What made Fatima a success and why was Medjugorie unsuccessful?
Another two opposing events in the Church. Why is this so? Surf the Internet and see all the disunity caused by supporters of the different polarized sides. You will find even internal bickering for either shrines. Confusion reigns and why? Of course some Catholics will say it is the devil's work as he is the source of confusion. Quite true, but how he was able to work his filth is the real question.
The real reason is the disgraceful pastoral works of the Hierarchy, who would have looked the other way at Fatima and did so in Croatia. The same hands off position took place at both sites. I can even make a case for the same occurrence at Lourdes, except the Faithful turned up too quickly and forced the local ordinary's hands. He had no chance to waffle and dance in the wind. The attitude of the Hierarchs is not conducive to an atmosphere of belief in God's providential care of His Children and this is an occurrence on many fronts in the religious life of the Church today. That is why Pope Benedict has come out strongly that the local bishops have to make an inquiry into the validity of the circumstances and religious life of anyone who claims supernatural acts of holiness, even down to an exorcism. Fat chance that it will happen though.
I would like to point out a salient fact which all of us must consider. In this world of ours there were two laymen who set their Church to rights. One was our Lord and Master Jesus Christ. No, to the Hebrews He was not a member of the House of Aaron nor was He a Levite, and therefore not a priest. He did however found a Priesthood based upon Himself, as Son of God. remember the phrase He used, "All power is given to Me". The next one whom we must also confirm as a renewal of a proper sort in the Church was St Francis of Assisi. He certainly brought the Church back to the basic ways of Charity. Is he not also called the "Perfect Imitation of Christ". Another layman stepped in to make up for the lack of Pastoral Care.
So what did Fatima have that protected it, that Medjugorie did not? Fatima had a layman that would not let the three little peasant children suffer abuse. Fatima had a father and an uncle that made sure his children and Lucia were not questioned ad nauseam by priests and foolish people. Ti Marto, Francesco and Jacinto's father prevented many interviews by priests who had one point of view. They were by Lucia's acknowledgment, determined to trip them up and make the children admit to lying; the administrator who bullied the children and threw them in jail for not revealing the secrets to him; the crowds who tried to question the children and have them petition Mary for them, were all kept away by their Uncle Marto, who literally slammed his house door in their faces.
Who did this at Medjugorie? No one did. Everyone and all were allowed to question children, all so young and unsophisticated. Clever priests, whose agenda we do not know, literally overwhelmed these poor early and preteen unsophisticates with their priestly authority and then labeled them liars. How many of you critics with young relatives of your own have decried these poor country children as liars. Something you would not have let happen to your own. Shame on you all. These Croatian peasant children literally had no one to protect them, were manipulated even by their own relatives, using them to build luxury homes and charging money to paying guests. Then in your lack of charity so many of you denigrate them. How harshly you will pay. I say so few priests defended them, just used them to make money. Their countrymen used them to further political ends and the children's rewards, nothing but insults and names.
Am I wrong, of course I am for I will be judged by the same people who used them to satisfy their own egos, personal wants and opinions. Somewhere here is the sin against the Holy Ghost, "Envy of another's spiritual good". Let us see what God thinks of your diatribes against His Mother's wards. I hope he is not unduly harsh only as much as you have been to the young children of Medjugorie. He might show the same lack of charity as you have shown.
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Why is Mary truly Immaculate?
We all know that one of the accusations made against Catholics is, "we do not know scriptures". I counter our opponents, and make no mistake they are against us, with, "You do not know tradition in the form of what laws we are to follow". Take a look at the Old Law it is still current Jesus told us, "He did not come to change it only to fulfill it". Is that not true? Therefore Jesus and His Mother therefore can only be judged by what they were born into as Creatures of God, by the Old Law. I would suggest that you should read a former blog of mine found at
I tried to make it obvious what Mary was, by human heredity, destined to be under Jewish law a very special fulfillment of the Old Law. It is my belief and it will always be that from reading scriptures both the Old and the New, our lives, both spiritual and worldly, are governed by God's laws and they show us our inheritance. Whether we are "first born/elder brother" or eldest daughter we all have a role to play according to the Laws of God. Even as Paul wrote "adopted" and as Christ taught in the Parable of the Prodigal Son. We have therefore a family to return too without obstacles (if Baptized solemnly) unless we have built them ourselves in both this world and the next.
I believe Mary was Immaculate not for the reasons we read about today, although these reasons are good, sincere yet do not fully recognize Mary's true circumstances in God's eyes. For me it is because Mary's soul was a Conception of God in His thoughts before Adam's soul was created. She our Mother just did not inherit original sin. She was created to be used in God's time before Adam's soul was thought of. Mary never lost and would not lose the original innocence into which God created us. Read the Wisdom Books and see created wisdom which is our destiny, if we accept it, played with the souls of men at God's feet as God created the world. Obviously Created Wisdom which many scholars talk about in describing us, one or two call it the spark of God's image in us, existed before the World was created. Mary was the ideal that Lucifer rashly objected to. Lucifer thought he was the most beautiful thought of God but we were. I mean in the concept of Mary's soul. A concept of God's mind that did not, could not conceive of sin. In the Old Law does not Habakkuk write your eyes are so pure they see nothing ugly (as sin)? No wonder in our concupiscent world we can see Satan's hatred of the Mother of God. Her soul, in God's eyes, supplanted him The Byzantines, in their liturgy proclaim, the Axion Estin,
"It is truly right to bless thee, O Theotokos, ever blessed, and most immaculate, and the Mother of our God.
More honorable than the cherubim and beyond compare more glorious than the seraphim
Without corruption thou gavest birth to God the Word True Theotokos, we magnify thee".
Unfortunately, like papal catholics, they change words. They have in recent memory changed immaculate to pure. The reason is it is a better translation of the Greek.
One other fact her soul; was so beautiful that Mary wrapt in the prayer of union with her soul, as Jews will say, resting on the Bosom of God so beautiful in His eyes caused Him to call her body to Heaven. He like us is unable to resist her or refuse her. Assumed into Heaven, they say.