The Light, the Face, the Peace

March 26, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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Lawrence Chlebik from McAlester, Oklahoma had just become a Eucharistic minister. He had a problem, however. He wondered how he could be a true minister of the Eucharist when he himself still had doubts about the Real Presence.

One Sunday, he was called to be a Eucharistic minister. He prayed very hard for Jesus to show him how He could be there in a little white host while He was still everywhere else in the world.

He was up in the sanctuary when the priest consecrated the Host. As the priest held It above the chalice, he saw a light come from the chalice and envelop the Host. Then he saw the profile of Jesus in the Host. He stared at it, not believing his eyes. He remembers that a strong feeling of peace then came over him.

After that, his doubts were gone.

Source: Proctor, Sr. Patricia, OSC, 201 Inspirational Stories of the Eucharist (Spokane, Washington, The Franciscan Monastery of St. Clare, 2004) p. 76.

Mother Marie Adele Garnier

March 25, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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Mother Marie Adela Garnier was born on August 15, 1838, in Grancey-le-Chateau, in northeastern France.

Early in her life, she had a vision of Jesus in a Host given to her during Communion, which affected her for the rest of her life. In 1885, while engaged at a church in Montmarte, she established perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament there. In 1898, she founded Adorers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of Montmarte, an order of nuns dedicated to perpetual adoration.

In 1901, the Law of Associations created certain repressions that spurred her to move the order to England. They settled in London, at Tyburn. It was there, in the 16th and 17th centuries that 105 priests, religious and laypeople were executed for being Catholic during the Protestant Reformation.

Toward the end of her life, in 1923, she had another impactful vision in the Eucharist, this one of the living heart of Jesus. In June of 1924, she passed from this life.

Last year, the Church agreed to open the Cause for her canonization.

A biography of her spiritual life was published several years earlier, in 2012. It was in that book that an account was given of yet another vision with the Eucharist. This one came from a letter she had written herself, to Fr. Charles Sauve. She related the following:

“At the moment in which the priest took a particle of the Holy Host and put it into the chalice I raised my eyes to adore and to contemplate the holy particle…The fingers of the priest held not a white particle but a particle of striking red, the colour of blood and luminous at the same time … The fingers of the priest were red on the right of the particle, as from a blood stain that seemed still wet.”

She describes the Host as “striking red” and “luminous at the same time,” signifying perhaps, both the sacrifice of the Cross and the resurrection that followed, all in one vision of His Being.

Source: “Nun who Witnessed Eucharistic Miracles on Path to Sainthood,” Rezac, Mary, Catholic News Agency, October 14, 2016,
http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/nun-who-witnessed-multiple-eucharistic-miracles-on-path-to-sainthood-66333/; and “Vatican Opens Cause of Nun who Saw Host turn Blood-Red, Caldwell, Simon, Catholic Herald, October 3, 2016, http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2016/10/03/vatican-opens-cause-of-nun-who-saw-host-turn-blood-red/.

Anne Costa

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Anne Costa, from Baldwinsville, New York, had been raised Catholic. As a child she used to even pretend she was at Mass using a cracker and grape juice.

Like so many in recent times, by the time she went to college, she fell away from the Church. She began to consult a minister for a New Age church who practiced psychic channeling. She began to take classes on divination and psychic healing, and got introduced to occult rituals that, as she assessed it later, amounted to witchcraft.

She then became engaged and decided to be married in the Catholic Church. She took all the necessary preparatory steps but, along the way, mentioned to no one her involvement with the New Age Church.

The day of her wedding arrived. The ceremony was being held in the very church she had attended as she was growing up and, as she walked down the aisle, she was seized with a “profound restlessness” that only subsided once the consecration had occurred.

During the early years of her marriage, she continued with the New Age church and got more and more entangled in occult practices. Many times, she went back to Mass, but would experience a severe uneasiness, the same as she had felt on her wedding day, that she could not go through with a reception of the Eucharist, but would literally run out of the church each time, in tears.

She and her husband then battled with infertility. In her efforts to have a child with her husband, she suffered through three operations and a miscarriage before finally becoming pregnant in 1995.

At the same time, she was advancing in her New Age church. She was about to begin taking classes to be a leader in the church. She was sitting in an occult class one day when she was “filled with an overwhelming urge” to return to the Catholic Church. The “incredible force of conviction” within her was so strong that it left her feeling afraid. She says that, “there was no confusion about the message my heart received. My soul and the soul of my unborn infant child were in jeopardy.”

That Sunday, she went back to Mass. She was eight months pregnant, “alone and confused.” She ended up returning to the Church wholeheartedly that day. She became an almost daily receiver of the Blessed Sacrament and learned to appreciate again the truth of the Eucharist that she first experienced as a child.

Source: Proctor, Sr. Patricia, OSC, 201 Inspirational Stories of the Eucharist (Spokane, Washington, The Franciscan Monastery of St. Clare, 2004) p. 10-12.

St. Arey

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St. Arey, who died in 604 A.D., was the Bishop of Gap, a diocese in modern-day France. Probus was a contemporary, who was also his biographer. Probus often visited the church at night to find St. Arey in prayer before the tabernacle. Often, he found the church bathed in a heavenly light and St. Arey lifted high into the air.

Source: Cruz, Caroll, Eucharistic Miracles (Charlotte, North Carolina, Tan Books, 2010) p.290.

Pezilla-la-Riviere

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The years 1792 to 1800 were hard ones for Catholics in France. The “little terror” took place in 1792. The “great terror” occurred between 1793 and 1794. They were part of an effort to “dechristianize” the country. Priests and bishops were actively hunted down and either exiled or killed, many by the guillotine, churches were closed, statues smashed, crucifixes were broken, relics burned and worship forbidden.

In the little town of Pezilla-la-Riviere, Fr. Jacques Perone was reluctant to slip over the border into Spain, but he was finally persuaded to do so when the situation became urgent. On his journey out of France, he suddenly remembered something. He had left several Hosts in the tabernacle of his church. He imagined the sacrilege that would be performed when they were discovered.

Fortunately, they were not immediately discovered. Several months later, a new mayor was elected. The prior one had been quite hostile to the church. The new one, Jean Banafos was a faithful Catholic. When asked, he allowed the church to be opened and the Hosts retrieved.

There were five of them, one large and four small. He actually took the large one himself, placed in a wooden box, locked with a key and placed under the floor of his house. The four were given to Rosa Llorens. She placed them in a glass cup with a lid, which she put inside a red silk purse and kept in her house.

After seven years, the persecution ended. Fr. Perone made his way back from Spain. The Hosts were located and their receptacles opened. All expected to find only dust, as unconsecrated hosts can be expected to decompose in about six months. All five, however, were as white as the day the were hidden.

A special monstrance was built to house all five Hosts and they became the reason for pilgrims and tourists to find their way to the little town. In 1893, a new church and a new monstrance were built to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the miracle.

In 1930, a new tabernacle was built to better protect the Hosts and they were moved. From this point, the Hosts decomposed in a normal manner. The Lord had determined to leave for reasons only He knows.

Source: Lord, Bob and Penny, This is My Body, This is My Blood, Miracles of the Eucharist, Book II (Publisher: Journeys of Faith, 1994) p. 191-98.

The Pulsating Eucharist

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Robert Benson was at St. Margaret Mary Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It was a Friday night. There was to be a Mass, Benediction and Eucharistic Adoration. It was the early 1990s. At some point, he lost track of things taking place around him and does not even remember the O Salutaris, the hymn used during a Benediction to open a period of adoration. He also does not remember how everyone had left.

What he does remember is the Eucharist, getting bigger, with circles of light emanating from It and then radiating out into the church and right past him. This pulsating and dispersal of these circles of light continued for quite some time.

The next day, still not knowing whether he could be sure of what he had perceived, he chanced to pick up a flyer about a Medjugorje conference that was soon to be held at Notre Dame. In a short description about one of the speakers, the flyer indicated that he was to speak on a pulsating Eucharist experience he had encountered. In his case, the waves of light could be felt to physically push him as they rushed past.

Robert had his corroboration.

Glotowo

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In 1290, a group of Lithuanians was invading the village of Glotowo in Poland. To prevent some theft or some other unfortunate occurrence, a priest there decided to bury a gold-plated ciborium. He overlooked, however, the consecrated Host that remained inside. The village was destroyed and, for years afterward, the location of the ciborium was unknown.

One day, a farmer was plowing his field. It was near sunset and long shadows could be seen in the fading light. Suddenly, the oxen which were pulling the plow stopped. The farmer was somewhat upset with the animals until he noticed that it had gotten brighter all at once, as if it were about midday. There was a light coming from the ground near the oxen.

The farmer started digging in the vicinity of the light and discovered the ciborium. In it he found a Host that was as white as snow.

People learned of the find and, in a grand procession, the Host was brought to the church of Dobre Miasto. A little church was built on the site where the Host was found. That church was replaced by a larger one in the eighteenth century.

At the shrine of Glotowo, the Host can be seen to this day, still intact.

Source: “The Eucharistic Miracles of the World,” a Vatican international exhibition, as reported by The Real Presence Eucharistic Education and Adoration and Association, http://www.therealpresence.org/eucharst/mir/english_pdf/Glotowo.pdf.

The Old Man in the Fields

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In the sixteenth century, an old shepherd worked in the fields around a small town that lay between Castille and Aragon in Spain. The man testified that he had seen, on more than one occasion, angels flying in the fields. They flew from the chapel in town to a spot in the fields.

Each time, the spot to which they flew was where a young man named Paschal Baylon was working as a fellow shepherd. The young man would spend as much time as he could before the tabernacle or at Mass, adoring, thanking and spending time with the Eucharistic Presence.

As his family needed him to work, however, there were times when he had to tend the livestock and could not get to Mass. He would, however, kneel, out there in the fields, staring at the chapel where he knew the Mass was taking place.

It was at some of those times that the Eucharist was brought to him, suspended in the air, above a chalice, enabling Paschal to stare at Him more directly.

Paschal Baylon later became part of the community of St. Peter of Alcantara, and later became St. Paschal Baylon. He was also accorded a special role, Patron to Eucharistic Congresses and Confraternities of the Blessed Sacrament.

Source: Lord, Bob and Penny, This is My Body, This is My Blood, Miracles of the Eucharist, Book II (Publisher: Journeys of Faith, 1994) p. 236-38.

Alcala de Henares

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Alcala de Henares is a city about 35 kilometers northeast of Madrid. In 1597, a man came to the Jesuit church there. He explained that he was part of a Muslim group that had made raids and stolen sacred belongings from other Catholic churches in the area. He then turned over 24 Hosts that he had in his possession. They were wrapped in a piece of paper.

The priest who had received the Hosts, Padre Juan Juarez. He took them to Padre Gabriel Vasquez. As priests in the area had recently been poisoned, they did not want to use them in an upcoming Mass. As they did not know whether they had perhaps been consecrated, they did not want to casually dispose of them. They decided to place them in the church’s pantry, with written instructions detailing how they should be handled. The instructions were to wait a sufficient time until the Hosts had become spoiled and then destroy them by fire or water, the prescribed method for the destruction of Hosts which had been consecrated but, for one reason or another, could not be used.

It was eleven years later when the Hosts were looked at again. They had remained intact, even though they should have deteriorated in several months.

In order to remove any doubt and conduct a test of sorts, the Hosts were placed in an underground vault, where the humidity was high. A number of unconsecrated Hosts were placed in the same vault. The two sets were properly labeled and placed next to each other. After several months, the two sets were reexamined. The unconsecrated hosts had spoiled. The other Hosts were still in pristine form.

Several months after that, Don Pedro Garcia Carrero, a medical doctor and university professor, was allowed to conduct a public examination. Five of the Hosts were broken. They were still crisp.

Later, a special ostensorium was donated by Cardinal Spinola, Archbishop of Seville and Segovia. The ostensorium was a four-sided glass case, almost three feet in height, and in the shape of a lantern. Around a central pillar inside, the 24 Hosts were arranged in groups of three. This ostensorium, with the Hosts, hung in the Jesuit church until 1777, when they were moved to the Holy Magistral Church, also in Alcala de Henares.

They remained there until 1936, when the Spanish Civil War forced the hiding of the Hosts. Unfortunately, the church was destroyed by bombing and fire during the war. The Hosts had been rescued but their whereabouts have remained unknown to this time.

Source: Cruz, Caroll, Eucharistic Miracles (Charlotte, North Carolina, Tan Books, 2010) p.170-73.

(Note: this is being posted from Medjugorje where, earlier today, an annual Marian apparition has taken place).

The Two Women

March 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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One day, two women were driving down a road. They got a certain feeling as they came upon a driveway. As they passed the driveway, it left them. They decided to drive back and see if this feeling would return. It did. It was the “funniest thing,” they later said. They kept driving back and forth, and the feeling kept coming upon them and then leaving, as they got to and then passed by the driveway. They did this for an hour. The pattern repeated each time they arrived at and then drove away from the driveway.

Finally, their curiosity compelled them to inquire. They drove down the driveway, entered the establishment located there and asked, “what kind of place is this.”

They were informed that it was a monastery, the home of the Poor Clare Nuns of Perpetual Adoration and the studios of EWTN, the Eternal Word Television Network in the suburbs of Birmingham, Alabama. The nuns have a chapel on the site, in which the Eucharist exposed for continual adoration.

The two visitors were shown into the chapel were told that Jesus was there. They asked, where?” They were directed to the monstrance. The two women knelt down, explaining that, “we feel the same Presence.”

Source: Lord, Bob and Penny, This is My Body, This is My Blood, Miracles of the Eucharist, Book II (Publisher: Journeys of Faith, 1994) p. 227-228.

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