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Throughout Christian history, our Lord has shown us that he is really present as the Blessed Sacrament. Interestingly, many Eucharistic miracles have occurred during times of weakened Faith. For instance, many Eucharist miracles have taken place as a result of someone doubting the Real Presence. Included on this page are descriptions of just a few of these miracles. All of them have received full approval by the Church.

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, under the appearances of bread and wine. Therefore, Jesus, through these miracles, merely manifests His Presence in a more tangible way.

"Then he said to Thomas, 'Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing.' Thomas answered him, 'My Lord and my God!' Jesus said to him, 'Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.'" (Jn 20:27-29)


Eucharistic Miracle in Siena, Italy Siena, Italy -- August 17, 1730
Consecrated Hosts remain perfectly preserved for over 250 years. Rigorous scientific experiments have not been able to explain this phenomena.
Amsterdam, Holland 1345
Eucharist thrown into fire overnight miraculously is unscathed.
Eucharistic Miracle in Blanot, France Blanot, France -- March 31, 1331
The 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.
Bolsena-Orvieta, Italy
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 commissioned the feast of Corpus Christi, which is still celebrated today.


Eucharistic Miracle in Lanciano, Italy 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! Histological micrographs are shown.



More On Eucharistic Miracles And Other Related Topics

  * Christ the Miracle Worker in the Eucharist - Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J., S.T.D.
Fr. Hardon explains what a miracle is and tells us about the three levels of natural laws that God can surpass and thus perform a miracle: physical, moral and intellectual miracles.

St. Anthony and the Miracle of the Donkey
  * Other Eucharistic Miracles - Martin Herbert
There are many extraordinary, as well as thoroughly authenticated miracles connected with the Eucharist.

  * Visionaries and Visions - Fr. John A. Hardon, S. J.

  * The Gift of Discernment - Fr. John A. Hardon, S. J.
"...there are three classical places in the writings of three of the Apostles where we have the preamble for the foundation in faith for the elaborate spirituality of discernment [of spirits] on which the Church has since built."

  * The Eucharist and the Supernatural Life - Fr. John A. Hardon, S. J.

  * What Is the Magisterium? - Thomas Storck (The Catholic Faith)

  * Private Revelation - (Catholic Answers)

  * Maria Stein Shrine of the Holy Relics
At the Shrine over 1175 relics are on display. Among the many relics, they also have relics of Our Lord Jesus Christ. This is the second largest collection of relics open for veneration by the public in the United States.

  * Saints, Shrines & Facts at Saints Alive - Authentic Relics of the Saints
St. Anthony's Chapel in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania where the largest collection of relics in the world is, outside of the Vatican.

  * Treasures of the Church
"Treasures of the Church is a ministry of evangelization of the Catholic Church. Run by Fr. Carlos Martins of the Companions of the Cross, its purpose is to give people an experience of the living God through an encounter with the relics of his saints in the form of an exposition. Each exposition begins with a multi-media presentation on the Church's use of relics that is scriptural, catechetical, and devotional, leading to a renewal of the Catholic faith for many people. After the teaching those in attendance have an opportunity to venerate the relics of some of their favorite saints."

  * Why Do We Venerate Relics? - Fr. William Saunders (EWTN)

  * Our Times: The Age of Martyrs - Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
In one sentence, paganism is a culture of untruth. Over the two thousand years since Calvary, Christianity has had to constantly contend with pagan ideas, pagan laws; in a word--with a pagan culture that hated Christianity for the same reason that it crucified the Incarnate Truth, who became man to teach the world how to serve God here on earth, in order to possess Him in a blessed eternity. There are differences, however, between a paganism that has never been Christianized, and a once-Christian society that has become paganized.

  * How the Miraculous Medal Changed My Life - Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
"One of the most memorable experiences that I ever had was with the Miraculous Medal! ...This experience so changed my life that I have not been the same since. My faith in God, faith in His power to work miracles, was strengthened beyond description."

  * The Concept of Miracle from St. Augustine to Modern Apologetics - Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
It was not, however, until after the great persecutions, when peace was restored to the Church, that anything like a scientific examination was begun into the exact nature and function of miraculous phenomena. St. Augustine, in his controversy with the Manicheans, formulated the first theological definition of miraculum. Shortly after his conversion in 387, he wrote a treatise for his friend, Honoratus, still a Manichean, inviting him to accept the Christian faith. After pointing out the need for revelation, Augustine shows how reasonably the word of God may be embraced when fortified by miracles. He adds: "I call a miracle anything which appears arduous or unusual, beyond the expectation or ability of the one who marvels at it."
  * The Miracle Narratives in the Acts of the Apostles - Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
The following is a comprehensive schema of all the phenomena in the Acts which occurred after the Ascension and which are traditionally regarded as miraculous. Prophecies, visions, the gift of tongues and other spiritual graces are not included. Only physical miracles, in the technical sense of events which transcend the sensible forces of nature, are listed.
  * The Miracles of St. Francis Xavier - Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
December third of this year will mark the fourth centenary of the death of St. Francis Xavier. Among the glories of the saint which need to be vindicated at the present time are the miracles which four centuries of tradition have identified with his name. Rationalist criticism has consciously singled out the supernatural phenomena reported in the story of his life. The argument is that if you can eliminate divine intervention from the life of "one of the most noble and devoted men" in the history of the Church, you logically eliminate the same from the Church as a whole. Even Catholics have been influenced by this criticism.
  * Eucharistic Miracles and Faith in Christ's Presence - (Zenit)
(Rome) "Understanding the true presence of Jesus Christ in the consecrated host and wine is difficult for Catholics. To this end, the Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum held a conference on miracles that are associated with the Eucharist as a way to help people comprehend the incomprehensible."
  * St. Anthony of Padua: Patron of Lost Things - Fr. William Saunders
"Another famous miracle involved the defense of the Real Presence of the Holy Eucharist….These and other miracles during and after St. Anthony’s death merited him the name, 'Miracle Worker.'" See also St. Anthony Shrine.
  * Exhibition Focuses on Eucharistic Miracles - (Zenit)
"The display includes in-depth historical descriptions of about 80 of the most important Eucharistic miracles. A short film enables visitors to enter virtually in the places where the miracles took place…A book by the authors of the exhibition has just been published, entitled "I Miracoli Eucaristici e le Radici Christiane dell'Europa" [Eucharistic Miracles and the Christian Roots of Europe]…"
  * Pope to Venerate Holy Grail - (Zenit)
"When Benedict XVI is in Valencia on Saturday, he will stop to venerate the chalice that is traditionally considered the one Christ used at the Last Supper. According to author and professor Salvador Antuñano Alea, the Last Supper's holy chalice, kept in the cathedral of Valencia, bases its probability on tradition and "very reasonable archaeological and historical evidence" but for Christians what is most important is ‘its condition as a sacred icon.’"
  * Scholars Urge More Research on Holy Grail - Congress Discusses Authenticity of Chalice - (Zenit)
Experts from several countries attended the Congress. They gave presentations on the ways in which this relic has marked history and literature since its move from Rome to Spain by Lawrence the Martyr in the year 258, as held by tradition. The body of existing data points to the Valencia grail as the most probable authentic chalice of Christ.
  * Looking After a Eucharistic Miracle - Franciscan Recounts His Special Mission in Siena - Carmen Elena Villa (Zenit)
Siena, Italy, May 21, 2010
Since 1997, Franciscan Father Paolo Spring has had a mission fully related to his vocation: to look after the Eucharistic miracle that is in the Basilica of St. Francis in the city of Siena.





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