A Strong Prompting

March 12, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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June Klins stopped in at neighboring church where she knew they practiced Eucharistic Adoration that particular day. As she went in, she observed that no one was there. It is unknown through what inadvertence or error this may have occurred, but leaving Christ exhibited for adoration but alone is something to always be avoided, as it is a sign of grave disrespect.

Ms. Klins had only intended to stop in for a visit. She had another commitment to which she had to go and could not stay past a certain time. Yet, no one showed up. She prayed earnestly for someone to come.

Finally, as she was running out of time, she quickly went to her car, retrieved her cell phone and called a friend. That friend did come and relieve her.

Later, that friend told her that, just a few minutes after Ms.Klins left, another person arrived. She stated that she was not intending to come that day, but while at home, felt a very strong prompting to come.

Source: “Guardians of the Eucharist,” The Spirit of Adoration, ed. June Klins, Issue No.2, Erie, PA, , http://www.spiritofmedjugorje.org/files/AdorationIssue2.pdf.

St. Peter of Alcantara After Mass

March 11, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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While still a young man, St. Peter of Alcantara used to remain after Mass for an inordinately long time. One day, it was past noon when his mother sent a servant to look for him. The servant found him, in the choir of the church, kneeling behind the organ. There was a light surrounding his face.

Similarly, other saints have at times been observed, in the presence of the Eucharist in the Tabernacle or at Mass, with a glow or light emanating from them.

Source: Cruz, Caroll, Eucharistic Miracles (Charlotte, North Carolina, Tan Books, 2010) p.286.

Fiecht

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The village of St. Georgenberg-Fiecht sits in a mountainous area of the Tyrol region in western Austria. During the year 1310, a priest was celebrating Mass in a monastery there. The abbot, Abbot Rupert, the monks in service there and numerous pilgrims were present for the Mass. The priest who was celebrating the Mass, however, had serious doubts as to whether the consecrated wine was truly the blood of Christ.

It is reported that the appearance of wine was replaced by an appearance of blood, which then began to bubble and boil, and then began to overflow the chalice.

The abbot and those present came to the altar, to see for themselves what had taken place.

The priest was unable to consume all of the Holy Blood. The abbot decided to place the remainder in a vessel in the tabernacle on the main altar.

News of the event spread and many more pilgrims came to the monastery, to revere the relics of this extraordinary event.

Today, in the side altar of the church that serves this monastery, there is a plaque that provides a record of the above. It also attests that,“in 1472 Bishop Georg von Brixen sent the abbot of Wilten, Joahannes Lösch, and the pastors, Sigmund Thaur and Kaspar of Absam, to better study the phenomenon. As a result of this investigation, the adoration of the Blessed Blood was encouraged and the miracle was declared authentic.

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/Fiecht.pdf

St. Theresa of Avila

March 9, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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One time, when St. Theresa of Avila was at Mass, she lay on the ground and had some of the other nuns hold her down there. The reason for this was that there were certain ladies attending the Mass that day that she did not want to alarm. St. Theresa did not want to be lifted off the ground, an experience that had occurred to her before.

She describes what it was like one time. She says that, “it seemed that I was being lifted up by a force beneath my feet so powerful that I know nothing to which I can compare it, for it came with a much greater vehemence than any other spiritual experience.”

Source: Cruz, Caroll, Eucharistic Miracles (Charlotte, North Carolina, Tan Books, 2010) p.288-89.

Braine, France

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In 1153, the Archbishop of Soissons, Anculphe de Pierrefonds, directed that a solemn High Mass be celebrated in the city of Braine, in honor of the Feast of the Holy Spirit. In connection with it, a procession around the entire city was also conducted.

Although many people lived in the city who did not regard themselves as Catholic, practically everyone came to observe the activity and even attend the Mass. The Archbishop himself was the celebrant for the Mass. At the point in the Mass when the Host was elevated for adoration, those gathered did not see the Host. Instead, they saw a small child.

Afterwards, many of those who were not Catholic clamored to be baptized.

Following this spectacle, a monastery was built at which the miraculous Host was kept, and annual processions and ceremonies were held in honor of it.

This story, however, concerns not just one miraculous event, but two. For over 550 years, at least until the year 1718, the Host remained intact. It had not succumbed to decay or the normal processes of decomposition that would occur to any organic matter.

Source: Cruz, Caroll, Eucharistic Miracles (Charlotte, North Carolina, Tan Books, 2010) p.19-21.

La Rochelle

March 7, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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La Rochelle is a city in the Bay of Biscay, on the west coast of France. In the year 1461, Mrs. Jehan Leclerc came to the Church of St. Bartholomew, with her son Bertrand, for Easter Sunday Mass. Bertrand was 12 years old. At the age of 7, he suffered a terrible fall which left him not only paralyzed but mute as well.

When it came time for Holy Communion, Bertrand indicated to his mother that he also wanted to receive the Blessed Sacrament. The priest was reluctant to grant this request. Bertrand did not have the capacity of speech and consequently had not been able to make his first confession. Bertrand, however, continued to plead his case and, eventually, the priest relented.

From the instant he received the host, he felt shaken by a curious force. He became able to speak and to move, for the first time in years.

An account written immediately after the extraordinary event recorded Bertrand’s first words, which were, “Adjutorium nostrum in nomine Domini (Our help is in the name of the Lord!).”

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/Larochelle-Neuvy.pdf.

Rebecca

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Rebecca lived in Lancaster, N.Y. While in her teens, she started going back to church, but had a question that lingered in the back of her mind – “is there really a God?”

At one point, she agreed to attend an overnight retreat in Olean, about two hours from her home. She had never been to an Adoration event before, but when the priest conducted the Benediction, and brought the Host out before those gathered in a school gymnasium, she says that she, “felt a chill through me, and I just got this overwhelming feeling, unlike anything I have ever felt before.”

She talks about how all her doubt was removed at that moment, and that she felt sad as she left Adoration, because she, “had never been happier.”

Source: “Adoration Changed My Life,” The Spirit of Adoration, ed. June Klins, Issue No.1, Erie, PA, July, 2008, http://www.spiritofmedjugorje.org/files/AdorationIssue1.pdf.

Nicholas of Flue

March 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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St. Nicholas of Flue, Switzerland died in the year 1487. As a young man of 25, he had married. He and his wife had 10 children. Then, at the age of 50, he asked his wife if he might leave her, to live as a contemplative. She consented.

To sever himself from the world and worldly desires, he began a fast. After the first 11 days, he spoke with Oswald Isner, parish priest at the nearby village of Kerns. Isner knew him well, and in this period of his life, was more familiar with him than any other person. After the death of Nicholas, Isner wrote that Nicholas took no food or drink for a period of twenty and one half years. Nicholas told him that, “he received the Sacrament once a month and felt that the Body and Blood of Christ communicated vital forces which served him for meat and drink.”

Nicholas was well-known in his homeland before his life as a recluse. He had earned honors in military campaigns and served as a judge for nine years. News of his allegedly extraordinary life without food did spread. The Bishop of Ascalon came to reside with him and see for himself. After several days, he ordered Nicholas to eat a little bread and drink a little wine. Nicholas had such a violent reaction to them, however, that the Bishop withdrew his directive.

The Archduke Sigismond of Austria was also dubious. He sent his royal physician, Burcard von Horneck to investigate. Emperor Frederick III also sent emissaries to look into the case. All the reports confirmed the earlier indications.

If this seems too incredible, note the more recent case of Alexandrina Maria da Costa, who died in 1955. As reported previously on this website, she similarly lived under a total fast, save for the Eucharist alone, for over 13 years. In her case, a strict medical examination confirmed what was “scientifically inexplicable.”

Source: Cruz, Caroll, Eucharistic Miracles (Charlotte, North Carolina, Tan Books, 2010) p. 236-237.

The Heretic

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In the third and fourth centuries a certain Christian presbyter named Arius (250-336) lived in Alexandria, Egypt. He was the founder of a heretical sect, which believed that Jesus was not part of the Trinity as that is understood today. Instead, the adherents of this group maintained that, as the Son of God, He was separate and distinct from God.

A few generations after Arius lived, his beliefs were still current with some in the eastern Mediterranean. A woman who was married to a disciple of St. John Chrysostom (349-407), Archbishop of Constantinople, was one of these. One day, she went with her husband to St. John Chrysostom’s church. She received a consecrated Host in her hand, but kept it until she arrived home.

There she attempted to eat it, without reverence, as simply a bit of food. She found, however, that it the short interval of time since she had taken possession of it, it had become petrified, as hard as stone.

She then took it to the Saint and implored forgiveness.

Source: Cruz, Caroll, Eucharistic Miracles (Charlotte, North Carolina, Tan Books, 2010) p. 203-04.

Graduation Day

March 3, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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It was graduation day for Larissa. She had finished her years in grammar school. In her home, she was upstairs getting ready for the ceremonies; her mother was downstairs ironing her dress. They were preparing to go to their parish church, where there would be Mass and then the graduation formalities.

Suddenly, Larissa heard her mother scream. She raced downstairs to find her mother holding an ice pack on her arm. There was a huge burn mark that extended from her wrist to her elbow. Many people would have, with disappointment, nonetheless gone to the hospital at that time. Not Larissa’s mother. She simply instructed here daughter to get ready, because “Jesus is waiting.”

Larissa’s mother had not grown up Catholic, but had converted some years earlier. Clearly, she had a deep and sincere faith about His Presence in the Eucharist.

During the Mass, Larissa prayed very hard for her mother. After the graduation, Larissa and her best friend posed beside the Tabernacle for Larissa’s mom to take their picture. It was then that Larissa noticed her mother’s arm. The large burn mark was gone. There was not even a blister.

From that day on, Larissa not only had a much stronger understanding of His Presence in the Blessed Sacrament but also that He is a “real, live, breathing, loving Lord” who is “still showering us with miracles of love.”

Source: “The Lesson I Learned at Eighth Grade Graduation,” McMaster, Larissa, The Spirit of Adoration, ed. June Klins, Issue No.3, Erie, PA, http://www.spiritofmedjugorje.org/files/AdorationIssue3.pdf.

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