Jesus Visited This Priest While Celebrating Mass And Did This To Him


The topic I’m about to delve into is quite sensitive and often scrutinized. Reports of priests claiming to have had visions or encounters with Jesus during Mass have been a topic of wonder, inspiration, but also controversy within the Catholic Church. For a Church that’s built on Apostolic Tradition and Sacred Scripture, these claims raise essential questions: How should Catholics approach and understand such accounts? Are these visions sanctioned by the Church? And most importantly, what’s the message here?

Before proceeding, it is crucial to clarify that individual experiences of priests or laypeople—even if they involve mystical or extraordinary occurrences—are not part of the universal teaching of the Catholic Church. They are often subject to investigation and discernment.

What the Church Teaches About Private Revelations

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), “Throughout the ages, there have been so-called ‘private’ revelations, some of which have been recognized by the authority of the Church. They do not belong, however, to the deposit of faith” (CCC 67). This means that while the Church may recognize certain private revelations as worthy of belief, they are not required beliefs and are not part of the universal doctrine of the Church.

Biblical Precedence: Divine Encounters During Liturgical Acts

The Bible has several instances where God appeared to individuals during acts of worship or spiritual exercises. One example is Stephen, who, while being stoned, saw “heaven opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God” (Acts 7:56). However, these events occurred for specific reasons and were rooted in the broader plans of God’s salvation.

Assessing Claims of Mystical Experiences

The Church is cautious in affirming the authenticity of mystical experiences. St. John of the Cross, a Doctor of the Church, warned against becoming preoccupied with visions or locutions (spoken messages from God or saints), emphasizing the importance of grounding one’s faith in Christ and the teachings of the Church.

In line with this, the Church generally undertakes rigorous investigation of such claims, often relying on the expertise of theologians, psychologists, and medical doctors. The approval process often checks for consistency with Church teachings, the credibility of the visionary, and the fruits of the apparition or revelation in the lives of people.

What Can We Learn from These Accounts?

Whether or not one chooses to believe these reports, they often carry a message that echoes universal Church teachings. These could range from calls for conversion, deeper faith, or the importance of the Eucharist and the Mass—which is described in the Catechism as “the source and summit of the Christian life” (CCC 1324).

Case Study: Padre Pio

One famous case within the Catholic tradition is that of Padre Pio, a Capuchin priest who was said to have had various mystical experiences, including visions and stigmata. The Church investigated his case extensively before his eventual canonization. His experiences are not considered universal teachings, but his life of holiness has inspired many.

Padre Pio himself emphasized the importance of the Eucharist, stating that it is “the greatest mystery; it is the foundation on which the heavens stand.” While this quote captures his own devotion, the reverence for the Eucharist is a universal teaching of the Church.

Theological Opinion: A Catalyst for Renewed Faith

It is a theological opinion—rather than a Church doctrine—that such mystical experiences can serve as catalysts for renewed faith and deeper commitment to Christ. These experiences, whether or not formally approved by the Church, can encourage believers to turn back to the foundational teachings of the Church and Scriptures.


The Catholic Church maintains a cautious but open approach to claims of mystical experiences, including reports of priests encountering Jesus during the Mass. While these are not part of the Church’s universal teachings, they often resonate with core tenets of the faith, particularly the significance of the Eucharist and the Mass.

As believers, we are called to approach such accounts with discernment, ensuring they align with the teachings of the Church and Sacred Scripture. In doing so, we can appreciate the ways God continues to speak to His people, whether through extraordinary means or the everyday experiences of faith.

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Note: While content aims to align with Catholic teachings, any inconsistencies or errors are unintended. For precise understanding, always refer to authoritative sources like the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Always double-check any quotes for word-for-word accuracy with the Bible or the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

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