Several of us here have been banned from Fisheaters... ... I hope that you are not into the Medjugorje stuff. I'm fairly sure that you won't find anyone here who will support that, and for good reason..
Thank you, Meg, You are also kind, and I thank you..
The distinctions you explain here I really appreciate very much. I really do want to learn these things about my fellow trad Catholics who I have much in common with, but not all at once, and at a natural pace (basically, as I also read about things that are pertinent to me right now). [And I won't be learning from unkind people.]
I expect if I stay here as forum member I will get an education in that area. Right now I have other needs on the forum - faith and fellowship, some perspective when troubling things of our time happen, mostly. As I just mentioned above, my time is going to be monopolized starting about right now with a career move. And I especially do not want to interact with people who are going to be ugly, angry, damning and judgmental, because that is what the come her for and new people are I often a target for folks like this). So I was looking for a safe, charitable Christian place to be and maybe Women's Forum is a place to be start out..
Well one of my two
favored private revelations has been approved after
Vatican 2... I'll explain on that sometime probably (I am not here to promote anything. But those things that are a part of me and I may want to mention it sometime, so that is why I asked, so I could know in what context I could mention them).
But as to that, I do not think God abandons any place. Here is a story about that. I remember being a new Born-again Christian, in college, where God suddenly brought in my life so many other Born-again Christians. It was as if the world had suddenly become light, and everywhere I turned, I met light-filled people that I had never dreamed existed all around me. Then, home for summer break, I got a job working in the records room of a hospital. .
Plenty of people worked in the room with me, but no like-minded faith-filled Christians. I was sad. I prayed, "God, here I am, 40 hours a week, in a God-forsaken place. How will I make it through the summer?" That very day a very cheerful young women came down from an upstairs doctor clinic to deliver records to me. She promptly introduced herself and she said she was Christian! She had a lively faith, and she became my lunch partner, so I had a chance every day to fellowship with a Christian. After that I realized God doesn't forsake any place. Truly His angels are everywhere. So also God did not abandon the modernist Church. People who love God are there, and He has food for them. So He has sent prophets. (The evil one also has sent his false prophets, and there are more of them.) But God still works there, and everywhere. Because He wants to save souls..
I am not a Medjugorje fan, but I have read a lot
pro and con, as I have often wanted to understand.
I am confident that at that site many good things are happening, because these are Catholics gathered together in the Lord's name, seeking the Lord, and they are receiving the Sacraments - particularly Daily Mass and Confession. The stories I have heard of life-changing Confessions there are like gold. These things about Medjugorje impress me. God has not abandoned those people going there to seek Him. He is a Father who gives good gifts..
As to the Medj. Messages and the seers, I have never found them compelling. I signed up to receive messages monthly, I think, once, and eventually realized they weren't telling me anything I didn't already know, so I stopped them. That is the part of Medjugorje that holds no interest for me. I have read pro and con Medj., both books and websites. I see the problems with persecuting, modernist bishops. I have also read some anti-Medj. stuff that I was not all-onboard with, in light of the former. But I kept it open-ended in my mind, not ruling real or not-real. Then I watched a recent Patrick Coffin show on it, and see there is a good case for something being fishy with the messages/seers. .
But I know of those who have been blessed going there - that is a reality. [None of them, BTW, express devotion to the messages or seers]. So as I just explained, I see their positive experiences as being a grace of God. If there was deceit involved with the seers, what others planned for the bad, God turns to good. .