Apparitions of the Catholic Church

WHAT ARE THE APPROVED APPARITIONS OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH?

The following 2 pages cover the most famous approved apparitions of the Church in recent times. They all fall into the category of 'private revelation' which means that they do not belong to the deposit of faith but they do help us live more fully by it at certain periods of history. Please refer to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 67.

WILL WE ALL BE JUDGED & ARE HEAVEN, HELL & THE DEVIL REAL?

Yes, yes, yes and yes. These constant teachings of Christianity are upheld and confirmed in the present 1997 edition of the Catechism of the Catholic Church; please refer to the following paragraphs: on the Particular Judgement, 1022; on Heaven, 1023 " 1029; on Hell, 1033 - 1037 (NB Jesus mentions Hell more than anyone else in Scripture eg " Mk 9:44; Matt 3: 12 & 8: 12, 25:34 & 25:41, 13: 30, 23: 33 & 7: 13; Lk 16:24); and on the Devil, 391 " 395 & 2851 " 2853.

HOW CAN GOD BE A LOVING GOD IF HELL AND DEMONS EXIST?

Mortal sin is a violation of God's law committed 1) in a serious matter; 2) with clear knowledge, and 3) in full free deliberate consent. Only God knows if all these criteria are fulfilled in any given situation. But if they are, and the person remains unrepentant until death, then Hell is the penalty. Many who have no problem believing in Heaven deny the existence of Hell, yet the source of belief in Heaven (namely the Church's constant teaching & the Bible) is the exact same source from which we base our belief on the existence of Hell. It can only be both or neither. God judges us in His human nature because He desires to remind us that, in Him, we have a Judge who has felt all our weaknesses " who has felt the stress of temptation and the sorrow of suffering. Our disbelief in a loving God allowing Hell, proceeds from our finite intellect's inability to grasp the fact that the will of the person guilty of unrepentant mortal sin, by its very nature, remains fixed after death in perpetual hatred of God; this perpetual hatred demands, in justice, a perpetual punishment. To ask God to refrain from punishing the wicked in Hell would be like asking Him to deny the truth that they died in rebellion against Him. God, being Love, still loves those in Hell; but they don't love Him. If we really love God, we will keep His Commandments (1 John 2: 3-4). As regards demons, the nature of angels means that they freely chose once for or against God, and if against - then forever against. God doesn't blot demons out of existence, but He does control the extent of their activity knowing (in what for us is a great mystery) that all things work for good with those who love Him (Rom 8: 28).

1531 " Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mexico) converts 9 million in 10 years; leaves with us to this day the miraculous tilma. Today, half the Catholic world speaks Spanish.

1562 " St Teresa of Avila (Spanish mystic and Doctor of the Church) said that the greatest grace that was given to her was that God took her to Hell and showed Teresa's place in Hell if she didn't change her life and respond to God's grace.

1673 " 1675 Jesus appears to St Margaret Mary in Paray-le-Monial (France) and gives her the Sacred Heart Devotion showing the burning love Jesus has for mankind.

1830 " Our Lady (Paris, France) gives St Catherine Laboure (whose body remained incorrupt) the Miraculous Medal, it reads: 'O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee'. Also on the medal we see Mary crushing the serpent. St Maximilian Kolbe called this medal the "silver bullet".

1842 " St Louis De Monfort's True Devotion is providentially discovered. Writing of Mary's part in the latter times (chapter 1, part 4), the saint says: '… God in these times wishes his blessed mother to be more known, loved and honoured than ever before.'

1846 " Our Lady (La Salette, France) appears in tears to 2 children and says that her crying is all that she can do to hold back the arm of God's justice from striking the world. 1854 " Pius IX proclaims the Immaculate Conception as a dogma of the Church.

1858 " Our Lady (Lourdes, France) identifies herself to St Bernadette (whose body remained incorrupt) by saying, "I am the Immaculate Conception." Her message was for us to pray for the conversion of sinners.

1871 " Our Lady appears in Pont Main (France) at a time when France is being badly beaten in a war against Prussia and the war ends instantly. "My Son has been moved by the prayers of these faithful people."

1879 " Our Lady appears in Knock (Ireland) in silence with the Lamb of God, and Saints Joseph and John in a tableau that, according to Archbishop Fulton Sheen, heralds the beginning of the age of the apocalypse, the End Times (not the end of the world, since Our Lady promised at Fatima that a period of peace would be granted to the whole world), but rather, the end of our present age.

1886 " Pope Leo XIII institutes the Leonine prayer of St Michael the archangel, to be said after Low Mass. It reads: + Archangel Michael, defend us at the hour of battle; be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do you O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, cast down into Hell Satan and with him all other evil spirits who roam through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen. + This same Pope, from 1882 to 1902 wrote 12 encyclicals on the Rosary. St Padre Pio called the Rosary "the weapon" against Satan.

1917 " Pope Benedict XV proclaims Mary as "Queen of Peace" one week before Our Lady appears in Fatima (Portugal) to Blessed Jacinta (incorrupt face) and Blessed Francisco, and to Lucia (a nun who died in 2005, aged 97). Her message: pray the Rosary for peace. Mary prophesies persecutions of the Church and of the Pope, the end of WWI, the start of WWII, the spread of errors from Russia - all have come true. She also prophesied the annihilation of several nations, the conversion of Russia, the triumph of her Immaculate Heart and an era of peace to be granted to the whole world. Our Lady showed the children a vision of Hell saying: "You saw Hell, where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish devotion to my Immaculate Heart in the world." During another apparition she said, "Pray, pray much, and make sacrifice for sinners, for many souls go to Hell because there is no-one to sacrifice and pray for them." As proof of her Fatima apparitions 70,000 people witnessed the sun above Fatima dance in the sky for 12 minutes; the story was carried by anti-clerical newspapers. The salvation of souls is all about salvation from Hell and happiness in Heaven. Mary has come to warn us of the reality of Hell. After the Fatima apparitions Blessed Jacinta claimed to see private visions of Our Lady, warning her of the advent of immodest fashions "that will greatly offend Our Lord." She also said: "The sins that lead more souls to Hell are the sins of the flesh." On another occasion Jacinta reported Our Lady saying, "If men knew what eternity is, they would do everything to change their lives."

1932-33 " Mary appears to children in Beauraing and Banneaux (Belgium).

1936 " Paragraph 741 of the Diary of St Faustina Kowalska describes Hell in graphic detail. After her description, St Faustina writes: 'I am writing this at the command of God, so that no soul may find an excuse by saying there is no hell …" Jesus also wanted St Faustina to tell the world of His Mercy, He promised that the soul who venerated His Divine Mercy image would not perish (Para. 48, 1931). God has promised Heaven to all who love and serve Him here on Earth. He has promised a happiness so unspeakably great that St Paul tells us that "eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man, what things God has prepared for those that love Him (1Cor 2: 9).

References:
Borelli & Span, Our Lady at Fatima: Prophecies of Tragedy or Hope?; St Faustina Kowalska, Diary " Divine Mercy in My Soul, par. 741; St Teresa Life, ch. 32; Apologetics and Catholic Doctrine, Sheehan; Bud MacFarlane Snr, audio tape on apparitions; Fr Boudreau, The Happiness of Heaven.]

* Please note that this text should be read in the context of the whole work and in recognition of the appropriate paragraphs of the Catechism of the Catholic Church highlighted in the index.