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centuries there have been Eucharistic Miracles, generally occuring to dispel
doubts of the true presence of the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ
in Transubstantiation during the Consecration of the Holy Sacrifice of
the Mass. Sometimes they are for the benefit of a doubting Priest, sometimes
for the benefit of all Catholics, and perhaps even for those of other denominations.
Below are a list of the better-known Eucharistic Miracles:
In the 8th century A.D., in the little church of St. Legonthian, a Basilican monk was having doubts about the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. During Mass, after the two-fold consecration, the Host was changed into live Flesh, and the Wine was changed into live Blood. The Host -Flesh can still be seen today. It is light brown, and appears rose - colored when lighted from the back. The Blood is coagulated, and has an earthy color resembling the yellow of ochre. Scientific investigations have taken place since 1574. These are some of the conclusions:
Again, a priest has difficulties believing in the Real Presence, and blood begins seeping out of the Host upon consecration. Because of this miracle, Pope Urban IV commissioned the feast of Corpus Christi, which is still celebrated today.
Eucharistic Miracle--Saint Anthony of Padua
During the 13th century St. Anthony of Padua was reported to have converted a hardened heretic through a rather unique contest. The heretic, by the name of Bononillo, was unmoved by the reasoning of the "hammer of heretics," as St. Anthony was called. Bononillo was as stubborn as the mule that stood beside him.
Eyeing the mule, Anthony made an offer to Bononillo. He asked him whether he would give up his heresy if the mule were to bow down and adore its Creator present in the Blessed Sacrament. The heretic answered he would, provided he could lay down certain conditions: for two days the mule was not to be fed, and on the third day it was to be led into the public square. On one side of the square would be placed a tempting pile of fresh feed, on the opposite side Anthony could stand with what Bononillo contemptuously called the "body of Christ." Anthony agreed, but in all humility made one condition. If the animal did not kneel before the Blessed Sacrament, his sins alone were to be blamed.
The day arrived for this strange contest and the square was crowded with people. When the derisive Bononillo arrived with his half-starved mule, he was fully confident that his mule had sense and appetite enough to go after the feed. But he was wrong. Anthony had implored his Lord in the intervening two days for the soul of this heretic. God did not let his faithful servant down. When turned loose, the mule without the least hesitation advanced towards Anthony and knelt in an attitude of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. With much emotion and contrition the heretic too fell on his knees and gave up his heresy. As wonderful as these miracles are the greatest of all, transubstantiation, has to be viewed with the eyes of faith.
Eucharistic Miracle--Cascia, Italy 1330
A priest who had lost respect for the Divine Substance was called out to a sick parishioner. Rather than placing the host into a pyx he slipped it between the pages of his breviary. After hearing the man's confession he opened the breviary to give him communion only to discover two perfect blood-stained circles where the host had been. The pages of the breviary are now preserved in the little parish of Saint Benedict in Umbria, Italy and show a miracle within a miracle as the face of Jesus is clearly visible on the pages.
The Eucharist falls out of a woman's mouth onto an altar rail cloth. The priest tries to recover the Host but all that remains is a large spot of blood the same size and dimensions as the wafer.
Eucharist thrown into fire overnight miraculously is unscathed.
Consecrated Hosts remain perfectly preserved for over 250 years. Rigorous scientific experiments have not been able to explain this phenomena.
Eucharistic Miracle--Stich, Germany 1970
In the Bavarian region of Germany, near the Swiss border, lie three hamlets the smallest of which is Stich. On the evening of June 9, 1970, as a visiting priest from Switzerland was celebrating a Tridentine Mass (Mass in Latin celebrated under the rubrics of the Council of Trent)in the chapel, an unusual series of events occurred. After the Consecration, the celebrant noticed that a small reddish spot began to appear on the corporal at the place where the chalice had been resting. Wondering if the chalice had begun to leak, the priest ran his hand under the chalice, but found it completely dry. By this time the small spot had spread to be about the size of a dime. After completing the Mass the priest inspected everything on the altar but could find no source of anything that could remotely be a source for the reddish stain. He locked the corporal containing the stain in a safe place until he could discuss the matter with the pastor.
On June 11th, after examining the corporal with the pastor, the cloth was photographed and sent to the Clinical Institute for Radial Therapy and Nuclear Medicine and the Polyclinical Institute of the University of Zurich for chemical analysis. The results of four separate analyses conducted on the cloth samples indicated that the cause of the stain was human blood that contained some of the biochemical markers of a man in agony.
July 14th, the phenomena repeated itself at the chapel in Stich with four
stains appearing on the corporal after the Consecration. Several days later,
the pastor sent the corporal with the stains to the District Hospital at
Cercee for analysis - the results: the stains were human blood!! One of
the witnesses to this event, Joseph Talscher, the sacristan of the chapel,
reported the following:
"On the evening of July 14, Father was celebrating Holy Mass in the chapel of Stich. Mindful of what had happened on June 9, we made certain that the cloths covering the altar were spotlessly clean...after taking Holy Communion, the priest made a sign to me and pointed to the altar. Then I saw the stains. After Mass we all took a closer look at the cloths and especially the large stain which was the size of a priest's host. We saw a cross very distinctly on it."
Eucharistic miracle occurred during the vigil of the Immaculate Conception on December 8, 1991. Father Otty Ossa (Maria Bianchini’s spiritual advisor) was saying Mass when the Host began to bleed as he held it. Father Ossa said:
“I broke the Host into four parts. When I looked down at the plate I could not believe my eyes. I saw a red stain forming on the Host and from it a red substance was beginning to emanate similar to the way blood spurts out in a puncture. After the Mass, I took the Host and protected it in the Sanctuary. The next day at six in the morning, I observed the Host and I found that the Blood was fluid and then began to dry, however to this day it still looks fresh. Amazingly, the Blood is only on one side, not bleeding through the exceedingly thin Host.”
The phenomenon was videotaped, and analysis of a sample of the blood showed it to be human
Eucharistic Miracle--Marlboro, New Jersey, USA 1994
Marlboro, New Jersey has been the site of purported Marian apparitions for nearly ten years. On April 10, 1994, the feast of Divine Mercy, Father Robert Rooney, the spiritual director of the visionary, was celebrating morning Mass in nearby Yardville, New Jersey at Saint Vincent de Paul Church. As he raised the Host and said the words of consecration, blood flowed out of the Eucharist. The altar boys present and a number of parishioners saw this occur and Father Rooney was understandably shaken by the bleeding host. After showing the Host to the parish priest, it was decided that the Host should be retained in the tabernacle until the head of the local Episcopate, Bishop Reiss, could decide what actions should be taken. Several days later the Bishop decided not to investigate the phenomena and Fr. Rooney gave the Host to his spiritual director Father Valenta.
Father Valenta had the Host photographed and then examined by two medical doctors using non-invasive microscopic analysis. Non-invasive techniques were used since a bishop's approval is required for any invasive examination. The doctors stated:
"There is no scientific explanation, the red material came from within the Host has the microscopic characteristics of human blood; the Church must make the determination as to any miracle."
On June 6, 1994, the feast of Corpus Christi, Father Rooney stated that the Blessed Virgin appeared, in her first and only appearance to him, in his dining room and told him that her Son had sent him a gift - the gift of the bleeding Host - and from now on his spiritual director would take care of everything. Father Rooney died six weeks later on July 16, 1996 - the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Father Valenta delivered the bloody Host to Bishop Reiss of the Diocese of Trenton where it still resides.
Eucharistic Miracle--Methuen, Massachusetts, USA 1995
Methuen, Massachusetts was the site of another inexplicable Eucharistic phenomena in 1995. In preparing to distribute Communion, a Eucharistic minister at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church opened the tabernacle to discover a Consecrated Host "bleeding" inside. The host was transfered to a container, apparently still bleeding, and retained there for further examination. Aside from a number of witnesses who observed the bleeding Host, the Host itself was sent to Dr. B. Lipinski, a biochemist, for non-invasive examination. He ascertained that the reddish substance was human blood. With this determination, a small sample of the crusted blood was sent to the California Laboratory of Forensic Sciences. After several preliminary tests confirmed the presence of blood, on August 30, 1995, a crossover electrophoresis was conducted on the sample which unequivocally identified the reddish substance as human blood. The local bishop is presently evaluating all the circumstances surrounding the appearance of this blood.
Eucharistic Miracle--Rome, Italy 1995
Rome, Italy has recently been the site of reports of its own set of inexplicable phenomena related to the Eucharist. Since 1971, an Italian Marian visionary, Marisa Rossi, has purportedly been receiving locutions and signs from Our Blessed Mother asking for humanity to change its ways and return to God - particularly in the Eucharist. These apparitions changed in character in the mid-90's when Marisa took part in an inexplicable Eucharistic event on September 14, 1995 - the feast of the Exultation of the Cross. After praying in the chapel, Marisa, who is wheelchair-bound, stood and kissed the crucifix which Don Claudio Gatti had removed from the altar in preparation for a procession. Marisa said she saw a Host emerge from the side of the corpus on the cross and fall into her hand. Many around her noticed the Host which had not been there moments before. Another apparently inexplicable Eucharistic event occured in April of 1996 when Marisa was photographed as a Host suddenly appears in her outstretched hands during a purported apparition of the Blessed Virgin.
On February 6, 1997, before Fr. Claudio's biblical catechesis, Our Lady gave Marisa a blood-stained Holy Host. The apparition took place in her bedroom because of her bad health. This miracle was only seen by a few people who were in the bedroom, including Fr. Claudio. The host was consumed immediately by Marisa.(The images were recorded on a video tape).
Three days after the miracle Our Lady said:"My beloved sons, thank you for your presence here. The great Eucharistic miracle happened again and on last Thursday you saw My Son Jesus' blood on the Holy Host. This is a demonstration for all men and above all, for priests, that My Son Jesus is just inside the little Host, with His Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. As usual, I invite you to enjoy not only this event, but everyday and forever because every day Jesus, the Eucharist, goes into the hearts of those people who want Him, in a gentle and silent manner, if those hearts are in a state of grace. For this reason the Mother is frequently saying 'Live in a state of grace and receive My Son Jesus in a state of grace...!' "
In 1995, the Ecclesiastical authority in Rome instituted a Commission of Enquiry. Currently more than 300 public apparitions have taken place, but no official statement has been yet emitted. Since 1971 Marisa Rossi has been assisted by Fr. Don Claudio, a Catholic priest who is her spiritual director.
Eucharistic Miracle--Worcester, Massachusetts, USA--1996
Worcester, Massachusetts has been the site of a series of inexplicable events surrounding a twelve year old girl who was brain-damaged in a swimming pool accident when she was 3 years old. Unable to walk or talk the girl, Audrey Santo, has become the focus of a growing number of Catholic mystical experiences. For the past nine years the only solid food she has eaten has been the Holy Communion which she receives daily. Several years ago, the local Bishop permitted the Blessed Sacrament to be reserved in a tabernacle housed in Audrey's room. On several different occasions the two gold engraved angels on the tabernacle door have wept fragrant oil. The oil has been examined by several different chemical labs but its makeup and origin is still unknown. Religious statues and pictures in Audrey's room have wept oil and sometimes blood...reminiscent of the Marian apparitions in Damascus, Syria.
On three occasions, the Consecrated Host taken from the tabernacle has dripped a reddish fluid. The fluid has been examined by an independent testing laboratory and found to be human blood. On Good Friday 1996, the tabernacle in Audrey's room began bleeding. Audrey herself now has the stigmata - the visible wounds of Jesus. Visitors to her room have reported inexplicable healings and spiritual conversions. At least three of Audrey's nurses, who were not Catholics when they first began to care for her, have since converted to Catholicism.
In Audrey's case, God has chosen a severely injured little girl to be one of His messengers to the world. He has given her multiple manifestations of His love and concern for her and for each of us. He wants us to know that it is He who comes to us in the Eucharist..it is He who wants us with Him for all eternity.
Eucharistic Miracle--Barbeau, Michigan, USA 1996
Barbeau, Michigan may have been the site of an inexplicable Eucharistic event on February 4, 1996. During Mass at the Church of the Holy Family, an inexperienced Eucharistic minister dropped a Host onto a patent (a plate used to catch particles of consecrated Host). Believing that this Host had to be placed in an ablution cup, the minister informed the priest of this despite the fact that the Host hadn't touched either the ground or a communicant. The Host remained in the cup for a week because inclement weather prevented any weekday Masses. The following Sunday, February 11th, a dime-sized red coloration was seen on the surface of the Host. The Host, which had been in water to help disolve it, was engorged with water but otherwise retained its shape. The local bishop, who was advised of these developments via telephone, suggested to the parish priest, Father Mark A. McQuesten, that the coloration was probably due to a fungus growing on the Host and that it should be disposed of in the approved manner. The priest continued to show the Host to his parishioners and had it photographed as well.The local news media picked up the story several weeks later and after another call from the Bishop, Fr. McQuesten finally touched the Host for the first time on February 26th. He planned to dispose of it in the manner authorized by the Church. However, he stated that when he touched it, it felt like flesh, that he had to tear at it in order to rip it - not at all what one would expect from a water-logged piece of unleavened bread. During all this time the Host never lost its shape or the red coloration it first displayed nearly a month earlier.
Numerous Eucharistic miracles have occured through Julia Kim, whereby the host turns into flesh on her tongue, hosts have fallen from the wounds of Christ on a cross and a large host appeared in her hands during an apparition of the Blessed Virgin. Here she was told to ask the Papal Nuncio to bless her hands before receiving the host then to give it to him and her own priest.
This concentration of Eucharistic phenomena, if substantiated, is unprecedented in Catholic Church history. The combination of the outpouring of Marian apparitions and this awesome display of Eucharistic love would appear to be setting the stage for the most remarkable period of faith conversion in modern history. The question must be asked, though. How can priests not believe in the True Presence, and if they don't how then can they expect their congrgations to when the people see a lack of reverence for the Divine Substance?
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