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PRIVATE REVELATION - CHARISMS

"When God so wills, He can give full certainty to the recipient. We who are not the recipients can also be sure of revelations given to another, e.g. , the OT prophets, for they furnished certain signs of their mission."
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"Do not despise prophetic utterances. Test everything; retain what is good. " - St. Paul (1 Thess 5:20)

 

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Charisms

"Amen I say to you, all these things shall come upon this generation. Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered together thy children, as the hen doth gather her chickens under her wings, and thou wouldest not? Behold, your house shall be left to you, desolate. For I say to you, you shall not see me henceforth till you say: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord." (Matthew 23:1-39)

Our Sunday Visitor's Catholic Encyclopedia states the following:

“An authentic vision is a charism -- gratia gratis data -- given to an individual or group for the spiritual good of others and/or for the Church as a whole.”

"Private revelations" are not dogmas of faith and are open for selective acceptance and devotion of the faithful. 

The Catechism of The Catholic Church states the following:

Whether extraordinary or simple and humble, charisms are graces of the Holy Spirit which directly or indirectly benefit the Church, ordered as they are to her building up, to the good of men, and to the needs of the world. (Catechism, 799)

Charisms are to be accepted with gratitude by the person who receives them and by all members of the Church as well. They are a wonderfully rich grace for the apostolic vitality and for the holiness of the entire Body of Christ, provided they really are genuine gifts of the Holy Spirit and are used in full conformity with authentic promptings of this same Spirit, that is, in keeping with charity, the true measure of all charisms. (Catechism, 801) 

Saint Paul The Apostle

Is it wise to ignore so-called “private” revelation? No. Ignoring God, if He is indeed speaking, is unwise, to say the least. St. Paul was clear:

Do not despise prophetic utterances. Test everything; retain what is good. (1 Thess 5:20)

Saint Teresa of Avila, a Doctor of the Church:

In her autobiography she writes,

” I only regard a revelation as true if it is in no way contrary to Holy Scripture and to the laws of the church, which we are obliged to follow.” The soul favoured with extraordinary graces “feels capable of confounding all the demons in order to uphold the smallest of the truths taught by the Church!” If a revelation “departed ever so little from Holy Scripture, I would see it in a snare of the Devil …  in such a case, it is not necessary to look for any other signs nor even to examine what manner of spirit it is.  This mark alone so clearly unveils the wiles of the evil spirit that, were all the world to assure me that it is the spirit of God, I would still not believe it.”

The Pope is the highest authority in the Catholic Church, having universal jurisdiction by virtue of his office as Vicar of Christ.

He "has full, supreme, and universal power over the whole Church, a power which he can always exercise unhindered." (Catechism, 882). What is more, his authority is especially suited for matters of private revelation, fitting squarely under the umbrella of "faith and morals".

II The Lay Faithful (Catechism, 897) - The vocation of lay people (Catechism, 898-900) – The participation of lay people in Christ’s priestly office (Catechism, 901-903) – Participation in Christ’s prophetic office (Catechism 904-907) Participation in Christ’s kingly office (Catechism,908-913)

As Pope Leo X stated:

"When it is a question of prophetic revelations, the Pope is the sole judge!" 

There is no man on earth who is singularly protected by the Holy Spirit as is the pope. Bishops, Cardinals, and Curial offices, no matter how authoritative they may be, do not hold the keys to the Kingdom. When it comes to matters of faith and morals, only the pope is protected from teaching error by the Holy Spirit, above every bishop and cardinal in the world combined (not even an Ecumenical Council is valid unless the pope recognizes it as such) And this fact has been demonstrated numerous times through history to such a degree that we can say, without exaggeration, that if it wasn't for the popes, the Catholic Church would have collapsed long ago during the first century of its infancy.

Of the individual recipient of divine revelation, Pope Benedict XIV said:

"Are they to whom a revelation is made, and who are certain it comes from God, bound to give a firm assent thereto? The answer is in the affirmative …"- Heroic Virtue, Vol III, p.390

And for the rest of us, he further says:

He to whom that private revelation is proposed and announced, ought to believe and obey the command or message of God, if it be proposed to him on sufficient evidence … For God speaks to him, at least by means of another, and therefore requires him to believe; hence it is, that he is bound to believe God, Who requires him to do so.- Ibid. p. 394

Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) made the following statements:

"A private revelation is a help to this faith, and shows its credibility precisely by leading back to the definitive public Revelation."

"In every age the Church has received the charism of prophecy, which must be scrutinized but not scorned."

“Prophecy does not mean to predict the future but to explain the will of God for the present, and therefore show the right path to take for the future.” - Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith"The message of Fatima", 2000

To put this another way, it should interest everybody what road we as a Church and Christians should be taking, - especially in these dark times in the world, in which Jesus (a public revelation) said: we are living in a “time of mercy.” 

If Public Revelation is an automobile, then private revelation are the headlights. Driving in blackness is not a wise choice.

As Jesus told St. Faustina, he is speaking to us as well:

“…I am prolonging the time of mercy for the sake of sinners. But woe to them if they do not recognize this time of My visitation. My daughter, secretary of My mercy, your duty is not only to write about and proclaim My mercy, but also to beg for this grace for them, so that they too may glorify My mercy.” (Divine Mercy In My Soul, Diary, 1160)

Can anything God says be unimportant? In the words of Theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar:

"One can therefore simply ask why God provides [revelations] continuously [in the first place ] if they hardly need to be heeded by the Church." - Mistica oggettiva, n. 35

Publications

"A new era opened in the canonical regulations dealing with apparitions occurred in 1969. In that year, Pope Paul VI deleted certain canons of the Code of Canon Law (1917). These canons had specifically forbidden the publication of all books or pamphlets about new apparitions, revelations, visions, prophecies, and miracles, or which introduce new devotions, even though justified as private. Such prohibitions are not part of the Code of Canon Law (1983). So the many reports of Marian apparitions may in part be due to the new freedom to discuss freely and to report such occurrences to the media, without first submitting them to ecclesiastical approbation." (Source:Norms for Private Revelations, University of Dayton)

Opposition ... Others Will Always Oppose You

If you’re living the Gospel, chances are some of your greatest adversaries will be close friends and family, likely even fellow Christians. 

Take St. Faustina, for example. Her family was so against her vocation that she had to run away to the convent in order to fulfill God’s will. Later, she suffered much at the hands of fellow religious sisters. She wrote: 

"For quite a long time I was regarded as one possessed by the evil spirit, and I was looked upon with pity [by the superior and other sisters]" (Diary 123).

“I cannot discern what power is at work in you, Sister; perhaps it is God and perhaps it is the evil spirit.” (Diary 211)

“If the things you are telling me really come from God, prepare your soul for great suffering. You will encounter disapproval and persecution. They will look upon you as an hysteric and an eccentric, but the Lord will lavish His graces upon you. True works of God always meet opposition and are marked by suffering." (Diary 270)

Though St. Faustina was trying to do the will of God as best she could, only a few people in her life saw her as she really was. Many of her fellow sisters dismissed her as a fantasist and even questioned her serious illness (which ultimately led to her early death). But St. Faustina wasn't the only holy person who faced opposition from those close to her. 

Even some of Jesus’ family members accused Him of being out of His mind. The Gospel of Mark says:

"Again [the] crowd gathered, making it impossible for them even to eat. When his relatives heard of this they set out to seize him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.” (Mark 3:20-21)

Christ's greatest adversaries, though, were the religious establishment. The chief priests and elders dismissed Christ, much like St. Faustina’s fellow religious sisters dismissed her. Why is this so? 

Saint Paul said, “Our struggle is not with flesh and blood … but against the powers of this dark world” (Ephesians 6:12).

In other words, as long as we live on this earth, we will face adversity. Now, other people aren’t our enemies. Satan is, and he often tries to lead others into bringing us down. What better way to attack us than through fellow Christians and those closest to us? So if family, friends, or fellow Christians give you a hard time, know that you are in good company. Just try your best to treat them as Jesus would. (Source: thedivinemercy.org, Marc Massery)

Some Of Your Greatest Adversaries

 

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"Descent, disobedience, the kiss of death, the absolute kiss of death ... Pride, Disobedience, death." The operative word is ascent. We have a positive  moral obligation to give the ascent of faith to church teaching not descent. The Holy Spirit is Given to Those That Obey.. Not to Those That Disobey!" - Father John Corapi

Comment: In other words, Souls that are in a state of grace (without sin) will not be open to diabolical influence as they will have The Holy Spirit (The Holy Trinity) to protect and guide them. God is light and life. Satan is darkness and death. While it is true the devil may try to tempt us, he cannot control our "free will". Therefore the statement we often hear "The devil made me do it." is  not true. Ultimately, the decisions we make will be our own - whether we choose good (God) or evil (Satan), that choice is ours alone.

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"He that receiveth you, receiveth me: and he that receiveth me, receiveth him that sent me. He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet, shall receive the reward of a prophet: and he that receiveth a just man in the name of a just man, shall receive the reward of a just man. And whosoever shall give to drink to one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, amen I say to you, he shall not lose his reward. "(Matthew 10:40-42))

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