Eucharistic miracles reveal Christ’s real presence

Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ walked the earth, performed miracles and was eventually crucified, offering up his life for the salvation of souls.

Jesus had a body just like us. And it’s possible we know his blood type.

The Church teaches and has taught since the time of Christ that something miraculous happens at every Mass.  When the priest offers the bread and wine during the Liturgy of the Eucharist, something called transubstantiation takes place — the bread and wince become the actual Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Though they look like normal bread and wine, Christ is in fact present in every morsel of bread and every drop of wine.

But sometimes the appearance of the bread and wine change, too. Christ’s true presence has been revealed over the centuries through several Eucharistic miracles.

As the Church celebrates the feast of Corpus Christi on May 31, in which we celebrate the real presence of the body and blood of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, our faith in the mystery of the sacrament is not in vain.

Lanciano

One of the most famous miracles took place in Lanciano, Italy during the eighth century, when a priest was doubting the real presence during Mass. As he consecrated the bread and wine, the bread began to bleed, literally turning into flesh and the wine into blood.

Soon after, the blood coagulated into five globules, and the flesh remained unchanged.

In 1971, Pope Paul VI permitted scientific studies be done on the relics — which still remained unchanged after centuries — and scientists discovered the flesh has the structure of the myocardium and endocardium.

The blood is human and type AB.

Buenos Aires

Three Eucharistic miracles occurred in Buenos Aires during the 1990s. In 1996, then-Bishop Jorge Bergoglio (now Pope Francis) was auxiliary bishop when a consecrated Host was found on the floor and soon after placed in water.

A few days later, the Eucharist had turned into bloody flesh. When the flesh remained unchanged years later, it was taken for sampling, and those who tested it weren’t told what it was or where it came from.

The findings revealed the sample was part of a heart muscle, specifically from the myocardium of the left ventricle. The blood was discovered to have human DNA and the AB blood type. Further study found the heart had been tortured, and the samples were even pulsating while they were studied.

Other Miracles

Not all Eucharistic miracles consist of the Host turning into flesh and blood. A more unusual miracle occurred in Bordeaux, France in 1822, when witnesses claimed they saw an apparition of Jesus giving a blessing during adoration.

And in Trivandrum, India in 2001, the pastor at the time exposed the Eucharist in a monstrance for adoration. Shortly after, three dots appeared on the Host.

A week later, the priest looked inside the tabernacle to see what happened to the Host, when he and those present noticed a figure that looked like a human face, and the image grew clearer as time went on.

The priest then read a passage from the day’s readings, and it happened to be from John 20 when Jesus appears to Thomas, showing him his wounds.

Like the apostle Thomas, we sometimes long for substantial proof of Christ’s real presence in the Eucharist. It’s easy to doubt such an extraordinary event could take place. Let these miracles revamp your trust in Jesus on the upcoming feast of Corpus Christi and beyond.

COMING UP: Read Archbishop Aquila’s letter in response to the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report

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The following letter written by Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila in response to the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report was read at all weekend Masses Aug. 17-18.

18 August 2018

My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I write to you today with great sadness to respond to yet another scandal that has shaken the Church. Even though many of the details in the Grand Jury Report in Pennsylvania had already been reported, the full release was still undeniably shocking and its contents devasting to read. We face the undeniable fact that the Church has gone through a dark and shameful time, and while a clear majority of the Report addresses incidents occurring 20+ years in the past, we know that sin has a lasting impact and amends need to be made.

Many children have suffered from cruel behavior for which they bore no responsibility. I offer my apology for any way that the Church, its cardinals, bishops, priests, deacons, or laity have failed to live up to Jesus’ call to holiness. I especially offer this apology to the survivors, for the past abuses and for those who knowingly allowed the abuse to occur. I also apologize to the clergy who have been faithful and are deeply discouraged by these reports.

Everyone has the right to experience the natural feelings of grief as they react to this trauma – shock; denial; anger; bargaining; and depression. I want you to know I feel those emotions as well – especially anger. I believe the best way to recover is a return to God’s plan for human sexuality. In response to the Archbishop McCarrick revelations, I have written at length about the spiritual battle we are facing. That letter can be found on the archdiocese’s home page – archden.org.

I ask everyone to pray for the Church in Pennsylvania, though these dioceses over the last 20 years have greatly evolved from how they are described in the Grand Jury Report, the Church must face its past sins with great patience, responsibility, repentance and conversion.

Creating an environment where children are safe from abuse remains a top priority in the Archdiocese of Denver. In our archdiocese, we require background checks and Safe Environment Training for all priests, deacons, employees, and any volunteers who are around children. During this training, everyone is taught their role as a mandatory reporter, and what steps to follow if they witness or even suspect abuse. We also require instruction for children and young people, where they are taught about safe and appropriate boundaries, and to tell a trusted adult if they ever feel uncomfortable. We participate in regular independent audits of our practices, and we have been found in compliance every year since the national audit began in 2003.

Finally, while we have made strides to improve our Archdiocese, I am aware that the wounds of past transgressions remain. We are committed to helping victims of abuse and we are willing to meet with anyone who believes they have been mistreated.

I urge all of us to pray for holiness, for the virtues, and for a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. Only he and he alone can heal us, forgive us, and bring us to the Father. Be assured of my prayers for all of you and most especially the victims of any type of sexual abuse committed by anyone.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila