The Saints Who Could Fly

  • The Astonishing Life of St. Joseph of Cupertino, born in the 17th century
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  • St. Joseph of Cupertino was graced with a particularly unique gift, even among the saints: he could fly. And he flew so much it actually became a problem!
  • While celebrating Mass, he would fall into a religious ecstasy and start levitating. He would also levitate during Liturgy of the Hours and while praying in his room. But the levitating really got out of hand when he did it during public processions! Word of his miraculous flying quickly spread and people start flocking to his monastery from all over to see it.
  • All of this was problematic to his superiors for two reasons. First, the flying and the crowds were both simply disruptive to their way of life. Second, levitation was associated with witchcraft, and so it put him under suspicion.
  • In response, they tried sending Joseph away to other monasteries. But the levitating continued and the crowds kept on discovering where he was.
  • This gift was witnessed by thousands.
  •  Guide_to_flying_saints
  • See St Gerard Majella
  • Levitation is a surprisingly common ability for Catholic saints. When a person asked St Padre Pio (the 20th century priest with stigmata) what it was like to walk on air the holy man replied “I can assure you, my child, it’s just like walking on the floor.”
  • St Gerard Majella packed a lot of miracles into his 29 years on Earth. But his most impressive miracles were his levitations.
  • People who stopped by to visit Majella often found him several feet off the ground. The holy man was nothing if not polite about his floating however. Once when he was holding up a dinner because of his levitation he told a priest “Please do not wait for me. I do not wish to inconvenience you.” The priest wished to remember how high Majella had been levitating so he marked the spot on the wall.
  • Sometimes Majella could be seen travelling nearly a mile by levitation or floating up like a feather caught in the wind. 

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