Private Revelation

The Church is founded on public revelation from God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Without Jesus showing us who he is, we would not be able to journey to the kingdom so directly. The Scriptures give us insight into how much God loves us. Two designations are descriptive of how the Church talks abut this revelation. They are designated as private and public revelation.

The understanding of public revelation speaks to divinely revealed truths from Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition. Jesus is the Word of God spoken in time and history. He has revealed to us the fullness of the divine truth. No further revelation will be presented to us - not by an angel or by a saint. This core of our teaching is described as the “deposit of faith”.

Private revelation is given to a single individual or group. These teachings have been given to various individuals, like St. Francis and St. Margaret Mary, and the authority of the Church has recognized them. Fatima is one such event. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that these revelations do not belong to the deposit of faith (divine revelation given to man up to point of the death of the last apostle, John).

“It is not their role to improve or complete Christ’s definitive Revelation, but to help live more fully by it in a certain period of history” - Catechism of the Catholic Church #67.

Private Revelations are given to us to follow more closely the teachings of the Church and walk more correctly the pathway to the kingdom. A person can believe them or not believe them. One can accept them or not accept them. All of us need to learn from Christ, the Scriptures and the Tradition of the Church in order to walk closely and humbly with our God to his kingdom. †

adapted excerpt from the The Way of the Cross

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