With the Holy Spirit as our Consoler,
we can never be disappointed in the Church.
This weekend came and went with nothing unusual happening, other than what happened nearly 2000 years ago when the Holy Spirit descended on the Blessed Virgin Mary and her Divine Son Jesus' Apostles in the upper room. Since that time the Sanctifier has inspired and touched millions right up to today in this year dedicated to the Holy Spirit in the second of the trilogy years leading to Jubilee 2000, promoted by his holiness Pope John Paul II, a willing recipient of all the Advocate imparts. At the Spirit's prompting, the Holy Father decided this Pentecost Sunday was not the right time to proclaim the Fifth Dogma of Mary as CoRedemptrix, Advocate, and Mediatrix of all graces on Pentecost Sunday, as many had anticipated. If the reader remembers what we wrote a week ago: it will happen in God's time! Once again prognostications of a specific date came and went without the event actually happening. Maybe this should wise us all up to the fact that we shouldn't try to pin God down to a date and time. Didn't Jesus say in Matthew 24: 36, "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of Heaven, but the Father only"? Now we know He was referring to the final tribulation and His Second Coming before the Final Judgment, not a pronouncement of a dogma or the Warning or anything else, but we should take a page from this passage and realize we don't know when these things are going to happen, no matter how much speculation we decipher.
We admit, we're as guilty as the next for publishing the speculation but that is the nature of the beast known as informative journalism and our responsibility as a publication. Plus, it tied in with the Rosary crusade for the Holy Father from Ascension Thursday to Pentecost Sunday. Does that mean the plethora of Rosaries prayed were for naught? Far from it. If you remember, the reason for the Rosaries was to help the Pope discern when would be the best time to proclaim this glorious dogma. Many felt Pentecost Sunday would be, but it was not to be because the Holy Father discerned it as so. That is the way it should be. In all things we all must bow to the Supreme Pontiff in his decisions and wisdom. Whether you realize it or not, this holy Polish Pope has a definite method to his "madness." If you review anything written, we speculated that it was highly doubtful, and even though we prayed for it if it were God's will, we doubted it would come this past Sunday. Why? Not because of anything we had heard or hadn't heard, but rather simply from the fact that God does not specify dates, neither does His Blessed Mother in her apparitions or messages regarding world events. They may indicate a time span, but never a specific date for all to know ahead of time. This is true of all private revelation. In fact, the only prediction we can think of that was prophesied specifically was Christ's Resurrection. He foretold to the Apostles and His disciples, as recorded in Matthew 17: 22, how "The Son of Man is to be betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him; and on the third day He will rise again." Many believe the time of Christ's birth was prophesied. Yes and no. The time frame was, but the exact day was not. While Jesus, the prophets before Him in the Old Testament and those who followed after His Ascension prophesied much, none pinpointed a specific date or time except for His Resurrection. Therefore, we cannot be disappointed that the "Final Marian Dogma" was not proclaimed on the Solemnity of Pentecost, which this year coincided with the feast of the Visitation and the date Pope Benedict XV proclaimed to honor Our Lady as Mediatrix of all graces. Humanly there's a tinge, but we can get over that in a matter of seconds for one very good reason: It was not the right time in God's calendar! Does this mean we won't report on rumors and speculated dates? That depends. Sometimes predictions can be so far out that we won't even bother, but when reliable sources submit information and principals involved, we have to at least give it some credence. Such was the case this past week when many Mariologists, including Dr. Mark Miravalle, were invited to Rome. As it turned out it was for the first official Lay Conference which was a huge success and opened new vistas for the lay movement worldwide, which is now recognized as a viable entity in the Church; so much so that a special curial has been set up - the Pontifical Council for the Laity and headed by American Cardinal James Francis Stafford, former head of the Archdiocese of Denver who hosted World Youth Days in 1993.
The purpose of the Daily CATHOLIC is to promote and inform readers of things Catholic, and, as such, we need to stay on top of everything and report as accurately as we can. That we owe to our readers. Therefore, we will always stay on top of stories and reports that emanate from the Vatican and when they prove false, we will always report that, too. Thus, we admit the report of the proclamation was premature. We still believe, from all sources to this point, which remain quite reliable, that it will still happen. As for when, it is better to follow Our Lord's advice in Matthew 25: 13, and to pray and prepare and not be caught without our lamps lit, for Jesus has alerted us to "Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour." We have those words to comfort and encourage us and to help us realize Holy Mother Church has traditionally, through the centuries, moved slowly but surely. That's really the best combination. For with the Holy Spirit as our Consoler, we can never be disappointed in the Church.