Published Monday, June 30, 2008

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Special Edition Enewsletter - The Feast of the First Holy Martyrs of the Holy Roman Church

Due to recent misrepresentations and distortions of the truth in the local secular media in the Emmitsburg Maryland area, it seems appropriate to review how the Roman Catholic Church has acted in the past in explaining the purpose of private revelation as well as reference a sample of relatively recent alleged apparitions which the Church has deemed as reliable and worthy of belief. Regrettably, the recent reporting demonstrates an obvious and apparent lack of understanding of the matters related to Marian apparitions both by the reporters and some of the principal interviewees. Thus, each of the items in this enewsletter are selected to provide very pertinent information to better understand to these matters of grave concern.

Pope John XXIII on Private Revelation

Pope John XXIII refers to the purpose of authentic private revelation in his 1959 address as the close of the Marian Year (Feb. 18, 1959):

“The Roman Pontiffs….also have the duty, when after mature examination, they deem necessary for the common good of bringing to the attention of the faithful those supernatural lights which it pleases God to dispense freely to certain privileged souls, not for the purpose of presenting new doctrines, but rather to guide us in our conduct.”

Lumen Gentium

In Lumen Gentium, (Vatican II, Section 12), the Council Fathers urged the faithful to be open and attentive to the ways in which the Holy Spirit continues to guide the Church, including private revelations. We hear:

“Whether these charisms be very remarkable or more simple and widely diffused, they are to be received with thanksgiving and consolation since they are fitting and useful for the needs of the Church. Extraordinary gifts are not to be rashly desired, nor is it from them that the fruits of apostolic labor are to be presumptuously expected. Those who have charge over the Church should judge the genuineness and proper use of these gifts through their office, not indeed to extinguish the Spirit, but to test all things and hold fast to what is good.” (cv. Thessalonians 5:12 & 19-21).

Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI, in his commentary on the Third Secret of Fatima in June, 2000, said that private revelation can be a genuine help in 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 which one is not obliged to use.”

The Catechism of the Catholic Church

“Throughout the ages, there have been so-called ‘private revelations,’ some of which have been recognized by the authority of the Church. They do not belong, however, to the deposit of the faith. It is not their role to improve or comlete Christ’s definitive Revelation, but to help live more fully by it in a certain period of history.” (CCC, Ch. 2, III, 67)

Apparitions, Visionaries, Messages & the Church's Response

LaSalette, France, 1846 - Apparition to Melanie Calvat

“The Church would be severely attacked and the monster (communism) would be unleashed at the end of the Nineteenth or beginning of the Twentieth Century. Rome will lose faith and become the seat of Antichrist, and the Church will be in eclipse. Many chastisements are predicted, the Antichrist will be defeated, fire will purge the earth and consume all the work of mens’s pride, and all will be renewed.” LaSalette was approved by the Church in 1851.

The Apparitions of LaSalette...

Fatima, Portugal, 1917 - The Third Apparition of Our Lady

“If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, several nations will be annihilated. In the end, my Immaculate Heart will Triumph.” Fatima was approved by the Church in October, 1930.

The Third Apparition of Fatima...

Akita, Japan - The Third & Last Message to Sr. Agnes Sasagawa, October 12, 1973

“…if men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never have seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead. The only arms which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign (the Cross) left by my Son.” The Akita events and messages were pronounced as reliable and worthy of by belief by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Prefect, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Vatican City, June, 1988, after Most Rev. John Ito, Bishop of Niigata, Japan, after years of extensive investigation declared the events to be of supernatural origin in April, 1984.

Our Lady of Akita...

A New Beginning

Some might regard the above Church-approved messages from Our Lady as “doom and gloom.” Others might consider them serious, somber, and yet, hope-filled, and an accurate assessment of what may be needed for God to bring all His children home to Him for eternity. Certainly, none of them prophesied the “end of the world,” nor did the great flood in Noah’s time bring about the end of the world.

In June, 2008, at the Center of Her Immaculate Heart in the Emmitsburg area, both Our Lady of Emmitsburg and God the Father addressed these same serious matters.

Our Lady of Emmitsburg - June 1, 2008:

“When you see the ‘two suns’ on the horizon, you must know that this is a time of change, a time of this new beginning about which I have spoken to you before….After a while, you will see a time when there is another body in orbit around your solar system, coming between Earth and the Sun and leading to tremendous devastation. Approximately 60-70% of the world’s population, as you know it, will cease....Prayer is the answer!...So prepare, spiritually prepare….God has a special plan, a new beginning!

Our Lady of Emmitsburg June 1, 2008 (Full Text)...

Words of God the Father, through Gianna Sullivan - June 8, 2008:

“As the God of your fathers and forefathers, I am your God of Light, always there to be by you, to protect you and to intervene.... In all My messages to you, whether they be warnings or challenges, I am still a compassionate Father, full of Mercy and Love.... Let us celebrate and know, with all of your hearts and with love a great new beginning awaits you, one where I will be with you!”

The apparitions of Our Lady to Gianna Sullivan in Emmitsburg, MD, and the other fruits of these events that began occurring after the 2001 Archdiocesan Commission, including the “Hidden Life of Our Lord,” the Words of God the Father, many of the prophetic words of Our Lord and Our Lady, as well as the sophisticated scientific testing of Gianna during ecstasy in 2004 by a team of independent, international researchers, done at a major East Coast medical center, have yet to be evaluated or reviewed by any formal Church investigative commission.

Words of God the Father, June 8, 2008 (Full Text)...

What Does the Bible Say?

It would be difficult for many of the faithful to call the above messages from Our Lady of Emmitsburg and God the Father “doom and gloom,” and even more inaccurate to label them as “end of the world prophesy,” and those who believe them to be true as “doomsday cultists.” Unfortunately that is what has been done.

Still others may chide that if it is not in the Bible, Sacred Scripture, it cannot be from God. However, all may want to pray and ponder the words of the Prophet Zechariah:

“In all the land,” says the Lord, “two-thirds of them shall be cut off and perish, and one-third shall be left. I will bring the one-third through fire, and I will refine them as silver is refined, and I will test them as gold is tested. They shall call upon my name, and I will hear them.” (Zech 13:8-9)

End of an Era

To the dismay of the learned and the elite and to the consolation of the “little” children, much of what has been revealed by God, both in His Public Revelation as well as in private revelation, remains a “mystery.” Some things humanity will not know in this world. However there are other things that God has allowed us to attempt to understand, even with our limited intellects. Two of these are provided below:

The Purification...

The Mysteries of the End Times...

Thoughts of Marian Theologians and Scholars

A brief 20-minute 2007 video documenting what several of the leading Marian theologians and scholars in the world believe about these mystical events involving Gianna Sullivan in Emmitsburg, MD, can be seen at:

Our Lady of Emmitsburg June 1, 2008 (Full Text)...

Pope Paul VI

Since the abolition of Canon 1399 and 2318 of the former Cononical Code by Pope Paul VI in AAS 58 (1966) 1186, publications about new appearances, revelations, prophecies, miracles, etc., have been allowed to be distributed and read by the faithful without the express permission of the Church, providing that they contain nothing which contravenes faith and morals. This means no imprimatur is necessary.


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