Eucharistic Miracles (8)

Eucharistic Miracles (8)


It was the custom at Constantinople in the sixth century, at times when the Blessed Sacrament was renewed in the Ciborium, to distribute among young and innocent children the Sacred Hosts which remained from the last Consecration.

It happened one day that a little Jewish boy was brought from the schools along with other children for this purpose, and received Communion along with them. On reaching home, his father, who was a glass-founder by trade, questioned him as to the cause of his returning so late from school. The child simply related what had happened, whereupon his father, blinded by fury and carried away by hatred of the Christian religion, seized the child and flung him into the red-hot furnace where the glass was melted.

The mother, unaware of what had happened, on discovering her loss, filled the house with her cries and lamentations, seeking everywhere for her missing child. On the third day, happening to pass by the furnace door, she beheld her child seated in the midst of the flames, alive and uninjured, and not appearing to suffer the least inconvenience from the raging element. Having clasped him in her arms, she asked him how it was that he was not burnt up in the midst of the red-hot coals.

“Mother,” said he, “a lady dressed in purple often came to me during these three days, and threw water round me to put out the fire. She also brought me food.”

The whole city was soon filled with the news of this prodigy, which resulted in the immediate conversion of the child and mother. The unhappy father, however, continued hardened in his infidelity, and was condemned to death by the Emperor Justinian for the attempted murder of his child.

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