March 18, 2016


Nivia, a wife and mother, was living in Puerto Rico. Following an insect bite, she became very ill. She had a high fever, experienced pain in her bones, was completely bedridden, suffered from an intense headache and and could not open her eyes because light bothered them too much. After a week, she felt worse and believed that her death was imminent.

Her mother had come to take care of her and her children. On Sunday, she asked her mother to turn on the television so that she could at least listen to the Mass. She was following each part of the Mass closely and participating in the prayers. Then the consecration occurred and the time for Communion arrived. She wished so deeply to receive the Eucharist that, as she recalled it years later, she still succumbed to tears.

Then, she says that she saw Christ himself, wearing a white tunic, carrying a gold ciborium and coming toward her. He gave her Communion. The feelings she experienced were not describable with words.

Afterwards, her fever was gone and she was able to open her eyes. She then returned to good health.

While she believed in the Real Presence before this, she is now outspoken in her encouragement to others with regard to adoring Him and receiving Him with thankfulness.

Source of this story: Proctor, Sister Patricia, O.S.C., 201 Inspirational Stories of the Eucharist (Spokane, Washington, Francisan Monastery of Saint Clare, 2004) p. 21.


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