Author: Shirley Aaron

Eucharistic Miracle: How Some Fishes Rescued The Holy Eucharist From The River

Eucharistic Miracle: How Some Fishes Rescued The Holy Eucharist From The River

When Some Fish Rescued The Eucharist From A River.

We Catholics firmly believe that Jesus is truly present with all his body, blood, soul and divinity in the Holy Eucharist. And it seems that God also likes the rest of his creation to know about this wonderful miracle. Even the fish!

It is said that in 1384 a parish priest from Valencia (Spain) went to take the sacred communion to a dying man. Even though a storm was coming, the priest knew that he had to do everything possible so that that poor soul that would soon find God could depart in grace.

Once his mission was completed – and on his way home – a strong storm began that forced the priest to hold tightly to his chest the ciborium with three consecrated hosts . He had already gone far enough and the darkness of the night made it impossible for him to return to a safe place. He only had to run until he reached the Church!

When passing through the gully of Carraixet he noticed that the water was very high and had to contrive to use a board as a bridge. Unfortunately when trying to cross lost balance and dropped the ciborium with the consecrated hosts to the river.

In the midst of his despair the priest threw himself into the river to rescue the ciborium, but he did not succeed. The river current took everything away!

With great sadness, the pastor informed the community of what had happened and they offered to start the search. They worked during the whole morning but only the next morning they found the empty ciborium. How sad! The priest had only to organize acts of reparation.

But the Lord was moved to see the love that the community and his parish priest had for him, so he decided to give them a wonderful miracle. In the middle of the sadness for what happened, the villagers saw how 3 fishes stood erect on the current of the river while holding on their mouths, the 3 consecrated hosts that were lost at the river. All fell on their knees, moved by that miracle and sent for the parish priest.

The fish did not move until the priest arrived who, clad in his sacred ornaments, approached the bank of the river excited. Upon seeing the priest, the fish also approached the riverbank and placed the Body of Christ on his consecrated hands while the faithful sang praises to our good God.

Those consecrated hosts were consumed that day in a Solemn Mass, but today that ciborium rescued that day is still preserved, and in it, the following phrase has been recorded: “Who will deny the Mystery of this Bread, when a dumb fish preaches to us? Faith?”

The Holy Souls Repay Those Who Have Helped Them In This Life And The Next. 

The Holy Souls Repay Those Who Have Helped Them In This Life And The Next. 

The Holy Souls Repay Those Who Have Helped Them In This Life And The Next.

Our Lord wishes people to pray for the souls in purgatory. He once showed Gertrude a table of gold on which were many costly pearls. The pearls were prayers for the holy souls. At the same time the saint had a vision of souls freed from suffering and ascending in the form of bright sparks to heaven.

In one Vision, Our Lord tells Gertrude that he longs for someone to ask Him to release souls from purgatory, just as a king who imprisons a friend for justice’s sake hopes that someone will beg for mercy for his friend. Jesus ends with:

“I accept with highest pleasure what is offered to Me for the poor souls, for I long inexpressibly to have near Me those for whom I paid so great a price. By the prayers of thy loving soul, I am induced to free a prisoner from purgatory as often as thou dost move thy tongue to utter a word of prayer.”

Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich was shown in her many vision’s that it is more holy to pray for the Poor Souls in Purgatory than for sinners still on Earth.

Their Gratitude Is Limitless And Do Not Fail To Return Blessings.

The Holy Souls Will Not Abandon Us In Death.

Blessed John of Massias, the Dominican lay brother, had a wonderful devotion to the souls in Purgatory. He was told that he obtained by his prayers, (chiefly by the recitation of the Rosary), the liberation of one million four hundred thousand souls! In return they obtained for him the most abundant and extraordinary graces and came at the hour of his death to help and console him and accompany him to heaven. This fact is so certain that it is inserted by the Church in the Bull of his Beatification.

The learned Cardinal Baronius recounts a similar incident.

He was himself called to assist a dying gentleman. Suddenly a host of blessed spirits appeared in the chamber of death, consoled the dying man and chased away the devils who sought by a last desperate effort to compass his ruin. When asked who they were they made answer that they were eight thousand souls whom he had released from Purgatory by his prayers and good works. They were sent by God, so they said, to take him to Heaven without his passing one moment in Purgatory.

Saint Gertrude Is Rewarded For Her Devotion To The Holy Souls.

St. Gertrude was fiercely tempted by the Devil when she came to die. The evil spirit reserves a dangerous and subtle temptation for our last moments. As he could find no other ruse sufficiently clever with which to assail the Saint, he thought to disturb her beautiful peace of soul by suggesting that she would surely remain long years in Purgatory since, he reminded her, she had made over long ago all her suffrages to other souls. Our Blessed Lord, not content with sending His Angels and the thousands of souls she had released, to assist her, came Himself in person to drive Satan away and comfort His dear Saint. He told her that in exchange for all she had done for the Holy Souls He would take her straight to Heaven and would multiply a hundredfold all her merits.

The Holy Souls Will Protect Us From Physical Danger.

An adventure in the Appenines.

A group of priests were called to Rome to treat a grave business matter. They were bearers of important documents and a large sum of money was entrusted to them for the Holy Father. Aware that the Appenines, over which they had to pass, were infested by daring bandits, they chose a trusty driver. There was no tunnel through the mountains nor train in those days.

They placed themselves under the protection of the Holy Souls and decided to say De profundis every hour for them.

When right in the heart of the mountains, the driver gave the alarm and, at the same time, lashed the horses into a furious gallop. Looking around, the priests saw fierce bandits at each side of the road with fixed rifles ready to fire. They were amazed that no shot rang out. They were completely at the mercy of the bandits.

After an hour’s headlong flight the driver stopped and, looking at the Priests, said: “I cannot understand how we escaped. These desperadoes never spare anyone.”

The Fathers were convinced that they owed their safety to the Holy Souls, a fact that was afterwards confirmed beyond doubt.

When their business was concluded in Rome, one of their number was detained in the Eternal City, where he was appointed chaplain to a Prison. Not long after, one of the fiercest brigands in Italy was captured, condemned to death for a long series of murders and awaited execution in the prison. Anxious to gain his confidence, the Chaplain told him of several adventures he himself had had and, finally, of his recent escape in the Appenines.

The criminal manifested the greatest interest in the story. When it was ended, he exclaimed: “I was the leader of that band. We thought that you had money and we determined to rob and murder you. An invisible force prevented each and all of us from firing, as we assuredly would have done had we been able.”

The chaplain then told him of how they had placed themselves under the protection of the Holy Souls and that they ascribed their deliverance to their protection.

The bandit found no difficulty in believing it. In fact, it made his conversion more easy. He died full of repentance.


Father Louis Manaci, a zealous missionary, had great devotion to the Souls in Purgatory. He found himself obliged to set out on a dangerous journey, but confidently asked the Holy Souls to protect him in the dangers that he was likely to meet with. His road lay through a vast desert, which he knew to be infested with brigands. While plodding along, saying the Rosary for the Holy Souls, what was not his surprise, on looking around, but to find himself surrounded by a bodyguard, as it were, of blessed spirits. Soon he discovered the reason. He had fallen into an ambuscade of brigands, but the Holy Souls at once surrounded him and drove off the miscreants, who sought his life. The Holy Souls did not abandon him until he was well out of danger.

What Is The Fate Of Those Who Do Not Pray For The Souls In Purgatory.

The Gospel of St. Matthew (25:3446) the words that Christ will address to the just on the Judgment day.

34 Come, ye blessed of my Father, possess you the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

35 For I was hungry, and you gave Me to eat: I was thirsty and you gave Me to drink: I was a stranger, and you took Me in.

36 Naked, and you covered Me: sick, and you visited Me: I was in prison, and you came to Me.

37 Then shall the just answer him, saying: Lord, when did we see thee hungry, and fed thee; thirsty, and gave thee to drink?

38 And when did we see thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and covered thee?

39 Or when did we see thee sick or in prison, and came to thee?

40 And the king (God) answering, shall say to them: Amen I say to you, as long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to Me.

41 Then he shall say to them also that shall be on His left hand: depart from Me, you cursed, into everlasting fire which was prepared for the Devil and his angels.

42 For I was hungry, and you gave Me not to eat: I was thirsty, and you gave Me not to drink.

43 I was a stranger, and you took Me not in: naked, and you covered Me not: sick and in prison, and you did not visit Me.

44 Then they also shall answer him saying: Lord, when did we see thee hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister to thee?

45 Then he shall answer them, saying: Amen I say to you, as long as you did it not to one of these, neither did you do it to Me.

46 And these shall go into everlasting punishment: but the just, into life everlasting.

St. Antonius and His Friend.

St. Antonius, the illustrious Archbishop of Florence, relates that a pious gentleman and a great friend of the Dominican Convent in which the Saint resided, died. Many Masses and suffrages were offered for his soul.

The soul of the gentleman appeared to him. The Saint was very much afflicted when, after a lapse of a very long time, the soul of the poor gentleman appeared to him, suffering excruciating pains.

“Oh my dear friend,” exclaimed the Archbishop, “are you still in Purgatory, you who led such a pious and devout life?”

“Yes, and I shall remain there still for a long time,” replied the poor sufferer, “for when on Earth, I neglected to offer suffrages for the souls in Purgatory. Now God by a just judgement, has applied those suffrages which have been offered for me to those souls for whom I should have prayed.”

“But God, too, in his justice will give me all the merits of my good works when I enter Heaven, but first of all I have to expiate my grave neglect in regard to others.”

How To Help The Holy Souls In Purgatory 

How To Help The Holy Souls In Purgatory 

How To Help The Holy Souls In Purgatory.

Having Masses Said Is The Absolute Most Powerful Tool To Release The Holy Soul’s From Purgatory.

The recital of the Rosary (with its great indulgences) and making the Way of the Cross (which is also richly indulgenced) are excellent means of helping the Holy Souls.

St. John Massias, released from Purgatory more than a million souls, chiefly by reciting the Rosary and offering its great indulgences for them.

Another easy and efficacious way is by the constant repetition of short indulgenced prayers [applying the indulgence to the Souls in Purgatory]. Many people have the custom of saying 500 or 1,000 times each day the little ejaculation, “Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place my trust in Thee!” or the one word, “Jesus”. These are most consoling devotions, they bring oceans of grace to those holy souls. “It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins.” (2 Mac 12:46).

Formula of the Heroic Act:

This act consists in ceding to the Souls in Purgatory all our works of satisfaction, that is to say, the satisfactory value of all the works of our life and of all the suffrages which shall be given to us after our death, without reserving anything to discharge our own debts. We deposit them in the hands of the Blessed Virgin, that she may distribute them, according to her good pleasure, to those souls which she desires to deliver from Purgatory. 

It is an absolute donation in favor of the souls of all that we can give them, we offer to God on their behalf all the good we do, of what kind so ever, either in thought, words or works, all that we suffer meritoriously during this life, without excepting anything that we may reasonably give them, and adding even those suffrages which we may receive for ourselves after death. It must be well understood that the matter of this holy donation is the satisfactory value of our works and in no way the merit which has a corresponding degree of glory in Heaven, for merit is strictly personal, and cannot be transferred to another. Pope Benedict XIII, Pius VI, and Pius IX, have approved this heroic act, and have enriched it with indulgences and privileges, of which the principals are as follows:

The Indult of a Privileged Altar, personally, every day of the year to all priests who shall have made this offering. A Plenary indulgence daily, applicable only to the departed, to all the faithful, who shall have made this offering, whenever they go to Holy Communion, provided they visit a church or public oratory, and pray there for some time for the intention of his Holiness. A Plenary indulgence, every Monday, to all who hear Mass in aid of the Souls in Purgatory, provided they fulfill the other conditions mentioned above.

“O Holy and Adorable Trinity, desiring to cooperate in the deliverance of the Souls in Purgatory, and to testify my devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, I cede and renounce on behalf of those Holy Souls all the satisfactory part of my works, and all the suffrages which may be given to me after my death, consigning them entirely into the hands of the most Blessed Virgin, that she may apply them according to her good pleasure to those souls of the faithful departed which she desires to deliver from their sufferings. Deign, O my God, to accept and bless this offering which I make to Thee at this moment. Amen.”

On The Fires Of Purgatory. 

StThomas of Aquinas, the Prince of Theologians, says that the fire of Purgatory is equal in intensity of the fire of Hell, and that the slightest contact with it is more dreadful than all the possible sufferings of this Earth.

StAugustine, the greatest of the Holy Doctors, teaches that to be purified of their faults prior to being admitted to Heaven, souls after death are subjected to a fire more penetrating, more dreadful than anything we can see, or feel, or conceive in this life. “Though this fire is destined to cleanse and purify the souls”, adds the Holy Doctor, “still it is more acute than anything we can possibly endure on Earth.”

StCyril of Alexandria does not hesitate to say: “that it would be preferable to suffer all the possible formats of Earth until Judgment day, than pass one day in Purgatory.”

St. Pio “Our fire, in comparison with the fire of Purgatory is a refreshing breeze.”

St. John Bosco’s Dream: The Snake And The Rosary And The Power Of Confession

St. John Bosco’s Dream: The Snake And The Rosary And The Power Of Confession

Saint Don Bosco: The Snake And The Rosary And The Power Of Confession.

I want to tell you a dream I had some nights ago, most probably on the eve of the Assumption. I dreamed that I was at my brother’s home at Castelnuovo d’ Asti with all my boys. While they were at play, a total stranger came up to me and asked me to go with him. He took me to a meadow alongside the playground and pointed to a huge, ugly snake, over twenty feet long, coiled in the grass. Frightened, I wanted to run off, but the stranger held me back. 

Get closer and take a good look,” he said.

What?” I gasped. “Don’t you realize that the monster could spring on me and gobble me up in no time?”

Don’t be afraid! Nothing of the sort will happen, just come with me.”

Nothing doing! Im not crazy!”

Then stay where you are,” the stranger replied. And he went to fetch a rope.

Take this end,” he said on his return, “and grip it tightly with both hands. I’ll hold the other end, and we’ll let it dangle over the snake.”

And then?”

Then we’ll snap it across its back.”

You must be crazy, the snake will leap up and tear us to pieces.”

Go on! Click it up to full size and give yourself a fright”!

“No, it won’t. Leave that to me.”

“Count me out! I have no intention to risk my life for a thrill of this kind!”

Again I tried to run away, but the stranger once more assured me that I had nothing to fear, because the snake would do me no harm. He talked so persuasively that I stayed on and agreed to his plan. He went around to the other side of the monster. We stretched the rope and then snapped it across the snake’s back. The monster immediately sprang up and struck at the rope, but as it did so, it ensnared itself as in a noose.

“Hold on!” the stranger shouted. “Don’t let go!” He ran to a nearby pear tree and tied his end of the rope to it. Then he came to me and tied his end of the rope to it. Then he came to me and tied my end to the iron grating of a window in the house. The snake kept furiously struggling to free itself, writhing, thrashing and flailing about. In its fury, it tore itself to pieces, scattering its flesh over the area, till it was slashed to a mere skeleton. The stranger then untied the rope and coiled it up, “Now watch very carefully!” he said as he put it into a box and closed it. By this time the boys had swarmed about me. Within a few moments he opened the box. We looked in and were astounded to see the rope shaped into the words Ave Maria – “Hail Mary.”

How did that happen?” I asked.

The snake,” the man replied, “is a symbol of the Devil, whereas the rope stands for Ave Maria, or rather, the Rosary, a succession of Hail Marys with which we can strike, conquer and destroy all of Hell’s demons.”

What followed is even stranger and more amazing.

Now, while taking with that stranger about the rope, the snake and what they symbolized, I turned around and saw boys picking up scraps of snake meat and eating them. “What are you doing?” I shouted. “Are you mad? That meat is poisonous.”

Its delicious!” They replied.

And yet no sooner had they swallowed it than they would crumple to the ground, and their bodies would swell and harden like stone. I was helpless, because, despite this, more and more boys kept eating that meat. I shouted and yelled at them, and even slapped and punched them, to keep them from eating, but in vain. For every one who crumpled to the ground, another took his place. Then I called the clerics and told them to go amoung the boys and do all they could to make them stop eating that meat. My order was ineffective; worse yet, some clerics themselves began to eat it and they too fell to the ground. Nearly out of my mind at seeing so many boys lying about me in such a pitiful state, I turned to the stranger.

What does this mean?” I asked. “These boys know that this meat will kill them, yet they eat it. Why?”

“Because ‘the sensual man does not perceive the things that are of God!’ That’s why!” He answered.

“But isn’t there some way of saving these boys?”

“Yes, there is.”


“Anvil¹* and hammer.”

“Anvil and hammer? What for?”

“To put the boys back in shape.”

“You mean I am to put them on an avil and strike them with the hammer?”

“Look,” the stranger said, “this whole thing is a symbol. The hammer symbolizes Confession, and the anvil symbolizes Holy Communion. These are the remedies you must use.”

I went to work and found the treatment very effective, but not for all. While most boys were restored to life and recovered, a few did not, because their Confessions were bad.

¹*Anvil – a heavy iron block with a smooth face, frequently of steel, on which metals, usually heated until soft, are hammered into desired shapes.


Taken From ‘The Forty Dreams of Don Bosco’.

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