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  • Paperback: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press (February 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898704367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898704365
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #875,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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God speaks to each of us in His own way.
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96 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Domenico Bettinelli VINE VOICE on May 4, 2000
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Perhaps one of the defining characteristics of the Catholic Church in the 20th century has been the proliferation of private revelations from Fatima to Medjugorje to Conyers, Georgia. Not every reported revelation is truly from God and not even those private revelations inspired by God but relayed through flawed human beings are free from all error.
How does a faithful Catholic determine which apparition or vision to listen to and which to ignore? And what do we do about those inner promptings we feel when we pray, those inclinations that we believe are God guiding us?
Fr. Benedict Groeschel uses his education in theology and psychology and his incisive wisdom to offer a practical guide to dealing with private revelations, visions, and other phenomena. This book is neither a skeptic nor a credulous observer, but takes the position that the Lord wishes to communicate with His people and does so in varied ways that required careful discernment by them.
First, Fr. Groeschel observes an historic perspective on private revelations and offers a fundamental basis for looking at them. Above all, private revelations are different from the one, complete public revelation in that they reveal nothing new and that the must only be observed in so far as they reflect the teachings already present in Scripture and Tradition, the two sources of the Word of God, public revelation.
Second, the book then delves into the Church's criteria for investigating and then deciding on the authenticity of revelations, a long, laborious process that gives comfort in that error is assiduously avoided through diligence. Among the surprising discoveries presented by Fr. Groeschel is that some revelations by canonized saints were later debunked, even before the canonization was complete.
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Tim Drake VINE VOICE on March 27, 2000
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If you find yourself not knowing what to believe and what not to believe this book can help.
The always articulate Father Benedict J. Groeschel, C.F.R. offers an excellent examination of how the faithful should approach extraordinary religious experiences such as New Age encounters and the reported Marian apparations at Medjugorje.
Groeschel offers practical steps for how the faitful are to evaluate such claims and summarizes the Church's teachings on private revelation.
Groeschel uses Saint Therese of Liseux who offers an example of a humble and prayerful approach to life which will lead the reader to discern God's presence in their life.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Gabe on November 28, 2004
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I secured a copy of Fr. Groeschel's book to help me better understand and evaluate a good friend's claims of having messages and visions from God. A cradle Catholic, she began receiving revelations about 5 years ago at age 45--from St. Joan of Arc, St. Michael the Archangel, St. Thomas More, St Patrick,Blessed Mother Mary, Jesus, and God the Father. I am a university professor trained in the philosphy of science, and was at first skeptical but soon began believing her claims. After all, she is a rational person and an administrative law judge to boot. Through the four years of our friendship, I listened to her revelations, with a mixture of awe, a residual skepticism, and some envy because God is silent for me. But I tell myself that God's silence is entirely understandable given the sinner that I am, having only recently returned to my faith after an agnostic lapse of 30 years.

As time passed, her messages grew in frequency. I increasingly began to doubt her. Not only were her messages coming at a daily rate, they were also unfailingly self-serving: God loves her, calls her his "daughter," and promises to protect her from all her enemies who will be "defeated before they even begin." All this to an individual who constantly "strokes" herself, is always right and never wrong, and whom a priest once identified her chief sin as that of pride.

Fr. Groeschel's book has been extremely illuminating and helpful. He cautions skepticism toward all claims of diviine revelations, noting that the Vatican itself is very careful in certifying them. He divides bogus claims into varioius types: some are outright frauds; some are psychologically disturbed; still others are simply self-deluded because of their strong need & desire to believe.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Juliana LHeureux on February 27, 2005
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Although I've enjoyed visiting the famous religious shrine at Lourdes, France and spent many tourist days attending daily Mass at Rome's St. Peter's Basilica, it's nevertheless a tough sell for me to appreciate the mystical or supernatural side of any human being's spirituality. Loving God and devotion to the sacred scriptures are lots different than talking to the saints or seeing visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Honestly, those fascinating phenomena are alien to a mortal soul who works hard to practice my Roman Catholic faith, like me. Therefore, I'm absolutely consoled by "A Still, Small Voice", by Father Benedict J. Groeschel, because he explains how, oftentimes, even the saints themselves i.e., Saint Catherine of Siena, for example, as well as others around them could be deceived by mystical revelations. As human beings, saints are subject to a memory snafu once in awhile. Many ordinary people do not disclose personal revelations to others until some life event or spiritual director allows them to recount their experience, like Saint Catherine Laboure, for example. Also explained, in wonderfully ordinary prose, is the nature of revelations, how they can be misrepresented and justifiably even dismissed as being real. This summary account of how to better understand mystical or supernatural revelations is an appetizer into other, more in depth, readings by quoted writers like Father Thomas Dubay, author of "The Fire Within", plus the mystical writings of St. Teresa of Avila. Thoroughly footnoted, the information provided in this wonderful read gives credibility to a field of religion many professional clergy would just as soon avoid.Read more ›
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