the land you inhabit, for you blaspheme the name of Christ and alienate everyone you can from His worship."

LifeSiteNews: What did St. Francis say and do when he entered the Muslim camp?

Frank Rega: It is important here to recognize the bravery of Francis. He preached to armed Muslims who a few days before had won a major skirmish at Damietta, killing about five thousand Christians. The Sultan, al-Malik al-Kamil was also the general of the Muslim army, and ruler of Egypt, Syria and Palestine. Francis first obtained permission from the Papal Legate to cross over the lines during a period of temporary truce. When he reached Muslim territory he and Brother Illuminato were taken prisoner, beaten and put in chains by the sentries.

Here we have an image of St. Francis that is utterly opposed to the statues of a docile friar surrounded by birds and other animals - St. Francis beaten and in chains! He was fully prepared for martyrdom. Upon meeting the saint, al-Malik asked him if he was a messenger from the crusaders. Francis replied that he was indeed a messenger, but a messenger from God. He then proceeded to give witness to his love for Jesus, and said that he wished to save the souls of the Sultan and his men.

LifeSiteNews: How did the sultan and his followers react to St. Francis's words and deeds?

Frank Rega: Initially the Sultan was taken aback by Francis' boldness. After all, the Muslims had just defeated the Christians in a pitched battle, and now one of them dares to state that the Muslims must convert to Christianity. However, the love flowing from Francis began to move the Sultan, and according to one contemporary writer, "that cruel beast became sweetness himself." However, the advisers to al-Malik, the imams, were not so impressed, and demanded that Francis and Illuminato should be beheaded in accordance with Islamic law.

Francis and his companion remained in the Muslim camp for many days, and parted on excellent terms with the Sultan. There is a story in the early Franciscan literature, described in my book, that al-Malik converted to the True Faith on his deathbed.
Remember this the next time you see any of that hippie "Patron Saint of the Environment" or "Patron Saint of Ecumenism" propaganda.

6 Comments:

Blogger Frank said...

You had me worried for a minute. I had to Google "Patron saint of ecumenism" just to be sure things hadn't gotten that bad with St. Francis.
Enjoyed your remarks!
Peace
Frank Rega

11:51 AM  
Blogger Clavem Abyssi said...

Amen, frater meus. This is the Francis that I knew and admired when I first became a Christian. I did not find out about his alter-ego, Frankie the mellow tree-hugging hippie, until some years later. If I remember my Old Testament history, Elijah was also an animal lover, being fed by ravens in the desert, but his idea of ecumenism was to challenge the pagan priests to a divine fireworks contest, then slaughter them all when their god didn't show up.

Let's not forget, as well, that many early Franciscans went to Barbary, Spain and the Holy Land and did meet their martyrdom, preaching in front of mosques, denouncing the heretic Muhammed, etc... That is fact.

And I've read another account that al-Malik converted after hearing St.Francis preach to him, but told him that his men would kill him if they found out, so he kept it secret. (I'm not sure how much I trust this part of the story, but in a way, it's the least important part, as far as St.Francis' reputation is concerned)

11:14 AM  
Blogger Joe of St. Thérèse said...

Patron Saint of Eccumenism, lol, if and only if the idea of Eccumenism is to convert to the True Faith, the Holy Catholic Church

4:03 AM  
Blogger Al said...

Cavey,

I am reading this book right now. & I can't recommend it highly enough.

Frank Rega shines the light of truth about my beloved Poverello. No tree hugger, no hippie (UGHHHHHHHH!!!!), no pantheist, just the real Catholic San Francesco is found in this book. The San Francesco I know & love is in his book.

To anyone who reads this comment, get the book, read it, give it as a gift. Frank Rega has provided us with an excellent opportunity to get the truth out there.

5:10 AM  
Blogger Volpius Leonius said...

Here are a couple more words from saints you might like:

"A Christian should argue with a blasphemer only by running his sword through his bowels as far as it will go." St. Louis, King of France"

"When a person blasphemes, his mouth should instantly be shut. Strike him in the mouth! Crush it, so that he cannot speak!" St. John Chrysostom

8:45 AM  
Blogger KitBrookside said...

Not sure if there's any converting going on here, but Cavey, I figure you and your fellow dwellers might appreciate this:

http://www.qubetv.tv/videos/detail/3483

The comments afterward are particularly entertaining

9:41 PM  

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