Wednesday, February 01, 2006

 

More Testimonies

Why do we Receive Private Revelation if we Already Have the Full Revelation Through Christ?

By Fr. Dr. Michael Kaszowski, teacher of theology at the Archdiocesan Seminary, Katowice, Poland

Prophecy in the form of private revelations helps us toward redemption and does not threaten the Holy Bible. On the contrary, private revelations encourage Bible reading, mediation, and deeper understanding of Scripture. Private revelations would not be authentic if they resulted in displacing Bible reading. Authentic private revelations lead to hunger for God’s Word.

Those unwilling to accept private revelations certainly would not reject the need for sermons, conferences, or reading theology because there already exists one revelation, one Holy Scripture and the body of Church teaching. When we put the Holy Scripture as first and most important, we do not at the same time say that there is no value in sermons. We acknowledge that these do not contradict or substitute for the Holy Bible but deepen our appreciation of it.

No believer has to choose between accepting public or private revelations, just as the faithful need not choose between the Holy Bible, Tradition or the Magisterium of the church

There is no need to oppose those things that mutually enrich each other since they all have the same source: the Holy Spirit. “There are different kinds of service but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. Now to each one of the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good” (1 Cor. 12:4-7).

There is need for caution but it should foremost guard against errors, not prevent the authentic voice of the Lord being heard. When the Lord speaks, man should fall on his knees and listen and change his life. We must not be caught saying: “Why is God speaking now when He has already said everything I the past?”

A cautious person, as St. Paul says (Thes.5:19), will not put out the Spirit’s fire. We must not ignore the hand of God extended toward us nor His Mother’s for we would be wounding their love for us. We must not prevent others either from receiving the grace of God as Jesus himself warns saying: “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the Kingdom of Heaven in men’s faces. You yourself do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.”

And what of the false prophets? The Holy Scripture warns us of false prophets.

But the same Holy Scripture announces the multitude of prophets (Acts 2:17-21) and, at the same time, opposition toward prophecy in the Church (Zech. 13:3-4).

There will, therefore, be authentic and false prophets. The authentic prophets will be persecuted (Luke 6:26). So, it will be necessary to thoroughly examine every prophet. Jesus gave us instructions how to recognize the genuine prophets, for His prophets will bring good fruit.

The history of the Church teaches us a wonderful lesson. Were the many schisms and errors perpetrated by private revelations or were they the creation of theologians basing their theories on their own ideas? We can equally ask today whether the current attitudes in the Church, such as questioning the authority of the Pope, rejecting the sacrament of reconciliation, rejecting adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, rejecting the Eucharist as the perpetual sacrifice, disappearance of the cult of Our Lady and other saints, are a result of private revelations or do they originate from other sources?

Private revelations today call for the return of all those traditions of the Church which somehow have been put aside. Isn’t the private revelation revealed to Vassula thus given in order to open our eyes?

The full article can be read in the book entitled Touched by the Spirit of God, Insights into "True Life in God", ISBN No. 1-883225-21-3.

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Thank you for posting this.

God Bless and Peace always
 
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