March 21, 2016

A Pile of Ashes

St. Cyprian was born in about the year 200 and died in 258. He was the bishop of Carthage for about the last 10 years of his life, until he suffered a martyr’s death, at the hands of the Roman authorities, for refusing to deny his faith.

He related the story of a man who, though he professed belief in Catholicism, actually practiced idolatry. This man went to receive Holy Communion, but found he could not. When the Host was placed in his hands, it changed to a pile of ashes.

Based on: Cruz, Caroll, Eucharistic Miracles (Charlotte, North Carolina, Tan Books, 2010) p. 203.


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