Thursday, 1 August 2013

MEDJUGORJE UPDATE: THE PETULANT CHILDREN OF GOSPA


MEDJUGORJE UPDATE: THE PETULANT CHILDREN OF MEDJUGORJE
 

..in young children God has planted an innate need of self discovery...once a child reaches a certain age such a one begins to assert themselves...they have not advanced in discipline and have not experienced enough of life and so they are captive to pride and vain self centred affection...depending upon the deterministic nature of one’s environment some proceed in the social graces at a far better pace and so understand the need for self sacrifice..while others through bad upbringing or defects of character or reason become intent on rebelling and making a name for themselves usually falling prey to consequentialism relativism and empiricism...


..in the spiritual life such a parallel can be made..for fresh spiritual disciples since they are not yet formed in holy virtue do not understand the ways of God and mistake the ways of God as their own ways...since they are accustomed to serving themselves and having their own voice heard..they are inwardly proud and serve idols such as jealousy contention and impetuosity... as the great spiritual director John Van Ruysbroeck writes on the difference between true lovers of God and hirelings who love God for a wage or as a merchant in a business transaction.. so such a spiritual child is good only if they get a treat in return..they need to be satisfied inwardly and when they hear a negative verdict from their spiritual father (the Bishop) they pout and rant..however when they don’t get their way then they rebel and ignore their spiritual parent and they seek ways to justify this childish behaviour...indeed like a good parent the Bishop is guarding them from danger ....

 

...however as petulant children such people do not see it this way since they have now become an enemy of truth and have fallen victim to their own desires...like a spoiled child such a person holds their spiritual breath and cuts off oxygen to their  spiritual brain ...if as padre pio says true prayer is the oxygen of the soul then such people ..though outwardly they appear to pray... inwardly they seek to bargain and haggle and ravish God’s grace in a rough and coarse peevish display..in short they make demands on God..instead of accepting good and bad from God in due season...they then  operate on the lower appetites and defile their intellect with illogical testimony which if rightly scrutinized is absurd and unbecoming of a true lover of God.....
                                                    ...as Thomas Aquinas mentions...

It is clear that he does not pray, who, far from uplifting himself to God, requires that God shall lower Himself to him, and who resorts to prayer not to stir the man in us to will what God wills, but only to persuade God to will what the man in us wills.

 
....this shows they have not progressed  very far and are still mired in the restless desires  needful of the self which will be the undoing of all God’s grace if not tethered to the Church..such a one becomes their own magisterium....they do not trust God to provide..however this is absurd since all comes from God without God there would be nothing and so we see how pride subtracts a soul from reality...and hell is close since it nurtures the impossibility of reason.....
 
..as Blessed John Van Ruysbroeck says...

 

Now understand this well: all those who love themselves so inordinately that they will not serve God, save for their own profit and because of their own reward, these separate themselves from God, and dwell in bondage and in their own selfhood; for they seek, and aim at, their own, in all that they do. And therefore, with all their prayers and with all their good works, they seek after temporal things, or may be strive after eternal things for their own benefit and for their own profit. These men are bent upon themselves in an inordinate way; and that is why they ever abide alone with themselves, for they lack the true love which would unite them with God and with all His beloved. And although these men seem to keep within the law and the commandments of God and of Holy Church, they do not keep within the law of love; for all that they do, they do, not out of love, but from sheer necessity, lest they shall be damned. And, because they are inwardly unfaithful, they dare not trust in God; but their whole inward life is doubt and fear, travail and misery. For they see on the right hand eternal life, and this they are afraid of losing; and they see on the left hand the eternal pains of hell, and these they are afraid of gaining. But all their prayers, all their labour and all the good works, whatsoever they do, to cast out this fear, help them not; for the more inordinately they love themselves, the more they fear hell. And from this you may learn that their fear of hell springs from self-love, which seeks its own”





..true the Council of Trent tells us that fear of hell which prompts us grieving of our sins and a proper examination of conscience is good...

CANON VIII.-If any one saith, that the fear of hell,-whereby, by grieving for our sins, we flee unto the mercy of God, or refrain from sinning,-is a sin, or makes sinners worse; let him be anathema.
-Council of Trent Session 6 On JUSTIFICATION  Canon 7

..however at MEDJUGORJE one wonders are people motivated by charity which does not seek its own but rather seeks the will of God..and by so doing prompts one to find God's will in our spiritual superiors  (ie the good Bishop)..it seems at MEDJUGORJE people are motivated to save themselves rather than to strengthen Holy Mother Church and carry on with the passions of the Saints...if people promote MEDJUGORJE as a place of SUpernatural visions when the CHurch officially is in variance to this position are people cautious and truly humble with a mind to refrain from sin or rash presumption.....


 ...and so we see such Petulant children do not trust God...however outwardly they desire to cling to him out of fear or out of inordinate self love..in short to gain something...as we see In MEDJUGORJE..people have not trusted the voice of two successive bishops as the true voice of God..indeed how many bishops will it take one wonders???...and so such children seek to hurt themselves and hurt their parents by acting out their aggression in hopes others feel pity for them and so somehow come to their aid and bolster their irrational call to peace...all this breeds confusion and contradiction..interior turmoil and cuts off the flow of grace from God..and so such people become fastened to daily apparitions and good feelings to fill the void caused by an intellect operating on imagination and fantasy such an intellect is starved of the intellectual food of God which is truth as it flows from the Word of God which is Jesus and the Church being his mystical body...


..we are told by some adherents to the messages at MEDJUGORJE that excellent charisms of the spirit are being received on a daily basis from those who visit this place...indeed it is true that all grace as it flows from Christ is the source for every good work...however outside of sacramental grace the catechism of the Church mentions charismatic grace..

 

Catechism-“2003 Grace is first and foremost the gift of the Spirit who justifies and
 
sanctifies us. But grace also includes the gifts that the Spirit grants us to
 
associate us with his work, to enable us to collaborate in the salvation of
 
others and in the growth of the Body of Christ, the Church. There are
 
sacramental graces, gifts proper to the different sacraments. There are
 
furthermore special graces, also called charisms after the Greek term
 
used by St. Paul and meaning "favor," "gratuitous gift," "benefit."
 
Whatever their character—sometimes it is extraordinary, such as the
 
gift of miracles or of tongues—charisms are oriented toward
 
sanctifying grace and are intended for the common good of the
 
Church. They are at the service of charity, which builds up the Church.”

 However we are told in the  Catechism that all gifts are to be held suspect to discernment by the Church and her Shepherds...

 Catechism-“801 It is in this sense that discernment of charisms is always necessary.

No charism is exempt from being referred and submitted to the

Church's shepherds. "Their office [is] not indeed to extinguish the Spirit,

but to test all things and hold fast to what is good," so that all the diverse

and complementary charisms work together "for the common good.”
 

 
.when we have two successive Bishops or Shepherds of the Church evincing strong misgivings on the aspect of the charisms proceeding out of MEDJUGORJE and the spectacle itself we see that the common good is fractured from a lack of unity of cause... and so we must concede that the fruits of the apparitions are not the fruits of the sacraments..we have confusion and dissent sown by young intiates in the spiritual life who have not the virtue or the gifts of discernment however through vainglory and pride such  person’s have greedily pilfered the authority or through egoistic acedia left it unnurtured and orphaned  it over to neglect and pretension....such claims are only specious allegations which have no authority to back them up...this is spiritually vacuous and leads to disorder and regression...since no  supernatural motion has been proved as emanating from the apparitions....this is why the Church has stated that based on the study of events so far nothing supernatural can be verified as associated with visions or apparitions at MEDJUGORJE.... so we must deduce that all the good that is occurring is a direct result of sacramental grace....and the presence of the sacraments is solely based on a sensus laicorum  and this curiousity of the laity is no proof of a movement of the Holy Spirit since the Holy Spirit works through the church as a whole through a sensus fidelium(which includes the clergy) ..so we can say the presence of the sacraments is solely due to the needs and wants of the lay people and not the apparitions ...and so we see how confusion has been sown and how the movement of sacramental grace has been attributed to the movement of spurious apparitions...all as a result of the tantrums of petulant children....since there is no charism of the Holy Spirit granted to the laity in isolation of the church and the magisterium...and because we have no approval from the local magisterium we have no true sensus fidelium or Ecclesia Docens(authentic magisterium approval) and so we cannot say for certain we have a movement of the Holy Spirit from apparitions ....but certainly from an unperturbed sanguine action of the sacraments grace flows in this place...amen