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Private revelations

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 Contents - May 2005AD2000 May 2005 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Challenges facing John Paul II's successor Benedict XVI - Michael Gilchrist
'Santo Subito': the impact of John Paul II - Peter Westmore
News: The Church Around the World
Year of Eucharist: Religious education: Catholic youth have their say - Shannon Donahoo
Catholic beliefs and practices: the challenge ahead for Australia - Michael Gilchrist
The Da Vinci Code and the itching ears syndrome - John Young
UK survey: why church pews are emptying
St Patrick's Church, Soho Square, a spiritual oasis in London - Tess Livingstone
Bioethics: IVF and embryonic stem cell research: the social and ethical issues - Kerrie Allen
Letters: Appeal to the young - Justin Lynch
Letters: God's Champion - Robert Garrett
Letters: Theology at ACU - Henk Verhoeven
Letters: Overseas priests - Jenny Bruty
Letters: Priest shortage - Jeff Harvie
Letters: Heroic virtue - Bob Denahy
Letters: Catholic education - Geoff Storey
Letters: Private revelations - Anne Boyce
Letters: Sex before marriage - Dr Arnold Jago
Letters: Society of St Pius X - Stephen McInerney
Letters: Ecclesial unity - Meg Fennell
Letters: Correcting pastoral blunders - Kevin McManus
Letters: Catholic hymns - Dolores Lightbody
Letters: Latin Mass Times in Hobart - Kevin Tighe
Letters: Corpus Christi Procession in Brisbane - Josie Mangano
Books: Sacred and Secular Scriptures / The Catholic Revival in English Literature - David Birch (reviewer)
Books: A GENTLE JESUIT: Philip Caraman SJ, by June Rockett - George Russo (reviewer)
Books: Remembering Pope John Paul II
Reflection: Pope John Paul II and the redemptive power of suffering - Fr Paul Stuart

Sr Mary Augustine's "Faith and Reason" article (February AD2000) was splendid and very perceptive.

However, let me break a lance in favour of those who "use private revelation as bases for their spiritual lives because they think they're 'old time' and therefore 'safe'."

Perhaps Our Lady took the initiative of coming to her children because she foresaw the terrible difficulties that were coming and wanted to provide instruction that they weren't going to receive elsewhere.

For example, at Fatima, she showed Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta a vision of Hell and told them that that was where poor sinners went. "Pray, pray much for sinners", she said. "Many souls die and go to Hell because there's no-one to pray and make sacrifices for them."

There's surely a mine of instruction there, both doctrinal and practical. They followed her teaching and two are now Blessed. She taught them much about the Blessed Sacrament with the Angel's prayer.

At Lourdes, she confirmed Bernadette, who hadn't even made her first Communion, in saying the Rosary and told her that she (Mary) was the Immaculate Conception.

She showed us her loving compassion by performing healing miracles which she does to this day. She told Bernadette that she would not make her happy in this world but in the next. So Mary, by word and example, gave much instruction, and so with other approved apparitions.

With regard to Fides et Ratio, it is a very attractive encyclical which, it has been said, "has caught the attention of the world". One would wish to understand it better and fortunately a course on it is presently available at the Catholic Adult Education Centre, Lidcombe, Sydney.

ANNE BOYCE
Ultimo, NSW

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 18 No 4 (May 2005), p. 14

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