Greetings! This will probably strike most readers as either very weird or very arcane. There is an idea of Marian typology that’s come up on some Catholic blogs: That Mary in her recent apparitions, particularly at Fatima, is a type of Elijah; that she is ‘one in **the spirit and power **of Elijah’, that Blessed Mary is the Elijah who is to come and restore all things (i.e., restore faithfulness and fidelity to G_D, as the original Elijah did to Israel in Scripture.)
I thought the idea was interesting when I first read it about a year and a half ago; now I’ve seen it on a number of Catholic blogs and it’s got me wondering. I don’t know if this is just the bloggers reading each other or if it’s a movement, possibly a PhD thesis that got released into the wild. My biggest concern is that such a belief is contradictory to Catholic teachings.
Keeping in mind that typologies are not one-to-one correspondences, the reasons I’ve read for this Marian Elijah typology are:
Elijah was assumed into Heaven.
Blessed Mary was assumed into Heaven.
Elijah came during a time of nearly extinguished faith - apostasy.
Blessed Mary has come when (according to her words in the 1630s about our present day) the faith is nearly extinguished.
Elijah called down fire on the water-soaked sacrifice so that the People of God would believe their God, is God. And the fire left the trench dry;
Blessed Mary called down the fiery sun at Fatima onto the water-soaked sacrificial people so that the people would believe. And the fiery sun left the ground and the people dry.
Elijah called down the fire on Mount Carmel.
Our Lady is also known as Our Lady of Mount Carmel. And her last appearance to Lucia at Fatima was as Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
Can anyone show me or tell me if this line of reasoning is contrary to Catholic teaching? If not, is it worth exploring and possibly promoting?