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Patron Saints Who Were Able to Levitate, Bilocate and Bend the Laws of Nature

Updated on November 17, 2016
Miracles in the lives of the saints.
Miracles in the lives of the saints. | Source

His Superior Ordered Him to Return to Earth

Saint Joseph of Cupertino is the patron saint of air travelers and pilots because he had the ability to levitate and fly through the air.

He was born in 1603 to a desperately poor family who had just lost their home and their sole provider. His mother was a widow at the time of his birth. She also had a quick temper and was prone to angry outbursts.

It would be very safe to say that Saint Joseph of Cupertino had a miserable childhood. It didn't help that he was a very poor student, and the people of his village considered him retarded.

He did have a great love of God and desired to enter religious life as soon as he was old enough. Rejection was swift at the first two communities he approached. The third, however, accepted him. He was able to complete his studies for the priesthood.

Saint Joseph of Cupertino often levitated as he was saying Mass. These flights above the altar were witnessed by many of the Mass-goers. Sometimes he would also fly around outside.

The gift of levitation in the Catholic Church is generally considered a sign of sanctity. Many other canonized saints were also able to do this.

Saint Joseph of Cupertino is, however, among the first to come to mind when Catholics think of levitation. He is often depicted hovering above an altar.

It has been recorded that this saint would fly dangerously close to candles without the cloth of his religious habit catching fire.

When Saint Joseph of Cupertino journeyed with his religious superior to visit Pope Urban, he, once again, flew into the air and stayed there until his superior ordered him down. Another sign of sanctity for someone in religious life is to obey their superior.

Saint Martin de Porres patron of mixed-race people.
Saint Martin de Porres patron of mixed-race people. | Source

Saint Martin de Porres

Many other saints also defied gravity, time and space. Another notable example was Saint Martin de Porres of Lima, Peru. He could fly through the air, as well as bilocate, another gift given to very holy souls, that allows them to be in multiple places at once.

If you are not Catholic and reading this, please understand that many devout Catholics truly believe these miracles happened and they are highly scrutinized by Church authorities. They are outward signs of God working through one of His servants. God exists outside of time and space, and He sometimes allows humans to do the same.

Saint Martin de Porres was of mixed race, born in Lima in 1579. His father was a Spanish aristocrat, and his mother was a former African slave who might also have been part Native American.

Saint Martin's father was not married to his mother. He and his sister had very low social standing in Lima, as they were poor and considered illegitimate. Eventually, Saint Martin's father left the family and moved elsewhere.

He had many supernatural gifts

To earn money, Saint Martin learned to cut hair from a local barber before entering a Dominican monastery as a lay servant. Later, he took religious vows and became a brother. He also cut the hair of the other monks.

During his lifetime, Saint Martin practiced extreme austerity. He was exceptionally kind to all and once brought a beggar back to the monastery to care for him.

Very reliable eyewitnesses testified that Saint Martin de Porres was seen doing missionary work in Asia and Mexico, even though he never left Lima.

Because Saint Martin was also given the gift of healing, he worked in the monastery infirmary. It was there that witnesses reported him walking through closed doors to reach the sick. He also healed people on the street and developed a reputation in Lima as a wonder worker.

When my children were young, I bought them a book about Saint Martin de Porres because he is such an interesting example of the graces God can bestow upon one a man or a woman who has found favor in His eyes.

The book contained a wonderful tale of Saint Martin's overriding compassion and ability to bring peace to all.

Making Peace with Mice

At one point, the monastery was overrun with rodents. But the holy monk was able to work out a deal with the creatures, as the plan was to kill them. He told one mouse to please lead the other mice away from the monastery. Saint Martin de Porres promised to feed them if they complied.

The saint then walked to the far end of the monastery grounds, with the mice forming a line behind him. They never returned to trouble the other monks.

Saint Martin de Porres is the patron saint of barbers and mixed-race people.

Saint Francis Xavier Could Bilocate

Saint Francis Xavier, a Basque Spanish missionary to India and the Far East, is credited with converting countless people to the Catholic faith. He also established a string of churches in India.

Part of the reason, no doubt, he was so successful in his evangelization efforts, is that he was reportedly able to be in multiple places at once. These bilocations happened very frequently and were seen and documented by many eye witnesses.

Saint Francis Xavier also had the gift of healing and performed many other miracles with God's divine help.

There's one notable miracle that occurred after his death in 1552. The body of Saint Francis Xavier was exhumed on at least two occasions, and, each time, was found to be remarkably preserved from decomposition, despite the fact it was buried with limestone, which breaks down the flesh.

Saint Francis Xavier, like many other saints in the Catholic Church, was spared from the visible ravages of death when he died. He, and others like him, are known as "incorruptibles." His intact body now rests at the Basilica of the Born Jesus in Goa, India.

He is the patron saint of numerous entities, including the country of India and foreign missionaries.

The Life of Saint Joseph of Cupertino


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  • Ericdierker profile image

    Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    Cool, thanks I learned a lot.

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    ologsinquito 4 years ago from USA

    Hi Eric,

    Thank you. I'm glad you liked this.

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    Rayne123 4 years ago

    Yes there were things on here that I did not know of.

    Now I know where a lot of magicians get their tricks from and pass it on as their own.

    Of course I do not mean that the Saints are doing tricks, I am insinuating that the so called false prophets take the credit.

    Lets use Criss Angel as an example, he is pure example of evil/false prophet. He claims he can levitate/fly through the air and oh he must of met Jesus because he can you guessed it, walk on water. There were so many taking pictures of him and allowing their children to woon over him, its sad.

    They don't believe in God but they believe in this guy. He had 3 young girls believing (you tube) he turned a fish into a girl, hello.

    I guess its his faith in the Lord that holds him up as he walks on water.

    These magicians are trying to make a greedy penny and now I am starting to see where they research their so called "gifts" from.

    Anyway thanks for the knowledge, voted up


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    ologsinquito 4 years ago from USA

    Hi Laurie,

    Thank you so much for stopping by and for reading. I'm glad you liked this.

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    Rayne123 4 years ago

    I did and your welcome

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    William E Krill Jr 4 years ago from Hollidaysburg, PA

    Magicians are not evil; I have been an amateur magician for over 20 years (and am a Christian). Mr. Angel is an excellent performer; he does not claim that what he does is NOT a trick. Anyone who believes that he is a a miracle worker or 'evil false prophet' is just simply dumb. As a Christian magician, I often use magic to teach object lessons, and always state that what I do is a neat trick; real miracles are from God, and as a clinical counselor, I have seen many of them.

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    Porshadoxus 4 years ago from the straight and narrow way

    I thought Criss Angel billed himself as an illusionist, rather than supernatural.

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    Rayne123 4 years ago

    I never said Magicians are evil, you are what seems to be defensive. I said some claim to do what they think is power/real magic.

    yes Criss Angel fooled others into thinking he really can walk across water.

    Why would he do such a "trick" but say come and watch me walk on plexi glass, really what would be the purpose. IF you watch utube before discovered, most think he can actually walk on water.

    the hand is quicker than the eye and yes we all know that magicians are there for our entertainment, we know this is a trick by common sense. What we don't know is how it is done, this is what mystifies some.

    They are very entertaining to all especially children, but comeon really turn a fish into a girl. He manipulates these people into thinking its real.

    I have no problem with them entertaining us just like performers/singers do however to actually convince others you can fly/levitate is a little bit of control and wanting the attention of the world.

    I do believe he thinks he is God and wants to be noticed like that.

    Sorry I have no use for Criss Angel. I would love to have been there when he first walked on water, I would of called his bluff.

    With that said, I did not mean to offend you in anyway, or any magician that is there for entertainment but he is a mockery to God.

    Then there is that younger one that walks on water and the onlookers are actually amazed.

    He is in the middle of the lake/ocean and then he even has "corrupt cops" to drive up to him in a boat and check him out pretending something is wrong. IF this isn't manipulation what it is.

    But now these tricks are done over and over and it is not fun anymore.

    Has to be new material.

    However what you do is one of a kind, you are the only magician that I heard of that does tricks/illusions and speaks of the real miracles being from God.

    I applaud you for that as you are the only one.

    They all need to be like that.

    As humans we should also realize that they cannot actually walk on water and that only Jesus does that without plexi glass. It just amazes me how people are so easily manipulated. Just like Jesus prophesied in the bible.

    So I am in no way putting you down, sorry if you felt that way.

    And I agree with you as said anyone who does believe this is well "dumb" as you state, however there are trust me. You and I both know this.

    thank you


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    manatita44 3 years ago from london

    Cool. I once saw a movie about one of the saints, and asked the monk which one it was. He was not sure. I believe that it was Joseph or Gregory.Great examples of God's power-Light

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    ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

    Was it possibly Saint Joseph of Cupertino? He could fly. Anyway,thank you so much for reading.

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    manatita44 3 years ago from london

    St. Joseph, perhaps.

    He disappeared in great mystery.

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    ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

    Do you mean the foster father of Jesus. We don't know much about him and we don't hear about him after finding Jesus in the temple. But we do know he was a very holy man.

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    Kristen Howe 24 months ago from Northeast Ohio

    This was another interesting hub on saints from you. Voted up for interesting! I've learned a lot over here.

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    ologsinquito 24 months ago from USA

    Hi Kristen, thanks so much for reading. Even though my Catholic articles don't get too much traffic, I'm so happy when anyone finds them. I like thinking about these saints, and how God can work wonders through them.

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    Kristen Howe 24 months ago from Northeast Ohio

    My pleasure, Ologsinquito. It's the least I can do. I have some hubs that have no comments but do get traffic, every once in awhile.

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