A Letter From One of Alex’s Spiritual Advisors
From time to time, I will be sharing thoughts about the teachings of the Catholic Church. Individuals have asked questions of me, but they seem to be questions of a larger group of people. Answering these questions gives me the opportunity to reach a large number of people. Hopefully giving them greater insight into the Church and its teachings. I must note that this is a humbling task. I am a parish priest and not a teacher of this material. Please work with me as we journey toward greater understanding.
People express the first question in different ways. This question is asked almost every time Alex does a presentation. “How are we to look upon the experience of Alex and the teachings he has been receiving from the Blessed Virgin Mary?”
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. 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. “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). Alex's revelations fit into this understanding of private revelation. They are given to him and to us to follow more closely the teachings of the Church and walk more correctly the pathway to the kingdom. A person can believe him or not believe him. One can accept his stigmatic activity or not accept it. Alex has from the beginning said clearly and boldly “this activity is not about Alex”. 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. †