William asked:

Does Mary get her "powers" carte blanche from God, or is it on a case by case basis? Many protestants believe that we Catholics consider our lady to be divine. Has the Church ever defined how the Blessed Virgin Mary received the power to appear around the world and to participate in miracles?

Tim Staples replied:

"The Church does not get into minutiae ... like the mechanics of things ... Take for example the bi-location of Padre Pio which has been documented ... we don’t know the mechanics of it, but what we do know is what Jesus says in John 15:5 ‘Apart from me you can do absolutely nothing.’ This is the first and most important principle when we talk about miracles ... Mary has no power on her own. We have no power on our own. It is Christ who works in us and through us to perform all these miracles ... In fact in John 14:12 Jesus said his followers would do greater things than even he did."

Source material:

John 14
12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to the Father.

John 15
5 I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

Philippians 4
13 I can do all things in him who strengthens me.


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Catholic Answers, "Open Forum" (San Diego: Catholic Answers, 2013)

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Show air date: September 10, 2013

Name of show: Open Forum

Guest comments by: Tim Staples

Question appeared in show: 18:53

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