Rev. Peter M.J. Stravinskas: Apparitions and the Direction of Human Acts

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St. Bernadette of Lourdes

By Rev. Peter M.J. Stravinskas, The Catholic Thing, Feb. 11, 2022

Father Peter Stravinskas holds doctorates in school administration and theology. He is the founding editor of The Catholic Response and publisher of Newman House Press. Most recently, he launched a graduate program in Catholic school administration through Pontifex University.


Rev. Peter M.J. StravinskasAs the Church commemorates the apparitions to St. Bernadette at Lourdes today, a few thoughts on such phenomena. Some non-Catholic Christians express concern over Catholic involvement with visions or apparitions. While the Church is in fact extremely circumspect in accepting the validity of any new visions or apparitions, she also believes that “nothing is impossible with God” (Lk 1:37) and therefore does not reject outright the possibility of special spiritual occurrences, as some Christians do. If God could reveal Himself or send intermediaries in both the Old and New Testaments (even after the Lord’s Resurrection), why should this be out of the question today? …