Monday, January 4, 2010

Medjugorje - Are We Too Sophisticated for God?

I never realized how controversial the alleged apparitions in the little village of Medjugorje in Bosnia-Herzegovina were until recently.  It seems that anytime I read a blog post about these purported visions of Our Lady, many of the commenters go all frothing at the mouth in their condemnation of anyone who has a somewhat favorable opinion of the situation.  In fact, some of the comments on a recent Creative Minority Report blog post went so far as to slander the character of Cardinal Schonborn, the Archbishop of Vienna, who had the "audacity" to pay a visit to the village, celebrate Mass and make some public statements that were supportive of the visions.

While I, personally, had a life changing experience through the events at Medjugorje, I await the final decision of Holy Mother Church on their authenticity.  What I don't understand is why others are so charged up about knocking down the simple messages on prayer, fasting, church attendance and confession.  It makes me wonder how these same people would have reacted to the apparitions at Lourdes and Fatima.  Or, even the Resurrection, for that matter.  Are we that "sophisticated" that we can't believe that God the Father would permit Our Lady to reach out to us in our time?

I've often told others who are skeptical about Medjugorje, that I would not have chosen this means for my own reversion to the faith.  It is a bit humiliating.  A bit embarrassing.  I would have preferred a more intellectual, modern and cerebral conversion.  It certainly would have been easier to explain to others.  But. no, God had his own ideas and I am forever grateful that he loved me enough to break through my pride.  So now I am forced to attribute my "turnaround" in the faith to some messages that were received by young, unsophisticated village children who were neither spectacularly devout nor exceptionally gifted or known for their oratorical skills.  And I am trying hard to understand the venom in those who would not wait for the judgment of the Church and are so fearful of God breaking through to our modern age in a very ancient way.

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