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Offline jordanz

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Re: Post-Enlightenment Developments, Roman Catholicism, and Orthodoxy
« Reply #45 on: March 22, 2011, 03:34:52 PM »
I safely left the rest to those who were fed by other kinds of devotions.

We are not commanded to follow any private revelation.

I knew there was something suspicious about Medjugorje as soon as I stepped off the bus, but I didn't want to tell Mom who shelled out quite a bit of money to take me there.  I was quite ill at the time and she thought she was taking me to a healing shrine.  Some people go every year.  Bosnia is a beautiful country, but I wouldn't go back just for Medjugorje.  I did feel somewhat sorry for the locals who were caught up in the whole sorry hoax, but they have to make a living as well.  Somehow, I got the sense that the locals didn't take Medjugorje all that seriously either (they shouldn't).

According to the Church, Lourdes is not a hoax.  It's also a beautiful shrine.  Some people (again, like my mother) have thought that shrines healed, not God.  That is certainly the temptation with any apparition and shrine, approved or not.  Some people, however, are very centered on the material and experiential.  Shrines and relics are important for them as they provide a concrete manifestation of the sacred.  I could live on more abstract fare.  The vacations were nice, though.    

I even met Vassula!  She is creepy, let me tell you.  That's all.  
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Re: Post-Enlightenment Developments, Roman Catholicism, and Orthodoxy
« Reply #46 on: July 15, 2011, 11:01:22 PM »
I safely left the rest to those who were fed by other kinds of devotions.

We are not commanded to follow any private revelation.

I knew there was something suspicious about Medjugorje as soon as I stepped off the bus, but I didn't want to tell Mom who shelled out quite a bit of money to take me there.  I was quite ill at the time and she thought she was taking me to a healing shrine.  Some people go every year.  Bosnia is a beautiful country, but I wouldn't go back just for Medjugorje.  I did feel somewhat sorry for the locals who were caught up in the whole sorry hoax, but they have to make a living as well.  Somehow, I got the sense that the locals didn't take Medjugorje all that seriously either (they shouldn't).

According to the Church, Lourdes is not a hoax.  It's also a beautiful shrine.  Some people (again, like my mother) have thought that shrines healed, not God.  That is certainly the temptation with any apparition and shrine, approved or not.  Some people, however, are very centered on the material and experiential.  Shrines and relics are important for them as they provide a concrete manifestation of the sacred.  I could live on more abstract fare.  The vacations were nice, though.    

I even met Vassula!  She is creepy, let me tell you.  That's all.  

Medjugorje is a place where hundreds of Serbs were slaughtered for being Orthodox. You really think that the Blessed Virgin would appear to the very people whose ancestors killed the Serbs in cold blood?
And who the heck is Vassula?
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Re: Post-Enlightenment Developments, Roman Catholicism, and Orthodoxy
« Reply #47 on: July 15, 2011, 11:07:28 PM »
Medjugorje is a place where hundreds of Serbs were slaughtered for being Orthodox. You really think that the Blessed Virgin would appear to the very people whose ancestors killed the Serbs in cold blood?
And who the heck is Vassula?

God doesn't talk to bad people. Especially, kids of bad people.

I'm going to need this.