Days After Medjugorje Comment, Pope Downplays Predictable Visions

by ELISE HARRIS/CNA/EWTN NEWS 06/09/2015 Comments (2)

Pope Francis delivers his daily Mass homily June 9 at he Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse.


VATICAN CITY — Days after declaring that a decision on the Medjugorje apparitions would be coming soon, Pope Francis cautioned against basing one’s faith solely on predicted visions or anything other than Christ himself.

In his June 9 daily Mass at the Vatican’s St. Martha guesthouse, Pope Francis cautioned against those who look for God “with these Christian spiritualties that are a little ethereal,” calling them “modern Gnostics.”

These people, he said, “tell you this or that: No, the last word of God is Jesus Christ. There is no other!”

He also warned against those “who always need novelty of Christian identity. They’ve forgotten that they were chosen, anointed, that they have the guarantee of the Spirit, and they seek.”

Francis observed that there are those who might ask, “But where are the seers who tell us today [about] ‘the letter that the Madonna will send us at four in the afternoon …’”

He cited this type of predicted vision as an example of those who base their faith on novelties, explaining that these people “live from this.”

However, “this isn’t Christian identity. The ultimate word of God is named ‘Jesus,’” he said.

The alleged Marian apparitions of Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, are the only apparitions said to still happen almost daily since their first occurrence in 1981.

Out of the original six children, known as “seers,” who began to experience phenomena that they have claimed to be apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1981, three claim that they continue to receive visions every afternoon because not all of the secrets intended for them have been revealed.

Pope Francis’ reference to predictable visions comes just days after he disclosed to journalists that a decision on the authenticity of the alleged Medjugorje apparitions could be coming soon.

“We’re at this point of making decisions … and then they will be announced,” the Pope told journalists during a brief in-flight news conference June 6, while on his way back from the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo. He also revealed that “some guidelines will be given to bishops on the lines they will take.”

In his daily homily on Nov. 14, 2013, Francis cautioned against a misguided “spirit of curiosity” that can also take our vision off of Christ, focusing instead on such predictable visions.

One might be tempted to say, “But I know a visionary who receives letters from Our Lady, messages from Our Lady,” he said on that occasion. Our Lady, he stressed, “is the Mother of everyone! And she loves all of us. She is not a postmaster, sending messages every day.”


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