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November 8, 2013

Preternatural vs Supernatural Points for Discernment Regarding Medjugorje

Finally Clarifications Regarding Medjugorje Forthcoming

The Papal Nuncio to the U.S. on behalf of the prefect of the CDF Archbishop Müller has issued instructions that no cleric or faithful may participate in any meetings, conferences, or public celebrations in which the authenticity of the apparitions are taken for granted.  Coming prior to the release of the final report on Medjugorje it is considered a dramatic move and shocked many in the Medjugorje support community. For the most part they operated on the assumption that until final confirmation of in-authenticity was made, participation as if it were true was allowed by the faithful. Read more......  

  Facts to remember on Medjugorje

The church has the responsibility to make its judgment on reported apparitions. The responsibility for determining the authenticity of any reported apparition still rests with the bishop within whose jurisdiction the reported apparition took place.

On July 15, 1987 the Bishop of Mostar published his Declaration Concerning Medjugorje  he later asked Father Hugh Thwaites, an English Jesuit, to have an accurate translation made from the original Croatian after an inaccurate version of this Declaration, was translated into English from an Italian translation and not Croatian.  The task was undertaken by Marija, the wife of Michael Davie, who is Croatian, and their son Adrian, who has a Cambridge degree in Serbo-Croatian.  The link to this English translation can be found here….

Bishop Pavao Zanic, of Mostar 
For our purposes I quote  Bishop Pavao Zanic, of Mostar  from that text:  “In all my work, prayers, and studies I had one aim before meto discern the truth. With this aim, as early as 1982, I formed a four member commission which later, with the help of some bishops and fathers provincial, I expanded to fifteen members drawn from nine theological centers from seven dioceses and four provinces, and two leading psychiatrists who were enabled to consult their colleagues. They worked for three years reporting to the Vatican about their work. The Yugoslavian Conference of Bishops is still concerned with the same problem."

THe Bishop continues: "However, there were impatient people who went ahead before the judgment of the Church, and declared that miracles and supernatural events were taking place. They preached on private revelations from the altar, something which is not permitted until the Church declares such revelations to be authentic.”

In another letter to Mrs. Davies the bishop thanked her for an accurate  translation of his Declaration  on Medjugorje into English he then went on to state: “God knows how this will all end, not well, you can be sure of that. The Church is divided. Factions are at war in the name of the Queen of Peace. I, who saw the beginning of this falsehood, of this lie, have before my very eyes a great deal about which it is impossible to write, or to describe, for various reasons. A huge amount of money is involved, and so the propaganda has no bounds. In my office there are some fifty books about Medjugorje, a vast number of cassettes, newspapers, and magazines, and new material is arriving all the time, and yet the position I have taken hurts them. For an average Catholic the first question to ask is: "What does the Ordinary of the place think about this matter?" The position which I have taken brings many people to their senses. Of course the fanaticism of some is incorrigible, and no argument avails in their cases.”  Read entire letter….

Points for Discernment
It has always been the responsibility of the diocesan bishop to pass judgment after an investigation is made.  Furthermore, it must also be understood that other priests, bishops and cardinals from other dioceses are unable to make judgments of authenticity on apparitions outside of their jurisdiction. Other bishops must submit in obedience to the local ordinary of the diocese of the alleged apparitions.  This has always been the case in the church.  If other priests, bishops  or cardinals do not respect the local ordinary they sin themselves and are a cause for much confusion among the faithful and division in the church.  Read the Declaration from Bishop Pavao Zanic.  

Preternatural vs Supernatural

The events at Medjugorje are filled with preternatural signs. Many people not understanding the difference between preternatural from angelic world or gifts man had before the fall of Adam. Many people think these preternatural miracles confirm authenticity. The Church however needs supernatural miracles. Miracles only God can do. Preternatural miracles can come from bad angels trying to deceive men and if we are not obedient to the church we will be deceived.

Preternatural Miracle in Scripture
Remember Moses before Pharo in the book of Exodus,  Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the LORD had commanded: Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants, and it became a serpent. Then Pharaoh also called his wise men and the sorcerers  the magicians of Egypt, they also in like manner did the same with their enchantments.

This is a fine example of a preternatural miracle. That can also be done by evil spirits.

Moses parting the Red Sea is a Supernatural Miracle

Now Consider This….

At Guadalupe the Blessed Virgin brought the bishop to his knees with the sign that she gave when Juan Diego opened his tilma that is an enduring supernatural miracle to this day. Close up of the eye of Our Lady contain images of those present. Modern technology making this discovery brings her message and makes it applicable to our times as well.

Fatima a Supernatural Solar Event

At Fatima the Heaven gave a stupendous supernatural sign in the Miracle of the Sun. This supernatural solar event was witnessed by thousands of people in a 70 mile radius from the apparition site. If any alleged apparition is truly from God, there will also be supernatural events that only God can do accompanying them Rome cannot possibly pass judgment on every claim of an alleged visionary.

  The Yugoslavian Bishops Conference Weigh In

Archbishop Franic
In the case of Medugorje it was not just the local ordinary that passed judgment but the whole Yugoslavian Bishops Conference, except for one bishop, Archbishop Franic.  In the letter to Mrs. Davies, Bishop Pavao Zanic comments on this stating: “Archbishop Franic has caused me dreadful problems, although the mere fact that hwe thinks something does not mean that it must be true. One of the first questions asked by the sectaries of Medjugorje is: 'How is it that Archbishop Franic believes?' I, for my part, say to them, that there are thirty-five bishops in Yugoslavia, and that he is the only one who believes, so that argument is worthless. For them, however, it is enough that one Archbishop believes.

One can feel the suffering that Bishop Pavo Zanic has endured throughtout these many years  in regards to determing the truth of these alleged apparitions. Let us pray for him as we await the final determination from Rome.


November 5, 2013

The Fatima Message Confirms the Reality of Purgatory God's Mercy vs God's Perfect Justice

The Fatima Message Confirms
The Reality of Purgatory
God’s Mercy vs. God’s Perfect Justice

Purgatory is only temporary end before the final end in Heaven so it is not considered to be one of the last things. However Purgatory is such an important dogma of the church. Incredibly, so many Catholics are ignorant of Purgatory so do nothing to avoid it themselves and little or nothing to help the Poor Souls who are there, suffering intensely, as they wait for Masses and prayers to be offered for them. That is why Our Lady brought up the reality of Heaven and Purgatory in her first appearance to the children. Only after strengthening them with the graces given in both the May and June apparitions did the children experience another reality of a place called hell.

The painting below of Our Lady of Mt Carmel, the 'Throne of Mercy' and 'Queen of the Angels', who takes great delight in sending her Angels to release those Souls mercifully pardoned by her Son Jesus through the prayers and supplications of the church!

During Our Lady's First Visit to Fatima May 13th, 1917,  Lucia–the oldest of the three, was reassured by Our Lady that they would all one day go to Heaven. Jacinta and Francisco would go soon and she would go but not right away because it was the will of God that she help promote the devotion to her Immaculate Heart to save poor sinners. Lucia found the courage and asked Our Lady about two of her friends who recently died: "Is Maria das Neves in Heaven?" "Yes" answered Our Lady, "she is in Heaven." She also asked about another friend, Amelia. Our Lady answered: "She will be in Purgatory until the end of the world."

Amelia's Fate a
Warning for All of Us!

Amelia was eighteen years old when she died. She is in Purgatory and will, on the testimony of Our Blessed Mother, stay there until the end of time. Let us take to heart and make certain that her fate will not be our own. What could she have done to merit such purgation in those days and what about us and the sins committed in our era?

Why such a lengthy expiation?

The malice of sin is great. What we think are small faults are in reality serious offenses against the infinite goodness of God. Adam and Eve just ate an apple and look what happened!  Consider how the saints wept over their smallest faults. We are weak we say and it is true but God is always there for us offering us graces to strengthen us and giving us lights to see the gravity of our sins. We do not use the lights and graces he so generously offers us, and we do not receive the sacraments as we should.

The saints committed few and slight sins they sorrowed much over them and did severe penances. We commit many and grave sins and we sorrow little and do little or no penance. For the majority of us who do make the positive decision to serve God and are not yet properly prepared (humble enough) to enter Heaven, the only choice is to make the transition to goodness in Purgatory. Our Lord tells us that we shall have to render an account for each and every idle word we say (Matthew12:36 ) and that we may not leave our prison until we shall have paid the last farthing. (Matthew 5:26).

All Venial Sins
Must also be Atoned for!

All sins mortal and venial accumulated for 20, 40, or 60 years of life. Each one has to be atoned for after death. Is it a wonder that souls have to remain so long in purgatory? It cannot be calculated the immense number of venial sins we commit on a daily basis. Faults of self love, selfishness; in thoughts words and deeds. Acts of sensuality, faults of charity; laziness, vanity, jealousy, tepidity. Then the sins of omission that we give no credence too. Do we ever thank God as we should for all his blessings given to us? He waits for our visits day and night in the tabernacle; do we go? He dies for us every morning at Mass and gives innumerable graces to those who participate longing to come into our hearts in Holy Communion. We are too lazy to attend this Calvary. We have luxurious homes, food, clothing while many in the world live in hunger and misery. Life is given to serve God and save our souls but we are satisfied if we give God five minutes of prayer in the morning and evening and the rest of the 24 hour day is given to work, rest and pleasures.

And Mortal Sins?
 Fatima and A Vision of Hell
The Ultimate Justice of God
For Unrepentant Sinners 
 The Fatima children saw countless numbers of people who were endlessly falling into the fiery flames. Plunged in this fire were also demons and souls in human form, like transparent burning embers, all blackened or burnished bronze, floating about in the conflagration, now raised into the air by the flames that issued from within themselves together with great clouds of smoke, now falling back on every side like sparks in a huge fire, without weight or equilibrium, and amid shrieks and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with fear. (It must have been this sight which caused me to cry out, as people say they heard me.) Testimony of Sr Lucia. 
Our Lady sadly looked upon them as she said "You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart.” 
 The demons could be distinguished (from the souls of the damned) by their terrifying and repellent likeness to frightful and unknown animals, all black and transparent.This vision lasted only a moment, thanks to our good Heavenly Mother who,  at the first apparition, had promised to take us to Heaven. Without this promise, I think we would have died  of fright

Unfortunately, Most of us have committed mortal sins in our lives and if we confess them we do not make satisfaction for them. Do we return what we have stolen or make charitable contributions to the poor if we cannot. Did we restore the good name of the other who we maligned with our slander or calumny? The tongue can murder another as well as a gun or knife and change the direction of the life of someone for good or ill! 

St. Gertrude in her revelations indicated that those who have committed many grave sins and have not done due penance, may not share in the ordinary suffrage's of the church for a very considerable time! 

The venerable Bede also indicated that the justice of God may demand that those who pass a great part of their lives in repeated and unrepentant mortal sins and confess them on their death bed, may be detained in purgatory until even the last day.

We would do well to remember that the best means of lessening our term in Purgatory -- or of avoiding it altogether -- is to have clear ideas of it, to think well and often on it and to adopt the means God offers for avoiding it. Not to think of it is FATAL. It is nothing else than preparing for ourselves a long and rigorous Purgatory!


The servant of God Fr. John Anthony Hardon, S.J. said many times: “Only the very chaste and very humble shall enter Heaven; No one else! No one else! No one else!”

Jesus Meek and Humble of Heart
Make Our Hearts Like Unto Thine!

Fr. Hardon and the Catholic Dogma of Purgatory

Miracle of Holy Mass
and Purgatory in 1657
Shrine of Our Lady of Montserrat
 Montserrat - the site of a Marian shrine - is a Benedictine monastery with nearly 1000 years of history. The shrine is set on the ledge of the mountains where a Basilica and Benedictine monastery are also built. The Basilica was constructed in the neo-Gothic and Renaissance style and was consecrated in 1592, 100 years after the discovery of America. According to legend, the statue of Our Lady of Montserrat was discovered by young shepherds who had been attracted by lights that came from a cave where the statute was hidden. Our Lady of Montserrat is the Patroness of Catalonia, and because of the color of her skin, she is known as "La Moreneta" ("The Little Black Madonna").

The Most Reverend Father Bernardo de Ontevieros, General of the Benedictine Order in Spain, along with the Abbot Father Millán de Mirando, were present at the monstery of Our Lady of Montserrat to take part in several conferences when a woman with her young daughter came to the monastery, and the little girl began to implore Abbot Millán to celebrate three Masses in memory of her deceased father, deeply convinced that by the merits of these Masses, the soul of her father would be freed from the pains of Purgatory. The good Abbot, moved by the tears of the young girl, began to celebrate the first of these Masses for the dead on the following day, and the little girl, who was present at the Mass with her mother, during the consecration began to declare that she saw her father kneeling at the foot of the main altar, surrounded by dreadful flames. The Father General, who was skeptical, wishing to determine whether the little girl’s account was true, told her to bring a handkerchief close to the flames that surrounded her father. The little girl, following his directive, placed the handkerchief in that mysterious fire which only she was able to see, and at once all the monks saw the handkerchief catch fire with a living flame. .....Read More

Further Meditations on the Four Last things
“Remember thy last end, and thou shalt never sin.”

Divine Providence  also brought a little booklet titled READ ME or RUE IT by  Fr. Paul O'Sullivn,O.P. The cover promised that the pamphlet would be a Revelation for many who would read it and it was for me. I paraphrased portions from this booklet within this post. I also want to mention the Classic Meditations on the Four Last things: DEATH, JUDGMENT, HELL and HEAVEN by Fr. Martin Von Cochem O.S.F.C. whose quote is one of the titles of this post and will be an valuable source for further meditations. Links for both booklets can be found at the end of this post.

READ ME or RUE IT by Fr. Paul O'Sullivn,O.P.

Classic Meditations on the Four Last things:
DEATH, JUDGMENT, HELL and HEAVEN by Fr. Martin Von Cochem O.S.F.C.

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