Tag: Eucharistic Miracles

St. Anthony Of Padua And The Heretics Mule 

St. Anthony Of Padua And The Heretics Mule 

St. ANTHONY of Padua and the Heretics Mule.

In the region of Tolosa, Blessed Anthony, having vehemently argued with a hardened heretic about the redeeming sacrament of the Eucharist, had nearly convinced and attracted him to the Catholic faith, except that, after many arguments in which he tried to back out, he added these words: 

“Let’s cut the chat and come to the facts. If you, Anthony, can prove with a miracle that in the Eucharist of believers there is, however hidden it may be, the true body of Christ, I will renounce every heresy and submit myself to the Catholic faith”. 

The Lord’s servant replied with great faith:

“I trust in my Saviour Jesus Christ that, for your conversion and for that of others, thanks to His mercy I will obtain what you ask”. 

The heretic stood up and, asking for silence with a gesture of his hand, said: 

“I’ll keep my beast of burden locked up for three days and I will starve him. After three days, in the presence of other people, I’ll let him out and I’ll show him some prepared fodder. You, on the other hand will show him what you believe to be the body of Christ. If the starving animal, ignoring the fodder, rushes to adore his God, I will sincerely believe in the faith of the Church”. 

The saint agreed straight away. The heretic then exclaimed: “Listen well, everyone!”. Why delay with many words? The day of the challenge arrived. People arrived from far and wide and filled up the square.

Christ’s servant, Anthony, was present surrounded by a crowd of faithful. The heretic too, with a number of his accomplices. God’s servant entered a nearby chapel, to perform the rites of the Mass with great devotion. Once finished, he exited where the people were waiting, carrying reverently the body of the Lord. The hungry mule was led out of the stall, and shown appetising food. Finally, asking for silence the man of God said to the animal with great faith: 

“In the name of virtue and the Creator, who I, although unworthy, am carrying in my hands, I ask you, o beast, and I order you to come closer quickly and with humility and to show just veneration, so that the malevolent heretics will learn from this gesture that every creature is subject to the Lord, as held in the hands with priestly dignity on the altar”. 

God’s servant had hardly finished speaking, when the animal, ignoring the fodder, knelt down and lowered his head to the floor, thus genuflecting before the living sacrament of the body of Christ. The faithful were filled with uncontrollable joy, the heretics and non-believers were filled with sadness and humiliation. God was praised and blessed, the Catholic faith was honoured and exalted; heretical depravity was shamed and condemned with everlasting insults. The heretic, renounced his doctrine in front of all present, and from then on was obedient to the precepts of the holy Church.

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?”

Eucharistic Miracle Of Augsburg, Germany. 

Eucharistic Miracle Of Augsburg, Germany. 

Eucharistic Miracle of Augsburg.

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. 

In 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 the enclosed 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 proclamed 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.

Angels In The Life Of St. Paschal Baylon.

Angels In The Life Of St. Paschal Baylon.

Angels in the Life of St. Paschal Baylon.

Paschal was born in Torre Hermosa, in Spain, on May 16, 1540. From the time he was a little boy he demonstrated a great piety and intense love for prayer and the Eucharist, which then characterized his whole religious life.

As shepherd of domestic herds, and then others, in the solitude of the fields, he dedicated long periods of the day to prayer and meditation. At 18 years old Saint Paschal asked to be admitted into the monastery of Saint Maria of Loreto of the Franciscan Reformed Alcantarine of Saint Maria of Loreto, but he still had two years yet to tend before being granted his wish. His whole life was characterized by a profound love of the Eucharist that he later validated in the Theologian of the Eucharist.

Blessed with much charisma, one day he was witness to a great miracle: Paschal was out in the fields with his sheep and he could not go hear Mass at the Monastery. He waited for the church bell to ring, at the moment of consecration, his strong desire to be present at the sacrifice of the Holy Mass made him scream: “My Master, my adorable Master, oh, if only it were possible to have you here!” Suddenly he saw some Angels kneeling in front of a Chalice with the Blessed Sacrament floating above it. In the Divine Presence of Our Lord, Paschal fell with his face on the ground to adore the Lord. 

In 1576 the provincial ministry trusted him with the extremely dangerous task of transporting important documents to Paris, risking being killed by the Calvinists. In his trip, the Saint was mocked and insulted, and in Orleans, after having a debate about the Eucharist he risked getting stoned to death.

Upon the return of his delicate and dangerous mission, Paschal Baylon composed a small book of definitions and sentences about the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist and on the Divine Power transferred to the Roman Pope. His favorite motto was “Whoever wants to save his soul, has to have three hearts in one: he has to have the heart of a son towards God, the heart of a mother towards her neighbor and the heart of a judge towards himself”. He died in the monastery of Villa Real near Valencia on May 17, 1592, on the Sunday of Pentecost.

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