Frances McEniery (November 1999 AD2000) does not mention how the Magnificat Meal Movement victimised her. Any open-minded visitor will recognise Our Lady's Shrine at Helidon as a holy site. The residents' lives of prayer, fasting, penance and loving obedience to the Holy Father are an inspiring example, as is the reverence at Mass and the various ceremonies.
The Movement's founder, Mrs Debra Geilesky, has been subjected to continual persecution, including attempts on her life, since she started to boldly proclaim the revelations of Our Lord. Despite, and probably because of these persecutions, the Movement has flourished and is now established in over 70 countries.
The continuous persecution is one of the factors that convinced Fr Rene Laurentin that the Movement was worthy of his investigation. "If they persecuted me, they will persecute you" (John 15:20). Father Laurentin is an expert on visionaries and private revelations, and author of 150 books. I saw a videotape of his address endorsing the Movement that he made after travelling from Switzerland to conduct his investigation.
The actual number of members is unknown, as there are no application forms, joining or annual fees. The Movement exists mainly on donations and sales from the book shop, but there is no pressure on anyone to give. The attitude to financial management is that if members concentrate on God's work, the Lord will provide.
The aims of the Movement are to promote Eucharistic Adoration and the honour of the Blessed Mother in all her titles, but especially as Mary, Co-Redemptrix, Mediatrix of all God's graces and Advocate. This title was foreshadowed in Lumen Gentium (57- 62), and the Holy Father has expressed his desire to shortly proclaim it. Some of the papal teachings on this matter are contained in the weekly editions of L'Osservatore Romano (16.10.96, p. 2; 8.10.97, p. 11).
I do not judge or criticise Bishop Morris, although he is a long-standing opponent of the Movement. His secret investigation appears to have breached the laws of natural justice, however, by not calling for evidence from those involved. It is noteworthy that a similarly flawed investigation led to the lengthy ban that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith placed on Blessed Sister Faustina's Devotions to the Divine Mercy.
GEORGE F. SIMPSON
North Blackburn, Vic