A Marian apparition is a reported supernatural appearance by Mary, the mother of Jesusor a series of related such appearances over a period of time. In order to be classified as a Marian apparition, the person or persons who claim to see Mary the "seers" must claim that they see her visually located in their environment. Also excluded from the category of apparitions are dreamsvisions experienced in the imagination, the claimed perception of Mary in ordinarily-explainable natural phenomenaand miracles associated with Marian artwork, such as weeping statues.
Always as our Lady, our Mother and our Savior's mother, Mary has appeared as apparitions under many titles to many diverse peoples in different periods of history. She suffered a sword piercing her heart as she watched her son's Passion and Death, and she is constantly alert to even our smallest sufferings. Our Blessed Mother comes to us when we need her most, with a message and guidance specific to the problems and suffering at hand.
One of the four marks of the Church is that it is universal, or catholic. We can see this mark of the Church in many different manifestations. Perhaps the most beautiful of these would pertain to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
This has allowed the Church the ability to properly discern which apparitions are supernatural in nature and worthy of belief. Even if the Church recognizes an apparition as worthy of belief, no Catholic is obligated to believe in any private revelation, such as an apparition. The Church simply says that a person can find spiritual aid from an apparition, if he or she so chooses.
Miraculous healing at Knock Shrine confirmed by Irish bishops. While Fort Worth bishop says apparition is not real, alleged visionary blames demonic attack. Fort Worth bishop has not endorsed alleged messages from Mary.
Recently, a large number of miraculous sightings have been reported. The sightings range from unusual and unnatural cloud formations, to weeping statues of the Virgin Mary and more. Is this a sign that something great is about to happen?
Our Lady of Guadalupe, in Mexico, draws millions of fervent worshipers a year. Now, a little chapel among the dairy farms here, called Our Lady of Good Helphas joined that august company in terms of religious status, if not global fame. This month, it became one of only about a dozen sites worldwide, and the first in the United States, where apparitions of the Virgin Mary have been officially validated by the Roman Catholic Church.
The term "appearance" has been used in different apparitions within a wide range of contexts and experiences. And its use has been different with respect to Marian apparitions and visions of Jesus Christ. In some apparitions such as Our Lady of Lourdes or Our Lady of Fatima an actual vision is reported, fully resembling that of a person being present.
One of the most comforting aspects of the Catholic Faith is the Communion of Saints. Even after physical death, the saints remain alive, and are even keenly aware of what is taking place on earth among the Church Militant see Revelation Some of the greatest indications of this communion of saints come in the form of Marian apparitions.