Miracles

Often we hear people loosely use the term "miracle" in every day conversation, such as, "that was a miracle!", and "I sure could use a miracle right now!", though few people know much about significant miracles and their history. Some people simply do not believe in miracles as being REAL, but rather think they are only found in fairy tales. Others claim they believe in miracles but still have little or no idea about what a true miracle is, if they really occur, where they occur, to whom, and what types have been claimed to have occurred repeatedly over the centuries. On this page we will describe what a true miracle is based on writings over the last 2000 years.

 

First let us say there are two basic categories of miracles;

1) First class miracles or what we call "significant" miracles are obvious interventions of God against the laws of nature, and are always astounding, undeniable, and unfakable such as the healings at Lourdes or Jesus walking on water. First class miracles in most cases are witnessed by others or leave undeniable evidence behind, so there is normally no question as to their existence.

2) Second class miracles are smaller miracles that usually occur to people personally, are not usually witnessed by others, and typically do not leave evidence behind for us to use as proof. These "personal" miracles appear to be a way God works through us and gives us direction in life. While second class miracles do occur, in many cases they may appear to have a natural explanation, and in many cases they are difficult to prove since little concrete evidence is left behind. Because of this, it is easily possible for people to claim they experienced a second class miracle when in fact they may not have. This page does not discuss second class miracles since they typically cannot be researched beyond the claims themselves. Rather this page discusses first class miracles in depth which can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt in most cases.

 

As for first class miracles, first let us say that the miracles we discuss on this page are discussed repeatedly and consistently in the writings on lives of the Saints for the last 2000 years. These Saints have lived in all parts of the world and lived during every generation since the time of Christ, and yet they have all experienced the SAME miraculous phenomena time and time again. Are the miracles we discuss below difficult to believe? At first reading some of them may be, and that is expected with anything categorized as a miracle. The question one has to ask is why have these miracles been seen repeatedly for the last 2000 years, especially among Saints?

Regarding the significant first class miracles we discuss below, we have countless writings from reliable sources. We are not referring to questionable occurrences that happen in the blink of an eye, but rather incidents so astounding that occurred long enough that there is no doubt as to their existence and very clear that they could not have been faked in any way, especially with so much evidence left behind. The events we review below clearly show that there is such a thing as first class miracles. As we will see below, there are simply too many references to miraculous occurrences throughout the centuries and too many credible witnesses to simply discredit or ignore them all.

 

The definition of a miracle from The American Heritage Dictionary is: "An event that appears unexplainable by the laws of nature and so is held to be supernatural in origin or an act of God"

 

As you read through the descriptions of the miracles below and who was involved with them, keep these four points in mind:

1. First class miracles as mentioned below have historically occurred to devout Catholics (i.e. those referred to as "Saint" or "Blessed") or otherwise in relation to the Catholic Church.

No non-Catholic religion has experienced such undeniable, unfakable first class miraculous events that can be compared to events we review below, such as the Miracle at Fatima, the Incorruptibles and others below. When looking at history, such astounding events simply do not exist outside the Catholic Church.

2. Proof is on display all over Europe

As you will see mentioned below, there is proof for many miracles we discuss on this page since the actual relics related to the miracles are on display all over Europe and elsewhere.

3. Devout Catholics by their nature are truthful

Devout Catholics such as those referred to as Saints, Blesseds, and Venerables who dedicate their lives to imitating Christ, by their nature do not lie or attempt to deceive. You will notice many Saints experience multiple types of first class miracles in their lifetime and many Saints readily admit to having experienced these miracles. In addition, the Catholic Church has researched these miraculous events thoroughly and determined them to be authentic. Many have witnessed and also testified under oath as to the authenticity of these miracles, and by the nature of the honesty of the Saints and other devout Catholics, we have no reason to doubt all of them. In a nutshell, there is simply no way one can logically claim ALL of these groups of people from different lifetimes all hallucinated or lied about the same things.

4. From Scripture

Mark 16:17-18And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name they shall cast out devils: they shall speak with new tongues. They shall take up serpents; and if they shall drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them: they shall lay their hands upon the sick, and they shall recover.

John 14:12 Otherwise believe for the very works' sake. Amen, amen I say to you, he that believeth in me, the works that I do, he also shall do; and greater than these shall he do.

 

Types of Miracles

Apparitions & Associated Miracles

Miracle at Fatima

Consider the Miracle at Fatima, Portugal in 1917. In short, three poor children mentioned publicly that a lady spoke to them in a remote field where they were watching their flocks. According to the children this lady mentioned several things to them in line with Catholic doctrine, and asked them to relay the message to the people in Fatima. She also told the children to tell the people that she would perform a miracle at the same location three months later to “make the people believe”, and gave the children a date and time this would occur. The children relayed the message and word quickly passed throughout Western Europe, resulting in 70,000 people (including non-religious who came to laugh and disprove the miracle) arriving at the site three months later in expectation of this miracle.

On a very rainy, muddy day at the exact time and location foretold by the children, while the thousands of people waited in the rain, the clouds seemed to clear and the sun then appeared to swirl in the sky and hurl toward the earth according to eyewitnesses. Fearing the world was coming to an end; the crowd fell to the ground in fear, and screamed out for God to spare them. The phenomena lasted for approximately 10 minutes according to eyewitnesses, then suddenly stopped. Afterward, though it had been raining all day, all immediately noticed that their clothes were completely dry and the ground, which was previously flooded and muddy, was now dry earth. Eyewitness accounts (including from many atheists and other non-religious people) were in several Portugal newspapers the following day, and many of the eyewitness accounts from the articles can be seen here. In summary, we know a crowd of thousands of religious and non-religious, with no reason to lie, all could not have hallucinated the same thing, yet they all agree on what happened there that day. And not only has such an incident with the sun never been seen before or since this incident, but neither has the phenomena with the instantaneous drying of the earth and clothes at the scene been seen before or since either. And with the 3 poor children foretelling the event 3 months in advance to the exact time and location (something no human can possibly do), this leads back to the source of their information, a lady in a field speaking Catholic doctrine to them. Who was she and where did she get her information? Here we have an incident that cannot be considered natural. If you feel otherwise, feel free to send us a message with your argument here.

 

Miracles at Lourdes

Also consider the original Miracle at Lourdes, France in 1858 and the countless miracles that have occurred there since. Again a young girl there claimed a lady appeared to her on multiple occasions and told her many things that were in line with Catholic doctrine. After these apparitions, a spring sprang forth at the exact location and since that time countless people who have come in contact with the water have been healed of terminal diseases of many kinds. To assure this was not trickery or confusion, the Lourdes Medical Bureau was formed, which invites doctors of all beliefs to join and review claims of healings in the waters at Lourdes. Since 1858, a forest of crutches have been left near the spring at Lourdes, and the Lourdes Medical Bureau has reviewed and approved many healings as seen on their miraculous healings list from the actual Lourdes website. It is also interesting to note that when the spring water at the site in Lourdes is examined, it does not appear different from any other water in the world, yet the healings from life threatening diseases have occurred there time and time again over the last 146 years. No where else on earth have such healings been encountered, either before 1858 or after. No scientist can explain the healings there and the phenomena witnessed there can only be explained as supernatural.

 

Incorruptibles

Consider this fascinating phenomena which cannot possibly have a natural cause. During random archeological digs in the early centuries after Christ, many bodies have been discovered throughout the world that, though not embalmed in any way, remain free of decay, remain flexible and lifelike with flowing blood and a pleasant scent despite being buried for many, many years (even centuries). These bodies have always been found to be Catholic Saints over the centuries and are better known as “Incorruptibles”. Many of these incorrupt bodies remain on display all over Europe today. There is simply no natural explanation for how the process of decay chooses not to devour certain bodies and how these bodies are always those of devout Catholics. Considering this fact, this empirical evidence points to a supernatural event, not a natural event.

For details on this phenomena see our Incorruptibles page.

 

Prophecy

Most of us have heard of prophecy from Scripture. Prophecy is simply a prediction of the future that comes true. Scripture is filled with prophecies told by prophets of the Old Testament and by Jesus Christ in the New Testament. There are also many accounts of Saints who had the gift of prophecy. One such Saint was St. Frances of Rome (d. 1440). One time a woman came to St. Frances weeping over her husband's illness and what appeared to be imminent death for him. St. Frances said, "Dear sister, give up the vanities of the world and God will take pity on you. Your husband will yet recover; he will be present at my burial." Just as the Saint predicted, the woman's husband recovered completely and later assisted at the funeral of the Saint.

Another Saint, St. Collette (d. 1447) was a nun who once mentioned to other nuns in her convent that one day in the future "when the big cross out there in the cemetery falls down across the graves, they will know fire is about to come". She went on to explain that their convent would burn immediately afterward and that they would not be able to stop it. Approximately 60 years later in 1510, the cross fell over the graves. The nuns, remembering what St. Collette had said, tried to take precaution but the convent immediately burned to the ground as predicted.

Another fascinating fact to note is the number of Saints who accurately foretold the day of their deaths. It has happened on so many occasions, it is simply impossible to ignore. For example, St. Martin De Porres (d. 1637) died at the exact date and time he predicted. St Rose of Lima (d. 1617) while in good health predicted she would die in four months, which came true. St. Joseph Leonissa (d. 1612) predicted he would die on February 4, which he did. St. Madeline Sophie Barat (d. 1865) died on the day she foretold, which was Ascension Thursday, May 25, 1865. Also St. Catherine Laboure' (d. 1876) always predicted she would never see the year 1877. She died on December 31, 1876.

There are many other examples of Saints' prophecies not listed here. We all know that no human being can foretell events. A weatherman cannot even foretell where a hurricane will land a few days in advance. But here we have examples of repeated, accurate foretelling of events that can only be considered miraculous.

 

Eucharistic Miracles

The Eucharist refers to the consecrated bread and wine at a Catholic Mass. Fascinating phenomena has been witnessed repeatedly throughout the centuries in relation to the consecrated bread and wine. It's important to note here that Catholics believe that the consecrated bread and wine are the true body and blood of Christ (not physically but spiritually). Non-Catholic Christians view the bread and wine as symbols or remembrances, but nothing more. Eucharistic miracles historically have only occurred with the Catholic Eucharist.

An example of a Eucharistic miracle occurred in Macerata, Italy around the year 1356. A Catholic priest was celebrating Mass and at the beginning of the Consecration, he entertained a momentary doubt about the reality of Christ's presence in the Eucharist. At that moment, when he broke the Consecrated host, fresh blood began to drip from the separated particles and stained the corporal cloth on the altar. The miracle was examined thoroughly and declared authentic by the canonical commission, and the corporal was afterward put on display in the Cathedral of Macerata for veneration where it remains to this day.

Another Eucharistic miracle occurred in Hasselt, Belgium in 1317. At that time a Catholic priest brought one Holy Eucharist in a ciborium to a man who was ill. The priest decided to step out of the room for a minute, and meanwhile another man, who was known to be sinful, came into the room, opened the ciborium and took out the Consecrated host. Immediately the Consecrated host began to bleed. This frightened the man who dropped the Consecrated host back into the ciborium and fled. The priest came back and noticed the blood inside the ciborium. The priests in the area researched the incident and agreed that this was a miraculous event and put the miraculous host on display in a local church to be venerated. To this day the miraculous Eucharistic Host of 1317 is still kept in the Church of St. Quentin, where it remains in very good condition.

In another instance in Florence, Italy, 1230, a priest had just celebrated Mass, and absent-mindedly neglected to wipe the chalice dry, leaving a small amount of consecrated wine in the bottom. The next morning while preparing for Mass the priest noticed coagulated blood in the bottom of the chalice. After 750 years, this blood is still perfectly preserved in the Church of San Ambrogio.

Another example of a Eucharistic miracle occurred in Augsburg, Germany around the year 1194 where a woman received the Holy Eucharist during Mass, and secretly removed it from her mouth and brought it home. At home she sealed the Consecrated Host between two pieces of wax paper and concealed it for over 5 years. Eventually out of guilt she told her parish priest what she had done. When a priest came to retrieve the Eucharist, he opened the wax paper and noticed the host appeared to have changed into human flesh. Many others examined the Host and all agreed this was indeed human flesh! The Miraculous Host has been kept under glass in the Church of the Holy Cross in perfect condition for nearly 800 years!

Another example of a Eucharistic miracle occurred in Augsburg, Germany around the year 1194 where a woman received the Holy Eucharist during Mass, and secretly removed it from her mouth and brought it home. At home she sealed the Consecrated Host between two pieces of wax paper and concealed it for over 5 years. Eventually out of guilt she told her parish priest what she had done. When a priest came to retrieve the Eucharist, he opened the wax paper and noticed the host appeared to have changed into human flesh. Many others examined the Host and all agreed this was indeed human flesh! The Miraculous Host has been kept under glass in the Church of the Holy Cross in perfect condition for nearly 800 years!

Above are just a few examples of Eucharistic miracles observed in Catholic churches over the centuries. There are too many other similar occurrences to include on this page. In general, most Eucharistic miracles involve the mysterious appearance of blood or flesh in relation to consecrated bread or wine from a Catholic Mass. Again it is astounding not note that never has a non-Catholic church who believes in a symbolic Eucharist ever experienced such miraculous events.

 

Mystical Fasts

Another amazing miracle seen on numerous occasions throughout the centuries is mystical fasts, where Saints of the Catholic Church, under close supervision, have lived on the Holy Eucharist alone for years at a time. Many of them openly admit to taking in nothing but the Holy Eucharist for weeks and months at a time, and attribute this miraculous phenomena to God.

An example of this is St. Catherine of Siena (d. 1380) who was observed to live on the Holy Eucharist alone for weeks and months at a time. In fact she would actually get ill when forced to eat food, but remained healthy and feeling well when left to receiving the Holy Eucharist alone.

Bl. Angela of Foligno (d. 1309) remained 12 years without taking any nourishment.

Bl. Catherine of Racconigi (d. 1547), also a stigmatist, lived on the Holy Eucharist alone for 10 years.

Bl. Elizabeth the Good (d. 1420) was known not to have eaten for nearly three years with exception of Holy Communion.

St. Catherine of Genoa (d. 1510) was also recorded to go on extremely long fasts from food, usually 30 or 40 days at a time, while remaining in perfect health.

St. Peter of Alcantara was known to sleep but an hour and a half each night for 40 years.

Bl. Mary Anne De Paredes (d. 1645) was known to have scarcely taken an ounce of bread every 8 or 10 days. Her only food intake was Holy Communion each morning.

St. Gemma Galgani (d. 1903) also a stigmatist, ate no food except for the Blessed Sacrament from June 1902 until her death on April 11, 1903.

Many other Saints experienced the same miraculous phenomena including St. Catherine Fieschi of Genoa, St. Ida, St. Nicholas of Flue, Switzerland, St. Lidwina of Holland, St. Joseph of Cupertino, St. Rose of Lima and many others. This phenomena has not experienced by anyone other than Catholic Saints!

 

Odor of Sanctity

One of the most well-known miraculous phenomena frequently mentioned in the lives of the Saints is that of the "odor of sanctity". Many, many Saints throughout the centuries had a sweet fragrance which emitted from their bodies either during their lifetime or after death. In every instance, no perfumes, ointments or incense were found on or anywhere near the body of the Saint.

Many Saints such as St. Valery (d. 619), St. Joseph of Cupertino (d. 1663) and many others were said to have filled rooms with celestial fragrances when entering, while others such as St. Hermann (d. 1230), Blessed John Baptist Da Fabriano (d. 1539), St. Catherine Dei Ricci (d. 1589), and Blessed Mary of Oignies (d. 1213) were known to suddenly give off a beautiful fragrance throughout the room while in prayer. Here we give just a few examples, but there are many, many more.

The most compelling of miracles relating to the odor of sanctity are those of the Incorruptibles (also mentioned above) who are repeatedly reported to give off a pleasant fragrance when their caskets have been opened, despite the fact of having been dead for many years or even centuries. Some Saints whose bodies were known to emit a heavenly fragrance after being exhumed years after death were St. Theresa of Avila (d. 1582), St. Paul of the Cross (d. 1775), St. Rose of Lima (d. 1617), St. Camillus De Lellis (d. 1614), and St. Mary Magdalen De Pazzi (d. 1607) just to name a few, and many others who are still on display throughout Europe to this day. See our Incorruptibles page for more details.

 

Stigmata

Stigmatists are those Saints and holy persons whose bodies mysteriously bore wounds corresponding to those suffered by Jesus Christ during his Passion and Crucifixion. What makes these wounds different from ordinary wounds is that they only appear on devout Catholics, they appear in the same areas as Jesus' well-known wounds, and they remain with the Saint for his/her lifetime without ever healing. Many Saints had the 5 wounds of the crucifixion while others had other wounds such as those from a crown of thorns, or the wound on the shoulder such as Jesus had from carrying the cross. Some wounds never bled, others bled only on Fridays, holy days or at other specific times.

It is unknown where the wounds actually came from in each case, but they were visible and never went away for the life of the Saint in most cases, or in some cases the wounds remained with the Saint for a lifetime, and then disappeared immediately after death. No one other than Saints have been known to have these miraculous wounds.

Much investigation has gone into trying to determine the source of Stigmatists' wounds including covering the wounds with gloves or bandages, 24 hour surveillance so that tampering with the wounds could not be performed etc. Authentic wounds were determined through extensive, careful study and examination by medical personnel and representatives of the Church.

Some Saints and other holy persons who had the Stigmata:

  • St. Frances of Assisi (d. 1226) - wounds in his hands and feet
  • St. Lutgarde of Aywieres (d. 1246) - wound in the side
  • St. Lydwine of Schiedam (d. 1433) - wounds in feet, hands and heart
  • St. Catherine Dei Ricci (d. 1589) - shoulder and scourge wounds
  • St. Rita of Cascia (d. 1457) - wounds of the crown of thorns
  • Bl. Lucy of Narni (d. 1544) - hand wounds that bled Wed. & Fridays
  • St. Gemma Galgani (d. 1903) - hand, feet and heart wounds
  • Padre Pio (d. 1968) - wounds in the hands, feet and side

 

Prayer-related Miracles

Also consider the Miracle of the Rosary at Hiroshima, which concerns several Jesuit Missionaries who lived through an atomic bomb being dropped less than a mile from their home during WWII. The survivors claim that praying the Rosary is what saved them and their home (everything else around them was destroyed, including a church attached to their home). Scientists have swarmed over for this incident for decades with no explanation. We can confidently state that no natural cause could have saved these men and their home. See the link above for the full story.

 

Bilocation

Another miraculous, fascinating phenomena witnessed repeatedly with Saints is bilocation. Bilocation is the phenomenon where a Servant of God is in one place at a given time, and at the same moment is seen speaking and moving in normal fashion in another place a distance away. Bilocation has been mentioned in the lives of numerous Saints throughout the centuries and trustworthy persons have witnessed the instances of bilocation at each location. In addition, many Saints themselves have acknowledged they were involved in this miraculous phenomena. Even more interesting, numerous instances of bilocation have been so well documented, witnessed, and investigated that they are accepted facts in the history of the Church and lives of the Saints.

In most instances this miraculous phenomena is experienced by Saints in urgent situations such as when in need to attend the dying or to comfort or instruct someone in need at a remote location. In most documented instances, the Saints are seen in deep prayer at one location while doing some charitable work at another location at the same time. Some examples are below.

St. Martin De Porres (d. 1639) spent his entire religious life at the Monastery of the Holy Rosary in Lima, Peru. Yet reliable witnesses all claim he was seen on in Mexico, China, Japan and Africa. For example a friend of St. Martin traveled from Peru to Mexico, at which time he became very ill. Suddenly St. Martin mysteriously showed up at his friend's bedside in Mexico. St. Martin spent some time with his friend and told him he would soon recover, and left. Later the man recovered and went to look for St. Martin to thank him. After some investigation he found St. Martin was in Peru the entire time and had never visited Mexico. In another fascinating incident with St. Martin involves a man being held captive in northern Africa who saw St. Martin on numerous occasions helping the captives there. Years later the man was freed and traveled to Lima, Peru where he saw St. Martin. He rushed up to St. Martin to thank him for all the work he did to help the captives in northern Africa years before. St. Martin, fearing it would draw too much attention to himself, asked the man not to mention his presence in Africa to anyone. St. Martin also mentioned being in countries like China and France and described many people and places in incredible detail. Yet it is known he never left Peru.

St. Catherine Dei Ricci (d. 1590) was a nun in a convent in Prato who exchanged letters with St. Philip Neri in Rome on occasion, though St. Catherine never met St. Philip in person. Though through the phenomena of bilocation she claimed she met him through mystical visits (without leaving the convent). St. Philip Neri admitted this occurred and five reputable persons swore they had witnessed it as well.

St. Francis of Paola (d. 1507) was once seen in deep prayer in a chapel in Paterno. Some people left the chapel and were surprised to see him talking to some people outside. They hurried back into the chapel and saw him still in deep prayer. In another instance St. Francis was seen both serving at the altar and doing chores in the kitchen at the same time.

St. Drogo (d. 1186) was hired as a shepherd and was known to be tending sheep every day. Yet he was often seen offering at the Holy Sacrifice in distant churches at the same time.

St. Vincent Pallotti (d. 1850) on multiple occasions was seen to be in one location and was known to have bilocated to deathbeds of several different people at the same time.

These are just a few examples of Saints over the last 2000 years which have experienced this phenomena. There are many others. Again it is interesting to note that this phenomena has repeatedly been reported with respect to Saints but is not heard of elsewhere.

 

Miraculous Transport

Miraculous Transport refers to the phenomenon where a Saint or holy person at one time or another moved about in unusual ways, such as arriving at a location with unusual speed, or via an unlikely method, or having arrived at a location without being aware of it.

An example of this is when St. Ammon the Great (d. 350) was walking with St. Athanasius and they came to a stream they planned to cross. However the water had risen and there was no way to walk across. Suddenly Ammon was trasported to the other side of the stream! St. Athanasius refers to this incident in his writings in "Life of St. Antony".

In another instance, St. Hyacinth (d. 1257) had a vision of the Virgin Mary asking him to help protect a convent that was about to be invaded. He ran to the convent to remove the Blessed Sacrament and a large, heavy statue of the Virgin Mary which he mysteriously was able to carry with one arm. While escaping with them he approached the bank of a fast-flowing river. A multitude of people on the opposite bank watched him make the sign of the cross and walk right across the top of the water as though it were land to the other bank.

Blessed Bentivoglia De Bonis (d. 1232) was a member of the Franciscan order and was ordered to take charge of a certain leper. His superior thereafter commanded Bl. Bentivoglia to go to another place about 15 miles away. Not willing to abandon the leper, he carried the leper the 15 miles in an extremely short period of time where an eagle could not have flown there that fast. This miracle put the whole country in amazement and adoration.

Pere Lemy (d. 1931) was a parish priest who worked countless wonders to the amazement of many. This holy priest admitted, "...I have been brought from one place to another without knowing anything about it" and "I was in my parish, far away, often at night, and I found myself to the Place St. Lucian all at once. How it happened I don't know". Many other occurrences of mystical transport were witnessed with Pere Lemy on other occasions as well.

Other Saints who have been said to have had similar miraculous events of miraculous transport are St. Benedict (d. 543), St. Seraphin (d. 1604), St. Colette (d. 1447), St. Germaine Cousin (d. 1601), Dominic (d. 1221), and many others not mentioned here.

 

Gift of Tongues

The gift of tongues is the phenomena where a Saint or holy person speaks in their own language, and others who speak other languages are able to understand the speaker without need of a translator. You may have heard of this miraculous phenomena in Scripture which took place with the Apostles in Acts 2:6. Other Saints since that time were given this ability as well.

For example, St. Anthony of Padua (d. 1231) was preaching one day before the Pope and Cardinals in a place where there were people from different countries; Greeks, Latins, French, Germans, Slavs, English and those of other languages. All there fully understood St. Anthony without need for a translator and all were amazed and acknowledged the miracle. In addition St. Anthony was known to have preached using the Italian language in Italy and the French language in France though he had never studied these languages.

St. Paul of the Cross (d. 1775) was also known to have the miraculous gift of tongues. On multiple occasions he was heard a full five miles away while preaching. In addition his Italian language was understood by members of different nationalities when he preached.

St. Dominic (d. 1221) was once on a journey to Paris with some companions when they ran into two German pilgrims. The Germans motioned for St. Dominic and his companions to sit and eat with them, though St. Dominic and his companions could not understand the Germans and the Germans could not understand them. St. Dominic then asked his companions to pray with him that they might be able to speak to the Germans about Christ. After their prayers they were able to converse normally with the Germans for the rest of their journey. St. Dominic asked his companions not to tell anyone about the incident "lest the people should take us for Saints".

St. Vincent Ferrer (d. 1419) was also known to be understood by multiple nationalities despite only knowing Latin. Many trusted sources such as Nicholas Clemangis, a doctor of the University of Paris, and Peter Ranzano, the bishop of Lucera, attested to St. Vincent's gift of tongues having witnessed it themselves. In addition it was said that sometimes as many as 10,000 people would come to hear him preach, with the people furthest away able hear as well as those near him.

Padre Pio (d. 1968) was known to have heard confessions from penitents who spoke in their own language (languages unfamiliar to Padre Pio). In some instances Padre Pio was able to converse in Italian so that both understood each other. Padre Pio attributed the interpreting to his Guardian Angel.

Many other Saints were known to have the gift of tongues including St. Louis Bertrand (d. 1581), St. Martin De Porres (d. 1639), St. Philip Benizi (d. 1285), St. Jean-Marie Baptiste Vianney (d. 1859), St. Franci Solano (d. 1610, and St. Bernadine of Siena (d. 1444) to mention a few.

 

Levitation

Another miraculous phenomena reported with Catholic Saints very frequently is the phenomena of levitation. This phenomena has been witnessed time and time again by many people and involves a Saint or holy person rising off the ground for extended periods of time. This phenomena has usually occurred while the Saint or holy person was in a state of deep prayer or ecstasy, or other deeply devout circumstance such as during the consecration of the Holy Eucharist at Mass.

One of the most notable Saints to have the miraculous gift of levitation is St. Teresa of Avila (d. 1582) who frequently levitated while in prayer, so much so that she explained all about the phenomena in her Autobiography (Chapter 20). It happened frequently in front of other nuns and she asked them not to speak of it so as to avoid drawing attention to herself.

Another Saint who experienced this phenomena and wrote about it was Ven. Maria Villani (d. 1670) who mentioned on five different occasions she was suddenly swept off her feet and remained in the air for extended periods of time.

Fr. Paul of Moll called "The Wonder-Worker of the Nineteenth Century" (d. 1896) was a priest who also experienced the gift of levitation. Once one of his penitents saw just as Fr. Paul was about to give him the Holy Eucharist during mass, that Fr. Paul suddenly raised a considerable distance from the floor and remained there for approximately five minutes.

St. Gemma Galgani (d. 1903) had a large crucifix in her home in which she visited often. In more than one occasion she was seen kissing the wound on the side of Jesus on the crucifix while being raised from the floor.

In a biography published in Venice in 1682, a number of levitations are recorded of a nun named Passitea Crogi (d. 1615). Many other nuns saw her lifted from the ground several arm lengths where she remained for two or three hours. An attestation was created which all present signed.

The Acta Sanctorum records St. John of St. Facond (d. 1479) seen suspended in the air many feet above the ground, sometimes remaining there throughout the night.

On multiple occasions St. Francis of Assisi was recorded to have been seen in levitation several feet above the floor, and on some occasions was seen suspended as high as some of the tallest branches on beech trees in the area.

When looking at biographies of Saints and other historical texts regarding holy persons, levitation is mentioned quite often. Some other Saints that experienced this phenomena are St. Frances Xavier (d. 1552), St. Joseph of Cupertino (d. 1663), Bl. Margaret of Metola and Castello (d. 1320), St. Dominic (d. 1221), and St. Philip Neri (d. 1595) to mention a few.

 

Lights and Rays of Love

Another miraculous phenomena frequently mentioned in the lives of the Saints is that where a Saint's head glows with light, or a light encompasses the entire body, or rays of light come toward or proceed from the body. This has been attested to by persons of unquestionable integrity, and in most cases by members of the Saints own religious orders.

St. Elizabeth of Hungary (d. 1231) was noted to have lights emitting from her as she prayed. In one instance during Mass the priest noticed a light emitting from her entire body as she prayed.

St. Clare of Assisi (d. 1253) also experienced this illumination. The sisters of her noticed on many occasions that she came from saying prayer with her "face so shining that it dazzled the eyes of those who beheld her".

St. Catherine of Siena (d. 1380) was noted by Bl. Raymond of Capua that once during Holy Mass he turned and saw that St. Catherine's face "had become like an angel's and was sending out bright rays of light".

Bl. John Ruysbroeck (d. 1381) often liked to enter the forest to pray. One day a canon went to look for him and found him under a lime tree in ecstasy, surrounded by a brilliant light.

St. Francis of Paola (d. 1507) once stayed in the castle of King Ferrante of Naples. During the evening the king peeked through the door where the Saint was staying and found him not only levitating in the air, but also his whole body glowing with light.

So many other Saints have experienced this phenomena such as St. Philip Neri (d. 1595), St. Thomas of Villanova (d. 1555), St. Colette (d. 1445), St. Ignatius of Loyola (d. 1556), St. Stanislaus Kostka (d. 1568), St. Teresa of Avila (d. 1585), St. Benedict Moor (d. 1589), St. Francis De Sales (d. 1622) and many, many others. In addition, lights about bodies of Saints are very common after death as well, especially those who have been found incorrupt.

 

Descriptions Of More Miracles - Coming Soon

Multiplication of Food

Body Transformation, Movement, Weighted after Death

Blood and Manna Miracles

Saints Influence Over Nature

 

Conclusion

Once one sees the undeniable proof that first class miracles have been occurring repeatedly in relation to the Catholic Church and its members throughout history, the next logical question is WHY have they been occurring?

We can start by looking at Scripture. Consider for example, all of the miracles mentioned in Scripture as having occurred through Moses in the Old Testament and Jesus in the New Testament. Why did miracles occur through them but not so many others? Consider the vast number of people also preaching at the time, claiming they also held the truth. Many of them were simply false prophets. Among all of the preachers claiming to hold the truth, how were the people to find and believe the TRUTH if God did not somehow make the TRUTH standout in some way? That "way" is obviously through first class miracles. If many others claimed to be the Messiah as Jesus did, the people would need a way to choose the TRUE Messiah who spoke the TRUTH among the false ones. Miracles such as those above are what allow us to separate the TRUE messengers of God from the false.

To put it plainly, if God wants a significant truth revealed to the world, in general He will use a messenger of His choice to reveal it and will work miracles through that messenger to prove that it is the truth. That is the way God has always chosen to reveal the truth since the beginning of time.

Now, going back to the verse from Scripture, Mark Chapter 16 we referenced above:

And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name they shall cast out devils: they shall speak with new tongues.They shall take up serpents; and if they shall drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them: they shall lay their hands upon the sick, and they shall recover.

This verse clearly confirms the fact that those who hold the truth and BELIEVE will have miracles to prove it. Considering that significant miracles have consistently and unceasingly occurred in relation to the Catholic Church throughout the centuries, and NOT in other beliefs such as Protestantism, Buddhism, Mohammedism and in Judaism (since the time of Christ), it is apparent that God does not think of them as "them that believe".