St. Catherine Fieschi

December 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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St. Catherine Fieschi of Genoa died in 1510. For the last 23 years of her life, she celebrated Advent, as well as Lent, in a rather unique way. She did not eat. She did not drink. She lived only on the Blessed Sacrament.

Once her confessor ordered her to eat. She obeyed, but her body rejected the food and she became very ill.

Normally, a person can only survive 7-10 days without any food or water. She did it for these four and six-week periods for 23 years in a row, with the solitary sustenance she obtained through the Eucharist.

Source: Cruz, Caroll, Eucharistic Miracles (Charlotte, North Carolina, Tan Books, 2010) p. 236.

The Adoration Angels

December 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Not too many years ago, a woman from Minnesota sent a letter to the Catholic author Michael Brown. In it, she recounted an experience at Mass:

“I looked up and all of a sudden I could see with my physical eyes a multitude of adoration angels, suspended in a devout posture, encircling the altar, adoring the Eucharist – Jesus. Their presence enhanced the devotion to God within my own heart. At the very moment of Consecration, several angels were lying prostrate at the foot of the altar. I noticed every single adoration angel positioned lower than the Eucharistic Host as Father held it up for all to praise and take notice of. Many were dressed in light, translucent gowns of heavenly colors shown in pinks, aqua, yellow, blue, and green, bathed in light. I was given the knowledge that these are adoration angels and their place before God is to adore the Eucharistic Jesus during Mass and they are always present during Consecration.”

Source: Brown, Michael H., Secrets of the Eucharist (Goleta, CA, Queenship Publishing Co., 1996), p. 29.

Brother John of Alvema

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Brother John of Alvema was a disciple of St. Francis of Assisi. It was said that he saw angels at Mass, angels that have been seen by other saints and mystics and are reportedly present at every Mass.

Once during Mass, at the time of consecration, the Host vanished from his sight and he instead saw Christ Himself. He collapsed in this ecstasy and was carried into the sacristy, enrapt and motionless.

Is one to believe such unseen happenings transpire only at certain Masses? If not, then the very same will be the case at the next Mass we attend.

Source: Brown, Michael H., Secrets of the Eucharist (Goleta, CA, Queenship Publishing Co., 1996), p. 67.

In the Blessed Sacrament Chapel

November 30, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Lewiston, N.Y. lies about 12 miles north of Niagara Falls. Located in that town is the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima. Several hours each day there, the Holy Eucharist is exposed for adoration in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel.

One particular day, a physician accompanied a woman into this chapel. The physician reported that, while there, a Host materialized in the hands of that woman. A Host had not been there before, then was.

There was no explanation for this occurrence, none at all.

Source: Brown, Michael H., Secrets of the Eucharist (Goleta, CA, Queenship Publishing Co., 1996), p. 67.

Marie-Therese Noblet

November 29, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Marie-Therese Noblet was born in 1889 and lived near Rheims in France. In August, 1904, at the age of 14, she was diagnosed with Pott’s disease, a form of tuberculosis. Tuberculosis is an infectious bacterial disease that is characterized by the growth of nodules in an affected area of the body. Pott’s disease involves tuberculosis of the spine, and can lead to the collapse of spinal discs, deformity and paraplegia.

Only one year after her diagnosis with this disease, Marie-Therese suffered from pain, deformity and paralysis on her left side. It was in this condition that she travelled to Lourdes, France in August of 1905. She attended the Procession of the Blessed Sacrament, where the sick commonly gather to perhaps receive the grace of healing from the Real Presence there before them. Leaving that area, she headed toward the Hospital of Our Lady of Sorrows but discovered, upon entering, that she no longer was in need of medical care. She had been cured spontaneously.

The next morning, she presented herself to the Office of the Medical Statements of Fact (a Commission charged with the authentication of cures at Lourdes) to demonstrate her healed state. For a year after this, her family doctor monitored her condition. Three years later, Cardinal Lucon, Archbishop of Rheims appointed a commission to examine her again. After receiving their report, the Cardinal declared her cure was miraculous.

A brief encounter with the One present in the Eucharist was enough to change the life of this young lady.

Sources: http://www.miraclehunter.com/marian_apparitions/approved_apparitions/lourdes/miracles2.html#noblet and https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie-Thérèse_Noblet.

The Television Cameraman

November 28, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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A television cameraman films a lot of scenes and stories that are then played for others. A certain man in Pennsylvania was a member of this profession. One day, however, a story was played for him – his own.

It was during Adoration of the Eucharist. It was reported that “every action he ever took – how he dealt with people, how he raised his children, his every action of every day – was brought up during the replay.”

The cameraman later met the Catholic author Michael Brown and informed him of his experience.

Noteworthy, of course, is the fact that this experience occurred during Adoration, in the presence of Christ Himself, for such things cannot plausibly be of human origin alone.

Source: Brown, Michael H., Secrets of the Eucharist (Goleta, CA, Queenship Publishing Co., 1996), p. 84.

Slavonice

November 27, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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In the year 1280, a herdsman was out in the countryside near Slavonice, Czechoslovakia when he observed something curious, a fire burning over some bushes that had grown among a heap of stones. He approached the stones and then saw a Host within the flames. It remained there, undamaged.

The local priest was summoned and he was able to identify the Host. It had been within a precious vessel stolen a year before. Evidently, the thief had discovered the Host and then discarded it. Now, the priest retook possession of the Host and placed it within another vessel. He then proceeded back towards the city, along with several other people who had come out to view the spectacle. As they neared the gates of the city, it was noticed that the Host had disappeared once again. They returned to the heap of stones and the fire and found the Host as before, within the flames.

For a second time, they travelled toward the city, but again the Host disappeared only to be rediscovered in the fire. The priest and those with him promised to erect a sanctuary by the heap of stones to commemorate the wondrous event. This time, as they returned to the city, the Host remained within the vessel and the journey was completed.

A chapel was built on the designated site and remained there until a raiding band of Hissites razed it in the 15th century. A new chapel was built in 1476 and enlarged in 1491, to the state in which it still exists to this day.

Based on: Cruz, Caroll, Eucharistic Miracles (Charlotte, North Carolina, Tan Books, 2010) p. 71-73.

A Pile of Ashes

March 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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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.

The Number “2900”

March 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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The following is a complement to yesterday’s story. The same man, during this same period of time, repeatedly had the number “2,900” come into his thoughts each time he went to Eucharistic Adoration. He could not figure out any reason for this.

As previously stated, he was in the process of discerning whether to become a priest. When he subsequently started to investigate the process for pursuing this goal, he learned that the address of the seminary was 2,900 Noblestown Road.

A small matter perhaps, but still significant in its implications.

Source for this story: Proctor, Sister Patricia, O.S.C., 201 Inspirational Stories of the Eucharist (Spokane, Washington, Francisan Monastery of Saint Clare, 2004) p. 242.

One Was Hanging From The Other

March 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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A man was attending Mass in St. Anthony Chapel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania one day in 1993. He made a rather demanding prayer, asking the Lord for something strange to take place if he was, as he was contemplating, supposed to become a priest.

When the priest attempted to give him Communion, he grasped a Host which was stuck to another Host. There was something strange about this, because the Hosts were not stuck together side by side, but one was hanging from the other. The priest attempted to separate them, but found that he could not. So, the man received both of the Hosts.

Source for this story: Proctor, Sister Patricia, O.S.C., 201 Inspirational Stories of the Eucharist (Spokane, Washington, Francisan Monastery of Saint Clare, 2004) p. 242.

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