The Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano, Italy
In the city of Lanciano, Italy, around the year 700 of Our Lord there was a priest of the order of St. Basil who, though learned in the sciences of the world, was ignorant in ways of God, and was not strong in his faith. He was plagued by a doubt as to whether the consecrated Host was truly the Body of Christ, and the consecrated wine truly His Blood. He had difficulty believing in the mystery of transubstantiation (the miraculous changing of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ).
One morning, as he was celebrating Mass, he had already said the most holy words of consecration ("This is My Body..., This is my Blood..."), as Jesus had taught it to his Apostles, his doubts and errors weighed upon him more heavily than ever. By a most singular and marvelous grace, he saw the Bread changed into Flesh and the wine into Blood.
Frightened and confused by such a great and stupendous Miracle, he stood quite a while as if in a divine ecstasy; but eventually, his fear gave way to the spiritual happiness that filled his soul, and he turned his joyful yet tearful face to those around him, exclaiming "...Behold the Flesh and the blood of our Most Beloved Christ."
At those words, the bystanders ran to the altar and began, with tears, to cry for mercy. The faithful, who, having become witnesses themselves, spread the news throughout the entire city.
Today twelve centuries
after the miraculous occurrence it remains intact, a sustained miracle! Upon a
superficial examination, the Host of Flesh, which is still in one piece and has
retained the dimensions of the original "Large Host", has a fibrous appearance
and a brown color, which becomes light-reddish if one places a light in the back
of the Ostensorium.
The blood, contained in the chalice, has an earthly color, inclined toward the yellow of ocher, and consists of five coagulated globules. Each of the parts is uneven in shape and size, and when weighed together, the total weight is equal to that of each piece.
The actual spot of the miracle is located beneath the present day tabernacle of the Church of St. Francis. The Miracle Itself is preserved in the second tabernacle, which is found in the high altar. The Host, now changed to Flesh, is contained in a silver Monstrance. The wine, now changed to Blood, is contained in a crystal chalice.
Official Position of the Catholic Church
Local Church and Vatican official have authenticated the Eucharistic miracle on many occasions since the middle ages. In 1672, Pope Clement X declared the altar of the Eucharistic Miracle a privileged altar on all Mondays of the year. In 1887, the Archbishop of Lanciano obtained from Pope Leo XIII a plenary indulgence in perpetuity to those who visit the Church of the Miracle during the eight days preceding the annual feast day, which falls on the last Sunday in October.
A rigorous scientific
analysis was performed in 1970-71 by Professor Dr. Odorardo, University
Professor in anatomy and pathological histology and in chemistry and clinical
microscopy, Head Physician of the United Hospitals of Arezzo. Prof. Linoli
was assisted by Prof. Dr. Ruggero Bertelli, a Professor Emeritus of anatomy at
the University of Siena.
The research done on the fragments of the Blood and the Flesh yielded the following results:
The Blood of the Eucharistic Miracle
is real blood and the Flesh is real flesh.
The Flesh consists of the muscular tissue of the myocardium (heart wall).
The Blood and the Flesh belong to the human species.
The blood type is identical in the Blood and in the Flesh, type AB.
The proteins in the blood are in the same proportions as those found in normal fresh blood.
There is no trace whatsoever of any materials or agents used for preservation of flesh or blood.
Science, when called to testify, has confirmed what we have believed in Faith and what the Catholic Church has taught for the last 2,000 years; echoing the words of Christ, "My Flesh is real food; my Blood real drink. Whoever eats My Flesh and drinks My Blood dwells continually in Me and I dwell in him."-John 6:56-57
Miracles of the Eucharist
Throughout the World
Eucharistic Miracle--Bolsena-Orvieta, Italy
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.
Eucharistic Miracle--Blanot, France 1331
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.
Amsterdam, Holland 1345
Eucharist thrown into fire overnight miraculously is unscathed.
Eucharistic Miracle--Sienna, Italy -- August 17, 1730
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.
On 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 Betania, Venuezuela--1991
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.
Eucharistic Miracles --Naju, Korea
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
Reunion Island, Indian Ocean (Property of France)--1905
Fr. Lacombe, a priest at St. Andrew's
Catholic Church exposed the Blessed Sacrament for 40 hours devotion.
During the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, in which Our Lord remained exposed in the
Monstrance, Fr. Lacombe looked up to behold the face of Christ in Agony exposed
in the Monstrance. Fearing what he was seeing was an optical illusion, he
said nothing, but could not banish the image from his thoughts. After
Mass, a man asked Father to bless a medal. Wanting to see if the image of
Christ in the Host was an illusion, Father sent the man to look at the Host in
the Monstrance. The man hurried back, crying that he has seen the face of
a Man in the Monstrance. The altar boys, who Fr. Lacombe had sent to view
the Host in the Monstrance, returned in amazement with the same reports. A
little girl, who also beheld the face, later said, "I cannot forget what I have
seen, I will always remember the Face of Our Lord... it has made an indelible
mark on my life." Word of the miracle of the Holy Face of Christ spread
quickly across the island. People flocked to the Church to see the Face of
Christ in the Monstrance.
Around 2:00 p.m. the image of Christ in the Host changed to that of a crucifix, the Host remaining Immaculate. Crowds gathered to adore Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, and as they were singing "Tantum Ergo" the image of the Crucifix disappeared. The Bishop ordered the Miraculous Host preserved. Although later attempts were made to discredit the Miracle and Fr. Lacombe, so many eyewitnesses were present that any such efforts were fruitless.
Faverney, Burgundy, France--Pentecost Sunday 1608 (Notre Dame de la Blanche)
It was a glorious feast of the town, and Dom
Garnier had erected an especially magnificent repository for the Blessed
Sacrament. At 3:00 a.m. of the feast, Dom Garnier returned to the Church
and saw a glow around the chapel in which the Blessed Sacrament was
exposed. Fearing the Church was on fire, he ran to the nearby Benedictine
monastery for help. Accompanied by several monks, they returned to the
Church and opened the door to witness a miracle. The Monstrance was
suspended in mid-air! The stone, which was previously underneath the
Monstrance, lay in three fragments on the floor, surrounded by the broken
remains of the altar and candles. The Monks, who had fallen away in belief
and practice, fell to their knees in adoration of the Sacred Host, Who they
recognized as their Lord and Savior. This miracle inspired many
conversions of those who had fallen away from Jesus and was declared valid by
the Bishop within a few months.
Bawol, Poland 1264
It was a very turbulent and trying time in Poland's history, with many people falling victim to the dreaded Black Plague that stalked Europe. The population was depleted, and religious standards changed after the loss of older churchmen. People were devastated by the loss of family and friends, and the overall outlook was hopeless.
It was in these trying times that a strange phenomenon arose from the marshy swamps near the village of Bawol, Poland. Nobody knew what to make of the arresting rays of light and the lightning bolts that ran across the sky. After the strange lights were first seen, people began visiting the spot to see who or what was causing the amazing light that nightly lit up the sky.
During this miraculous occurrence, news reached Bawol that someone had broken into a church in Krakow and stolen the pyx containing the Most Holy Eucharist. The bishop entreated the people to pray and fast for the safe return of the Sacred Host, but was fearful that the thief had desecrated the Real Presence of Jesus.
Hearing of the mysterious lights emanating
from the swamp, the Bishop led a procession to the site. The people dug
into the marsh and found the pyx, which contained the Blessed Sacrament,
perfectly preserved amidst the slime and filth of the swamp. After the
Sacred Host was restored to the Krakow church, the mysterious lights
stopped. King Casimir the Great had the swamp drained and erected a
magnificent church, which he dedicated as Corpus Christi, the Body of Christ.
Aninon, Spain, 1300
The church was obliterated by fire, and upon
first inspection, it appeared that everything was destroyed--even the tabernacle
and main altar. But the pall and corporal that covered the Sacred Hosts in
the tabernacle were only burned in a few places. Five of the Hosts were
bleeding and one of the Hosts was fixed to the pall. The people
constructed a new church to honor the miraculous Hosts. People flocked to
the grand new church to adore the miracle of the Eucharist. Even after the
first miracle, the Bishop saw fresh blood soaking the corporal, which also
continued to emit a divine fragrance. Both the pall and corporal have remained
intact throughout the years with no sign of decay. On November 23, 1613
the Vicar General of Tarazona approved the miracle.
Viversel, Belgium, Abbey of Herkenrode, 1317
A priest of the parish went to administer last rites to a dying parishioner. While hearing the dying person's confession, the priest left his kit, which contained holy oils and the Blessed Sacrament, unattended outside the patient's room. Another villager, aware that the priest was occupied, snuck into the house and began rustling through the priest's kit. He lifted out the pyx containing the Sacred Hosts, but when he took Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament out, the Sacred Hosts immediately started bleeding. Fearing that God would strike him down for such an act, the villager fled from the scene.
Having finished hearing the confession of
the dying patient, the priest went to fetch his kit, so as to give Holy
Communion for the last time. Upon opening the Kit, he discovered the
bloodied Hosts, and ran to consult with the pastor. They gave the bleeding
Hosts to Fr. Simon, an abbott. While the priest was carrying the
miraculous treasure to the abbey, voices of angels were heard, as well as the
shrieking of demons. Animals in the fields bowed their heads in homage to
the Eucharistic King. Before Mass at the abbey, the Sacred Hosts were
placed on the altar. At this time, monks present witnessed the face of
Christ, crowned with thorns, and they all testified to having seen the same
vision. There have been many accounts of divine intervention and
supernatural occurrences following this miracle.
Santarem, Portugal, mid-13th century
A woman of Santarem, upset by the perceived
infidelity of her husband, desperately sought the counsel of a sorceress.
In exchange for a consecrated Host, the sorceress promised to restore the
affections of the woman's wayward husband. Although the woman was
distressed by her marital situation, she realized that such an action was
dreadfully wrong, and a sacrilege against the Real Presence of Our Lord in
the Most Holy Eucharist. Despite her trepidation, the woman went to Mass
and received, but did not consume, the Sacred Host. After hurrying from
the church, she placed the Most Blessed Sacrament in her kerchief. Intent
on her mission, the woman did not notice that the Host had started to bleed
profusely. Another villager worried that the woman herself was injured,
and drew the blood to her attention. Horrified that the Host was bleeding,
she rushed home and placed the Blessed Sacrament in a trunk. In the middle
of the night, the woman and her husband were awakened by the rays of bright
light emanating from the trunk. Other townspeople came to the house and
also beheld the miracle. The parish priest brought the miraculous Host
back to the church in a wax container and placed it in the tabernacle. This was
not the end of the miracle of Santarem, however: when the priest again
opened the tabernacle, the wax container was broken, and instead a crystal
container held the Blood of the Host! The church which contained the Sacred Host
has been re-named the Church of the Miracle.
During the violence and anti-Catholic furor
of the French Revolution several brave French citizens took the Blessed
Sacrament from their Church and kept the Real Presence of Jesus in their
homes. The French government was enforcing a ban against Catholicism at
the time, and even sold Churches and their sacred contents! Aware that
their church was about to be sold, Rosa Llorens and Jean Bonafos went in and
retrieved the Sacred Hosts from the tabernacle. If they had been caught,
death would have been nearly certain. Despite the obvious danger, Rosa
welcomed fellow brave Catholics who wished to adore Jesus in the Most Blessed
Sacrament. The persecution of Catholics increased rapidly during the Reign
of Terror, and many of the faithful suffered great losses of home and even
life. Amidst this mayhem and persecution, the homes of Rosa Llorens and
Jean Bonafos miraculously escaped unscathed, protected by the Divine Presence of
Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist.
Erding, Bavaria (Present day Germany)--1417
A poor farmer of Erding had no food for his
family, no matter how much time and effort he put into working his fields.
A fellow farmer, who was quite successful, told him that the secret to his
success was having the Blessed Sacrament in his home. The poor farmer,
knowing nothing about proper veneration or respect of the Sacred Eucharist,
viewed it merely in terms of possessing a charm that could bring good
fortune. At Mass on Holy Thursday he went to Communion but did not consume
the Sacred Host, and instead removed it from his mouth and placed it in a
cloth. Although the farmer was not at all aware of the serious sin he was
committing, he experienced a great deal of fear at the thought of his
action. He deliberated, and asked himself about the consequences of what
he had done. He honestly believed that the Presence of the Sacred Host in
his home would cause the fortune of his family to change for the better.
Nonetheless, he was plagued by a feeling that his actions were dreadfully
wrong. His conscience finally won the battle inside of him, and he turned
to go back from the Church and to confess his sin. As he was turning, the
Sacred Host fell from his hand, floated in the air, and landed on the
ground. The farmer began to search desperately for the Blessed Sacrament
but could not find any trace of it. After his search, the farmer hurried
back to the Church and immediately told the priest what had transpired.
Accompanied by many villagers, they went back to the scene of the miracle.
While still quite a ways away the priest could see the Eucharist, shining white,
on the ground. When the priest bent to pick up the Host, it again flew
into the air, was suspended and fell to the ground and disappeared. The
priest relayed news of this event to the Bishop who went himself to the
site. He, too, bent to retrieve the Sacred Host from the ground, but it
again flew into the air and was suspended for an extended period of time, then
floated to the ground. After this third and final miracle adoration and
veneration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament increased dramatically and the
people were awestruck by the miracle they had witnessed. To make
reparation for the sins against our Eucharistic Lord, people of the town erected
a beautiful Church.
The Sorgue river in Avignon, France was
heavily flooded in November of 1433. The waters rose steadily and reached
a dangerous height. Along the teeming Sorgue, the Blessed Sacrament was
exposed perpetually in a little church. The Gray Penitents of the Franciscan
order were certain that the little church and had been destroyed by the raging
waters. Fearing that the Blessed Sacrament would be destroyed as
well, two friars rowed to the Church. To their astonishment, although
water around the church was 4 feet high, a pathway from the entrance to the
altar was perfectly dry! Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, our sovereign
King, was unscathed! The pathway from the entrance to the altar called to
mind the parting of the Red Sea in Moses' time, for all along the sides of the
Church, water steadily rose. Despite the surrounding flood, the pathway remained
completely dry, untouched by even a drop of water. Amazed by what they
were seeing, the Friars had others from their order come to the Church to verify
the miracle. On that day our Eucharistic Lord was victorious over the
Turin was besieged by the armies of
Piedmont, and soldiers ransacked and pillaged throughout the city-state. A
Church in the village of Exilles was plundered by one of these soldiers, and he
grabbed everything he could cram into his sack. One of the things he stole
was a monstrance, with the Sacred Host still inside. The soldier threw the
sack, which also contained the monstrance, onto his donkey. The man became
enraged when the sack kept falling off the donkey's back, and began to furiously
beat the animal. By this time, they were surrounded by villagers, who were
distressed by the soldier's actions. All of a sudden, the sack fell to the
ground, and its contents were strewn about the ground. The monstrance caught the
attention of all who were present, and it slowly rose into the air, suspended
ten feet above the ground. A priest was among the crowd, and hastened to
find the bishop. The bishop immediately returned to the site of the
miracle, accompanied by many priests. Upon the bishop's arrival, the
monstrance opened and fell to the ground, leaving the Sacred Host still aloft
and surrounded by a radiant light. The bishop began chanting Latin hymns,
and was joined by the townspeople. During the hymns, the Host slowly
descended, and landed in the outstretched chalice held by the bishop.
People from all over Italy and Europe began coming immediately to venerate the
Miracle of Turin.
St. Catherine of Siena was invited to drink the Precious Blood of Jesus, which flowed from His side. After drinking from the Fountain of His Precious Blood, she could not eat or drink anything more. For seven years before her death she lived on no food but Our Lord in the Eucharist. She was not hungry, but remained active and strong.
St. Juliana Falconieri, foundress of the Servite nuns, fasted so rigorously throughout her life that she was unable to even receive Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament on her death bed. She begged the priest to bring the Eucharist near, so that she could at least be next to Jesus. When he brought the Lord to her, St. Juliana wanted to kiss Him, but the priest would not allow her to. She then asked for a corporal (holy cloth) to be placed on her chest, over her heart, so that Jesus could be placed there for a moment. The priest agreed. As soon as the Sacred Host was laid on her chest, Our Lord in the Eucharist disappeared! And St. Juliana, having been united with her Love, died--her face radiant with joy. The priests and sisters fell to their knees at this miracle. When the Sisters later prepared her body for burial, they found on her breast--where Jesus had been placed--an outline of the Crucified Christ, encircled by the Host.
St. Catherine of Genoa was a daily
communicant, a special grace at the time in which she lived. During Advent
and Lent she lived without food. She was sustained by the Eucharist and
salt water alone.