1. EXTRAORDINARY MANIFESTATIONS IN EXTRAORDINARY TIMES
2. THE CONCEPT OF APPARITION AND VISION IN THEOLOGY
3. MYSTICAL AND PROPHETIC VISIONS
4. NATURAL, PARAPSYCHOLOGICAL AND SUPERNATURAL MANIFESTATIONS
5. CRITERIA REGARDING THE CHURCH
6. THEOLOGICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF MARIAN APPARITIONS
Dr. Fr. Ivan Dugandzic
In 1973, there was a stormy discussion among theologians about the significance of Jesus' resurrection and the meaning of speech in the apparitions of the Risen One as the New Testament speaks of them. R. Pesch, a liberal Catholic biblical scholar, provoked that discussion with his assertion that talk about the resurrection is merely "the expression of the believers' recognition of Jesus' eschatological significance, his mission and authority, his legitimation in view of his death." Talk about apparitions would merely be the "legitimation" of the disciples, that is, their determination to proclaim that "significance of Jesus." His Protestant, very moderate colleague, M. Hengel, in his response particularly regrets that in present times visions are made equivalent to hallucinations and continues, "Since the rich mystical tradition of the Church has dried up, at least in our regions, theologians are then no longer in authority for these manifestations, but rather psychiatrists or drug experts. A vision is considered a pathological manifestation" (ThQ 3/1973, p. 255). It was as though it were a prophetic word for what will be shown also in the case of the apparitions in Medjugorje eight years later.
Nowhere in the world has Our Lady ever spoken for such a long time and through so many messages to the people of this earth. This fact alone is so unique that it makes us wonder. The Messages have nothing spectacular nor sensational in them, as we journalists expect and as we are used to in news broadcasting. Many Messages are repetitions, deepening of the same content, offering help to make even the smallest step in faith; they are repeated invitations finally to do and to live what Our Lady already invited us to live. She motivates us again and again to turn to her to learn how to believe, to find Jesus, to find ourselves. All this is not particularly interesting for the demands of a journalist. No wonder, because the Messages are not passing news which seem a sensation today and become "cold coffee" tomorrow, according to the proverb: "There is nothing as old as yesterday's newspaper." The Messages are not like that. They are supports and helps to grow continually and in simplicity.
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Fr. Wiley died on June 29, 2008. Rest in peace, Fr. Wiley.
Sweet Fruit of Medjugorje
By Rev. James A. Wiley
How does one put into words the immeasurable love, mercy, forgiveness of our Heavenly Father toward His prodigal children? We can never probe the depths in this life. My purpose in writing this article is to show how His love, mercy, and forgiveness led me back to the Church and to the priesthood.
In June of 1974, I turned my back on God, the Church, and the priesthood. The decision to walk away from everything I had once valued did not come overnight. It was several years in the making, and I vowed never to return to the Church or the priesthood.
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By June Klins
“Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” Who in the world ever made that one up? Have you ever been hurt by something someone said about you? If not, what planet are you from?
Not too long ago someone I care about hurt me deeply by saying some unkind things about me. After I heard this I could hardly look this person in the face again. It was eating me alive because it was impossible to avoid this person. I confided in my friend Pat about this, and she gave me some good advice.
It was announced today in Medjugorje that Jakov, one of the six visionaries, received his 10th and last secret from Our Lady. Currently, Mirjana, Ivanka, and now Jakov have received all 10 secrets. Vicka, Marija, and Ivan have received 9. What follows is the official announcement from the Information Center in Medjugorje...
LAST REGULAR APPARITION OF THE QUEEN OF PEACE
TO JAKOV COLO SEPTEMBER 12, 1998
While on his journey in America Jakov reported the following text to us from Miami.
"On Friday September 11th during the regular apparition Our Lady told me to prepare myself specially by prayer for tomorrow's apparition because she will confide the 10th secret to me. On Saturday September 12th Our Lady came at 11:15 (local time). When she came she greeted me as always with 'Praised be Jesus'. While she was confiding the 10th secret to me she was sad.
Then with a gentle smile she said to me: Dear child! I am your mother and I love you unconditionally. From today I will not be appearing to you every day, but only on Christmas, the birthday of my Son. Do not be sad, because as a mother I will always be with you and like every true mother I will never leave you. And you continue further to follow the way of my Son, the way of peace and love and try to persevere in the mission that I have confided to you. Be an example of that man who has known God and God's love. Let people always see in you an example of how God acts on people and how God acts through them. I bless you with my motherly blessing and I thank you for having responded to my call. The apparition ended at 11:45."
P.S. In a short telephone conversation with Fr. Slavko Barbaric, Jakov said that he cried for a long time and that he is very sad.
Vicka, will you please describe what the feeling of a person is that has been meeting with the Mother of God every day now for fifteen years?
This feeling cannot possibly be put in words, for there are no words to describe it. It is something special, a special peace, satisfaction, a joy that cannot be experienced with any man, but only with Our Lady.