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“Private Revelations

St. John of the Cross, a Doctor of the Church and one of the greatest of mystic theologians, who had had so many special favors himself, is very severe with persons who desire to be the recipients of visions and revelations. He never wearies of repeating that the proximate means of union with God in this life is the three theological virtues of faith, hope, and love. True growth consists in intensified love, which is founded on faith and hope. Now although St. John encourages everyone to aim at infused contemplation, even though relatively few attain it, he strongly reproves anyone who desires to be the recipient of a vision or revelation. They desire to see; faith holds on without seeing.

St. Teresa of Avila, who herself had an abundance of visions, takes a similar stand. She admits that great profit can be had from such things when they are genuine and are received in the proper spirit. Yet she says (Interior Castle 6. 9): “I will only warn you that, when you learn or hear that God is granting souls these graces, you must never beg or desire Him to lead you by this road. Even if you think it is a very good one… there are certain reasons why such a course is not wise.”

She then goes on at length to explain her reasons: First, such a desire shows a lack of humility; second, one thereby leaves self open to “great peril because the devil has only to see a door left a bit ajar to enter”; third, the danger of auto-suggestion: “When a person has a great desire for something, he convinces himself that he is seeing or hearing what he desires.” Fourth, it is presumption for one to want to choose his own path, as only the Lord knows which path is best for us. Fifth, very heavy trials usually go with these favors: could we be sure of being able to bear them? Sixth, “you may well find that the very thing from which you had expected gain will bring you loss.”

She then adds that there are also other reasons, and continues with some wholesome advice that one can become very holy without this sort of thing: “There are many holy people who have never known what it is to receive a favor of this sort, and there are others who receive such favors even though they are not holy.” We think of the frightening words of Our Lord in Mt. 7.22-23. Speaking of the last day, He said: “Many will say to me on that day: “Lord , Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out devils in your name, and work many miracles in your name? And then I will tell them: I never knew you. Depart from me you workers of iniquity.” St. Teresa adds: “It is true that to have these favors must be a very great help towards attaining a high degree of perfection in the virtues; but one who has attained the virtues at the cost of his own work has earned much more merit.”  CONTINUE ARTICLE BELOW:

Source Article: https://www.ewtn.com/faith/teachings/maryd8.htm

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Published on Sep 5, 2015

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