December 4, 2016

She Saw Him Standing There


While in the Air Force during the early 1950s, Helen made it a practice of going to daily Mass. In military service, however, opportunities to succumb to temptation and worldly pleasures were abundant. She began to regret how she was acting and to see that it was wrong.

Then she was discharged and returned home. One morning, she was at Mass, at the parish church of her childhood. She was upset at the offense she had caused Jesus and vowed that she would remain loyal to Him in the future.

She went forward to receive Communion. As she stood in front of the priest, she “saw Jesus standing there with His precious body and blood, offering them to me.” She understood that her past sins were forgiven and she was back in His graces again. The relief for her was overwhelming.

She wrote of this event in 2004. 50 years later, it still remained fresh in her mind. During Communion, her thoughts still would return to that singular moment that made such an indelible impression on her.

Source: Proctor, Sister Patricia, O.S.C., 201 Inspirational Stories of the Eucharist (Spokane, Washington, Francisan Monastery of Saint Clare, 2004) p. 15-16.

December 3, 2016

St. Catherine Fieschi


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.

December 2, 2016

The Adoration Angels


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.

December 1, 2016

Brother John of Alvema


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.

November 30, 2016

In the Blessed Sacrament Chapel


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.

November 29, 2016

Marie-Therese Noblet


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: andérèse_Noblet.

November 28, 2016

The Television Cameraman


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.

November 27, 2016



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.

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.

March 20, 2016

The Number “2900”


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.

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