On private revelation…

Dear Readers,

With the permission of my spiritual director, I add this page to my blog. It is the foreword he wrote for my book and is a solid teaching on private revelation and its place in our journey of faith. Please pray for Fr. Ray and for all priests.

God bless you all.

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The author of this book is known to me as a member of one of the parishes I have served. I have no reason to doubt her genuineness and integrity. She is a faithful member of the Church and also a member of a lay movement called the Brothers and Sisters of Penance of St. Francis.

The reason I have accepted to write the foreword to her book is first and foremost because what is offered is the Word of God, and a given opportunity to nourish oneself with that Word. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraph # 104 states:

“In Sacred Scripture, the Church constantly finds her nourishment and her strength, for she welcomes it not as a human word, ‘but as what it really is, the word of God’.1 ‘In the sacred books, the Father who is in heaven comes lovingly to meet his children, and talks with them.’ ”2

But what about the reflections, which the author supposedly receives from Jesus or Mary? I would compare these to what happens with what is called lectio divina. In this method, one meditates on a text of Scripture and allows the Lord to reveal the meaning of the text according to the need of the person at that moment of his or her journey.

The question might be asked, “Are the words found in the reflections to be considered coming from the Lord, as in public revelation, that is, Scripture?” The answer is that one cannot treat private revelations in the same way as public revelation. What value then are these words that may be inspired by Jesus? Let the catechism answer this question:

“Throughout the ages, there have been so-called ‘private’ revelations, some of which have been recognized by the authority of the Church. They do not belong, however to the deposit of faith. It is not their role to improve or complete Christ’s definitive Revelation, but to help live more fully by it in a certain period of history.”3

You may wish to know my own opinion as to the value of these revelations. I see them as a somewhat challenging way to reflect on what the Lord is wanting to tell us through the Sacred Scriptures. As for those who read them may they, as I hope, find inspiration to grow in their faith, hope and charity.

Fr. Ray Guimond

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1 1 Thessalonians 2:13

2 Dei Verbum

3 Catechism of the Catholic Church # 67

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  1. Hi Janet,
    I have been reading Mark Mallett for many years and you for several years also. I always sensed in my spirit that you were both very solid and knew you were faithful to the Church!! So many times what I felt the Lord was showing me would suddenly be confirmed by Mark’s post or yours! I love reading your messages and want to thank you so much for posting them and for your faithfulness to Our Lord and His Church! I am wondering if you have ever heard of Myriam vanNazareth and Maria Domina Animarum? Several years ago I started reading her revelations online and I strongly believed they were from God! I am a convert to the Faith and at the time I loved the Church very much. As I read them though I said “This is too much Mary for me!” And then I quit reading them and didn’t go back for a long time! After I made my consecration to Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary using 33 Days it totally changed my life!!! I couldn’t get enough Mary!!! Thank you Jesus!! I went back to Maria Domina Animarum and it all made sense!!! It was beautiful!! If you haven’t read her I would suggest you read about the “chain of light”. It sure reminds me of the Flame of Love! I would love to know your feelings on it!! Thank you and God bless you!! Sheri G

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    1. No, Sheri I have never heard of either one. But perhaps some of our readers have? I tend not to read too much of other messengers if I can help it so as not to be influenced. However, I can’t help but read some, mostly those I feel God is drawing me to specifically as he did with the Flame of Love and the Divine Will. I think Our Lady is not sparing any means these days to get her message out. However, there are also false messengers. If those you are reading are drawing you closer to the Church and to be more faithful to the Rock he established, then God be praised. 🙂 Bless you dear sister!

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  2. Hi Janet,
    Thank you for your response. I truly appreciate it. I was wondering where it would be appropriate for me to ask others if they are familiar with Myriam Van Nazareth? I am not the most computer literate person. I also read Charlie. I am a definite rule follower and don’t want to post something I shouldn’t. I think this is so big! I really think some day (and soon) her messages are going to be as important as The Divine Mercy messages! I would love to see what some other faithful Catholics think. I really think the blessed Mother along with her Spouse keep drawing me back to these messages but would love some confirmation. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. The basic message is that God ordained from the very beginning that His Kingdom would come through Our Blessed Mother’s powerful intercession and she comes as the “Mistress of all Souls”. She says a soul should be consecrated to her but most importantly to truly LIVE that consecration fully each and every day! Once again, thank you so much and God bless you! Totus tuus, Maria!! Sheri G

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    1. Sherri you should post your question under the most recent message. That is where you will find that most people respond. From what you say the message seems to echo so many other of our Lady’s messages.

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  3. Hi Janet, I know my last comment is awaiting approval but I thought I would just send you a little prayer from Myriam Van Nazareth to check out at the same time! Isn’t it beautiful! (and doesn’t it sound exactly like the Flame of Love?!) Totus tuus, Maria! God bless you, Sheri G.

    “Oh Heavenly Mother and Mistress, may my Love become so perfect that the Love flowing between You and me constitutes a perfect cycle. Do therefore grant me the ability to make the fire consuming my own heart increasingly similar to the fire of Your Love”

    (Myriam, in evening prayer, January 20, 2008)

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  4. Hi Janet,
    what do you think about the Jesus King of All Nations devotion?
    Please see: http://www.jkmi.org
    I’m Italian and I recite all the prayers of this devotion.
    I hope it is a good devotion.
    Thank you and God bless you
    In Jesus and Mary
    Fabio

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