Post # 1
Dear Catholic Bees (I address this to Catholic bees, cause it is a specific topic in our religion)
what do you think of Medjugorie Appartitions? Although I’m an observing Catholic (I go to Mass regularly, I confess, I try to live my faith in my everyday life, I’m active in my parish, etc…), i really find it hard to take the Medjugorie apparitions and all that comes with it seriously. The Church hasn’t approved those apparitions yet, they’re still studying the “case” and thus a Catholic is free to choose whether to believe in them, or not. Well my mother-in-law, is one of those who’s been to Medjugorie like 3 times (and I respect that) and she insists that my husband and I should go there, when we told her we’re not interested in that.Moreover she talks like those who attend such pilgrimages are “better Catholics”. We think going to such places is not essential, and don’t even find it very spiritual. I don’t need to know that the the Virgin Mary, Jesus, or a Saint, appeared in a certain place to live my faith, what’s in the bible is all I need to know. What do you think?
Post # 3
I definitely agree that going to these locations does not make one a “better Catholic”. Devotions to various things are not required by the Church, so no one HAS to take part in them. Some people go to Adoration, others pray the Roasry, and some visit Apparition sites. Everyone has preferences and different things that help them grow spiritually. No devotion is better than another, in my opinion.
I tend to have the mindset that if something ‘optional’ doesn’t enchance your spiritual life your husband is in agreement, that it probably isn’t worth going. If you think it would be enjoyble, go for it- but I don’t see the sense in just going through the motions because others do it or believe in it.
From my research, it seems that Medjugorie is probably a hoax; however, I am not a proper judge and will await Church teaching. I don’t think it is harmful to be skeptical of claims of apparitions and miracles until there is a definite ruling by qualified judges.
Post # 4
Even when apparations are approved by the Church, they still are not considered a part of the deposit of the faith. We are free to have our own judgments about them.
Post # 5
@twoangels: Thanks for sharing your opinions. I agree with both of you.
Post # 6
I don’t have any problem with “Church approved” apparitions, but to me, some of the things about Medjugorie are VERY problematic. Like, usually when there is an apparition that is later approved (think: St. Bernadette,) when the religious superiors of the person who is having the apparition tell them to “keep it quiet” until they do more research or whatever, the person OBEYS. Not so with Medjugorie. Spiritual disobedience is NOT a trait of any holy person. Even if someone’s spiritual superior turns out to be “wrong,” in all the other approved apparitions (and, since the Church takes so seriously/skeptically all claims at apparitions -they are usually assumed false until proven otherwise, this happens a lot,) the person has been obedient.
Only time will tell if it is true or false, but I heard a quote once about a lot of the people who go on pilgrimages to Medjugorie… “They cross the ocean to go to a supposed apparition site, but rarely darken the doors of the church across the street to visit Jesus himself in the tabernacle.” By their fruits you shall know them, ya know?
Here’s some more about the deception and disobedience of those connected with Medjugorje.
If you want to hear Mary’s messages from *Church approved* sources and appartions, check out Fatima.
Post # 7
@red_rose: i agree with you, in all that you said! Another horrible thing I’ve heard about Medjugorie is that you have to pay extra money for the pilgrimage, if you want to assist at the hypthetical moment of the apparition…this explains so many things!
Post # 8
@sasi: I must admit that I’ve never heard of Medjugorie Appartitions. Does this mean I’m a bad Catholic?
Post # 9
@Autumnsnow: 🙂 No not at all! It isn’t approved by the Church yet, so a lot of Catholics haven’t heard about it.
I haven’t even bothered to read a lot about it. I know several people who have gone and are very serious, but it does all feel very “hyped” to me.