Monk’s Corner


Sunday Meditations from Greeley, CO

From Deacon Joseph Meilinger

Your local ersatz monk.

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Random Thought 1: The word Islam means submission, and the word Muslim means surrender. So a Muslim is one who surrenders to Allah but it is not done out of love. You and I submit to God, but we submit to God because he loves us, he sent his Son to save us, and we love him back. They submit to God out of fear, fear of punishment from Allah. Allah is Master not a God of love but a God of violence.

        If you are aware of history you know that Islam spreads its faith by the sword. Mohammed conquered most of the Middle East and established the caliphate (Muslim Nation) under Sharia Law and a strong army that then began to spread their faith across northern Africa and into Spain, then to the West to Eastern Europe. If it were not for the Christian armies of Europe and the Crusades we might all be Muslim today.

        If you want a picture of what can be done by this movement, I hesitate to call it a religion, look at the recent attack on the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka and the European countries that have been peacefully invaded by the movement of Islam. There are places in these countries where Christians or Jews are not allowed to go, even police  (no go zones) where they have taken over all control of the area.

        They have come to America in great numbers and in some places are beginning to dominate the population. In Michigan, for example, one out of every three persons in the state are muslim. They claim it is a religion of peace, well, not all muslims are jihadists but you be the judge of that by reading about and studying Islam.


1828    The practice of the moral life animated by charity gives to the Christian the spiritual freedom of the children of God. He no longer stands before God as a slave, in servile fear, or as a mercenary looking for wages, but as a son responding to the love of him who “first loved us.” 1

        If we turn away from evil out of fear of punishment, we are in the position of slaves. If we pursue the enticement of wages, .... we resemble mercenaries. Finally if we obey for the sake of the good itself and out of love for him who commands … we are in the position of children. 2

1 - I john 4:19

2 - St. Basil