Miracles are hard to understand and I’ve learned over the years that people who say they don’t believe in miracles tend to have a different interpretation of what a true miracle is. Believe it or not, there is such a thing as Eucharistic miracles and they are incredible. They are not meant to scare us they are meant to help our unbelief and increase our faith in the true presence. In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus speaks of his coming death,
“Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit. John 12:24.
Now there are many ways that Jesus lives today due to the fruit from his death that we could talk about, but today I am focusing on the Eucharist. The Church has recognized over 100 Eucharistic miracles in the world and to understand more about the true presence of Jesus in the Eucharist you can click on this link from the USCCB
Below you will find some information about the most notable Eucharistic miracles.
|Siena, Italy — August 17, 1730
Consecrated Hosts remain perfectly preserved for over 250 years. Rigorous scientific experiments have not been able to explain this phenomena.
|Blanot, France — March 31, 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.
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.
|Lanciano, Italy — 8th century A.D.
A priest has doubts about the Real Presence; however, when he consecrates the Host it transforms into flesh and blood. This miracle has undergone extensive scientific examination and can only be explained as a miracle. The flesh is actually cardiac tissue which contains arterioles, veins, and nerve fibers. The blood type as in all other approved Eucharistic miracles is type AB! Histological micrographs are shown.
“1374,1375.” Catechism of the Catholic Church. Liguori, MO: Liguori Publications, 1994. Print.
1374 The mode of Christ’s presence under the Eucharistic species is unique. It raises the Eucharist above all the sacraments as “the perfection of the spiritual life and the end to which all the sacraments tend.”201 In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist “the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained.“202 “This presence is called ‘real’ – by which is not intended to exclude the other types of presence as if they could not be ‘real’ too, but because it is presence in the fullest sense: that is to say, it is a substantial presence by which Christ, God and man, makes himself wholly and entirely present.”203
1375 It is by the conversion of the bread and wine into Christ’s body and blood that Christ becomes present in this sacrament. The Church Fathers strongly affirmed the faith of the Church in the efficacy of the Word of Christ and of the action of the Holy Spirit to bring about this conversion. Thus St. John Chrysostom declares:
- It is not man that causes the things offered to become the Body and Blood of Christ, but he who was crucified for us, Christ himself. The priest, in the role of Christ, pronounces these words, but their power and grace are God’s. This is my body, he says. This word transforms the things offered.204
- This information makes you look and think about the Eucharist differently doesn’t it? What an incredible gift and treasure God has given to His children. Now this next story does not have so much to do with a Eucharist miracle as it does a miracle to come from the fruit from a Saint’s death and relic. Today, in Naples Italy, the blood of St. Gennaro a Bishop who was martyred during the Diocletian persecution in the year 350 liquefied in the presence of Pope Francis. You can imagine how hard and solid his blood would be after 1,665 years! The miracle is, it liquefies three times a year on special Feast days and then it hardens again. Today as Pope Francis, held and kissed the relic it miraculously liquefied not being one of those three days. This miracle has not occurred in the presence of a pope since 1848. You can see the video and read the full story here.
- I leave you with this, miracles happen every day if we but dare to believe. Jesus is alive and moving just as he was 2,000 years ago. His death brought new life. If you haven’t been to a Catholic Church or any Church in awhile think about going to visit Him during this Lent. He is waiting with open arms, His mercy is endless, and He loves you as if you were the only one in the world.