Wednesday, October 25, 2006

still ceasing?

Kevin at New Advent brings up the sad fact that the Medjugorje "seers" have still refused obedience to the local bishop.
Kevin also asks about the book Understanding Medjugorje:  Heavenly Visions or Religious Illusion? by Donal Foley. 
I am reading the book currently and am about half done.
What struck me was the strange and corrupted history of the place.  Sacrifices to false gods, mass killings and many other twisted things took place on that mountain before the apparitions started.
Many point to the "prayer and fasting" as a good fruit and therefore proves the apparitions are from God.
But remember the devil will tell you a thousand truths to get you to believe one lie.  (don't remember who made that statement, but I find it true here.) 
If the evil one can get you into the mortal sin of obstinate disobedience, the graces of prayer and fasting don't have much effect.
The other main point is the lack of humility and obedience of the "seers" compared to other approved Marian apparitions.  They have profited from the continued promotion of the apparitions.  There are many factors that make the apparitions doubtful as authentic, but the big ones are the financial motivation, pride and disobedience.  All the prayer and fasting in the world will not overcome disobedience to the Church. It doesn't matter if one falls off either the right side or the left side of the boat, you are still falling of the boat.

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