So many thousands, perhaps millions over time, will want to go to the site for any number of reasons. I suppose what confuses me is that a much larger event is in place in every Catholic parish, and that is the Lord’s Real Presence in the Eucharist. People who go to adoration are adoring and praying to our Risen Lord present in those churches.
What confuses me–and I have a great love for Our Lady–is why so many Catholics will spend so much time, and treasure, going to various apparition sites, yet the undeniably Real Presence is within a short distance from their own homes.
It is, without doubt, an amazing miracle that Jesus comes to us in the Eucharist across the globe. The miracle is much larger than the feeding of the 5,000 (which prefigured the Eucharist), and it happens during every Mass, and exists in most Tabernacles. It is an amazing fact that the Lord is with us in such a Real and directly viewable way.
Just today I went to adoration–it never ceases to amaze me that I am adoring Jesus Christ and that He is truly there to see me, to here me–what a gift.
No matter the outcome of the investigation, and no matter the reality of Our Lady’s approved apparitions, I think the world, the faith, and the Church, will change enormously when Catholics begin to realize they have all they need in their own backyard. After all, approved apparitions always have at their core the mission of bringing people to Mary’s Son through repentance and prayer.