Many of my readers have asked for a list of true apparitions, and more importantly which ones would be best to study and know well. To answer that question one must first ask, "What revelations are you interested in?" There are literally thousands of apparitions recorded in the Old and New Testaments, among the early Church Fathers and throughout the past 2000 years.
Saint James saw the Virgin Mary in Saragossa, Spain before 100 AD. In 200 AD there were false visions of Our Lady to the Montonists. If you are interested in devotions like the Scapular, the Rosary, the Five First Saturdays, the Miraculous Medal, Divine Mercy, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Immaculate Heart, the Holy Face, Enthronement, Perpetual Adoration, etc., there are innumerable apparitions to study. For souls intent on knowing the future, foretold chastisements and more of the end of the world, there are Biblical passages, other apparitions and writings of the saints to study, such as: Isaiah 24, Ezekiel 39, Daniel 7, Joel 3, and Zacharia 13 and 14; regarding the Antichrist, Dan. 7,8 and 10, Matt. 24, Rev. 20, John 5; regarding the Second Coming of Christ, Matt. 24 and 25, Mark 13, Luke 12 and 21, 1 Cor. 15, 1 Thess. 2, 3, 4 and 5, 2 Peter 3, Rev. 1 and 3, Dan. 12, and Joel 2.
Then there is the Didache, Pastor Hermes, St. Hyppolitus, St. Augustine, St. Chrysostom, St. Gregory the Great, Lactantius, St. Jerome, St. Methodius, Revelation of Esdras, Epistles of the Apostles, Asher, Epistle of James, Apoc. of Thomas, Apoc. of Peter, St. Cataldus, St. Remigius, St Caesar of Arles, St. Bearcan, St. Senanus, St. Columbkille, St. Ultan, Merlin, St. Odile, Bl. Maurus, Leo the Philosopher, Monk Adso, Saint Edward, Monk Hilarion, St. Malachy, St. Thomas Becket, St. Hildegard, Abbot Merlin Joachim, Bishop Ageda, Roger Bacon, John Vatiguerro, St. Gertrude, Abbot Herman, Brother John of the Cleft Rock, St. Bridget of Sweden, St. Catherine of Sienna, Cyril the Hermit, St. Vincent Ferrer, Fr. Jerome Votin, St. John Capestrano on the last eight popes, St. Francis de Paul, Nicholas of Flue, Bernard de Busto, Blessed Catherine of Racconigi, Mother Shipton, Gameleo, Fr. Balthassar Mas, Holzhauser, Sister Mary of Agreda, Rudolph Gekner, Dionysius of Luxembourg, Monk of Werl, Father Lavinsky, Blessed Louis de Montfort, Father Nectou, Fr. Laurence Ricci, Bernhard Rembordt, Jane Le Royer, Venerable Bartholomew de Saluzzo, Helen Wallraff, Sister Marianne, Josefa von Bourg, Jean Paul Richter, Mother Maria Rafols, Father Korzeniecki, Matthew Lang, Elizabeth Canori-Mora, Abbe Scuffrand, Nun of Belez, Bishop Wittman, Bl. Carper del Bufalo, Cardinal La Roque, Blessed Anna Maria Taigi, La Salette, Mary Lataste, Sister Rose Taggia, Joseph Goires, Father Bernard Maria Clausi, Cure de Ars, Abbess Maria Steiner, Palma Maria d'Oria, Mother Alphonse Eppinger, Brother Anthony of Aix-la-Chapelle, Ven. Magdaline Porzat, Sister Mary of Jesus Crucified of Pau, Bishop Pie of Portiers, Catherine Emmerich, St. John Bosco, Marie Julie Jahenny, Lucie Christine, Chester Lortie, Fatima, Andrew Berry, Pere Lamy, Countess Francesca de Billiante, Theresa Neumann, and Sister Josefa Menendez.
If you're sensibly thinking, "You must be kidding! No one has time to study all these volumes." you are, of course, correct. No one bound to the chores of everyday existence could possibly review all these prophets in a single life time, and yet, amazingly, some have done so. Having been privileged to spend the past thirty years exploring the subjects of prophecy and apparitions, to gain a sound understanding of all of the above (and more) trustworthy revelations -- with far less effort -- I strongly recommend "TRAIL, TRIBULATION, AND TRIUMPH" by Desmond Birch.... a compendium on approved apparitions second to none.
There are apparitions that everyone should study, especially where their messages represent essential aids to understanding the Church and abiding the life of grace.
While b no stretch of imagination is the following list complete, it should further appreciation of just how many true apparitions exist. We have limited this newsletter to including those that contained a particular supernatural, historical importance. Because some of those occurring in the twentieth century may turn out to be of universal importance, we have stated what we know of them.
100-1000 A.D.: Some of the approved mystics, who received one or more of the different forms of private revelations are James, Hermes, Hyppolitus, Polycarp, Augustine, Chrysostom, Gregory the Great, Lactantius, Jerome, Methodius, Cataldus, Remigius, Caesar of Arles, Bearcan, Senanus, Columbkille, Ultan, Merlin, Maeltamhlacht, Odile, Maurus, Leo, Edward, Hilarion, Malachy, Becket, Hildegarde, and Damascine, who saw the Virgin Mary.
1170-1221: ST. DOMINIC received an apparition of the Virgin Mary as he was trying to fight the Albigensian heresy. She showed him the ROSARY and said that this was the greatest weapon against heresies. With the use of this ROSARY, Dominic countered the heresy.
1265: ST. SIMON STOCK received the BROWN SCAPULAR from an apparition of the Virgin Mary, who promised that whoever died wearing it would be saved. From this grew the confraternity, associated with the Carmelites, whose members wear the small scapular which represents the Carmelite habit.
1302: ST. GERTRUDE the Great received so many private revelations from Our Lord that five books of revelations have been written. She spread devotion to the SACRED HEART and the value of the COMMUNION OF SAINTS.
1360: CATHERINE OF SIENA had private revelations almost from birth. Christ warned her of the dangers to the Church and asked her to bring the Holy Father back to Rome from France. She received the invisible stigmata and often lived on nothing but the Eucharist.
1373: ST. BRIDGET received many revelations on the life and passion of Our Lord and the life of His Blessed Mother. She had eight children, and one became St. Katherine of Sweden.
1425: THE IMITATION OF CHRIST is a book of dialogue between Christ and Thomas Kempis found in his room after his death. This dialogue teaches deep understanding of the spiritual life and the proper way to read and UNDERSTAND THE BIBLE. It is a great lesson in true devotion to the BODY AND BLOOD of Christ in the MASS. The book has been so popular throughout the ages that it has consistently been the largest selling book in the world next to the Bible.
1531: OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE appeared to Juan Diego in Mexico City and left Her Sacred Image upon the HOLY TILMA. This apparition took place in the same year that [on the other side of the world] Martin Luther led the largest schism in the history of Christ's Kingdom. Two million Catholics left the Church in Europe. That same year five million Indians entered the Church in Mexico.
A copy of the image of OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE was given to Admiral Don Juan of Austria and placed aboard his ship. With the image and thousands of ROSARIES said all over Europe, he defeated the Turks in the battle of Lepanto in 1571 and saved Christian Europe. He was outnumbered over 100 ships to one. Thousands of miracles have taken place with the aid of this image and the Rosary. They still continue.
1558: SAINT TERESA OF AVILA lived at a time of many false mystics. She received constant visions and ecstasies. In order to aid the world in the art of discernment, she wrote her story in INTERIOR CASTLE.
1567: SAINT JOHN OF THE CROSS probably received more apparitions and visions of every kind than any other seer. He wrote great guides for mystics, "THE ASCENT OF MT. CARMEL" and "THE DARK NIGHT OF THE SOUL."
1634: OUR LADY OF GOOD FORTUNE in QUITO, ECUADOR appeared to Mother Mary Anne of Jesus Torres. She prophesied the exact date of her death [ten months and ten days from the date of the apparition]. She then prophesied the exact things that would come to pass until the end of the twentieth Century.
1638: BLESSED MARY OF AGREDA began to write through divine light the HIDDEN MYSTERIES OF MARY. She wrote four volumes of books as dictated to her by God and Mary. She opened the secrets to the Apocalypse of John. All of these writings were to prove that Mary is the HEAVENLY JERUSALEM, THE CITY OF GOD that the Apostle John spoke about. God taught her about the great battles between MARY and the DRAGON both in the past and in the future. Before these revelations, Mary of Agreda was taken by the power of bilocation to New Mexico to convert the Indians before any white man arrived there.
1690: ST. MARGARET MARY ALACOQUE had four great visions in which Christ revealed his SACRED HEART to her and asked devotion to His Heart of Flesh and pictures to be honored in every house. He asked for the FIRST FRIDAY DEVOTION. And on the eve of Corpus Christi [the Body of Christ] He asked her for a special feast to honor His Heart.
1774-1824: ANNE CATHERINE EMMERICH was chosen from birth to counter the age of rationalism. She received continuous visions from birth of the entire history of the world from creation to the second coming. She learned the reasons and hidden mysteries therein. In anticipation of all the rational arguments against the Bible, Catherine was sent to prove all. She carried the stigmata on her body most of her life. Thousands went to her bedside each year. She had the power of discernment of spirits in people or things. She knew of the existence of buildings and other things hidden far off in distant lands. But her mission was the MYSTERIES AND PROOF OF THE BIBLE.
1769-1837: BL. ANNA-MARIA TAIGI, wife and mother, had the gift of miracles. She touched the sick, and they were cured. But her greatest gift from God was a golden globe which became as a sun of matchless light; in this light all things were revealed to her. The past and future were open to her at a glance into this light. She traveled to the ends of the world without leaving her family. By means of this light she became a theologian and a prophet. She was used by God to conquer Napoleon, not by the sword but by the spirit. She even saw into the twentieth century our air travel and the coming chastisement. Christ told her that souls fall into Hell every minute, like flakes of snow.
1777: GEORGE WASHINGTON received an apparition of the Virgin Mary. He saw the entire history of the United States and the three great CHASTISEMENTS that would come to the Republic. Washington was baptized Catholic at his deathbed.
1830: THE MIRACULOUS MEDAL was revealed to Catherine Laboure, a novice of St. Vincent de Paul's Daughters of Charity at Rue du Bac, Paris, France. She received four apparitions and then ecstasies for the rest of her life. The message of the Miraculous Medal is devotion and belief in Mary's IMMACULATE CONCEPTION and the dispenser of graces.
Catherine was shown the Virgin of the Globe representing all our prayers being presented to God at the hands of Mary. She was then shown Our Lady with rays of light coming from Her hands representing all graces received through the hands of Mary.
She was then shown the back of the Medal with the TWO HEARTS OF JESUS AND MARY. The visions of the medal were on November 27, 1830.
Catherine lived to see two more apparitions of Mary, La Salette and Lourdes. The body of Catherine Laboure has remained uncorrupted to this day.
1846: OUR LADY OF LA SALETTE appeared in tears to two children, Melanie and Maximim, in the French Alps and warned of a chastisement if people did not do penance for their sins. These purifications were fulfilled within a few years. Our BLESSED MOTHER also stressed the INFALLIBILITY OF THE POPE, and warned of another chastisement in the future.
1858: OUR LADY OF LOURDES - Soon after Catherine Laboure received her messages of the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, and while Catherine was still living, Our Lady appeared to Bernadette at Lourdes and announced that She was the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION. The promised miracle of the waters of Lourdes and the Miraculous Medal have been curing thousands of souls to this day. Bernadette's body has also remained uncorrupted to this day. Both Bernadette's and Catherine Laboure's bodies are in glass cases on exposition for anyone to see.
1859: ST. JOHN VIANNEY died in 1859 after receiving consistent visions of Christ, Mary, and the demons. His power of exorcism became known all over France. He received prophecies of the coming CHASTISEMENT and the final VICTORY OF MARY.
1862: ST. JOHN BOSCO received a vision of the future. He saw a great ship [THE CHURCH] with the Pope at its helm. He saw the ship in battle [chastisement] and the Pope die but a new Pope sail the ship through two columns, one with the SACRED HOST on top of it and the words "Salvation to those who believe," and the second with a statue of the VIRGIN MARY with the words, "Help of Christians." The Pope tied the ship to the two columns and there became peace on earth. (A great vision for those who think the next Pope to be an Antichrist)
1871: OUR LADY OF PONTMAIN in FRANCE. As this small French village was close to being attacked by the German army, two young boys saw the Virgin Mary in the sky... with a triangle of stars around her. Two other children saw Her also. The children's parents and the townspeople saw only the stars and the cloud that covered Her. She told the children to pray and TRUST that God would answer them. Within hours of the last vision Germany withdrew from the area and did not attack Pontmain. The two children became priests.
1873: PURGATORY was revealed to a nun for over a year, both in vision and in conversation with those in Purgatory. The nun never gave her name but wrote all the apparitions and conversations down. The manuscript has received continuous Church approval.
1873: MARIE-JULIE JAHENNY of La Fraudais, France, received the stigmata of Our Lord in 1873, and it stayed with her until her death in 1941. She received visions and messages most of her life. 10,000 pages of documents have been written. The messages center around the coming CHASTISEMENT and the final victory over communism.
1876: THE SCAPULAR OF THE SACRED HEART came from revelations of Our Lady to Estelle Faguette, Pellevoisin, France. It is a call to devotion to Christ in HOLY COMMUNION, His sacrament of Love.
1899: ST. GEMMA GALGANI received the stigmata of Christ in 1899 for the first time. It lasted from 8 p.m. on Holy Thursday until 3 p.m. Holy Friday, and continued each year thereafter. The gradual appearance and disappearance was scrupulously watched. During the stigmata she received visions of the Passion.
1910: SISTER MARIA BENIGNA CONSOLATA FERRERO had continuous visions of Christ and His SACRED HEART. He taught her His hunger for souls and His DIVINE MERCY.
1917: OUR LADY OF FATIMA appeared to three Portuguese shepherd children in the Cova da Iria, warning of the Communist threat to the world. She asked devotion to the EUCHARIST and the ROSARY. She made ten prophecies about the future [nine have already come to pass]; the tenth being some form of chastisement from God. A promised miracle of the sun occurred on October 13, 1917, the exact day communists overthrew Russia. She predicted that in the end there would be a period of peace on earth and that Her IMMACULATE HEART would win the battle with Satan.
1918: PADRE PIO received the stigmata of Christ on September 20, 1918 and carried them on his body until his death 50 years and three days later. During his Masses he would bleed over a pint of blood. He received constant visions of Christ and Mary and cured thousands in body and soul. Padre Pio performed more miracles than any saint I have ever studied in history. He had every gift of the Holy Spirit. He could speak all languages without study, read souls, and know the future. So much happened in his life, to summarize would be impossible. His great loves, however, were the MASS, CONFESSION, THE ROSARY, and the souls in PURGATORY. He also had special devotion to his GUARDIAN ANGEL and Our Lady of FATIMA. He will go down in history, however, as the saint of OBEDIENCE.
1922: CHARLES VON HAPSBURG died on April Fool's Day in 1922. He was 33 years old. Little is known of his holiness; however, since his death, hundreds of people have been instantly cured at his coffin. His body has been found to be uncorrupted after 60 years of death. It is as soft as if he were alive. Zita, his wife, lived in a convent in Switzerland until her death two years ago. It is said that she received many apparitions of the Virgin Mary. Charles is being investigated for canonization.
1923: SISTER JOSEFA MENENDEZ received apparitions of Christ and Mary from 1919 to her death in 1923. It was a message of Christ's DIVINE LOVE and an understanding of his SACRED HEART. She was shown HELL and became a victim soul emphasizing the dogma of the COMMUNION OF SAINTS. Satan tried to fool her many times by appearing as Christ and Mary. When that failed, he attacked her bodily for years.
1932: BEAURAING, Belgium, was the place Our Lady chose to appear to five children from nine to fifteen years old. She appeared 33 times. She simply asked the children to be good and gave them each a separate secret. She asked them to especially come on the feast of the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION. On that day many were there to test the children, who were all in ecstasy.
1932: THERESE NEUMANN of Konnersreuth, East Germany, was sent by God to fight against the atheistic Communists, the Evolutionists, and Hitler. She received visions from early childhood, but in 1926 she received the stigmata and began to see the Passion of Our Lord. The stigmata remained with her the rest of her life, and she bled from the wounds and her eyes as she saw Christ Crucified. The entire life of Christ was seen by her and documented in volumes of testimony. She lived for years on nothing but Holy Communion. She had the gift of discernment. She prophesied things that have already come to pass.
1938: BL. SISTER MARIA FAUSTINA Kowalska learned of Christ's love of souls and His DIVINE MERCY though private revelations she was told to write down. It is an appeal to the virtue of HOPE [trust]. He asked that she have a picture made of His SACRED HEART, and this picture has gone all over the world.
1940: SISTER ELENA AIELLO of Italy received the stigmata of Christ and began having private revelations and visions of the wounded HEARTS OF JESUS AND MARY. She was told of the evils of World War II and prophesied the outcome, especially in Italy. She was told of the future chastisement and of how souls are falling into Hell like flakes of snow.
1954: Mr. And Mrs. George B. Quatman visited the ruins of the tomb of St. John, the Church of Mary, and the House John built for Mary in Ephesus. The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to them in the sky over Ephesus, and let them know that She wanted the three holy sites restored. And so, "The American Society of Ephesus" was created, and this work is underway.
1955: ALEXANDRINA Maria da Costa tried to escape a man who tried to molest her at the age of fourteen. She jumped from a window that caused her to be totally paralyzed until her death. She offered herself as a victim soul in the Communion of Saints. She was dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima, which was not far from her home in Balasar, Portugal. She received visions and locutions of Our Lord and Our Lady. She was also attacked by the devil [bodily] for ten years. He beat her up and threw her across her room. She died on the feast of Our Lady of Fatima, Oct. 13, 1955.
1972: THE PILGRIM VIRGIN statue of Our Lady of Fatima shed TEARS in New Orleans.
1973: In AKITA, JAPAN, Sister Agnes Sasagawa Katsugo, of the Community of the Servants of the Eucharist, was taken by her Guardian Angel to a chapel where there was a statue of Our Lady. Sister Agnes was deaf and had a painful sore in the shape of a cross on her left hand. The statue talked to her. The right hand of the statue received a deep wound and it began to bleed. Later the statue shed tears, perspired, and released a perfume. The tears, blood, and sweat were analyzed by doctors and found to be human. 2000 people saw this phenomena. Sister Agnes was cured of her deafness and the sore in her hand. The Virgin warned of a CHASTISEMENT to come to the world and the Church. The miracle started on July 6, 1973 and ended on September 13, 1981. The local bishop formed two commissions of investigation. Both proved negative; however, the bishop approved the apparitions and miracles anyway. He signed the approval in 1984.
[The bishop, not the commission, has the authority. The commission gets its authority from the bishop the same as a council gets its authority from the Pope. This is why we believe in this apparition.]
1977: DAMASCUS - A statue of Our Lady of Fatima shed TEARS in Damascus, Syria.
1980: OUR LADY OF NICARAGUA appeared to a middle-aged rancher named Bernardo Martinez. She prophesied events that came to pass and the future WORLD WAR III. She asked for the FAMILY ROSARY, and the continuation of the FIVE FIRST SATURDAYS. She asked that her children learn to pray the rosary properly, with meditation on the mysteries. The Church approved the apparitions in 1983.
1982: OUR LADY OF SOUFANIEH appeared to a newly married young girl named Mirna Nazzour on November 27, 1982, in Damascus, Syria, and has continued to this day. Her bishop approved the apparitions in 1987, and many more have given their support including three Nuncios to the Vatican. The miracles have been: the lame walk, the blind see, the deaf hear, the dead rise, and the poor have the Good News taught to them for free. (No one has ever been charged one penny to see or touch the power of the Holy Spirit.) The primary message is for unity between the Churches.
"THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN ON EARTH IS THE CHURCH. HE WHO DIVIDED IT HAS SINNED. HE WHO IS HAPPY IN THESE DIVISIONS HAS ALSO SINNED." (All the Church approval needed has been given, even the last three Nuncios to the Vatican,)
Since even this abridged list cannot be studied by most, I recommend the following as essential for furthering ones's theological understanding and life of Grace.
- The IMITATION OF CHRIST for better understanding Scripture
- GUADALUPE for better understanding Mary's role in protecting us and the Church
- JOHN OF THE CROSS for better understanding how we should relate to private revelation
- ANNE CATHERINE EMMERICH for the most complete visual understanding of Scripture from before the world was created until its last days
- THE MIRACULOUS MEDAL for witnessing the power of Mary's intercession
- LOURDES... PADRE PIO... SISTER JOSEFA MENENDEZ... SISTER MARIA FAUSTINA... AKITA... OUR LADY OF NICARAGUA... and OUR LADY OF SOUFANIEH.
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