Before John Grump wrote his thoughts on the so-called “apparition”, the Vigilante had already been asked about it and had it forwarded to him by an inquisitive acquaintance. Beneath this picture is his response.
Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look! Here is the Messiah!’ or ‘There he is!’—do not believe it. For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and produce great signs and omens, to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. Take note, I have told you beforehand. So, if they say to you, ‘Look! He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out. If they say, ‘Look! He is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.
Matthew 24: 23-28
Short answer: It smells fishy. Read the bible and pray any combination of the Rosary/Divine Office/Jesus Prayer.
If you want to know St. Joseph better through the eyes of Church Tradition, read the following link (The Coptic ‘History of Joseph the Carpenter’). If you want my deconstruction of the forwarded material, read below.
“Similar to Fatima”
All the Post-Fatima false apparitions like Garabandal, Medjugorge, and Palmar are. It’s one of the reasons we know they are fake. The hoaxers tap into the warnings of Fatima to catch unknowing “Apparition Chasers”.
I know little to nothing about the circumstances of this supposed apparition, but the fact that they seem desperate to emphasize that it has been “approved” seems fishy. It would matter little to me if it was “approved” anyway, as I do not believe in the authenticity of La Salette (an apparition “approved” by the Holy See). Of course, I doubt I need to tell you that an apparition’s approval from Rome is not an endorsement of the apparition’s authenticity, but an assurance that the faithful are permitted to believe in it (something many traditionalists I have spoken to fail to grasp). One could believe Fatima (an apparition I am 99.9% sure of) is a satanic hoax and still be in the Church’s good graces. Regardless, true apparitions did not need a sales team to go out and advertise the thing. They have always stood on their own merits.
On the Apparition itself
I believe it borders on blasphemy and is the latest in a long series of post-Fatima attempts to lure weak-minded emotional Catholics looking for a miracle. This “Chaste Heart of St. Joseph” is a mockery of the “Sacred Heart” devotion (a medieval local French devotion that grew in popularity naturally) and another try at giving St. Joseph privileges that have always only been attributed to the Theotokos (sanctification before birth, assumption into heaven, etc.). The fact that the “Apparition Chasers” are now tapping into heterodox and false pseudo-Josephite beliefs instead of inventing another Marian appearance seems to indicate to me that they are running out of ideas.
Also, when in all the history of the Church, has St. Joseph (traditionally known as the “silent saint”) appeared to anyone and spoken? From whence comes this justification for his “Most Chaste Heart”?
“But even if we or an angel from heaven should proclaim to you a gospel contrary to what we proclaimed to you, let that one be accursed!”
– Galatians 1:8
I am tired of people inventing things (Assumption, Immaculate Conception, Apparitions, and a holy cardiovascular organ) for St. Joseph to make him something of a “Male Blessed Virgin”. Are they sorry for him because he was the “least of the Holy Family”? Do they think this undercuts Christian fatherhood?
It does not. Men already have a sinless model in Christ Himself (even if Papa Frankie heretically thinks Christ “became a sinner”). The Holy Family is inverted intentionally and is not the model on which we are to base our families. On the contrary, Joseph needed to be who he was to emphasize the virtues of manhood without anything special about him. He was an ordinary man, and that is what precisely makes his story so powerful and why he should be so relevant to other men.
Men don’t need a “Most Chaste Heart” or a virginal cherub-faced twenty-five year old with regards to St. Joseph. In this age of obsession with sex, effeteness, hedonism, and chasing after youth we – now more than ever – need Joseph the Patriarch, Joseph the father of many children (including St. James the Just), Joseph the loving husband, Joseph the holy widower, Joseph who was unceremoniously called from retirement and playing with his grandkids but obeyed, Joseph who protected both the virginity and the life of a beautiful young girl God entrusted to him, Joseph who accepted the cross God gave him in advanced age, Joseph who was a true father to Incarnate Word Himself, and Joseph the Patron of Holy Death.
And do we really need more apparitions? The 20th century is full of supposed ones and, with exception of Fatima and Akita, they almost always are suspect carbon copies of Fatima and one another. If I were to meet a Catholic who spends his or her time looking for the next great apparition, I would counsel them to stop looking for it and look instead for God. Put away “the things of a child” and let their faith grow into its fullness lest it forever remain stunted. I would tell them to take up their bible, read it, pray the psalms when under stress, focus on daily prayer, and then try to work up to praying every day any combination of the Divine Office, the Marian Rosary, and the Jesus Prayer.
I do not need to look into this apparition any further. The contents as advertised are enough for me to reject it.
St. Joseph, who is tired of this silliness, Pray for Us!