Then she said that the decision about Medjugorje is scheduled for this coming November, 2012. We knew it would be before the end of the year. This is more precise.
Anyone know where the 'before the end of the year' came from?
I bounced this off a most reasonable, faithful friend, and he said that this absolutely means without any doubt whatsoever that the decision about Medjugorje will be negative. He said no decision can be made positively about any apparitions while they are ongoing. Since the apparitions are continuous, daily, non-stop, this means that the only possible decision will be that the apparitions are not consonant with anything supernatural, or something even more negative than that, but nothing positive, except maybe to say some nice things about conversions that have taken place there, etc., trying to save any good that could have taken place just because so many people were involved from all over the world.
Of course much good has taken place from 30 years of an assembly where Mary's children gather to pray, ask for her intercession, protection, guidance? No matter where people of good will assemble to seek her, she responds. She responds to you, the people gathered around you, the grace from all of it is palpable. But, whether the people claiming Mary is appearing to them daily is an authentic apparition, that is a mutually-exclusive issue. The two shouldn't be confused.
No matter what happens, the devil will have a field day claiming the Holy See hates the Blessed Mother, women, etc. They are careful with apparitions. I kinda know the feeling.
The confirmations Mary has historically sent to affirm authenticity have been in abstentia for 30 years.
There has always been a pointed message or messages. They are disclosed right away. The recipient of the message is given explicit and complicated theology to give to the local priest, bishop, pope, which he or she could not possibly know given his or her education and resources. Roses in the dead of winter evolve into miraculous tilmas as the skepticism continues. I believe (please chime in if I'm mistaken) every recipient of an authentic message went on to devote themselves to a vocation in religious life. Etc.
The messages Mary is purportedly giving at Medjugorge have lacked substance for 30 years.
All circus, no elephants.
All mouth and trousers.
Big hat, no cattle.
All fur coat, no knickers.
If true the hammer is coming down, it will be interesting to watch the reaction of the recipients of the messages. If it were me and they were really happening, well, I wouldn't be out in public making a circus of it in the first place - but if I were silly enough to believe the devil couldn't fool me and I was, all this time, really seeing something and not faking it for money - I'd be excusing myself to the fata morgana, moseying on to the best priest in the area who is familiar with the wiles of the devil and arming myself with tools and devotions. Practice them 24/7. Fast. Pray in front of the Eucharist. Apologize profusely and direct people to the Holy See, Fatima - etc. - so as to not cause scandal, derision or hostility.
I have a feeling in my gut poop it isn't going to go that way, but pray I'm wrong.
NB: Excellent reading here.