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A Mystical Encounter with God

November 14, 2014 by  
Filed under Books, Dan Burke, Mysticism, Private Revelation, Resources

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Mystical encounters abound, but they are not always from God. The Church takes these experiences seriously and thus provides guidelines for our discernment. Sometimes the Church rules in a definitive way regarding their validity, but often there is no ruling or no need for one. In my own life, I have encountered a number of mystics, some of whom I perceived to be authentic and others of whom I perceived to be false mystics. False... Read More

Discerning Private Revelations (Part II of II)

September 2, 2013 by  
Filed under Discernment, Fr. Bartunek, Private Revelation

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…a reader asks: My question is about claims of locutions and messages on various websites. It seems to me they’re threatening readers that, unless Pope Francis proclaims “the 5th Marian Dogma” very soon, the world faces social destruction and nuclear war. I feel fearfully pressured to spend all my time in prayer as the time draws near. I’ve spoken to other priests and laity about this. I need your... Read More

Discerning Private Revelations (Part I of II)

August 26, 2013 by  
Filed under Discernment, Fr. Bartunek, Private Revelation

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My question is about claims of locutions and messages on various websites. It seems to me they’re threatening readers that, unless Pope Francis proclaims “the 5th Marian Dogma” very soon, the world faces social destruction and nuclear war. I feel fearfully pressured to spend all my time in prayer as the time draws near. I’ve spoken to other priests and laity about this. I need your advice and help. To give... Read More

What the Church says about private revelations (II of II)

June 11, 2012 by  
Filed under Discernment, Fr. Bartunek, Private Revelation

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Dear Father John, I understand that we need to defer to the judgment of the Church on matters of private revelations. It only stands to reason that the Church has the wisdom of thousands of years behind it and is very capable of guiding us in these cases. Even so, I feel drawn to dig deeper into Medjugorje and even what I have read about Garabandal. Is this instinct wrong or harmful to my faith? Surely there were people who believed... Read More

What the Church says about private revelations (I of II)

June 4, 2012 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Private Revelation

ChildrenOfFatima

Dear Father John, I understand that we need to defer to the judgment of the Church on matters of private revelations. It only stands to reason that the Church has the wisdom of thousands of years behind it and is very capable of guiding us in these cases. Even so, I feel drawn to dig deeper into Medjugorje and even what I have read about Garabandal. Is this instinct wrong or harmful to my faith? Surely there were people who believed... Read More

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