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March 17, 2017

The Two Women

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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.

March 16, 2017

Ursula Benincasa

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Pope Gregory XIII heard of extraordinary occurrences involving Venerable Ursula Benincasa. To determine whether they were true, he directed St. Philip Neri to lead an investigation.

She was known to have an intolerance for food, although she was able to receive the Blessed Sacrament without issue.

As a test, St. Philip Neri ordered that she not be allowed reception of the Eucharist. For months, she obeyed. Finally, however, her physician declared that she was becoming too weak to survive.

St. Philip again permitted her to take Communion. As soon as the priest arrived with the Host, her strength began to return, and after receiving the Eucharist, she was completely restored to health.

St. Philip was thus convinced of her sanctity.

Source: Cruz, Caroll, Eucharistic Miracles (Charlotte, North Carolina, Tan Books, 2010) p.239.

March 15, 2017

Jack Traynor

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Jack Traynor was a World War I veteran from Liverpool, England. He suffered injuries during the war that left his legs partially paralyzed and his right arm fully paralyzed. As a result of their disuse, the muscles in that arm atrophied and the arm itself had a skeleton-like appearance. In addition, he had taken shrapnel in his head, the surgery to remove which had left an inch-wide hole in his skill. The pulsations of his brain could be seen from such hole. It was covered with a silver plate. Lastly, he also suffered from epileptic fits, sometimes three such fits on a single day.

After living with such difficulties for almost 10 years, Traynor decided to take a trip to Lourdes in July of 1923. Although the barncardiers initially resisted, fearing he was not strong enough to survive that small activity, he was taken to the baths. It was there that he experienced some agitation in his legs.  Then he attended the Blessing of the Sick, a procession with the Blessed Sacrament among the sick who had come to Lourdes. It was then that he felt the same agitation in his arms and attempted to rise from his stretcher. For fear that he might create a scene, his attendants injected him with a sedative.

Awake the next morning, he pushed past two barncardiers and ran out in an ecstatic state over his cure.

Back in Liverpool, doctors concluded that new nerves and muscles must somehow have formed in his arm to account for its functionality and changed appearance. The right forearm was slightly smaller in size than his left, but other than this minor difference, it bore no resemblance to its former condition. His legs had been healed, his epileptic fits ceased and the hole in his skull had actually closed itself.

Traynor went to work in the coal and hauling business, which included lifting 200-lb. sacks of coal.

Source: Hebert, Fr. Albert J., S.M., Saints Who Raised the Dead (Charlotte, N.C., Tan Books, 2012) p. 224-225.

March 14, 2017

Ludbreg

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(posted from Medjugorje in Bosnia-Hercegovina, adjacent to Croatia)

Ludbreg is a little town in Croatia. In 1411, a priest was celebrating Mass there, in a chapel in County Batthyany’s castle. The priest, however, had doubts about the Transubstantiation. During the consecration, the wine in the chalice changed into the physical composition of blood. The priest decided to hide this relic in the wall behind the main altar. He engaged workmen to help with the task, and swore them to silence.

The priest kept his secret until the time of his death, and then he did reveal it. News of this spread and pilgrims began making trips to Ludbreg. The Vatican had the relic brought to Rome, and in the early 1500s, sent a commission to Ludbreg to investigate the apparent miracle. Many people testified to having received miraculous cures while praying before the relic. In 1513, Pope Leo X issued a decree authorizing veneration of the relic.

The relic was later returned to Croatia. In 1721, Countess Eleanora Battyhany-Strattman had a monstrance made specifically for the purpose of housing the relic.

It is in that monstrance to this day.

To this day, the blood remains perfectly intact, even though human blood normally deteriorates after only 8-10 days. In this case, it has taken over 600 years to date.

Source: 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/Ludbreg1.pdf and http://www.therealpresence.org/eucharst/mir/english_pdf/Ludbreg2.pdf.

March 13, 2017

St. Waltheof

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St. Waltheof, who died in 1159, was a member of the Cistercian Order and abbot of the Melrose Abbey in Scotland. One particular Christmas Day, he was celebrating Mass. Immediately after the Consecration, in the place of the Host in his hands, he saw the Baby Jesus, in radiant form. After some period of adoration, he placed the Host upon the altar and the image vanished.

St. Waltheof related this event to Everard, the same person to whom he confessed his sins, the most unlikely of persons to whom he would conceivably tell something untrue. A monk from Furness, Jordan, who wrote a biography of St. Waltheof, heard of this incident from Everard and several other Cistercian monks.

Source: Cruz, Caroll, Eucharistic Miracles (Charlotte, North Carolina, Tan Books, 2010) p.275.

March 12, 2017

A Strong Prompting

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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.

March 11, 2017

St. Peter of Alcantara After Mass

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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.

March 11, 2017

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

March 9, 2017

St. Theresa of Avila

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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.

March 8, 2017

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.

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