The Guardian Angel: Eucharistic Miracle of Ponferrada, SPAIN, 1533

Posted by Donald Hartley - May 28th, 2015

Greg 1Eucharistic Miracles are always special because of who the Eucharist really is. It is not a mere representation, a symbol, or even a memorial of Jesus. The Eucharist is truly Jesus among us Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity present in all the Catholic Tabernacles of the world.

Jesus gives us this revelation of Himself in the Sacred Scripture and the Church has proclaimed this truth for 1972 years since the first Mass offered by Jesus Himself.

Dr. Gregory Thompson is my Co-host for our Internet Radio Show, Deepertruth covering Eucharistic Miracles. The following is coming from Dr. Thompson, the Guardian Angel:

Although having gone to his eternal reward, I look at Father John Hardon as a mentor through his many writings to catechize in our Catholic Faith. Because of this being a feast day of the first appearance of Our Lady of Fatima to the three Shepherd children, let me lay a foundation in his words: “The Blessed Virgin is the Mother of Divine Grace because she is the Mother of God, who is the Author of grace. Except for Jesus Christ, the Son of Mary, the grace that was lost by the fall of Adam and Eve would not have been restored to the human race. Our Lady’s fiat mihi (be it done to me) at the Annunciation began the restoration of God’s grace to the human family.”

The moment Our Lady conceived her Divine Son in her womb, we may say, was the beginning of the Holy Eucharist. We now have the Body and Blood of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament only because Christ’s Mother gave Him the Flesh and Blood that He offers on the altar at Mass, that we receive at Holy Communion, that we adore in the Blessed Sacrament. In the words of Saint Augustine, “The Flesh of Jesus is the flesh of Mary.”  Since the Holy Eucharist is our principal source of grace here on earth, we must thank Our Lady for making the Eucharist possible.

Eucharistic Miracle of Ponferrada, SPAIN, 1533

cd 9In the miracle of Ponferrada, Juan De Benavente decided to steal the tabernacle containing a precious silver ciborium with numerous consecrated Hosts inside from his very own parish. With only the passing of time and miraculous circumstances the recovery of the stolen Hosts, which remained perfectly intact, was made possible.

Juan De Benavente lived in Ponferrada with his wife. It was apparent that he was very devout and religious. In fact every evening he stopped in church to pray. One day, during his prayer time, he succumbed to greed and seized the tabernacle, a simple wooden container, in which there was a precious silver ciborium containing some consecrated Hosts.

He fled from the church and headed towards the Sil River in order to pitch the cheap wooden tabernacle, but when he tried to launch it into the water he could not because of its sudden immense weight. So he returned home where he hid everything and said nothing to his wife. During the night continuous flashes of light came from the tabernacle, arousing the suspicion of his wife. So Juan decided to go out and dispose of his sacrilegious stolen goods.

He reached a place the townspeople called the Arenal Field and threw the tabernacle and consecrated Hosts into the middle of the blackberry patch. The discovery of the crime brought dismay among all of the population and Juan became increasingly nervous and anxious, also because he did not know how to sell the silver ciborium without getting caught.

Near the Arenal Field, the owner of the land, Diego Nuñez de Losada, set up a target practice for entertainment during the feast days. During the time frame in which the sacred Hosts were still in the blackberry patch, eyewitnesses reported seeing flashes of light at night and strange doves hovering during the day. The crossbowmen tried in vain to hit the doves. The miller Nogaledo decided then to capture the doves with his own hands and ventured into the blackberry patch, discovering the tabernacle and the sacred Hosts from where the intense flashes of light originated.

cd 10Disturbed, he went straight towards the church where the bells were ringing in the distance. The return of the sacred Hosts was organized with a solemn procession. Juan was overcome with remorse and decided to admit his guilt.

In the place where the miraculous Hosts were recovered a chapel was immediately constructed. In 1570 the parish priest planned the expansion of the building and instituted a solemn annual procession on the eighth day of the Feast of Corpus Christi in memory of the miracle.

In the history of the Church, such miraculous signs have been made manifest. In the bible we find several examples of bright light depicting the Glory of God’s presence.