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VIDEO: The Largest Catholic Parish in America

VIDEO: The Largest Catholic Parish in America

St. Matthew in Charlotte averages 12,000 people at weekend Masses — and that’s hardly the only unique things about parish life in the U.S.’s largest Catholic church.

3 Saints Who Could Levitate (Fly), Bilocate and Bend the Laws of Nature

3 Saints Who Could Levitate (Fly), Bilocate and Bend the Laws of Nature

3 Saints Who Could Levitate (Fly), Bilocate and Bend the Laws of Nature

Saint Joseph of Cupertino

His Superior Ordered Him to Return to Earth. Saint Joseph of Cupertino is the patron saint of air travelers and pilots because he had the ability to levitate and fly through the air.

He was born in 1603 to a desperately poor family who had just lost their home and their sole provider. His mother was a widow at the time of his birth. She also had a quick temper and was prone to angry outbursts.

It would be very safe to say that Saint Joseph of Cupertino had a miserable childhood. It didn’t help that he was a very poor student, and the people of his village considered him retarded.

He did have a great love of God and desired to enter religious life as soon as he was old enough. Rejection was swift at the first two communities he approached. The third, however, accepted him. He was able to complete his studies for the priesthood.

Saint Joseph of Cupertino often levitated as he was saying Mass. These flights above the altar were witnessed by many of the Mass-goers. Sometimes he would also fly around outside.

The gift of levitation in the Catholic Church is generally considered a sign of sanctity. Many other canonized saints were also able to do this.

Saint Joseph of Cupertino is, however, among the first to come to mind when Catholics think of levitation. He is often depicted hovering above an altar.

It has been recorded that this saint would fly dangerously close to candles without the cloth of his religious habit catching fire.

When Saint Joseph of Cupertino journeyed with his religious superior to visit Pope Urban, he, once again, flew into the air and stayed there until his superior ordered him down. Another sign of sanctity for someone in religious life is to obey their superior.

Saint Martin de Porres

Saint Martin de Porres patron of mixed-race people.Many other saints also defied gravity, time and space. Another notable example was Saint Martin de Porres of Lima, Peru. He could fly through the air, as well as bilocate, another gift given to very holy souls, that allows them to be in multiple places at once.
If you are not Catholic and reading this, please understand that many devout Catholics truly believe these miracles happened and they are highly scrutinized by Church authorities. They are outward signs of God working through one of His servants. God exists outside of time and space, and He sometimes allows humans to do the same.

Saint Martin de Porres was of mixed race, born in Lima in 1579. His father was a Spanish aristocrat, and his mother was a former African slave who might also have been part Native American.

Saint Martin’s father was not married to his mother. He and his sister had very low social standing in Lima, as they were poor and considered illegitimate. Eventually, Saint Martin’s father left the family and moved elsewhere.

He had many supernatural gifts

To earn money, Saint Martin learned to cut hair from a local barber before entering a Dominican monastery as a lay servant. Later, he took religious vows and became a brother. He also cut the hair of the other monks.

During his lifetime, Saint Martin practiced extreme austerity. He was exceptionally kind to all and once brought a beggar back to the monastery to care for him.

Very reliable eyewitnesses testified that Saint Martin de Porres was seen doing missionary work in Asia and Mexico, even though he never left Lima.

Because Saint Martin was also given the gift of healing, he worked in the monastery infirmary. It was there that witnesses reported him walking through closed doors to reach the sick. He also healed people on the street and developed a reputation in Lima as a wonder worker.

When my children were young, I bought them a book about Saint Martin de Porres because he is such an interesting example of the graces God can bestow upon one a man or a woman who has found favor in His eyes.

The book contained a wonderful tale of Saint Martin’s overriding compassion and ability to bring peace to all.

Making Peace with Mice

At one point, the monastery was overrun with rodents. But the holy monk was able to work out a deal with the creatures, as the plan was to kill them. He told one mouse to please lead the other mice away from the monastery. Saint Martin de Porres promised to feed them if they complied.

The saint then walked to the far end of the monastery grounds, with the mice forming a line behind him. They never returned to trouble the other monks.

Saint Martin de Porres is the patron saint of barbers and mixed-race people.

Saint Francis Xavier Could Bilocate

Saint Francis Xavier, a Basque Spanish missionary to India and the Far East, is credited with converting countless people to the Catholic faith. He also established a string of churches in India.

Part of the reason, no doubt, he was so successful in his evangelization efforts, is that he was reportedly able to be in multiple places at once. These bilocations happened very frequently and were seen and documented by many eye witnesses.

Saint Francis Xavier also had the gift of healing and performed many other miracles with God’s divine help.

There’s one notable miracle that occurred after his death in 1552. The body of Saint Francis Xavier was exhumed on at least two occasions, and, each time, was found to be remarkably preserved from decomposition, despite the fact it was buried with limestone, which breaks down the flesh.

Saint Francis Xavier, like many other saints in the Catholic Church, was spared from the visible ravages of death when he died. He, and others like him, are known as “incorruptibles.” His intact body now rests at the Basilica of the Born Jesus in Goa, India.

He is the patron saint of numerous entities, including the country of India and foreign missionaries.

VIDEO: The Final Hours of Pope John Paul II and Exhibition of His Personal Belongings

VIDEO: The Final Hours of Pope John Paul II and Exhibition of His Personal Belongings

The Final Hours of Pope John Paul II

Exhibition of Pope John Paul II’s personal belongings in Guadalupe church

Hundreds of Catholics in Mexico City visited relics of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II on Saturday, hours before the scheduled dual canonisation which will elevate both to sainthood. Worshippers applauded, cried and prayed as they walked pass a glass case containing a wax figure of Pope John Paul II wearing a papal robe.

The relics on display include a piece of skin belonging to John Paul II inside a reliquary, the papal robe he used during his first visit to Mexico and a collection of commemorative coins.

The faithful crossed themselves as they walked past a picture of John Paul II, and some even brought framed pictures of him to be blessed by the local clergy.

What Does “Mass” Mean and Why Do Catholics Use The Word?

What Does “Mass” Mean and Why Do Catholics Use The Word?

What Does Mass Mean and Why Do Catholics Use The Word?

Pope Francis celebrates Holy Mass

The English word “Mass” comes from the Latin word missa, which means to be “sent.” This Latin word has been used since the 6th or 7th century to describe the Catholic celebration of the Eucharist, our main liturgical service. The word is used during the conclusion of the celebration when the priest or deacon says in Latin, Ite, missa est.

The literal translation of that phrase is, “Go, it has been sent.” Saint Thomas Aquinas wrote a commentary on these words and explained in his Summa Theologiae, “And from this the Mass derives its name … the deacon on festival days ‘dismisses’ the people at the end of the Mass, by saying: ‘Ite, missa est,’ that is, the victim [Jesus] has been sent to God through the angel, so that it may be accepted by God.”

Pope Benedict XVI also expanded on these words in his encyclical Sacramentum Caritatis, but focused on a different spiritual meaning behind the phrase. He wrote, “In antiquity, missa simply meant ‘dismissal.’ However in Christian usage it gradually took on a deeper meaning. The word ‘dismissal’ has come to imply a ‘mission.’ These few words succinctly express the missionary nature of the Church. The People of God might be helped to understand more clearly this essential dimension of the Church’s life, taking the dismissal as a starting- point.”

Instead of seeing the words of the priest or deacon as a conclusion to the celebration, Pope Benedict saw them as a beginning. He made that abundantly clear when he developed new words for the dismissal at Mass. Pope Benedict approved the phrases, “Ite ad Evangelium Domini annuntiandum (Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord)” and “Ite in pace, glorificando vita vestra Dominum (Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life).” Both of these dismissals focus on the missionary character of the Mass and how those in the pew are meant to go out in the world, sustained by the Eucharist they just received.

Viewed in this framework, the “Mass” is not just a single celebration on a Sunday or weekday or feast day, but a starting-point for a lifelong journey of Christian witness. The priest, in the place of Christ, sends forth his parishioners into the world so that they may be beacons of light, set on a hill for all to see.

Source: aleteia.org/

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