What Mary Looked Like, According to the Newly Approved San Nicolás Vision

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The apparitions of Mary of the Rosary of San Nicolás were recently approved as having a “supernatural character” and being worthy of belief by Bishop Héctor Sabatino Cardelli of San Nicolás de los Arroyos in Argentina.

Mary appeared to the uneducated housewife Gladys Quiroga de Motta over the course of 6 1/2 years in the 1980s, giving her around 800 messages.

Marian apparitions are, of course, not unheard of among the faithful. But have you ever wondered what Mary looks like when she appears?

Well, in 1984, about a year after the visions started, Gladys tried to describe what it was like to meet and converse with the Blessed Virgin. In addition to saying that Mary was wearing blue, holding Jesus in her arms, and holding a rosary in her hand, here’s what Gladys said:

“Today I wish to say how I see the Most Holy Virgin Mary. Her beauty is not easy to describe, but she is beautiful, and in Her the humility, the force, the purity and the Love with a capital letter, because all the love of the world I believe that it does not cover the love that she feels for her children.

“When she orders, I feel the force that She has. When she gives advice, I feel her maternal love. And when she says to me that she suffers for those that have moved away from the Lord, she transmits her sadness to me. All this leaves in me this wonderful Mother to whom I have consecrated my life. I do this so that my dear brothers can know somehow how our Heavenly Mother is.”

Very interesting!

In lots of ways, this sort of description seems to make a lot of sense: of course the gloriously immaculate holy Mother of God is hard to describe!

Read next: The Supernatural Messages from Our Lady of the Newly Approved Vision of San Nicolás

[See also: Mary Statue In Fresno, CA Is Crying Tears that Smell Like Roses]

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