Thursday, April 26, 2007

Our Lady's Messages

After the warm responses to the news of our recent pilgrimage to Medjugorje I thought it would be nice to publish Our Lady's monthly messages on the blog. Her messages come on the 25th of each month and can be found on the shrine website, www.medjugorje.hr (where you can also see pictures of the Holy Week liturgies in which, if you look closely, you might spot us).

The message for 25th April is:

“Dear children! Also today I again call you to conversion. Open your hearts. This is a time of grace while I am with you, make good use of it. Say: “This is the time for my soul”. I am with you and love you with immeasurable love. Thank you for having responded to my call.”

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

A with all Medge messages: So?

John Kearney said...

So, one day we will all look at such messages about conversion, whatever the source, and actually convert. If anonymous has however truly converted he or she is ahead of most of us.

antonia said...

Would it be more accurate to write "Our Lady's" messages (with the quotation marks) seeing as we don't actually know *who* the messages are from...

glad to hear you had a blessed time though!

Anonymous said...

What is the official line of Magisterium on the whole Medjugorje thing?

Berolinensis said...

On the official site of the competent diocesan Ordinary Bishop of Mostar, H.E. Msgr. Ratko Perić, there is a long statement of the Bishop himself. See: http://www.cbismo.hr/ then click on "Medugorje" and scroll down to the English version. A recent interview with Msgr. Perić after his Ad-limina-visit with the Holy Father, together with much information, can be found here: http://www.theotokos.org.uk/pages/unapprov/medjugor/medjugor.html
While the official pronouncement of the competent authority still is "non constat" ("it is unknown"), H.E. is personally convinced that it is a case of "constat de non" ("it is known to be not supernatural"). The Bishop himself enumerates many and weighty reasons for the falseness of the "apparitions". It is stated that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has instructed several inquiring Bishops that "pilgrimages, whether private or public, are not allowed if they presuppose the authenticity of the apparitions". Also, the Bishop says "the numerous messages of Medjugorje, ascribed to the Madonna are also complete invention. If our faith is considered obsequium rationabile - rational service to God, true and healthy spiritual worship, as it rightfully is (Rm 12:1), then it cannot be any person's private fantasy or illusion (O. P., p. 84). The Church is competent to say this. In her name, 30 chosen priests and physicians, working together in three Commissions for 10 years, in more than 30 meetings, dutifully and expertly investigated the events of Medjugorje and brought forth their results of study. And not one, but twenty bishops responsibly declared that there exists no proof that the events in Medjugorje concern supernatural apparitions or revelations. The believer who respects both principles: ratio et fides, adheres to this criterion, convinced that the Church does not deceive.
Regarding Medjugorje, there's a real danger that the Madonna and the Church could be privatized. People could start contriving a Madonna and a Church according to their own taste, perception and deception: by not submitting their reason as believers to the official Magisterium of the Church, but rather forcing the Church to follow and recognize their fantasy."
I would therefore strongly discourage any "pilgrimages" to Medjugorje and any spreading of th so-called "messages".