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
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.
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ologsinquito (author) from USA on June 28, 2015:
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.
ologsinquito (author) from USA on January 17, 2014:
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.
ologsinquito (author) from USA on January 16, 2014:
Was it possibly Saint Joseph of Cupertino? He could fly. Anyway,thank you so much for reading.
ologsinquito (author) from USA on April 02, 2013:
Thank you so much for stopping by and for reading. I'm glad you liked this.
ologsinquito (author) from USA on April 02, 2013:
Thank you. I'm glad you liked this.