Above is a photo of crowds of mostly Catholics that gathered for weeks in front of what looked like an image of our Blessed Mother that had appeared suddenly in one of the windows of a largish private hospital. This hospital is not 10 minutes’ walk from one’s stately pile and it all happened about one and a half years ago.
All were hoping for some kind of “message” and you can see a brief video on it all here.
Below are snippets from a recent article by John Young in the Melbourne (Catholic) publication AD2000 taking a broad look at the question of private revelations.
Please read J0hn Young’s balanced full article in AD2000 here. (Back issues to 1988 of AD2000 are available on the site. These would probably interest many here.)
- Firstly, there is no doubt that God does sometimes give messages to chosen individuals. That is recognised by all orthodox theologians, and the Catholic Church has officially approved some of these communications .
- Catholics who simply dismiss private revelations, ignoring them completely, should examine their motives and ask themselves whether they fully accept the truths of Divine Revelation on the subject matter. Have they doubts, for instance, about the reality of hell or the urgency of doing penance as a reparation for sin?
- At the other extreme are people who uncritically accept the numerous alleged seers claiming to receive communications from heaven, and who travel to site after site where supernatural events are said to have occurred, even though the claims are dubious.
- He (St John of the Cross) points out that there are no more articles of faith to be believed.
- John of the Cross also warns that the devil sometimes deceives a person by first presenting truths, and then instilling falsehoods.
- St John sees a great danger to one’s spiritual life if one forms the habit of seeking visions and messages from heaven. One can become addicted to these. Attachment to these can interfere with true detachment of spirit. It can lead the seeker to dwell on the sensual aspect of the revelations instead of the spiritual.
- So we need to be prudent, and to be always ready to accept rulings from Rome on these matters, for the Church is guided by the Holy Spirit.