December 21, 2019

A Holy Thursday – Part I

Recent posts on this site have recounted the special experiences of Sister Maria Celeste Crostarosa at Scala, Italy, surrounding the opening of a convent for her new order of nuns, known as the Redemptoristines. That convent was also the site of further experiences surrounding the opening of the associated Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, led by St. Alphonsus Liguori.

Father Thomas Falcoia wrote to Fr. Alphonsus Liguori of what happened on Thursday, September 11, 1732: “Here last night, during the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, many wonderful things were seen in the Sacred Host by all the sisters present and by the father confessor. The holy Cross was clearly shown, black at first, then changing to blood-red and finally white, with a dazzling figure of the Crucified in the center. About it were seen three colored circles on which appeared the instruments of the Passion, white clouds and other forms. The sisters themselves have written to you about it, or will write. Some of the them were stricken; others were so filled with awe that they left the chapel … It will be wise not to make these apparitions known at large.

Fr. Falcoia and the nuns thought the event was a confirmation of the decision to begin the Congregation and a way to prepare it for the tribulations and crosses that lay ahead.

Source: Miller, Fr. D.F., C.SS.R, and Aubin, Fr. L.X., C.SS.R, St. Alphonsus Liguori (Rockford, Illinois: Tan Books and Publishers, Inc., 1987) p. 78-79.


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