Divine Mercy Podcast + Pope Leo XIII and the Prayer to St. Michael

Hello Everyone!

St. Paul Street Evangelization has invited me to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet as part of an ongoing podcast/webinar series during COVID-19.
Afterwards, we will be talking about the St. Michael prayer and Pope Leo XIII in relation to my book. I’d like to invite you to join us today at 3 p.m. Eastern Time.

https://streetevangelization.com/live-webinars/ 
(click the Divine Mercy Chaplet option)

There are going to be a couple of surprises, so be sure not to miss out!

I hope to see you there!

Sincerely,
-Kevin Symonds

Gloria TV, Luisa Piccaretta and the Novel Coronavirus

“All men by nature desire to know”
(Aristotle, Metaphysica Book 1, Part 1)

In times of crisis, it is natural for us to ask “Why?” Why has such a calamity befallen us? Is this evil a punishment from God? We are inclined to ask about calamities, such as the present novel coronavirus (COVID-19), in terms of God’s punishment in His permissive will.

Unfortunately, it is next to impossible to know with certitude the specific reason why God would punish the world. Theologically, we know that God has permitted the present pandemic via His permissive will. The reason, however, is not something to which we may be privy without an authentic private revelation.

In the present moment of extreme unease, people are searching for answers, and some are indeed turning to private revelation. Gloria TV has made one such effort.

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Interview with Pat Flynn & Eric Robinson

Hello!

In late February, I interviewed with Patrick Flynn (Chronicles of Strength) and Eric Robinson (Polycarp’s Paradigm).

Our topic was all things private revelation and how the Church discerns individual cases. We primarily talked about Fátima. Click here to listen!

In the meantime, please, everyone, stay safe, alright? Things are not looking so good out there and we need to take care of ourselves and others.

-Kevin Symonds

Interview with Fr. Edward Looney

Hello Everyone!

Last week, I interviewed with Fr. Edward Looney for his podcast How They Love Mary. The episode was entitled “Making Sense of Marian Apparitions (Season 3, Episode 2).

To listen, please click here. Thank you, Fr. Looney, for this wonderful opportunity!!

-Kevin Symonds

Medjugorje: New Excerpts

Last week, Richard Chonak of Catholic Light published some major excerpts attributed to Cardinal Ruini’s Commission on Medjugorje. These excerpts are from Italian media and Richard translated them into English.

These excerpts largely repeat what we have known for nearly three years now: The Commission was poised to accept the first seven “apparitions” as authentic and disregard all the rest. The excerpts, however, provide some interesting characterizations. One of them stated that the Commission had ruled out a demonic origin for the first seven alleged apparitions, based upon the “fruits.”

I once said to Michael O’Neill on his radio program that if the Holy See proclaims the first seven “apparitions” to be authentic, then this is not a cause célèbre for Medjugorje supporters. It is, as I said to O’Neill at the time, a “pyrrhic victory.” Why?

Medjugorje is a phenomenon going on close to 40 years now. There have been “messages” upon endless messages—all of which have the supporters’ rapt attention, especially at the designated times each month or year. All of these things have gone into the very psyche of the place and are immediately called to mind when one thinks of “Medjugorje.”

Now, if only the first seven “apparitions” are accepted, then nearly 40 years of history gets thrown right out the window. Let me repeat that: thrown right out the window. Medjugorje’s supporters will be forced to re-evaluate the meaning and message of Medjugorje. It will be a tremendous blow to the Medjugorje phenomenon, as it is presently understood.

What, then, do we make of the “message” of Medjugorje from these first seven “apparitions?” When we look at them, we are actually left with quite little and even contradiction. The world-renowned Mariologist, Fr. Manfred Hauke, talked about the contradiction a couple of years ago (German/English).

I would very much like to hear the Commission’s reasoning for its (apparent) position on the first seven “apparitions.” Moreover, I look forward to seeing whether or not it addressed concerns against their authenticity. The information that has thus far appeared in the public forum has provided an imperfect picture onto the Commission’s thinking. I’d like to see the process and how the members arrived at their conclusion(s).

In the meantime, I encourage people to read about the first seven alleged apparitions. Donal Foley’s book Medjugorje Revisited remains the best in the English language (in my opinion).

A Reply to Fr. Zuhlsdorf on Fátima

Recently, a friend sent me a message asking if I had seen a new post on the web site of Fr. John Zuhlsdorf (“Fr. Z.”). The recent post was about a difficulty that Fr. Z. has concerning the third part of the secret of Fátima, specifically the phrase, “And we saw in an immense light that is God: ‘something similar to how people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it’ a Bishop dressed in White ‘we had the impression that it was the Holy Father.’”[1]

There has been a lot of talk, especially from 2015 onward, about whether or not Pope Francis’ election to the throne of St. Peter in 2013 was valid. Others wonder whether or not the abdication of Pope Benedict XVI was valid. Thus, do we have one pope, two, or none? There are actual discussions currently taking place over these very questions.

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