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To: Tax-chick
I’m more inclined to think the phenomena were of supernatural origin, but not necessarily of divine/holy origin. I think that context is where I learned the word preternatural. That’s the issue with which I grapple. If it weren’t for Padre Pio having been involved peripherally in that sequence of events, and at least having had on opinion on them (whether or not an apparition), I probably would have dismissed the whole thing long ago.

We also feel quite strongly bonded to Our Lady of Guadalupe. No issues there!

26 posted on 03/03/2008 12:03:12 PM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture™)
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To: steve86
I’m more inclined to think the phenomena were of supernatural origin, but not necessarily of divine/holy origin.

Well, that's the other main possibility, if we don't think it's a genuine apparition of Our Lady. I hesitate to go with that, because I've known good, devout people who believe the Garabandal apparitions are legitimate. I'm similarly conflicted about Medjugorje: I know people who have received tremendous grace there, but that's not proof of the authenticity of the apparition, because God's grace is available everywhere!

I'm not familiar with Padre Pio's view on Garabandal, but he surely would advise caution, in the absence of approval from the legitimate authorities. We can't go wrong with Sacred Tradition: the Scriptures and the Magisterium. With any other source, we can go wrong, even with the best of intentions.

27 posted on 03/03/2008 12:14:18 PM PST by Tax-chick (I am snide and not intellectual today. How are you doing?)
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