Friday, June 19, 2015: Reported Sightings of Our Lady--True or False?

J.M.J. Has Our Lady appeared in Medjugorje, a town in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as has been claimed since 1981?

This matter is, once again, the subject of much attention, especially given the recent remarks of Pope Francis.

Let us pray for the Sovereign Pontiff and his collaborators, the Bishop of Mostar and the priests, deacons, consecrated persons and laity of Medjugorje as well as the promoters of this phenomenon and its detractors.

Heated debate and fierce passion surround this topic.

We want what God wants, which is also what Our Lady wants.

If the purported apparitions of Our Lady in Medjugorje are judged to be authentic by the Holy See, then we will delight and learn from them. If not, then we will return again to those approved apparitions that continue to buoy the hearts of the Faithful. Hallowed names universally cherished such as Guadalupe (1531), Lourdes (1858) and Fatima (1917) spring to mind. 

V. Show us, Lord, Your mercy;

R. grant us Your salvation. (Psalm 85:8)

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, Seat of Wisdom, pray for us.

Saint Joseph, Terror of demons, pray for us.

Saint Romuald, Abbot, pray for us.

---   ---   ---   ---   ---

Such sadness in Charleston, South Carolina, particularly among our African-American brothers and sisters but truly among peoples of all colors, races and creeds. 

May the Souls of those who were murdered rest in peace while their families and friends receive the Almighty's sure peace and strength through Our Lady of Sorrows. And may the perpetrator seek God's tender forgiveness.

“I am confident in the assurances I give our suffering brothers and sisters at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Charleston that they have the love, prayerful solidarity, and condolences of the people, priests, deacons, and religious of the Archdiocese of New York.

“God teaches that every human life is sacred; God’s house should always be a place of safety and peace. I ask that intercession for the wounded Christian community be part of our Sunday Masses this weekend.”

Timothy Cardinal Dolan
+Archbishop of New York
Thursday, June 18, 2015

No comments:

Post a Comment