Sunday, February 10, 2008

Fr. Ramon Andreu's Notes: Part Two, Post 36

On November 2, 1961, the Apostolic Administrator Doroteo Fernández published the second note, with the motive of ending the comments about the message. It said:

“My much-loved children: It has been a time since I told you what your attitude should be regarding the public rumors that attribute certain marvelous happenings, especially revelations, apparitions, and oral locutions as well as other signs that are more or less extraordinary to the Most Holy Virgin.

We wanted to see the most discretion and prudent in all of you because that is how the Church judges the supernatural nature of these phenomena. The Lord is powerful and does not give the Revelation that pleases me, to show it and tell us how much I have in his goodness, but it would be a great lack of acceptance that the Lord has come blowing with human opinion. When God wants to speak he does it in clear, unequivocal terms. When he wants to tell us something he words cannot be twisted or confused. And this is the Church formed by Jesus Christ, not by the public opinion, much less by personal opinion, who completes definitive justice about all of these events that are supposedly supernatural. No one should pray or attribute functions or powers that God has not trusted that may be so serious as a usurper or intruder.

In light of what has happened regarding the events that have occurred in San Sebastián de Garabandal, a village in our Diocese, I should tell you that when our pastoral duty ended, and in order to leave our light interpretations and the audacious that adventure here to give a definitive sentence where the Church doesn’t believe prudent to do. To orient the souls, we come to declare the following:

1. It is not evident that the mentioned apparitions, visions, locutions, or revelations cannot until now happen or have been confused for true and authentic.

2. The priests should absolutely abstain from contributing to the creation of confusion in the Christian village. They should avoid and be careful on what they depend on, the organization of visions and pilgrimages to the referred places.

3. They illustrate to the faithful with sobriety and charity near the true feeling of the Church in these matters. Make them know that our faith does not need these supports of supposed revelations and miracles to sustain them. We believe that God has revealed and the Church teaches us. This category seems like clear and authentic miracles of Jesus Christ. He gives us his doctrine as proof, and there is nothing to be added to it. If he does it through his Most Holy Mother who has spoken with us about we should listen to her words and to say like Samuel: “Speak, Lord, I serve and hear you.”

4. They equally included the best disposition to hear the voice of God and to surmise perfectly, completely, and humbly to the teachings of the Church, and that no one can hear the results of the voice of the Father who is in Heaven if they reject the doctrine of the Mother Church with arrogance that keeps and blesses us on earth.

5. You, loved faithful, are not seduced by any wind of doctrine. Listen docilely and trust the teaching of your priests, who are put at your side to be teachers of truth in the Church.

I know that you have been impatient and expectant and that the turbulence that had empowered many spirits before the proximity of the dates that have recently passed. I want to bring sustenance and tranquility to your souls, because it is a basic necessity to have serene and balanced judgment. I hope that no one bothers our beautiful talent of peace and that we rest in God and “we are not alarmed, not in spirit, word or letter,” as St. Paul said to the Thessalonian's.

Making these our sentiments, loved children, we hope that the Virgin, who greets us with the name of Sedes Sapientiae Moroda of Wisdom, she illuminates us to know all that interests us in the glory of her Son and of our Salvation.”—Doroteo, A.A.