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Discernment of Private Revelation

Claims of Private Revelation: True or False?
An Evaluation of the Messages to Eliza Garcia
In the book: "I am your risen Lord. I have thus spoken unto Eliza"

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These false messages of claimed private revelation constantly stroke the ego of the visionary. Eliza is mentioned innumerable times in the messages, continually throughout, with one complement after another. This type of extreme continual flattery is strongly indicative of false private revelation.

The visionary is compared to Saint Francis, apparently because she is a secular Franciscan. Her adherents are also mentioned and complemented in the messages. Her real name is Alice Miller, but she is called "Eliza", apparently because of her claim to have been anointed with the "spirit of Elijah". In other words, she is presented to the reader as if she were equal to Elijah and to John the Baptist. This type of self-exaltation of the visionary is often found in false private revelation.

The visionary and the messages are described as if they are some new basis for the Christian Faith. The Church, the Pope, and the Bishops are ignored or even denigrated. When speaking about the Pope, he is merely called "the holder of the seat of Peter", without using his papal name, nor any title such as Pope or Pontiff or holy Father. It is typical of false private revelation to want to give the Church Herself a lower place, compared to the visionary and her messages.

The Church Herself is portrayed as overwhelmed by Satan: "indeed My temples are empty, the cities truly so lost, lost to the lies of the enemy, the prince of darkness...who has slowly turned, enticed, lured and fooled My little children, has devoured them little by little, so now behold in your midst the large and empty temples." (p. 154) This message portray the Church as if it were defeated by Satan. Then the same message goes on to claim that the visionary Eliza will be the one to save these little children, not the Church. Finally, the message concludes by saying that there are many "small brush fires burning all over the world" (p. 155), as a way of referencing the many claimed private revelations. The message claims that these claimed private revelation are the source of salvation, as if the Church and the faithful would be lost without all these visionaries.

This type of claim is contrary to infallible Catholic doctrine: The Church is indefectible. The gates of Hell -- meaning all the forces of sin, devils, and evil in the world -- cannot prevail over the Church. Therefore, whoever says otherwise speaks heresy. These messages imply the heresy that the Church is or would soon be lost, if not for claimed private revelations. In this way, the visionary and her messages are exalted over the Pope, the Bishops, and the teachings of the Church. So these messages cannot possibly be from God or Heaven at all.

The messages portray God as saying: "I, who am who I am, your heavenly Father, your ancient God, your living God, as I, your God of Israel, My child, My Eliza, do not be afraid nor be concerned for My words unto you." (message of 6 Feb 1980). Notice the odd phrasing and poor grammar. Notice the distortion of the Biblical phrase:
{3:14} God said to Moses, "I AM WHO AM." He said: "Thus shall you say to the sons of Israel: 'HE WHO IS has sent me to you.' "

This eloquent and profound Biblical phrase is maimed and distorted into: "I, who am who I am". Then the message continues with the claim: "My child, true I have not chosen to speak unto My children for many generations." This claim implies that other private revelations, such as La Salette, Fatima, Garabandal, etc. are not true. And in fact, we know by faith and by the history of the Saints that God speaks to his children in every generation. But this message claims: "the fact that I, who am who I am, should break My silence." To the contrary, God is not silent. He did not wait several generations to break His silence so as to speech through "Eliza". He is always speaking to us through Sacred Tradition, Sacred Scripture, and the Magisterium.

These messages ignore the Church, the Magisterium, Tradition and Scripture. They speak as if the messages and the visionary are the new basis for the Christian Faith. This is a common feature of false private revelation.

The supporters and followers of Eliza Garcia are showered with complements and exaltation by these messages. They are called by expressions such as: "My Apostles", "My little lamb", "My little dove", etc. by the messages. But anyone who does not accept this claimed private revelation is utterly condemned by the same messages. They are called "the many who for now cannot believe what they cannot see, the many who doubt the power of the living God." (p. 255). Their fate is to "weep for sorrow that once they could have embraced My Word of Today also, they could have beheld you [Eliza] in their midst and they choose not to. Ah, yet, My child, My Eliza, when the read this then it shall be much too late for it shall not be possible to even know wheresoever you be, gone shall you be from their midst."

In other words, these messages condemn as lost and unable to be saved those persons who reject the claimed private revelation to Eliza Garcia. This claim contradicts the teaching of the Second Vatican Council and of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, that even true private revelation are not required belief, and that no new revelation, essential to salvation, will occur before Christ returns:
The Catechism of the Catholic Church: "Throughout the ages, there have been so-called 'private' revelations, some of which have been recognized by the authority of the Church. They do not belong, however, 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. Guided by the Magisterium of the Church, the sensus fidelium knows how to discern and welcome in these revelations whatever constitutes an authentic call of Christ or his saints to the Church. Christian faith cannot accept 'revelations' that claim to surpass or correct the Revelation of which Christ is the fulfillment, as is the case in certain non-Christian religions and also in certain recent sects which base themselves on such 'revelations'." [CCC 67]

Second Vatican Council: "Sacred tradition and Sacred Scripture form one sacred deposit of the word of God, committed to the Church." [Dei Verbum 10]

Second Vatican Council: "The Christian dispensation, therefore, as the new and definitive covenant, will never pass away and we now await no further new public revelation before the glorious manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ (see 1 Tim. 6:14 and Tit. 2:13)." [Dei Verbum 4]
But the messages to Eliza Garcia claim that persons who reject her claimed private revelation have, in effect, refused to embrace the Word of God, and that they are lost. It is supposedly too late for them to repent or be saved.

Such claims contradict the teachings of the Roman Catholic Faith on the Word of God and on salvation. The Word of God is Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture, interpreted by the Magisterium. Even if a claimed private revelation were true, it would not be necessary to salvation; no claimed private revelation is a required belief. Also, for as long as a person is still alive, they can repent from sin and be saved. No one still alive is lost.

The above considerations are sufficient to prove that the claimed private revelation to Eliza Garcia is not true private revelation from God. Her messages are contrary to the teachings of Sacred Tradition, Sacred Scripture, and the Magisterium. The most likely source of her messages is one or more fallen angels, seeking to lead the faithful away from the path of salvation, by having them follow a false prophetess instead of following the Pope, as the Vicar of Christ, and the Bishops, as the true Apostles of our Lord.

Faithful Catholics should not believe or promote her messages, and should not associate themselves with her or her claimed private revelations in any way.

Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic theologian and Bible translator
26 Feb 2012

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