Monday, January 17, 2011

The Spirituality of Fatima and Medjugorje [Preface]

The Spirituality of
Fatima and Medjugorje

Fr. Edward Carter, S.J.

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Shepherds of Christ Ministries
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In these our times, there have been numerous reports of Marian apparitions around the world. Relatively few have received official Church approval. Among all the Marian apparition sites of the 20th century, two stand out as having received the most attention-Fatima and Medjugorje.

The Fatima apparitions and messages received official Church approval in 1930. In giving her official approval to the Fatima event, the Church tells us that what took place at Fatima involving the three young visionaries is worthy of our belief.

The Church's investigation of the events at Medjugorje is an ongoing one. No definitive judgment has yet been given. I hereby profess my willingness to submit to the Church's final decision in the matter.

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In the meantime, one is allowed personally to believe in the apparitions and messages of Medjugorje provided they contain nothing which is contrary to faith and morals.

Millions do believe, including the overwhelming majority who have actually visited Medjugorje. Between 15 and 20 million pilgrims have been to this previously little known part of the world. Included in the Medjugorje pilgrims have been thousands of priests and numerous bishops.

Given the importance of the Fatima and Medjugorje events, we may legitimately ask, "Is there a very special connection between the two?" Posing this question to myself and striving to find the answer has given rise to my writing of this book. I believe the connection is vitally important.

We live in extremely critical times. The Church and the world exist in a time which is witnessing an unprecedented alienation from God. During the 20th century Our Lady--as never before in history--has, through her numerous apparitions and messages, been pleading with the human race to return to God. Fatima and Medjugorje represent the high points of this urgent request on the part of Mary. It is extremely important that we listen to our Mother and do what she asks of us.

Edward Carter, S.J.
Xavier University
Cincinnati, Ohio

[To be continued]

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