“Jesus in the corner” – “Angel Encounters” – and other interesting life experiences

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One night I was away flying a mission with the Air Force. When I got back she told me what had happened to her while I was gone.  Her room became as bright as daylight, and she looked up to see an angel standing at her bedside.  She was so startled that she closed her eyes and when she opened them he was gone…

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Donovan: “Any Catholic who gives their primary attention to alleged private revelation at the expense of Sacred Scripture, the teaching of the Church (especially the Catechism), sacramental practice, prayer and fidelity to Church authority is off course.”

He warned, “The running after spiritual phenomena, such as alleged revelations, is condemned by St. John of the Cross as spiritual avarice. This means that pious souls who would be repulsed by crude materialistic greed think nothing of being greedy to know revelations and prophecies. An exclusive, or even a predominant attention to these matters (especially apocalyptic ones), cannot help but produce an unbalanced spirituality.”

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“Holy Love Ministries” deemed not supernatural by Bishop of Cleveland

November 11, 2009

A group known by the name of “Holy Love Ministries” and also the “Missionary Servants of Holy Love” has been active in the Cleveland area for several years.  Earlier names associated with this group have been the “Our Lady Protectoress of the Faith Movement”, “Project Mercy” and “Mary’s House of Prayer.” They continue to seek funds to develop their center and support their effort.

At the request of the Holy See, I have been asked to examine and make a judgment on the activities of Holy Love Ministries. After consultation with a respected theological expert, and after attempts at dialogue with the leadership of Holy Love Ministries proved unsuccessful, for the good of the Christian faithful, I issue the accompanying decree.

I ask pastors, administrators, and parish life coordinators to make the decree known in a manner appropriate for your parishes.

Sincerely yours in Christ

+Richard Lennon
Bishop of Cleveland

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More on these matters, courtesy of  Te Deum laudamus!

Q: What is the church’s opinion on paranormal phenomenon?

Q: What is the church’s opinion on paranormal phenomenon?

A: Such things are typically considered “private revelations”.

No Catholic is required to believe private revelations, no matter what the source, whether deemed authentic by the Church, or not.

The Church strongly cautions people to discern the nature of any such things, in order to not be led astray.

From the Catholic Catechism:

67 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. Guided by the Magisterium of the Church, the sensus fidelium knows how to discern and welcome in these revelations whatever constitutes an authentic call of Christ or his saints to the Church.
Christian faith cannot accept “revelations” that claim to surpass or correct the Revelation of which Christ is the fulfillment, as is the case in certain non-Christian religions and also in certain recent sects which base themselves on such “revelations”.

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