What About Bilocation?

By Marc Massery

Did you know that St. Faustina had the gift of bilocation? Bilocating is the ability to be in two places at once. 

One time, Jesus told her that she would recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet by the bedside of a dying man in despair in order to obtain mercy for him. She wrote:

Suddenly, I found myself in a strange cottage where an elderly man was dying amidst great torments. … When I began to pray …  The soul became calm and, filled with trust, rested in the Lord. 

At the same moment, I found myself again in my own room. How this happens... I do not know. (Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, 1797)

This wasn’t the only time St. Faustina bilocated to the bedside of dying person. Once she was transported to a house in her home neighborhood to pray by someone’s bedside (1536). Another time, St. Faustina had to stay in her cell because she was too ill to attend Mass, but the Lord miraculously transported there. She wrote afterward, “Jesus has a remedy for everything” (447).  

Now, you might be thinking, “This is impossible.” But remember, Jesus said, “Nothing is impossible with God” (Lk 1:37). In fact, there is documented evidence of many other saints who could bilocate, too. 

When 17th century Franciscan missionaries traveled from Spain to the New World to evangelize the indigenous people (who were living in what is modern day Texas and New Mexico), they discovered something amazing. The natives explained that they already knew about the Catholic faith because a "lady in blue" had visited them many times. After some investigation, the friars discovered that the woman in blue was the Spanish nun Venerable Mary of Agreda. She couldn’t explain how it happened. 

Few saints if any have more evidence of their ability to bilocate than 20th century Italian mystic St. Padre Pio. Once, during World War II, while Italy was under Nazi control, an American bomber went to attack the city of San Giovanni Rotondo, where St. Padre Pio’s monastery was. As the plane approached the city, before it could unload its weapons, a friar in a brown robe appeared in the air before the aircraft. The shocked pilot failed to release the bombs over the city, and San Giovanni Rotondo was spared. Later, the pilot met Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo, recognizing him as the monk who appeared before his airplane. 

There is documented evidence of these types of mysterious miracles actually happening. So, never doubt the Lord’s power to intervene in your life. God can do anything! Trust in Him. 

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Background photo by Ales Krivec on Unsplash

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