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feedback. Regarding your question, I wouldn't worry about it. The
'mysterious message' could perhaps be a trick/deceit of devil. It could also be
one's imagination or a fantasy/dream. No matter how real it may have seemed,
note that true apparitions of Christ are VERY rare and MOST alleged apparitions
are false (for more info, please visit
here). IMHO, a 'sure sign' that a message is not genuine is that it is not
orthodox (small 'o'). Furthermore, what is the reason for the supposed vision?
If you believe it was from God, why would the Lord give you an unorthodox
message? On the other hand, Satan may play such tricks [e.g. to distract persons
from calling a priest when someone is ill, to distract persons from praying for
deceased loved ones (for example: ask yourself how much time you've spent trying
to find meaning in this 'message' vs. how much time you've spent praying for
your parent's soul), etc.]. If this experience/message still troubles you,
perhaps it may help to speak with a good, orthodox (small 'o') Catholic priest
who can help with discernment of spirits.
For whatever it's
worth, my advice is to ignore the alleged message and pray for your parent's
soul. I was once troubled by a 'message' in a dream and a good priest I know
told me to simply ignore it. We humans can be easily disturbed, deceived and
distracted. Christ left everything we need for salvation with His Church. There
is nothing we need for salvation that we must get from dreams or 'visions'.
Finally, as stated in
the Baltimore Catechism...
"Dreams are the
thoughts we have in sleep, when our will is unable to guide them. It is
forbidden to believe in them, because they are often ridiculous, unreasonable,
or wicked, and are not governed by either reason or faith."
frequently in the Old Law make use of dreams as a means of making known His
Will; but on such occasions He always gave proof that what He made known was not
a mere dream, but rather a revelation or inspiration. He no longer makes use of
such means, for He now makes known His will through the inspiration of His
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