Medjugorje? Fact or Fiction?
As we continue the teaching of the Holy Spirit and with the wisdom behind the messages of the Mother of God through Medjugorje, I ask that you reflect on this word from the holy gospel of Luke, chapter 14.
“Who ever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. Which of you wishing to construct a tower does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if there is enough for its completion? Otherwise after laying the foundation and finding himself unable to finish the work, the onlookers should laugh at him and say, ‘this one began to build but did not have the resources to finish. Or what king marching in battle would not first sit down and decide whether with ten thousand troops he can successfully oppose another king advancing upon him twenty thousand troops?… In the same way, anyone who does not renounce his possessions cannot be my disciple.” (Lk. 14:27-33)
My friends if I can give any witness to faith, it is just this. I have never been one to be able to complete what I have started on my own account. However, for over 20+ years, the Lord has had me on a journey to this day as though I had been prepared for this day, pressing on, begrudging at most and joyful in other times in the trenches of this spiritual battle, to hopefully one day finish the race, with the hopes of ending in heavenly beatitude with God.
Here is it, and to be very frank, it’s all about love and devotion. Yes I am using the word again, “devotion.” That word that means loyalty, fidelity, dedication, commitment, loving and affectionate word, with an ardent and fervent desire to make Our Lady known, so that Jesus will triumph in human hearts.
Heaven has a plan. This is a master plan for the whole universe to accomplish one thing and that is to convert the entire world. It is a calculated plan, and the Lord will see it through its completion. This plan is set in course and the plan of reconstruction is almost completed.
At the bottom of this posting I concluded with the message of Our Lady, which was an urgent call to conversion. Multiple times in the messages she said to “be converted.” I cannot stress enough how important this is.
Can one calculate the time it will take for God to “re-create His creatures” to be the living temples of the Holy Spirit? And knowing He needs the act of the will to do so.
Yes my friends it is almost a whole generation that is passed, 29 years almost 30 that Our Lady has been with us, but we her children still are far from completing the task that she is asking of us.
How long will God permit Our Lady to be with us, is unknown. But gratitude is the word I would say that comes to my heart, great gratitude to God for the gift of Our Lady with us. I say this because I am grateful that I was able to grow up with her, and enter my adulthood with her, and to teach me how to be a good wife and mother, and so that she could Mother me in a way that is impossible for human beings.
We have to pick up from where we left off in the previous teaching titled, “the Path less followed” that is. To continue, we are going to focus on four distinct messages that the Mother of God gave to the world on 3/25/92, 4/25/92, 5/25/92, and 6/25/92 over the next few postings.
Our Lady is determined to make her point to those who began to walk with her, and then stopped, and what the end result was to them for not listening to her and living her messages. Some of you reading this may already be convicted by her words.
She said that in the beginning of her coming, many were excited and received her messages with joy, but then time went on and the excitement went away. The visionaries speak of this, that there would come a time when many would not believe in Medjugorje, even the faithful who have come there. I know this to be true, because this is the attitude of the majority of the Church today.
Many who were called to go to Medjugorje at one time in years past were there, experienced the grace, then left and returned to their usual way of life, as if nothing happened. Some were on fire, but that fire was quickly put out because of road blocks along the way.
On 3/25/92 this is the message from the Mother to the world…
“Dear children! Today as never before I invite you to live my messages and put them to practice in your life. I have come to help you and therefore I invite you to change your life, because you have taken a path of misery, a path of ruin. When I told you to convert, pray, fast, be reconciled you took these messages superficially…”
Let’s begin with these words, “you took these messages superficially…” Are we really taking the Mother of God, the Queen of Heaven superficially? Oh this saddens my heart! But its true. She is “a matter of fact…’ to many. Many are so used to her being here, it is just normal every day stuff, and just like normal every day stuff, she has become routine. Danger!
I cannot count how many times I have brought up the subject of Medjugorje just in my own personal experiences, and immediately people throw up the guard saying, ‘the church has not approved it…or she is saying the same thing over and over, there is nothing different being said, or God would not send our Lady to the world like that, and so on etc.” St. Louis deMonfort describes these false devotees in great detail.
Or there are those who will address the Mother of God as just Mary this, Mary that, forgetting that she is the Queen of heaven and earth and the Mother of God, as if she is just a friend or even say, ‘our sister.’ Yikes!
Several priests run from the word Medjugorje who have never been there, and in secret tell the people, don’t go there, don’t believe it, its not approved, and so on.
(This is no disrespect to the priesthood at all, but to say there is a great fear and unknown for many, and priests do not know how to address the issue).
Many priests have not been to Medjugorje to even give an account or witness, and many do not believe in praying the rosary or even believe in private revelations, which have been occurring since the beginning of creation, as if this is impossible for God to communicate and have a relationship with His people.
For certain, the church must go with caution, to test and discern the spirit, and the fruits of such events. It bears repeating then, to make known, the Catholic Church has NEVER CONDEMNED Medjugorje, and is open, and is testing the spirit as the events continue to occur. In the mean time one is free to go to Medjugorje, to pilgrim and retreat there.
Those priests however who have experienced Medjugorje, there is no question by their experience that the Mother of God is appearing, and hopefully are living out the call in their priesthood. Their parishes are thriving, and the Holy Spirit is alive in them!
If these people of doubt researches their Catholic faith, they will find that the Church has always been open to private revelation. But all private revelation must lead one to divine revelation that is to Jesus Christ.
After the Fatima apparitions, the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith issued a document addressing its position with private revelation, which cited first the Catechism of the Catholic church paragraph 67. I will not quote it here, but it can be looked up by anyone who has a desire to know, but simply to say the Church is open.
This document from the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith does state however that “private revelations” have occurred to help one understand further the faith… they must be taken with prudence and piety. There are three criteria in how to address private revelations; (1) that the said revelation is not contrary to faith and morals; (2) it is lawful to make it public; (3) the faithful are authorized to accept it with prudence. Such a message can be a genuine help to understanding the Gospel and living it better at a particular moment in time; therefore it should NOT BE DISREGARDED. It is a help which is offered, but not obliged to use.”
The document continues, “if this private revelation leads us in another direction different from the one direction, that is Jesus Christ, or it becomes independent of Him or even presents itself of a better plan of salvation more important than the Gospel then it does not come from the Holy Spirit who guides us more deeply into the Gospel and not away from it. This does not mean that a private revelation will not offer a new emphasis or give rise to other forms of devotional forms, or deepen and spread older forms, but to deepen faith, hope and love….”
Many devotions in the church have come from private revelations. One very well known is the devotion to the Divine Mercy, or to the Sacred Heart, etc. These were all private revelations to mystics, some who even became doctors of the church.
Therefore, why is there so much warfare surrounding Medjugoje? Often by the intensity of the warfare is a good indication of the authenticity of a private revelation. Because satan would not waste his time trying to destroy it, and would leave it alone if it were not authentic. But prudence is important to test the spirit, but do not quench the spirit as is said 1 Thes. 5:19-21, test and retain what is good!
Even the dogmatic constitution of the Catholic Church, Lumen Gentium says it is good to believe, and you will be blessed as if you did believe it to be true even if it were not. Because you are open to the Holy Spirit, and believe. There be of open mind!
So to address those who say, she is saying nothing new, or I do not believe, how sad it will be for you if you did not act, or take what is good, and put it to life.
Think about this for a moment. What mother does not repeat to a child over and over when a child is not correcting a behavior that she knows is wrong? Yes Blessed Mother repeats many things in her messages, because she is not teaching anything new! And we are not doing what she is asking. She repeats herself with love and great patience I may add as a perfect mother would.
I know I don’t have this kind of patience with my own children. When I ask for something I want it done now! If not there are consequences. Right?
So let’s go back to this message continuing on, (here I am speaking to those who have been to Medjugorje, who say they are her children, but do not live the message with fervor)…she said, “you started to live the message, then you stopped because it was too difficult for you…” Ouch!
Well isn’t this just who we are today, weak, lazy, sinful creatures when it comes to practicing our faith?
We want our salvation, we want heaven, but we want it to come with the icing and dessert, the easy way, and handed to us. We don’t want to work for it. We are like the rich young man who wanted to buy his way in.
We go to Medjugorje out of curiosity, received many spiritual consolations as if though we were special, bragging about what happened in our experiences, but we don’t want to put forth the effort to begin a new life or do as she is saying.
Isn’t this just like the way we handle pain in the world, we medicate it to take it away quickly. “Oh, I can’t fast, or what do you mean three hours of prayer? I don’t have time for this or that…its too hard….”
How difficult it will be for you dear friends who have experienced such a great grace, and you have failed to live the call to be her witness. Do not delay further, be converted!
The Mother of God in her wisdom continues in the same message, “No dear children! When something is good, you have to persevere in the good, and not think God does not see me, He is not listening, He is not helping. And so you have gone away from God and from me…I wanted to create of you an oasis of peace, love and goodness. God wanted you with your love and with His help to do miracles and thus give a good example…”
My friends, you who think of yourself as the children of the Mother of God, you are being called to the cross. Blessed Mother is leading you to the cross. This is the path which leads to the good that she speaks of-to die to yourself! Remember, Calvary is the day of “Good Friday.” The way of the cross, and it is not easy.
God sees everything an knows everything that you do, everything that you say, but is waiting on you to begin and commit to Him.
You who went to Medjugorje, do you remember the climb up the mountains, especially in the early days? It is easier now after so many years and millions of pilgrims who have gone since. It is a rocky, rough and difficult climb that takes careful calculation of your steps. It all means something! The way of the cross is not easy, nor is it meant to be easy.
On the path to holiness, you are going to suffer, and its going to be hard, but we still must persevere to the top! And just like the road to Calvary with Jesus, Blessed Mother will be with us every step of the way, encouraging us, strengthening us, and loving us through it.
At the conclusion of this message, keeping in mind Our Lady said that many have “left the path she has begun” because of giving up on living her messages and/or did not live them with seriousness and ignored her voice. Remember she used the word “superficial”. Some will pick or choose what they most like to feel good, just like the gospels and ignore the rest as a cafeteria way of practicing the faith.
Dear church! You are choosing by your own free will to separate yourself, that is divorce yourself from your spouse Jesus Christ, your Father and Mother, your heavenly family, and have become a spiritual orphan left to wander astray. You choose to ignore the “invitation” or the call of the Mother, who is looking for her children to come home.
What happens to a wandering child who is a run-a-way? They are left to prey for the wolves in the world on the streets…and will fall into licentiousness and sin.
The Mother concludes by saying, “Therefore, here is what I say to you, satan is playing with you and with your souls and I cannot help you, because you are far from my heart. Therefore, pray, live my messages and then you will see the miracles of God’s love in your everyday life…” (3/25/92)
I repeat her words, dear church, dear children of the Mother of God, “you are far from her heart!” What a heart ache for her! Imagine how intently she is praying for you, that you comprehend who you are and find the strength to welcome her embrace, and walk with her on the path to Jesus so He can lead you to the Father.
It is just like Jesus said to the rich young man as previously reported, ‘give up all you have and give it to the poor, AND THEN COME FOLLOW ME.” (Mt. 19)
There is no more time to waste! Now is the time of decision. Now is the time for conversion! After Medjugorje is concluded on earth, there will be no more time for those who chose to ignore!
I will conclude on this message given in 1983…Note the number of times she has asked for your conversion….therefore I repeat…Be converted.
“Hasten your conversion. Do not await the great sign which has been announced for those who do not believe; it will be too late. You who believe, be converted and deepen your faith…
The sign will come, you must not worry about it. The only thing that I would want to tell you is to be converted. Make that known to all my children as quickly as possible. No pain, no suffering is too great for me in order to save you. I will pray to my Son not to punish the world; but I plead with you, be converted.
You cannot imagine what is going to happen nor what the Eternal Father will send to earth. That is why you must be converted! Renounce everything. Do penance. Express my thanks to all my children who have prayed and fasted. I carry all this to my Divine Son in order to obtain an alleviation of His justice against the sins of mankind. I thank the people who have prayed and fasted. Persevere and help me to convert the world.”