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Friday, June 16, 2006
Proclaiming our faith in the Word made flesh for us today

Throughout Christian history, our Lord has shown us that he is really present as the Blessed Sacrament through the Church’s teaching. One extraordinary way has been through Eucharistic miracles. Interestingly these have often taken place as a result of someone doubting the Real Presence.

Most Eucharistic miracles involve incidences in which the Host has "turned into human flesh and blood". Of course we as Catholics believe that the consecrated Host is the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of our Lord, only under the appearances of bread and wine. Therefore, Jesus, through these miracles, merely manifests His Presence in a more obvious way for the eyes of a struggling faith..

Below are recounted some of the more significant miracles (with acknowledgments to In all these cases the Church has officially investigated them and approved their veneration.

Sienna, Italy -- August 17, 1730 Consecrated Hosts, which were stolen and then reovered, remain perfectly preserved for over 250 years. Rigorous scientific experiments have not been able to explain this phenomena.

Amsterdam, Holland 1345 After a dying man was unable to hold down the Host of Holy Viaticum the Sacred Host was placed in a fire to be consumed. The following morning it was found to be unscathed.

Blanot, France -- March 31, 1331The Eucharist falls out of a woman's mouth onto an altar rail cloth. The priest tries to recover the Host but all that remains is a large spot of blood the same size and dimensions as the wafer. This can still be observed.
Bolsena-Orvieta, Italy, fifteenth century. Again, a priest has difficulties believing in the Real Presence, and blood begins seeping out of the Host upon consecration. Because of this miracle, Pope Urban IV set up last Thursday’s the feast of Corpus Christi.

Lanciano, Italy -- 8th century A.D. A priest has doubts about the Real Presence; however, when he consecrates the Host it transforms into flesh and blood. This miracle has undergone extensive scientific examination and can only be explained as a miracle. The flesh is actually cardiac tissue which contains arterioles, veins, and nerve fibers. The blood type as in all other approved Eucharistic miracles is type AB! We remember Jesus said to Thomas “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.'" (Jn 20:29)

posted by Sinead Reekie at 2:47 pm