Why do we look at Eucharistic Miracles, is there a reason to focus on the Eucharist?
“Every saint of the Catholic Church has been deeply devoted to the Blessed Sacrament. In fact, there is no sanctity without the Eucharist.” Fr. John Harden (Revelation of the Sacred Heart)
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, (1647-1690)
It was on June 16, 1675, that the last of the grand revelations relative to the Sacred Heart took place. It was to close the cycle of those solemn disclosures. Until then the humble virgin had received from the Lord only personal favors, very like those with which other holy souls had already been favored. He had only demanded of her some individual practices of devotion. Now however, the hour was come for Him to invest her with her grand, public mission.
During the octave of the feast of the Blessed Sacrament, June 16, 1675, Margaret Mary was on her knees before the choir-grate, her eyes fixed on the tabernacle. She had just received “some of the unmeasured graces of His love”. We have no particulars of these graces.
Suddenly the Lord appeared on the altar and discovered to her His Heart: “Behold”, said He to her, “this Heart which has so loved men that it has spared nothing, even to exhausting and consuming itself, in order to testify its love. In return, I receive from the greater part only ingratitude, by their irreverence and sacrilege, and by the coldness and contempt they have for Me in this sacrament of love. What is most painful to Me,” added the Savior, in a tone that went to the Sister’s heart, “is that they are hearts consecrated to Me” Then He commanded her to have established in the Church a particular feast to honor His Sacred Heart.
“It is for this reason I ask thee that the first Friday after the octave of the Blessed Sacrament be appropriated to a special feast, to honor My Heart by communicating on that day, and making reparation for the indignity that it has received. And I promise that My Heart shall dilate to pour out abundantly the influences of its love on all that will render it this honor or procure its being rendered”. The Holy Eucharist and the Apostle of Christ
For the past few years, I have seen a lot of interest in Parishes across the United States that Eucharistic Adoration is growing. It is a most important opportunity to honor Our Lord. Here at Deepertruth, it is an honor to report the various Eucharistic Miracles that has happened in 2,000 years. These stories help inspire the imagination, the faith of many Catholics, especially at a time when many have been doubting the Lord’s true presence, body, blood, soul, and divinity in every Catholic Tabernacle in the world.
Mother Mary wants to flame the love for Jesus, calling for churches to be built all over the world so that the faithful will come before the Blessed Sacrament. To come before the King of kings for His honor and glory. Luke 12:49 states, “I have come to cast fire on the earth: and what will I, but that it be kindled?”
As followers of Christ, Jesus asks us today, like He did His Apostles, if we could not spend one hour with Him as He was undergoing His terrible agony in the garden. For many, this has become a vocation, but for many more an opportunity. Not all of us are in a position where we can be part of a monastery, but most of us can certainly dedicate time in our local parishes and inspire much more public devotion.
Saint building begins at home where children first learn the fruits of our holy Faith. How wonderful it is to see children learning and growing in their love for the Eucharistic Lord. There is no greater gift a Father and Mother can give their children. Jesus first loved us all the way to the cross (John 13:1) so our vocation in life is a vocation of love, regardless if your living in a convent or your working at a factory in Ohio, love is to be the motivation.
The story of great Saints who followed the Lord in their lives and how they shaped and transformed a Pagan world to a Christian environment is truly inspiring. Great as that was, we are again challenged today calling for the saints of God to stand up against the rising tide that Secularism has brought forth against faith. The Lord is calling for His people to follow and serve him. Galatians 2:20 states, “I live in the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and delivered Himself for me.” The Eucharist is so important in responding to the Lord’s call.
In present day life, it seems that life in the fast lane makes it difficult for our faith, we sometimes feel the pressure and the lure of what life in this world seems to offer. 1 Corinthians 13:7 states, “charity bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things…”, this requires self-sacrifice. People will spend time simply listening for a still small voice, others use devotions like the Rosary and the Divine Mercy, other will even sing before the Lord. It is a wonderful site when people are spending time with the Lord in Eucharistic Adoration.
St. Therese of Lisieux loved St. Paul’s encouragement of all the faithful, 2 Timothy 4:7 states, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith,” indicating personal victory over the present lures of the world that wants to take you away from the Lord, that brings about sin and destruction. Eucharistic Adoration is a great miracle and sign in a persons life that embraces the love that Jesus offers us. We are called to be dedicated to our profession of faith, our vocation in life.
Like Mother Mary who is the true Christ bearer, we imitate her in reaching out to the world bringing Christ to those who do not know Him. The Great Commission that the Lord gave His Church was to go to all the nations teaching them all that He proclaimed for them to teach. Then Jesus told them that He would remain with His Church until He returns at the end of the age. What a great comfort knowing that Jesus is truly with us, spiritually, but also physically through the Eucharist.
St. Hilary once said, “The greatest joy that we can give Mary is that of bearing Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament within our Hearts.” Mary is the Mother of the Church (Revelation 12:17) and as a loving mother, seeks to honor and serve her Son, Jesus by building a Blue Army of dedicated faithful followers of Christ. Remember John 19:27? “Behold thy Mother”! Blessed is the house that invites the Virgin Mary into their dwelling. Where Mary is, there also is Jesus.
St. Augustine once stated, “The Word is the Food of the angels, Men have not the strength to nourish themselves with this Heavenly Food; yet, they have need for it. What is needed is a mother who may eat this super-substantial Bread, transform it into her milk, and in this way feed her poor children. This mother is Mary. She nourishes herself with the Word and transforms Him into the Sacred Humanity. She transforms Him into Flesh and Blood, i.e., into this most sweet milk which is called the Eucharist.” St. Augustine also said, “Christ held Himself in His hands when He gave His Body to His disciples saying: ‘This is My Body’. No one partakes of this Flesh before he has adored it.”
The Saints continue to speak through the richness of the Church’s Sacred Tradition. St. John Vianney, the Cure of Ars, “Every Consecrated Host is made to burn Itself up with love in a human heart…”
St. Peter Juliean Eymard, “In one day the Eucharist will make you produce more for the glory of God than a whole lifetime without it.” “To be possessed by Jesus and to possess Him – that is the perfect reign of Love”
St. Bernadette, the seer of Lourdes once exclaimed of Jesus and Mary that they “always go together..,” Mother Mary takes the believer deep into the Divine Heart of Jesus where we find Jesus Divine Mercy.
St. Pius X once said of the Eucharist, “The devotion to the Eucharist is the most noble because it has God as its object, it is the most profitable for salvation, because It gives us the Author of Grace, it is the sweetest, because the Lord is Sweetness Itself.”
With all this given, please consider the following Miracle, one that I had the chance to make a pilgrimage to in the latter 1980′s in Germany:
The Eucharistic miracle of Augsburg, is known locally as Wunderbarlichen Gutes – “The Miraculous Good”. It is described in numerous books and historical documents that can be consulted in the civic state library of Augsburg. A stolen Host was transformed into bleeding Flesh. In the course of the centuries, several analyses were completed of the Holy Particle that have always confirmed that human Flesh and Blood are present. Today the Convent of the Heileg Kreuz (Holy Cross) is taken care of by the Dominican Fathers.
1194, a woman from Augsburg who was particularly devoted to the Most Holy Sacrament, received Holy communion. After communion, without being noticed, she put the Host in a handkerchief, took the Blessed Sacrament home and placed the Eucharistic Species in a container of wax inside a cupboard. In those days it was very difficult to find tabernacles in the church so as to be able to practice Eucharistic Worship. Only in 1264, with the introduction of the Feast of Corpus Domini (Corpus Christi) did such devotion become commonplace.
Five years passed and on the 11th of May 1199, the woman, tormented by remorse, confessed to the superior of the convent of the Heilig Kreuz, Father Berthold, who had her bring the Host back. The priest opened up the wax covering that enclosed the Host and saw that the Holy Eucharist had been transformed into bleeding Flesh. The Host appeared “divided into two Parts connected together by the thin threads of the bleeding Flesh.” Father Berthold went immediately to the bishop of the city of Udalskalk who ordered that the Miraculous Host be “transferred, accompanied by the clergy and by the people into the cathedral and exhibited in an ostensorium of crystal for public worship.”
The miracle continued: the Host began to grow and to swell up and this phenomenon lasted before the eyes of all from Easter Sunday until the Feast of St. John the Baptist. Following this, Bishop Udalskalk had the Host brought back near the convent of the Heilig Kreuz and proclaimed that “in memory of such a memorable and extraordinary event,” there should be a special commemoration each year in honor of the holy relic.
In 1200, Count Rechber donated to the Augustinian Fathers a rectangular chest of silver with an opening in the front for the placement of the Host of the miracle. Besides the Eucharistic miracle, other extraordinary incidences took place, such as the apparition of the Host with Baby Jesus dressed in white with radiant face and His forehead encircled with a crown of gold, or in another case the bleeding of the crucifix of the church, or the apparition of Jesus blessing the assembly of worshipers.
Not long following my pilgrimage, one of my Soldiers stationed with me who had planned to be a Baptist Minister, soon later was received into the Catholic Faith. May Jesus and Our Lady continue to bring poor souls to Himself through the signs and wonders promised (Acts 2:17-21).