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Writing straight with crooked lines
Posted By Eric Sammons On July 28, 2009 @ 3:05 pm In Our Lady,The Church | Comments Disabled
This week it was announced that the pope has laicized the priest  who was at the center of the Medjugorje apparitions. Tomislav Vladic was a Franciscan priest who was the spiritual advisor to the six “visionaries” who have claimed that the Virgin Mary has appeared to them since the early 1980′s. Vladic has been surrounded by controversy for years and there are even allegations that he has fathered a child with a nun.
Medjugorje has been a central event in the lives of many orthodox Catholics over the past thirty years. I have met countless good and holy Catholics who have visited Medjugorje and believe that the Virgin Mary is truly appearing there. Many of these people have had their lives changed for the good through their connection to Medjugorje. Even my own journey to Catholicism is wound up in the events in the tiny Bosnian town, as it was the conversion of Wayne Weible – a major proponent of Medjugorje – that was instrumental in getting me to consider my own conversion.
Yet I have come to the conclusion over the years that it is extremely unlikely that the Blessed Virgin Mary is truly appearing to the six “visionaries.” I do not know what actually happened to start the claims of apparitions – whether it was a hoax that got out of control, whether it was demonic influences, or whether there were deep psychological factors involved. But the fact that many good people support the apparitions and even my own conversion is partly a “fruit” of Medjugorje does not change my mind. What I have found over the years is that God will work in any situation, even those that begin against him. There are very few cases in the history of salvation in which man’s motives are completely pure and holy. Do you not think Peter had a least some pride when Christ appointed him head of the apostles? But that did not disqualify him, as God does not need pure instruments to affect His Will in our lives. He works with what He is given: broken, sinful men and women who often act out of selfish and prideful desires.
Nothing that has occurred at Medjugorje is beyond God’s ability to redeem and use for His glory. I have to imagine that the work of Satan is very frustrating: even when he gets people to follow his evil designs, God steps in and still is able to work them for His glory. And this is a good thing, for if God waited to work only when we were pure and holy, He would never come into our lives to change us.
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