Sunday, December 31, 2017

St. Joseph, Our Lady, Discernment of Apparitions & the Fatima Reformation of the Church

A priest today asked me my opinion on the apparition in Itapiranga, Brazil. Here is part of what I wrote to him.

The exorcist and scholar Fr. Chad Ripperger on YouTube gives the best short explanation on discernment of apparitions.

Google his name, YouTube and "discernment of apparitions" if you want to view the talk to learn how to tell the difference between true and false apparitions.

In my opinion, on the positive side of the Brazil apparition, I do like that apparently St. Joseph and Our Lady are both an important part of it.

The best book on the development of the teachings on St. Joseph by the saints and the Church is titled "Joseph, Shadow of thr Father" by Fr. Andrew Doze.

I think that the general thesis of Doze's book is correct:

Which is that devotion to Our Lady, as being the best way to Jesus, can't be separated from devotion to St. Joseph.

On the negative side which Fr. Ripperger points out, most approved apparitions are not prolonged and continuous like, for example, Medjugorje and it appears this one.

This apparition, at least, has the approval of the local bishop unlike Medjugorje. But, it is better to always wait for the complete approval.

Why not just focus on the approved Our Lady of Fatima which has one of the greatest miracles in history?

If all faithful Catholics completely conformed their life to Fatima's message the restoration and reform of the Church would quickly come.

Pray a Hail Mary now to Our Lady of Fatima and St. Joseph that the Fatima message is widedly spread and lived for the reform of the Church.








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