An exchange between me Godwin Delali Adadzie and Catholic apologist Mark Joseph Bonocore some years ago when I was still learning more about the Catholic faith. It was formerly hosted on my Catholic apologetics ministry’s site Sts. Peter and Paul Catechism Ministry.
Please can you give me some Biblical references to support me when I’m discussing the Apparition of our Blessed Mother, the Theotokos.
Mark’s response was:
Well, there really isn’t anything in the Bible, that specifically predicts or refers to the apparitions of the Blessed Mother or says that these will take place later in history. But, there isn’t anything in the Bible which says that such visions of saints can’t take place either. Indeed, as we saw before, Scripture is very clear that the saints in Heaven are not dead, but very much alive and with the Lord (John 11:26 & Phil 1:23), and that death does not prevail against the unity of the Church (Matt 16:18), which is Christ’s Body, and Christ cannot be divided (1 Corinth 1:13). So, the Church in Heaven and the Church on earth is one and the same Church and it is not divided or cut off from each other. Thus, there is nothing that prevents the saints in Heaven from being concerned about or helping the Christians on earth if Christ gives them the permission to do that –that is, to appear to us or to communicate messages to us, just as Christ Himself appeared to Paul throughout most of Paul’s life –see Acts 23:11. And we see some examples in Scripture of departed saints making the same kind of appearances to the faithful on earth, just as the risen Christ appeared to people –see Matt 27:52-53. Also, in Acts 16:9-10, Paul has a very mysterious vision of a Macedonian (who may have been a saint) telling him to come over to Macedonia and preach there. So, there is nothing in Scripture that denies that saints from Heaven can acts as God’s “angels” (that is “messengers”) on earth. And if regular saints can do this, then so can Mary, who is the greatest of the saints. Likewise, in Luke 21:11 and elsewhere, Scripture speaks of “mighty signs” that will come from the sky. This prophecy is fulfilled by the miracle of the sun that accompanies the Blessed Mother’s appearance at Fatima, and also at Medjegoria and other apparition sites. St. John, of course, also had a very unique vision of the Virgin in Heaven in Rev. 11:19 & 12:1-3.
Hope that helps.