"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Ivory Coast Bishops in line with Pope Francis...



Remember when the Holy Father said this?

Our Lady is not a postmaster... 
“Curiosity, the Pope continued, impels us to want to feel that the Lord is here or rather there, or leads us to say: "But I know a visionary, who receives letters from Our Lady, messages from Our Lady.” And the Pope commented: "But, look, Our Lady is the Mother of everyone! And she loves all of us. She is not a postmaster, sending messages every day. Such responses to these situations, he affirmed, "distance us from the Gospel, from the Holy Spirit, from peace and wisdom, from the glory of God, from the beauty of God." "Jesus says that the Kingdom of God does not come in a way that attracts attention: it comes by wisdom. The Kingdom of God is among you,' said Jesus, and it is this action of the Holy Spirit, which gives us wisdom and peace.” - Source

Earlier this month Ivory Coast Bishops denounced the circulation of purported text messages from Our Lady...
“People, claiming to be from the Catholic Church, have given themselves the mission to disseminate messages that, according to their authors, are from the Virgin Mary,” said the bishops. 
After reviewing their content, the letter said, “the conclusion is that the content of most of these messages is contrary to the spirit of the Gospel of Jesus Christ … for some messages may even disturb public order and create psychosis and fear among the people.”
The apocalyptic messages, which describe impending calamity for Ivory Coast and the coming of “the victory of God,” call people to prayer and repentance. 
In response, the bishops have invited the faithful to exercise “prudence and discernment” so as not to be “troubled or frightened during this time of Lent, which is a time of trial, where all sorts of temptations may present themselves to lead us away from God.” - Source

The Bishops also "instructed the faithful to “be careful” about everything they read and listen to and “to follow” only that which is issued officially by the Catholic Church."


Excellent advice.


8 comments:

  1. God people are stupid.

    Does the Blessed Mother prefer IOS or Android? (Heaven has a great data plan apparently...) My own Mom has no idea how to use her phone, which I believe is still a flip phone so maybe this will get her to embrace technology.

    Did I mention that people are really, really stupid????

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  2. I can relate to some of these folks as I once was into all of this and now, when I look back, it was a lack of faith and strength on my part since the "walk in the dark night of the soul" was too painful for me and I needed assurances that God was truly with me. I knew and trusted though that our merciful Lord would show me the way and to this day, He still does. I no longer follow any of the current so-called apparitions or locutions.

    Terry,

    Did you see this wonderful painting? I know you're an artist and thought you might admire it.

    http://vaticaninsider.lastampa.it/en/news/detail/articolo/arte-art-arte-40014/

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  3. I wonder if she uses Emoji?

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  7. I was casually following one up until very recently, when a commentator hinted that we should only be concerned with pleasing God...if we don't like what a priest, bishop or even the Pope has to say, we should just ignore them. They don't decide where we go after death, after all.

    Made me think that if the local Bishop ruled negatively against the person, the people following would ignore it. Clicked off, ctrl-alt-delete.

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