context necessary to comprehend special revelations
of the main criteria in discerning the reported special revelations
(sometimes also called ďprivate revelationsĒ) is whether or not
they conform to the official teachings of the Church and are helpful
to the advancement of Our Lordís work of human salvation as
explained by those teachings. Thus, if the reported revelations contradict or attempt to
alter any of the authentic teachings of the Church or offer us a new
way of human salvation foreign to that of Christ, God the Son Who
became incarnate, and of His cross, i.e., the way of self-denial and
sacrifice, they should be promptly suspected and discarded as false,
vain, and harmful deviations from the true way, endangering our
salvation rather than helping it.
using the above criterion for considering reports of special
revelations or, in fact, for discerning anything that concerns
religion, it is necessary, first of all, that we recognize and
totally accept the divine origin and authority of the traditional,
official teachings of the Church.
We need to understand that, even though the members of the
Church on earth still suffer from their weakness and imperfection,
as they are still on their pilgrimage of penance and sanctification,
Christ, the Head of the Church and the infinitely holy God the Son,
sustains the Church with His own Life, and the Holy Spirit
constantly dwells in the Church, sanctifying her members and
protecting the Church as a whole from falling into errors and
all discernments concerning religion, it is also important that we
have a correct general understanding of the contents of the
teachings of the Church (the Catechism of the Catholic Church
is an excellent source), especially in this age of widespread
ignorance and indifferentism concerning the revealed truths from
God, which actually is a major cause of the spiritual crisis we are
facing today. If we
subscribe to some distorted, diluted or unclear versions of the
religious truths, a correct discernment will be impossible. In that case our judgment can be quite arbitrary, swayed by
our personal whims and prejudices, accepting falsehood as truth,
rejecting truth as falsehood, or, even if we positively recognize
the truths, still failing to appreciate their significance and
failing to act properly upon them.
example, if we have a superficial and incorrect belief regarding the
Real Presence of Our Lord in the Eucharist, thinking that Our
Lordís presence in the Blessed Sacrament is merely spiritual and
symbolic, and if we remain in that error, it will be impossible for
us to grasp the true significance of the miracles of the Eucharistic
species turning into visible flesh and blood, and the urgent lessons
contained in the miraculous signs that God wills to impart to us
will be all lost.
may also feel that we, who live in this modern, scientific age,
should behave like grown-ups even in spiritual matters, and do not
need our motherís help any more.
Arenít we mature enough to be more assertive with our own
know-howís and preferences? Besides,
isnít Christ the only Savior?
Wouldnít we be behind the times to still pray the rosary? .
. . But, on the other
hand, didnít Our Lord say that unless we become (humble and
simple) like children, we could not enter His Kingdom in Heaven? Didnít all the Saints have an ardent love for the Blessed
Mother and a childlike reliance on her, seeking her help and
intercession at all times? Could
it have been that they were less mature than others?
Also, Christ established the Church to continue His work of
human salvation until the end of the world.
The Church is His Mystical Body as well as His Family and His
Kingdom. It is an organic, living entity, in which all parts or
members are interdependent, functioning together for the good of the
whole as well as each individual member, instead of being a
collection of independent parts (like a heap of sand or a crowd of
people in street) or only partially interdependent individuals (as
in a business company, a labor union, or a school).
In the Family and Kingdom of Christ, we are true children of
God, created and sustained by Him and receiving the supernatural
life from Himself, and true brothers and sisters to each other.
Each member has a uniquely important function, as each member
of an orchestra is assigned an important role, and each memberís
role is to be totally tuned to the Will of God, Who is the Infinite
Goodness and the Infinite Love.
Among all the members, the motherís role is especially
important and indispensable for all the children in the Heavenly
Family. Ignoring and
rejecting her and her role is unnatural and can be an act of
ingratitude to God Who not only gave us the Savior through Mary but
also gave us Mary as our Mother who will intercede for us before the
Lord, nurture us spiritually with the graces from the Lord, and help
us learn how to love and please Him.
If we truly love Jesus, it will be impossible not to love His
Mother and all the rest of His Family as well.
if we believe, like some of our Protestant brethren, that our
salvation depends on our faith alone and that our salvation becomes
a certain fait accompli as soon as we say Yes to
accepting Jesus as our Savior, we are forgetting the fact that our
salvation is actually a lifelong task aimed at a greater sanctity
and closer union with God that can only be attained through
difficult struggles with our own self-centeredness, the world, and
the devil. In that
case, all the messages and signs that repeatedly exhort us to work
on reforming our lives and leading a life of constant prayers and
reparations may seem to lose their relevance and urgency.
If we believe that our salvation is all accomplished already,
we may not feel that we need any help from the Blessed Mother, other
saints and angels in Heaven, or other members of the Church on
earth, or even need the graces for our sanctification continuing to
flow through the Sacraments in the Church.
But, in the Apostlesí Creed, do we not profess our faith in
the Communion of the Saints as well as in the Church? Didnít Christ teach that we should remain connected to Him,
as branches are connected to the vine, in order to bear fruit and
that every tree that does not bear good fruit shall be cut down and
cast into the fire? Doesnít
the concept of ďbearing fruitĒ already indicate that our
salvation is a work cut out for our time on earth?
if we are preoccupied with advancing our well-being in this world
only, ignoring the supernatural destiny that God has conferred on
us, which is our sanctification and eternal union with God, we are
unlikely to appreciate the true contents of the miraculous signs and
the messages. Our minds
filled with secular concerns will easily miss the supernatural
significance of the messages intended for our eternal life.
the other hand, those who have minds and hearts firmly and humbly
rooted in the Church teachings do have the necessary context to
clearly comprehend the messages and signs in special revelations and
apply them productively to their spiritual lives bringing forth
fruit thirtyfold, sixtyfold or even hundredfold.
because the vast majority of the people in the world are still too
busy with the things of this world and turning their deaf ears to
the heavenly urgings and warnings and because those who do recognize
the Lordís voice and the Blessed Motherís are responding in such
feeble and changeable ways, the bloody tears of the Blessed Mother
do not stop flowing; neither does the Precious Blood of Our Lord.
When Our Lord was suffering on the Cross, most of His
followers ran away or kept a ďsafeĒ distance from Him.
Only His Mother, His beloved disciple John, Mary Magdalene,
and a few other holy women stayed with Him until the end despite the
obvious dangers and the reproaching eyes.
They were offering up their sorrows, sufferings, and prayers
together with Christís to the Heavenly Father for their salvation
and those of their fellow humans.
Christ and His Mother are still looking for more people who
will be faithful to Them and to Their cause until the end. All the graces necessary to save the whole human race were
already earned by Our Lord on the Cross, but the work of drawing
more people to the Lord, His teachings and His graces so that
redemption and sanctification may be accomplished in all the members
of Christís Mystical Body still remains.
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