An authentic heavenly apparition
is a mystical experience.
During an apparition, a visionary can
see and hear Jesus, the Blessed Mother,
saints, or angels. These Heavenly Beings
are seen in the same way that we see
and hear one another.
gifts from God, given for the good of others,
often called visions,
accompanied with a brilliant unearthly light.
individuals who experience heavenly apparitions/visions,
entering into "a state of ecstasy", a feeling of tremendous joy,
individual who come from every walk of life,
any personality type,
not always chosen because of their great holiness,
not exempt from the struggles of everyday life,
often encounter great difficulties, which accompany the
apparition, or are associated with it.
different from apparitions,
heavenly messages heard by the ears or within the heart,
are "mystical words" without seeing a heavenly figure,
a type of mystical experience, given by God, for the good of others.
Visionaries cannot make an apparition happen,
that is under God's control; as well as, the time and place of an apparition.
Visionaries do not see the apparition 24 hours a day,
only at the prescribed time.
After the first apparition, visionaries usually know when the next
apparition will occur, as they are usually informed in a prior apparition.
Although onlookers may receive heavenly gifts when present for an apparition,
they generally cannot see or hear what the visionary can see or hear.
Apparitions Fall Under A Category In Catholicism
Known as "Private Revelations."
About Private Revelations
Private Revelations are an aid to the spiritual life, which help the faithful to live out the Gospel message more completely.
Private revelations do not add to Divine Revelation (the Bible), which ended with the preaching of the Apostles.
Catholics are obliged to believe in Divine Revelation, but are not obliged to believe in apparitions, even those with Church approval such as Fatima or Lourdes.
Conversely, the faithful have the freedom to believe in apparitions not approved by the Church, so long as the apparitions do not contain material contrary to the teachings of the Church.
The information on this web site contains excerpts from Private Revelations 12:1, The Prophecies of Our Lady of Emmitsburg.