March 31, 2017

A New Appreciation for the Eucharist

Diane Comishen, from North York in Ontario, Canada, had an endoscopy performed. She had been suffering from great pain in her stomach. The diagnosis was a severe gastric ulcer. She was scheduled for more tests, and then possibly surgery.

Within the next several days, she learned of a healing Mass to be performed by a visiting priest. She attended. After she received Communion, she went to the foot of the altar and was prayed over, as were others who were there with various illnesses.

She was in church for three hours, but the healing service took only twenty minutes. The rest of the time was for the Mass itself, prayer and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

The whole experience gave her an appreciation for the Eucharist that was deeper and more profound than she ever had, even though she had been going to Mass daily before this.

A few days later, another endoscopy was performed. The doctor was incredulous. He declared that it was, “impossible,” but that the ulcer had vanished. There was no sign of it left.

Source: Proctor, Sr. Patricia, OSC, 201 Inspirational Stories of the Eucharist (Spokane, Washington, The Franciscan Monastery of St. Clare, 2004) p. 261-62.


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