Timothy Parsons-Heather was sound asleep early on Feb. 22, 1991, when he had the experience he said changed his life. “I was awakened — not as if you would hear a sound, but as if an impulse came from inside you,” he recalled. “After I awoke, I could hear a voice coming from outside me. It was a pleading voice from a very young girl. There was authority in her voice, even though it was very mild.” A Catholic Church commission is reviewing the communications Parsons-Heather believes are from the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ. Within a half hour of that first event, Parsons-Heather called his good friend, William Roth Jr., to explain what had occurred. “As soon as Tim said what had happened, my mind raced, trying to grab an anchor to explain what he had just said,” Roth said. “And at that moment, the Holy Mother spoke to me and said, ‘You have always trusted him. He has never failed you. Believe him now.’ As soon as I heard that, I felt a supernatural ecstasy, during which I have never doubted in 25 years it was the Virgin Mary.” Since going to Medjugorje, a town in what is now Bosnia-Herzegovina, in 1991, Parsons-Heather and William Roth Jr., former Ashland residents who now live in Springfield, said they have been receiving visions of and messages from Mary — communications they recently turned over to Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of the Springfield Diocese for a commission to review.
Regarding the investigation:
“The purpose of the commission is to study the body of literature concerning what is referred to as the ‘Morning Star Over America’ in accord with the ‘Norms Regarding the Manner of Proceeding in the Discernment of Presumed Apparitions or Revelations,’ in order to express a judgment regarding the authenticity and supernatural character if the case so merits,” Paprocki said. “I would advise people to do nothing with the published ‘Morning Star Over America’ works until the commission yields a response.
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