THE TELEVISION series Dig is a well-written and stylish archaeological thriller, dramatizing an attempt by secretive groups of Christian and Jewish zealots to bring about the Apocalypse by destroying the Dome of the Rock, the mosque that is believed to occupy the site of Solomon’s Temple. We discuss elements of the show and the tendency of people — selves included — to incorporate fiction into our theology.
MOUNTAINS ARE shaking. A massive earthquake has left over 2,400 dead in Nepal, India, Bangladesh, and Tibet at last count, and that number will almost certainly grow in the hours ahead. Meanwhile, a volcano in Chile has unexpectedly erupted for the first time in 40 years, spewing a cloud of ash that’s reached southern Brazil.
What’s more, people spotted something that looked like a giant in the cloud and some locals are convinced that it was a manifestation of the god of the volcano.
This isn’t surprising. Mountains and volcanoes have been considered the abode of gods since the dawn of time. In fact, Eden was on “the holy mountain of God” (Ezekiel 28:13-14). And the climactic battle between the armies of heaven and the forces of Antichrist will be at Armageddon — har-mo’ed — the “mount of assembly” in the Holy Land, Mount Zion.
POPE FRANCIS will consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary tomorrow, October 13. A statue of Our Lady of Fatima, normally kept at the Chapel of Apparitions in Fatima, Portugal, is en route to Rome for the ceremony, which takes place on the 96th anniversary of the so-called Miracle of the Sun.
Interestingly, the Pope has already consecrated his pontificate to Our Lady of Fatima, in a ceremony following mass on May 13 of this year, the 96th anniversary of the first apparition at Fatima.