I have to say, if there's one thing I think about Medjugorje, it's that evil influence abounds. Which mostly pisses me off. There's not much I hate more than something trying to get between me and the Truth. Every place I look in this thing, I see the genuineness of the apparition, the message and the fruits in the experiences of the faithful.
And every place I look, I see doubt, dissention, lies, manipulation, pain and disappointment. And mostly confusion. But what I think most, is that there is ignorance and ego. People seem to have very little idea by their own investigation just what these apparitions have been like through history. And so, any of these people can say anything and be believed. Who checks? Who asks the question always: HOW DO YOU KNOW?
Me. I do.
People want answers, they want to get the answer right on the test, they want an "A," and not to be thought stupid and to feel smarter. They want to be good Catholics, they want to not have to believe what the message is because it really is scary as hell.
But it always has been. Mary has always been darned scary. Messages from Mary at Quito, Argentina, 17th century:
“The small number of souls, who hidden, will preserve the treasures of the Faith and practice virtue will suffer a cruel, unspeakable and prolonged martyrdom. Many will succumb to death from the violence of their sufferings and those who sacrifice themselves for the Church and their country will be counted as martyrs. In order to free men from the bondage to these heresies, those whom the merciful love of my most Holy Son has designated to effect the restoration, will need great strength of will, constancy, valor and confidence of the just. There will be occasions when all will seem lost and paralyzed. This then will be the happy beginning of the complete restoration.”
Raise your hands if you know how many times Mary has predicted that the hierarchy will become corrupt, that even Bishops will fight against Bishops. Then read how the priests rebel against the Bishop at Medjugorje, so, who are the corrupted and who the virtuous? Seems like the Bishop must be the good guy until you read a letter he wrote to a woman completely attacking an Archbishop and then you wonder, wait, wait... they aren't supposed to do that.....
Do you know how many times Mary has spoken of that Great Chastisement or how many times false seers have appeared after the real ones? Here's the problem: everyone is so busy looking at the Franciscans sex lives and wondering how Ivan got a "beauty queen" to marry him and afforded that great car, they are so caught up in minutely detailing the lies of a teen-ager under incredible pressure and believing their own mythology about the perfection of previous seers that no one is paying attention to the actual messages and seeing the progression through history to this very moment.
And guys, I gotta tell ya - I think we need to get our wits about us.
To that end - I am not going to do one damn thing right now about defending or attacking or trying to prove anything at all about Medjugorje. Instead, I'm going back to my original intention: trying to make the context comprehensible. I almost gave up.
Gotta watch out for those snares.