Please remember that our faith is not founded on Eucharistic miracles, but on the proclamation of the Lord Jesus, received with faith through the action of the Holy Spirit. We believe because we have believed in the preaching (see Gal. 3:5; also in Rom 10:17): “Faith depends on hearing and hearing by the word of Christ; and, in turn, preaching depends on the word of Christ.” “Believing is an act of the intellect, which under the influence of the will moved by God through grace, gives its consent to divine truth.” St. Thomas, Summa Theologiae.
Our faith in the Eucharist has as it center Christ. A Christian is not obliged to believe in Eucharistic miracles or any Private Revelations. In principle, however, the believer must not exclude the possibility that God may intervene in the extraordinary way in any given moment, place, event or person. The prudence of the Church is fully justified, since some may think God forgot to tell us something, attributing excessive importance to the miraculous and extraordinary, and easily and excessively believing suggestions or illusions.
Eucharistic Miracles can be useful and fruitful aids to our faith. For example: They help us go beyond the visible and the perceptible and admit the existence of something beyond. Also, they can give us an opportunity, to speak of public Revelation and of its importance to the Church and to Christians.
Eucharistic Miracle of Skete Egypt 3rd Century
The account of this Eucharistic miracle goes back to the first centuries of Christianity and is found in the collection of apothegms of the Fathers of the Desert who lived as hermits in Egypt following the example of St. Anthony the Abbot. A monk was assailed by strong doubts regarding the Real Presence of Jesus in the bread and wine consecrated at Mass. After the Consecration the Infant Jesus was seen in place of the bread. Three other monks who were assisting at the Mass witnessed the same vision.
In the sayings and deeds of the Desert Fathers, we find a description of an ancient Eucharistic miracle. Fr. Daniel the Faranite attests: “Our Fr. Arsenius told us of a monk of Skete who was a hard worker but lacked instruction in the Faith. In his ignorance he would say: ‘The Bread we receive is not really the Body of Christ, but a symbol of that Body.’ Two monks heard his statement and, knowing that he was a good and pious monk, decided to speak to him since they attributed his words to ignorance rather than to malice. So they went to him and said: ‘Father, we heard someone saying something contrary to the Faith: that the bread we receive is not really the Body of Christ, but a symbol.’ The Priest said, ‘I am the one who says this!’ They then began to exhort him, ‘you must not believe that, but rather believe what the Catholic Church teaches. We believe that bread is the Body of Christ, and this chalice is the Blood of Christ, really and truly, and not a symbol.’ The accused replied: ‘Unless you can show me evidence, I will not change my mind.’ The other monks told him, ‘this week we will pray to God about this mystery, and we believe that God will show us the truth.’
“At the end of the week, on Sunday, all three went to the church and stood together. The priest was between the two monks on a step. Their eyes were opened when the Bread was placed on the altar in sacrifice in place of the Host, all three of them saw a Child. When the priest reached for the Bread to pick it up and break It, an angel appeared with a sword and pierced the Boy, whose Blood ran into the chalice. When the priest broke the Bread into pieces, the angel cut little pieces from the Child. When the three monks came up for Communion, the priest was offered bleeding Flesh. At this the doubter was overcome with fear and cried out, ‘Lord, I believe that the Bread is Your Body, and that Your Blood is in the chalice!’ Immediately the bloodied Flesh he had in his hand took on the appearances of bread and he communicated, giving thanks to God.”
The above story took place is one of the earliest given of Eucharistic Miracles outside the scripture. Since the time of the earliest Protestant revolutionaries in the 16th century, the above doubts have been solidified in the hearts of the sons and daughters of the rebellion. The following comes from Martin Luther who describes the foundation why he developed a work against “The Mass and the Ordination of Priests,” (Erl. 31, 311 ff.) Luther explains of his famous disputation with the “father of lies” who accosted him “at midnight” and spoke to him with “a deep, powerful voice,” causing “the sweat to break forth” from his brow and his “heart to tremble and beat.” In that celebrated conference, of which he was an unexceptional witness and about which he never entertained the slightest doubt, he says plainly and unmistakably that “the devil spoke against the Mass, and Mary and the Saints” and that, moreover, “Satan gave him the most unqualified approval of his doctrine of justification by faith alone.”
Luther was clearly not a very good enlightened strategist for giving such weight to the leader of the enemy? We read in the scripture that the devil can appear as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14), but to Luther, the devil appears as himself.
When the devil speaks against the Mass, that is great call to believe more strongly in the Mass. It may appear as odd to take something the devil puts forth, but we can gain great insight when this happens.
One more case I give as an example. At an exorcism, when a priest was casting out a demon from a woman, a nun was assisting the priest along with a small group. The demon agonized the procedure began to challenge the nun who could read her sins. With this ploy of the demon, Father took the Nun outside and gave the good sister the opportunity to go to Confession. Once completed, the Priest and Nun resumed with the exorcism and when the demon tried the same ploy, he was unable too because the Nun’s soul was clean. Talk about evidence to the truth of Confession!
The powers of darkness does not want you to gravitate towards the light, this is the battle that we face. Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist, Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, and it is when we listen to the teaching of the Catholic Church that we truly hear the voice of the Lord (John 18:37).
I most firmly believe, O Jesus, that in this Holy Sacrament You are present; that here are Your Body and Blood, Your soul and Your divinity. I believe that You, my Savior, true God and true Man, are really here, with all Your treasures; that here You communicate Yourself to us, make us partakers of the fruit of Your Passion, and give us a pledge of eternal life. I believe there cannot be a greater happiness than to receive You worthily, nor a greater misery than to receive You unworthily. All this I most steadfastly believe, because it is what You have taught us by Your Church.
May the Lord Jesus continue to reveal himself in the Eucharist so that people can see Him present in all the Catholic Tabernacles of the world as the Angel of Portugal prayed:
Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore you profoundly. I offer you the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifference by which he is offended. And, through the infinite merits of his Most Sacred Heart, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. I beg of You the conversion of poor sinners.