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Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Again, on private revelations.

I cannot repeat enough that private revelations do not have to be believed by Catholics. That some people become angry when their favorite apparition is not accepted is not charitable.

I do not mean, of course, the ones which are on the universal or even local calendars of the Church Liturgical year. Those are obviously approved. Therefore, the Catholic Church universally honors Mary as Our Lady of Fatima and Our Lady of Lourdes, among other older ones, and local names.

If the apparitions have not been approved, these are not on the calendar. The same is true for visions of Our Lord, such as the Divine Mercy and The Sacred Heart of Jesus. These wonderful visions and gifts to the Church are on the universal Church calendar.

Thanks to Wiki

I would hope that charity would prevail among those who follow newer and non-approved visions. These are not dogma or doctrine. One must not judge those who choose not to believe in apparitions or visions. If one has had a spiritual experience of the Holy Spirit through some apparition, be grateful, but do not assume that others must accept an unapproved apparition.