Unbeknownst to me, people have been appearing in two different places at once for centuries now. Or, at least, that's what seems to be claimed.
I was leafing through my wife's "City of God" text earlier today; this is a four volume Catholic set that supposedly details private revelations given to a woman in the 17th century. This text was written under protest by Mary of Agreda, a woman who burned 8 years worth of her own writings, but was made to rewrite everything that she had written by those over her who continually threatened her (the translator includes this kind of biographical information in this collection, as though it's a good
thing!). Anyway, it's claimed that:
"Mary of Agreda is known to have been favored with the miracle of bilocation: always remaining in her convent at Agreda, she was for a number of years the first messenger of the true faith sent by God to the Indians in Arizona and New Mexico, U.S." - Mary of Agreda, The Mystical City of God, (AMI Press, 1996 Edition), Volume 1, p. iv; cf ibid., p. xiv
I did a quick search on Google for "bilocation" with some other words (Orthodox, Catholic, etc.) to see what would come up, and apparently some other Catholic saints were supposedly attributed with the "miracle" of bilocation. My question is: do Catholics actually believe this? It's my understanding that not even angels
can be in two places at once, and so it's absurd to say that human beings--especially while still in their bodies--could be. Perhaps I'm wrong on that, but that was my understanding of the Orthodox teaching, and quite honestly it through me for a loop to see that Catholics believe in the concept (though hopefully it's only "pious opinion," and not an teaching with the official stamp of approval??).
Someone help me!