Let me be very clear. I want your money. I deserve it.
This church deserves it. Jesus is coming for those who are looking to and for Him alone and no mere human Eph. Idolatry is a soul-damning sin Gal. Those who will be saved worship Jesus Christ alone and therefore have no idol in their heart Ezek. Joyce Meyer has become extremely popular through her speaking and numerous books. There is certainly some truth in these books, but it is hopelessly intertwined with psychological error, and great caution is needed.
It is critical to emphasize that the abuse of children is a grievous sin and a real problem in our society. Christians need to respond with compassion, understanding, and hope. Meyer makes sweeping pronouncements as to this causal link:. If this chain of causation is traced back far enough, we reach Adam and Eve, who had no earthly parents to blame—but tried to blame God. Scripture has much to say about ungodly anger see, e. How does Meyer know for certain that those who have been sinned against, yet accomplish something important, are doing so in order to be accepted by others?
How would Meyer explain the sins of those who have not been seriously abused, those who are raised in godly homes but turn away? Where is personal responsibility for sin in this picture, where so many life problems are attributed to the sins of others? Nowhere does Scripture command us to recall, rehash, or replay the sins committed against us in the past, in order for our sanctification to proceed. The victim mentality also tends to emphasize unmet individual needs, rather than serving God and others. Like many others, she responds with the claim that God can fill the gap and meet those needs:.
Does God meet our needs? Should we look to Him to supply our legitimate needs, according to His riches? However, problems occur in the self-focused defining of needs—acceptance, approval, and enjoyment—rather than, for example, boldness to speak the gospel or resources to serve God. It can be a problem to set aside truly legitimate needs e. Throughout history and still today , there are martyrs for the Christian faith, who sacrifice even their own lives. Joyce Meyer has become an extremely popular author and speaker. The Church teaches us that even true visionaries can draw false interpretations of their own visions.
Such is this situation in question. During the first days of the apparitions, the children were still very ignorant about apparitions in the Catholic Church, and so Fr. Jozo had lent them a book to read about Lourdes. They read about how the Blessed Virgin appeared to Bernadette only eighteen times, and thus assumed that all apparitions occur in the same way. As she stated; "That's what happened in Lourdes, so that is what will happen here". This human error does not impugn the authenticity of Medjugorje. In fact, it is a natural occurrence in most if not all approved apparitions, for the visionaries to interpret minor inaccuracies based on their own human understanding.
This is the nature of private revelation, which is not free from error as public revelation is. Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, norms for judging alleged apparitions [ link ]. The messages have continued for years with no end in sight u nlike Lourdes or Fatima. There have been approved apparitions that have occurred for nearly half a century, or more. For example, the apparitions in Laus France occurred for 54 years. Brigid of Sweden received apparitions for more than a quarter-century. And St. Hildegard received visions for nearly 70 years.
The Church does not set arbitrary standards for judging alleged apparitions, but instead has specific criteria that it follows see CDF Norms for Judging Alleged Apparitions and Revelations. Jakov, one of the visionaries, has been asked this question many times.
His response has always been the same; "Instead of asking 'why'; 'why have they been occurring for so long', we instead should be saying something else; we should be saying 'thank you', and giving thanks to Our Lord for allowing Our Blessed Mother to be with us for so long. Mirjana: "Why have the apparitions been lasting so long? There have never been so many unbelievers. The parish has responded and I wish to continue to give messages to a degree, such as has never before been witnessed in the world, since the beginning of history.
Try to remain in my heart. Do not remain outside of it. The Lady said that all faiths are equal. There are two points to consider here: 1 A possible faulty English translation of the original Croation translated by Juan Gonazales, Jr, Ph. We have included a passage below which helps illustrate the proper context of the alleged statement. Upon reading the complete text, it becomes evident that the Lady did not say all faiths are equal.
She was rather correcting a mistaken notion of the children that everyone who is not Catholic is damned. This hard-lined view was found not only among Feeneyites and some traditionalists, but also in isolated pockets of the world where Catholicism was the dominant religion Medjugorje. We might also point out to the reader that Mother Teresa has made similar statements. It was not her objective to convert others, but to love. It is in loving that the greatest number of conversions occur. The Muslims and the Orthodox, for the same reason as Catholics, are equal before my Son and me.
You are all my children. Certainly, all religions are not equal, but all men are equal before God, as St. Paul says. It does not suffice to belong to the Catholic Church to be saved, but it is necessary to respect the commandments of God in following one's conscience. Those who are not Catholics, are no less creatures made in the image of God, and destined to rejoin someday, the House of the Father.
Salvation is available to everyone, without exception. Only those who refuse God deliberately, are condemned. To him, who has been given little, little will be asked for. To whomever has been given much to Catholics , very much will be required. It is God alone, in His infinite justice, Who determines the degree of responsibility and pronounces judgment. God rules over them just like a sovereign over his kingdom. In the world, all religions are not the same because people have not complied with the commandments of God.
They reject and disparage them. The messages detract from the Catholic Faith Those who would make this claim have likely not read the messages in their entirety. It should suffice to include a short list of exerts from the messages, to illustrate their fidelity to the Catholic faith see below. Understand that the Church is God's palace, the place in which I gather you and want to show you the way to God. Come and pray!
Neither look at others, nor slander them. Rather let your life be a testimony on the way of holiness. Churches deserve respect and are set apart as holy because God, who became man, dwells in them day and night. With the rosary you will overcome all the troubles which Satan is trying to inflict on the Catholic Church. Let all priests pray the rosary.
Give time to the rosary. The Blessed Virgin kisses an image of the Pope and says: "It is your father, the spiritual father of all. In the great love of God, I come to you today to lead you on the way of humility and meekness. The first station on that way, my children, is confession. Reject your pride and kneel down before my Son. Monthly Confession will be a remedy for the Church in the West. One must convey this message to the West. No, it is not good.
Confession should give an impulse to your faith. It should stimulate you and bring you closer to Jesus. If confession does not mean anything for you, really, you will be converted with great difficulty. Attend it, wish for it to begin. Jesus gives Himself to you during the mass. Thus, look forward to that moment when you are cleansed. Pray very much so that the Holy Spirit will renew your parish. If people attend mass with lukewarmness, they will return to their homes cold, and with an empty heart.
It suffices for you to think, for example, where you were with your thoughts yesterday during mass. When you go to mass, your trip from home to church should be a time of preparation for mass. You should also receive Holy Communion with an open and pure heart; purity of heart and openness. Do not leave the church without an appropriate act of thanksgiving. I can help you only if you are accessible to my suggestions; I can not help you if you are not open. She said her birthday is August 5th. But the Church celebrates it on Sept.
It may appear like Our Lady is correcting the Church, when in actuality She is not. We have to remember that the Church calendar is a liturgical calendar, not an indication of a historic date. The calendar is not set in stone. It can be revised, altered, feasts shifted, saints added, others dropped, etc. When asked the same question, Colin B.
The association of Mary with August 5th historically is the apparition of Our Lady of the Snows, a day on which, as promised by a vision, snow fell in Rome to mark the place where the Pope was to build a "temple" to the Blessed Virgin. That "temple" is the Pontifical Basilica of St. Mary Majors the highest ranked Marian church in the world , the dedication of which is celebrated each August 5th.
Could that be the actual day of Mary's birth? Who knows? One could even argue that snow better signifies her Immaculate Conception than her birth. But the Blessed Virgin would never admonish a bishop.
I know from both places the misery then and the peace now. The King James says he gave life to the image, but this is not the normal word for "life;" it's really the Greek word spirit, which is sometimes translated as breath. I cannot talk to Angels and have only seen them using my camera standing in my hallway, not with my eyes. Those who will be saved worship Jesus Christ alone and therefore have no idol in their heart Ezek. I am a charismatic Catholic, born-again Christian.
In , bishop Zanic had two local Franciscans priests Ivica Vego and Ivan Prusina expelled and laicized from the order for reasons concerning the " Hercegovinian Affair ". The two priests, believing they were innocent, did not know what to do. Encouraged by a few locals, they asked the children to inquire to the Blessed Virgin about the situation.
The Virgin told the children to respond in this way;. Let him reflect again, and listen well to both parties. He must be just and patient. She says that both priests are not guilty. This point is critical, because this is the reason that caused the the bishop to change his mind about Medjugorje. As he states; "This support given against the authority of the Church, proves that it is not the Virgin. That would be to destroy the hierarchy and the Church " So we see clearly, the bishop had set this issue as the pillar of his negative opinion of Medjugorje.
And yet, in , the Holy See initiated an investigation into this matter and found that the priests were innocent of the actions taken against them by the bishop; that their laicization had been done illegally and unjustly, and thus reinstated the priests back to good standing. Yet despite knowing they were completely innocent, the Virgin still emphasized to the children the importance of obedience and reconciliation see text below.
It is also interesting to note, that some of our Orthodox brethren make a similar argument against the apparitions at Guadalupe, where Our Lady asked to have a shrine built in her honor. Their words are almost identical; "The Virgin Mary would never ask to have a shrine built to her. The premise in both these cases is clearly faulty; appealing to Mary as she was on earth 2, years ago, not the now glorified Mary Who is now Queen of Heaven and Mother of the Church.
As our mother, She is only concerned about the good of souls. And so every action and word from Her, must be seen in this light. When She was asked about the two Franciscan priests, She responded in truth, against an injustice. And undoubtedly, it was for the good of the souls of these two hot-headed priests, who would have otherwise become embittered against the bishop, and have harbored this resentment for the rest of their lives.
After the locals involved the children in the affair, they composed questions to present to Our Lady. He has the feeling that you are not the Blessed Virgin because you do not respect the decision of the leaders. Do you want us to explain your point of view? They must do penance for their mistakes and rectify their errors.
The bishop and those who influence him in this regard, do harm to the faith. I do not find fault with Father Vego and Father Prusina. Q: "What do you recommend to our bishop, and to other bishops in order to resolve this problem? How can they resolve it? What must they do to arrive at an understanding and reconciliation? A: "It is necessary to pray very much. They must pray. Let them know that without my help, they can do nothing, because I am your Mother.
Let them ask for my help, because I want to save all of them. They can be saved only by making peace among them, and by renouncing all forms of jealousy. That is the only way to find a solution. Q: "What do you recommend to Fathers Ivica Vego and Ivan Prusina so that they may be able to approach the bishop and establish a dialogue with him?
A: "Let them pray for him, and let every misunderstanding be forgotten as if nothing existed. Let them love the bishop and let them pray very much for him. It is in this manner that the problems will be able to be resolved. Q: What do you ask of the bishop so that he can acknowledge you, and that the question of Herzegovina be resolved? A: "I addressed the bishop many messages, but he has not accepted them. Then I sent you to him, but he still did not receive the Queen of Peace because he is tormented by anxiety.
He has taken upon himself all the problems of the diocese instead of confiding them to my Son for a solution. Pray, my dear children, so that he will accept me. From my side, I will ask Almighty God for the grace to be able to comfort the bishop. But one of the laicized priests, Ivica Vego, married a nun.
It is true that after being expelled from the Franciscans and released of his vows including the vow of chastity , Fr. Vego was forced to return to the secular life. During this time, a nun took pity on him, and they eventually married within the Church. This unfortunate consequence of expelling an innocent priest resulted just as Our Lady predicted in see transcript below.
As She says, if they stop being priests, "things could get even worse". This does not excuse Fr. Vego from marrying a nun however, though he was free to marry. We must remind the reader, however, this priest had only a peripheral involvement in the apparitions, over the course of just a few months. It is thus irrational to assert that the behavior of this priest later in his life can be used to condemn Medjugorje. Can Our Lady tell us what she wishes to accomplish by such actions? Could she explain to the bishop that she is on his side and on the side of the Church?
I want to protect all priests, the good and the bad, because Jesus said; 'It is not those who are in good health who are in need of a physician. Understand that well. They could not be good without my protection! Understand well: I want to protect and put on the right path all priests, because it is necessary that they do my will. But Fr. Vlasic was also laicized, and he was the children's spiritual director! First, we might point out that Fr.
Vlasic was only temporarily stationed in Medjugorje as a replacement to Fr. Jozo Fr. Jozo was the original priest and spiritual director in Medjugorje, who was imprisoned by the communist police for defending the children. Vlasic had only been the children's spiritual director for two years after he began plans to found a new Franciscan community in Italy in Thus, for the past 27 years, Fr. Vlasic has remained in Italy, no longer involved in the children's lives.
Critics, however, nonetheless attempt link Fr. Vlasic to Medjugorje, as if they are one in the same "guilt by proxy" is not grounded in canon law, nor right reason. Furthermore, we should also point out that the laicization of Fr. Vlasic in was due to the express request of Fr. Vlasic himself, not as a punishment against his own wishes. Intent on getting the approval of the Blessed Virgin, Fr.
Vlasic evidently pressured Marija to give a positive approval to form a new community. Nevertheless, Fr. Vlasic requested to be transferred to Italy to pursue his intentions of founding the aforementioned community. His request was granted in Vlasic: "Should we found here a community just like that of Saint Francis of Assisi? It would be good to imitate his life.
Her anger worked in my favor, though, for my discreet calm made a great impression upon Max and, ultimately, led him to choose me over her. I knew just how to denigrate her. I would speak calmly, seeming to be entirely objective, but spewing venom from within. Sentiments and insinuations such as these rapidly lead one to Hell.
They are diabolical, in the true sense of the word. Why am I telling you this?
To show you how I came to separate myself entirely from God. To be so distant from God, it was not necessary to be entirely familiar with Max. I knew that if I lowered myself to that before the time, he would look down on me, so I restrained myself and refused. In truth, I was ready to do anything I thought useful. Determined to win Max, I would stop at nothing. Little by little we fell in love, for both of us possessed estimable qualities that we could mutually appreciate. I was talented and made of myself an able conversationalist, and so I eventually had Max in my hands, assured that I alone possessed him, at least in those last months before our wedding.
This is what constituted my apostasy from God: I made a mere creature into my god. In no other way is this more fully realized than in the relationship between two creatures of the opposite sex; love is stifled in matter.
This becomes the allure, the sting, and the venom of the object that is loved. The "adoration" I rendered Max became an ardent religion. At this stage of my life I would hypocritically run off to church during the office lunch hour, to the good-for-nothing priests, the mumbling of the Rosary, and other foolishness. You strove to encourage this, with some intelligence but apparently without suspecting that, in final analysis, I no longer had anything to do with these things. I sought only to set my conscience at ease—I still needed that—in order to justify my apostasy.
In the depth of my soul I lived in revolt against God. You did not perceive that. You always thought I was still Catholic. As certain as you were about your answers, they always went in one ear and out the other. I was sure that you could not be right. Taking into consideration our strained relationship, when my marriage put some distance between us, the pain of our separation was slight. I went to Confession and Holy Communion one more time before my wedding, but it was a mere formality. My husband felt the same way.
But why not? We fulfilled those formalities just like any others. It was the last of my life. Our married life was generally harmonious. We had the same opinion on just about everything. Deep down, my husband wanted one, naturally, but no more. Ultimately, I was able to banish the idea. I preferred fine clothing and furniture, tea with the ladies, rides in our car, and like amusements.
There passed a year of earthly pleasure from our wedding day until my sudden death. Inside, however, I never felt truly happy. Something always gnawed at my soul. I hoped that death, certainly far in the future, would end everything. When still a child, I once heard in a sermon that God rewards the good one does.
If He cannot do this in the next life, He will do it on earth. Thus, without my expecting it, I received an inheritance from my Aunt, and my husband had the good fortune of seeing his salary raised considerably. With this, we were able to decorate our new house very well. The clubs and cafes of the city and the restaurants where we ate when traveling did not draw us any closer to God.
Everyone who frequented them lived as we did, concerned about externals, not essences or things of the soul. While on vacation we visited a famous cathedral, seeking only to savor the artistic value of the masterpieces it contained. I counteracted the religious air it radiated, chiefly that of the Middle Ages, seizing every opportunity for ridicule. Thus, I criticized a lay brother who served as our guide for being a bit unkempt and awkward; I criticized the trade of the pious monks who made and sold liqueur; I disparaged the eternal pealing of the bells calling people to churches that care only for money.
I was thereby able to reject every grace that came knocking at my door. In particular, I let my ill humor flow profusely over every old depiction of Hell in books, cemeteries, and elsewhere, showing devils roasting souls in red or yellow fire while their long-tailed associates continually bring more victims. Claire, while Hell might be poorly drawn, it can never be exaggerated. Above all, I always scoffed at the fire of Hell. You quickly blew out the match, but here the fire is never extinguished.
Moreover, the fire of which the Bible speaks is not the torment of conscience. Fire means fire. One might ask how it is that the spirit can be affected by material fire.
The soul itself does not burn, but what pain the whole person endures! In like manner, here we are imprisoned by the fire in our beings and faculties. Our souls are deprived of their natural movements; we can neither think nor want what we want. Do not try to comprehend the mystery that, contrary to the laws of material nature, the fire of Hell burns without consuming. Our greatest torment consists in knowing with certainty that we will never see God. Oh, everything which we purposely ignored on earth tortures us here!
One can see its keen edge, but not feel it. Before, we only saw the loss of God; now we feel it. All souls do not suffer equally. The more frivolous, malicious, and determined someone was in sin, the more the loss of God weighs upon him, and the more torture he feels due to the creation he has abused.
Catholics who are damned suffer more than those of other beliefs because, in general, they received more lights and graces without taking advantage of them. He who knows more suffers more than those who had lesser knowledge. He who sinned out of malice suffers more than those who fell from weakness. No one, however, suffers more than he deserves. Would that this were not true, so that I might have some reason to hate! You once told me that no one falls into Hell without knowing that that is his destination, as was revealed to a saint. Though I laughed at that, I yet entrenched myself behind the thought that there was still time for me to convert—that is how I thought in my heart.
What you said is true. Certainly, before my sudden end, I did not know Hell as it truly is. No human being does. But of this I had no doubt: were I to die, I would enter into eternity in a state of revolt against God, and I would suffer the consequences. My death occurred in the following way:. A week ago—I speak to you in terms of the way in which you measure time; judging by the pain I have endured, I should already have been burning in Hell for ten years—on a Sunday, my husband and I went for a drive, my last one.
The day broke radiantly. I felt well, as I rarely did, but a sinister feeling came over me. On our way home my husband and I were unexpectedly blinded by the lights of a car rapidly approaching from the opposite direction. My husband lost control of our car. I felt a crushing pain—a trifle in comparison with my present pain. I then lost consciousness. On that very morning, the idea that I could, after all, go to Mass again came to me unexpectedly. It sounded to me like a supplication. I must finish with this once and for all, and I assumed all the consequences.
And now I endure them. You know what happened after my death. The fate of my husband, my mother, of my body and burial, all of this you know down to the last details, as do I through a natural intuition we have here. We have only a confused knowledge of what transpires in the world, but we know what closely concerned us.
At the moment of my death I awoke from darkness. I found myself suddenly enveloped by a blinding light. It was at the same place where my body lay. It seemed almost like a theater, where the lights suddenly go out, the curtain noisily opens, and a tragically illuminated scene appears: the scene of my life. I saw my soul as if in a mirror. I felt like an assassin brought to trial with my inanimate victim before me.
Not at all! Notwithstanding, it was impossible for me to remain in the presence of the God I had denied and rejected. Only one thing remained for me: the fire. Thus, as Cain fled from the body of Abel, so did my soul flee far away from this overwhelming sight. That was my private judgment. Thus ended the letter from Ani about Hell. The last words were so twisted as to be almost illegible. When I finished reading the last word, the entire letter turned to ashes. What is that I hear? Amidst the harsh tones of the lines I imagined reading there resounded the sweet sound of a bell.
I awoke suddenly to find myself still in bed in my room. The morning light of daybreak found its way in. From the parish church came the sound of the bells ringing the Angelus. I had never felt such consolation in the Angelic Salutation as I did after this dream. Pausing, I prayed three Ave Marias. Still frightened and shaking due to that night-time revelation, I got up, dressed myself hastily, and rushed to the chapel of the house. My heart beat violently. The guests kneeling closest to me looked at me with concern.
Perhaps they thought that I was so excited and flushed because I had run down the stairway. That afternoon in the garden I encountered a kindly, nearsighted lady from Budapest, frail as a child, suffering greatly, yet of lofty spirit and fervent in the service of God. Everything passes. He who possesses God lacks nothing. God alone suffices. I want to possess Him there one day, as numerous as may be the sacrifices I have to make here in order to triumph.
I do not want to fall into Hell. Notes: 1. Hence even though they will some good,they do not will it well so that one e able to call their will good on that account. For they will consider both the evil they have done, and for which they were damned, and the delightful goods they have lost, and on both counts they will suffertorments. Summa, I, Q. Summa, Suppl. That the punishment of Hell is eternal is a dogma, certainly the most terrible of all, rooted in Sacred Scripture.
See also Judith ; Matt. If illustration of this dogma were not appropriate, then Our Lord would not have told the parable of poor Lazarus and the rich man. Read More The conflict with Hell cannot be maintained by men, even the most clever.
God Is Love: Diabolical Hell Debunked All Saved [Dorothy Van Vuren] on epowocep.tk *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This book contains the. Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Dorothy believes in a one on one communion with God, as Father, and Christ as mediator between God and mankind.
The Immaculata alone has from God the promise of victory over Satan. Maximilian Kolb e. This is the story of two men who collaborated with Divine Providence to found monasteries, and who exerted a great influence in medieval Ukraine. Antony was born in in Lubech near Chernigov and at first tried to be a hermit after the Egyptian model. He soon realized that he needed training in this life as in anything else and went to the famous monastery in Mt.
Later, leaving Mt. Athos he ultimately set up his abode in a cave on a wooded cliff near the river Dnieper in Kiev. There he was joined by many who began a community in nearby caves. Given land by Prince Syaslav, the monks built a wooden monastery and church dedicated to the Dormition of Mary. Handing over the direction of the community to one Barlaam, Antony went on to found another monastery in Chernigov.
In his youth he had maddened his kinsmen by choosing to work in the fields; he later joined the religious community of St.