The Holy Eucharist Bread of Angels
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Ecce Panis Angelorum: Behold the Bread of Angels
Behold the bread of angels, sent
For pilgrims in their banishment,
The bread of Gods true children meant,
That may not unto dogs be given.

These words, taken from the beautiful hymn of St. Thomas Aquinas, Lauda Sion Salvatorem, written for the Feast of Corpus Christi, give witness to the fact that the Eucharist has often been referred to as the bread of angels. But what justification can there be to call the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar by this title?

To answer this question we may first point out that the expression bread of angels comes from certain Old Testament texts which speak of the manna which was given to the Israelites during their journey through the desert. For example we read in the Book of Wisdom: you gave your people food of angels, and without their toil you supplied them from heaven with bread ready to eat, providing every pleasure and suited to every taste. For your sustenance manifested your sweetness toward your children; and the bread, ministering to the desire of the one who took it, was changed to suit everyones liking (Wis 16:20-21). Again, in the Psalms we read: Yet he commanded the skies above, and opened the doors of heaven; he rained down on them manna to eat, and gave them the grain of heaven. Mortals ate of the bread of angels; he sent them food in abundance (Ps 77(78): 23-25). Considering the fact that the manna was a prefigure of the Eucharist, this already indicates that this title given to the manna in the Old Testament could fittingly apply to the Blessed Sacrament in the New.

To help understand more in depth the sense in which the Eucharist is truly the bread of angels, we can turn to a lovely passage from St. Augustines Exposition of the Psalms, in which he speaks of this title:

[Our Lord Jesus Christ] willed us to find salvation in His Body and Blood. But how could He make His Body and Blood available to us? Through his humility! For if He had not been humble, He could not have been eaten and drunk. Contemplate His lofty divinity: in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God; He was God (Jn 1:1). That is eternal food. The angels eat it, the celestial powers eat it, the blessed spirits eat it, and in eating they are totally satisfied, yet this food that fills them and gives them joy remains undiminished. What human being could aspire to that food? Where could a human heart be found fit to eat food like that?

It was necessary for that banquet to be converted into milk if it was to become available to little ones. But how does food become milk? How can food be turned into milk, except by being passed through the flesh? This is what a mother does. What the mother eats the baby eats too, but since the baby is unable to digest bread, the mother turns the bread into her own flesh, and through the humility of the breast and its supply of milk she feeds her baby with the same bread. How then does the Wisdom of God feed us with the supernal bread? The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us (Jn 1:14). Think of the humility of it: humans have eaten the bread of angels, as Scripture says: He gave them bread from heaven; mortals ate the bread of angels (Ps 77(78):24-25). The eternal Word on Whom the angels feed, the Word Who is equal to the Father, this Word human beings have eaten. He who, being in the form of God, deemed it no robbery to be Gods equal; He on Whom the angels feed to their total satisfaction, emptied Himself and took on the form of a slave. Bearing the human likeness, sharing the human lot, He humbled Himself and was made obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross (Phil 2:6-8), so that from the cross the Lords flesh and blood might be delivered to us today as the new sacrifice. (Exposition 1 of Psalm 33, 6).

In this passage St. Augustine makes clear that men and angels are nourished by the same food, but in different ways. But in what sense can it be said that the Word of God, Whom St. Augustine calls the eternal food of the angels, be the same food as that which nourishes men through the Most Blessed Sacrament? To understand this question, it is necessary to reflect upon the fact that the salvation of mankind and the whole sacramental order of grace whereby we are incorporated into the Mystical Body of Christ is founded upon the Incarnation of the eternal Word of God. The life of grace that we receive through Baptism, and which is perfected through the Eucharist is a real participation in the life of the Incarnate Son of God: Jesus Christ true God and true man. That is to say, as St. Augustine makes clear, we could not be nourished except by means of the Word becoming flesh. The Eucharist is intrinsically dependent upon the Incarnation. But it would seem that St. Augustine implies that the food of the angels is not dependent upon the Incarnation. How then can the Eucharist be called the bread of angels?

In response to this question we would maintain that the food of angels is in fact also dependent upon the Incarnation of Christ. This is the case because in the trial whereby they proved their fidelity, the angels were tried principally on their willingness to accept and serve Jesus, the Son of God Incarnate. That is to say, the elevation of the faithful angels into the eternal joys of heaven was accomplished in and through their acceptance of the grace of Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Son of God. The supernatural life of grace that we receive through the Sacraments is the one and same life which the faithful angels enjoy in heaven. Both men and angels are incorporated into the Mystical Body of Christ, such that the spiritual life of men and the eternal bliss of the angels is nourished by means of the grace of Jesus Christ, true God and true man. For this reason Jesus Christ is not only the source of supernatural nourishment for men, but also for angels. Nevertheless, as St. Augustine points out, this happens in different ways. The angels, according to their nature, feed spiritually upon the supernatural nourishment coming from the Incarnation, whereas men feed on this same grace through the Sacraments of the Church, especially the Eucharist. Therefore the Blessed Sacrament is properly called the bread of the angels.

The Eucharist leads to Communion.
It is especially through the worthy reception of Holy Communion that the individual members of the Church on earth grow to maturity in the Life of Christ. Although Christ enters into a very personal and unique union with each of us individually by way of Holy Communion, at the same time, this communion also brings the individual Christian into a union with all the members of the Church. Along these lines the Second Vatican Council affirms: By communicating His Spirit, Christ mystically constitutes as His Body those brothers of His who are called together from every nation. In that Body the life of Christ is communicated to those who believe and who through His Sacraments are united in a hidden and real way to Christ. Really sharing in the Body of the Lord in the breaking of the Eucharistic Bread we are taken up into communion with Him and with one another. As all the members of the human body, though they are many, form one body, so also are the faithful in Christ (cf. 1 Cor 12,12) (Lumen Gentium, I,7).

This truth is also mentioned in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Those who receive the Eucharist are united more closely to Christ. Through it Christ unites them to all the faithful in one Body the Church. Communion renews, strengthens, and deepens this incorporation into the Church already achieved by Baptism. In Baptism we have been called to form one body. The Eucharist fulfills this call: The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a participation in the Blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not a participation in the Body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one Body, for we all partake of the one bread (CCC 1396).

The union that is brought about through the Most Blessed Sacrament is not only between the visible members of the Church here on earth. It also embraces a communion with the members of the elect who are now in the glory of heaven, including the holy angels. In fact it may be said that the Eucharist is the place of encounter with the angels par excellence. God has given us the Eucharistic liturgy as the place where men and angels gather together to share in the worship of God under the Headship of Jesus Christ, High Priest over all creation.

St. Gregory the Great also expressed this truth in the following passage: In this mystery of Jesus Christ the choirs of angels are present; the lowest beings are associated with the highest, the earthly join the heavenly, and the visible and the invisible become a single reality (St. Gregory the Great, Dialogues, VI, 58). St. John Chrysostom once wrote: Reflect upon whom it is that you are near and with whom you are about to invoke God the Cherubim. Think of the choirs you are about to enter. Let no one have any thought of earth, but let him loose himself of every earthly thing and transport himself whole and entire into heaven. Let him abide there beside the very throne of glory, hovering with the Seraphim, and singing the most holy song of the God of glory and majesty (Adv. Anom., 4). These texts which speak of the Eucharistic liturgy indicate that the unity between men and angels is not merely the fact that they are gathered together into the same place. Rather they become a single reality. They are so intimately joined that St. John Chrysostom uses the image of men entering into the choirs of angels.

Communion leads to union.
But now, having spoken about the communion which is brought about through the Eucharist, it is important to note that the communion between the members of the Church should in turn lead each individual member to an ever more perfect conformity to Christ. Every member of the faithful is relatively dependent upon other members for his growing up into the full maturity of Christ. The more we live in the communion with the whole Church the more fully are the means of our growth into Christ made available to us. This communion, as we have said, is not only with the visible members of the Church, but also with the invisible members in heaven: all the saints and angels. This truth is particularly relevant to the holy angels who make up the heavenly choirs, for God has given to each angel an extraordinary hierarchical or ministerial power to help us in the work of sanctification (cf. Heb 1:14). Jesus Christ is the Mediator through Whom the angels accomplish their ministry, and He is the goal toward Which their ministry leads us. In this sense He is the ladder on which the angels of God ascend and descend (cf Jn 1:51). Called into the unity of the Church, we grow into the full maturity of Christ also with the help of the angels. That is to say, they are a chosen means of Christ through whom He also accomplishes the work of our sanctification. St. Thomas says all our good works are performed with the help of the holy angels (Summa Theo. I, 114 a. 3 ad 3). Therefore, failure to cooperate with the holy angels is failure to cooperate with the grace of Christ.

Together with the holy angels we are called to labor for the food that lasts to eternal life, the bread come down from heaven which gives life to the world (cf. John 6:27,33). In this work, the angels are truly the friends of the Bridegroom who wish to prepare our souls so that they can be presented to Christ as brides adorned to meet their husband (cf. Rev 21:2). In this regard St. Gregory of Nyssa wrote of the angels in his Commentary on the Song of Songs: After having testified to the beauty of the soul, the friends of the Bridegroom who make ready His spotless wedding chamber and form the escort of the pure Bride, show her the beauty of the royal couch to stir up in her an even greater desire for a divine life and the holy union with Him (Hom. in Cant., 6). That is to say, the angels help us especially by enlightening our minds to recognize the beauty of Jesus Christ as He gives Himself to us in the Most Blessed Sacrament. In this way, our charity being inflamed, we are all the more disposed to be transformed into His likeness through Holy Communion.

Further, through Holy Communion we always are brought into communion with the divine Victim Who reveals that love of which there is no greater. Therefore, the measure of our transformation through this sacramental grace depends upon the measure of our willingness to be conformed to the sacrificial love of Christ. In this, too, the angels can come to our assistance. As Jesus Christ was strengthened by an angel at the beginning of His passion (cf. Lk 22:43) so also we need the angels to help us take up our cross and follow Him. They can help us to see the glory set before us so that we can despise the shame and pain of the Cross (cf. Heb 12:2). Further, they can inspire us with the noble sentiments of Christ and His holy Mother in the labor for the salvation of souls. It is no coincidence that many of the saints who enjoyed a familiarity with the angels (e.g. St. Francis of Assisi, St. Gemma, St. Padre Pio) also bore the wounds of Christ in their bodies. The angels wish to lead us to an ever more perfect conformity to Christ, especially leading us up the path of love, which is the way of the Cross. The loving and even joyful acceptance of sufferings born for others especially disposes us to a more worthy and fruitful reception of the Divine Host. These are just some examples of how we labor with the angels for the food that lasts to eternal life. All other things will pass away in the age to come, but the Eucharist alone, that is Christ, is the food that lasts unto eternity; the one thing necessary for which we must labor; the bread of the wayfarer, which is also the bread of angels. 

Fr. Basil Nortz, ORC

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.

    Scientific Studies

    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 1263
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 Bianchinis 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 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 Divine Substance?


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.

Pezilla-La-Riviere, France--1793

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.

Avignon, France--1433

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 raging water.

Turin, Italy--1453

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.

Eucharistic Miracles--Saints

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. 

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