Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J. defines a miracle for us in his Modern Catholic Dictionary as A sensibly perceptible effect, surpassing at least the powers of visible nature, produced by God to witness to some truth or testify to someones sanctity.
The Real Presence of Jesus Christ with His glorified Body is beyond the realm of purely sensory experience. The Eucharistic miracles, on the other hand, are extraordinary events concerning the Bread and Wine consecrated at Mass which can be experienced through the senses. They become a visible sign of the Real Presence of Jesus By the way, as we shall see, a number of these miracles are continuing right through to the present time. Furthermore at Fatima, at Lourdes and elsewhere, Eucharistic miracles also continue to take place even though they are not always officially recognized by the Church but How difficult it is to demonstrate the historical veracity of so many Eucharistic miracles. How difficult to grasp their real nature. How hard, if not possible, to distinguish between those accounts that when are rated with historical accuracy from those others where the sublime was spectacular which simply served for the instruction or edification of the faithful. (P. Giovanni Odoardi, o.f.m. conv). Italy is full of Eucharistic miracles. They are extraordinary events often unfortunately unknown even in the realm of Christianity. (16 Eucharistic Miracles in Italy, Vocepiù, 1997)
Our faith is not founded on Eucharistic miracles, but on the proclamation of the Lord Jesus, received with faith through the action of the Holy Spirit A Christian is not obliged to believe in Eucharistic miracles, Monsignor Raffaello Martinelli explains, however, Eucharistic miracles can encourage us to understand, appreciate and love the Eucharist They can help a person discover the mystery, the beauty and the riches of the Eucharist We must never forget nor fail to mention that the Eucharist is the true, great, inexhaustible daily miracle It is indeed true that the most important and astounding miracle is the one that takes place whenever the Eucharist is celebrated, during which Jesus Christ is present in the Eucharist in a unique and incomparable way. He is present, in a true, real, substantial way, with his Body and Blood, with his Soul and Divinity. In the Eucharist, therefore, there is present in a sacramental way, that is, under the Eucharistic species of bread and wine, Christ whole and entire, God and Man (Compendium, n. 282). In making his Sacrifice of the Cross present and actual, he becomes our food and drink, with his Body and Blood, uniting us with him and with each other, becoming our viaticum on our earthly pilgrimage toward our eternal homeland.
Eucharistic Miracle Promoters
Under the kind willingness of Antonia Salzano Acutis of the Pontifical Academy Cultorum Martyrum, this photographic Eucharistic miracles exhibition is presented to the people of the United States of America by the Real Presence Eucharistic Education and Adoration Association. A great promoter of the exhibition is Monsignor Raffaello Martinelli of the St. Ambrose and St. Charles Basilica, an official of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and member of the editorial commission of the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. They have entrusted to Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke the Eucharistic Miracles Exhibition. With an extensive assortment of photographs and historical descriptions, the exhibition, sponsored by the Institute of St. Clement I, Pope and Martyr, presents some of the principal Eucharistic Miracles that took place throughout the ages in various countries of the world and have been recognized by the Church.
With an extensive assortment of photographs and historical descriptions, the exhibition presents some of the principal Eucharistic Miracles that took place throughout the ages in various countries of the world and which have been recognized by the Church. By means of the panels, one can virtually visit the places where the miracles took place. The current exhibition includes 151 panels that are used to explain 153 Eucharistic Miracles with an additional 22 country and historical panel maps, all of which are available on a DVD in both high and low definition. High definition is used to make the exhibition posters and low definition is used for all other purposes.
Canon Law On Shrines
The Eucharistic miracles shown in this exhibition have all been recognized by the local bishops, some miracles were also recognized with papal bull but not all the miracles were recognized also by the Pope. What is required is the local bishops approval (CANN n.1230 ss). Most of the miracles churches became Eucharistic sanctuaries or shrines of the Eucharistic miracle, approved by the Church.
Can. 1230 By the term shrine is understood a church or other sacred place to which numerous members of the faithful make pilgrimage for a special reason of piety, with the approval of the local ordinary.
Can. 1231 For a shrine to be called a national shrine, the conference of bishops must give its approval; for it to be called an international shrine, the approval of the Holy See is required.
Eucharistic Miracles by Country
The exhibitions miracles are from: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Carribean Island of Martinique, Colombia, Croatia, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Island of the Réunion (French Colony), Italy, Netherlands, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and Venezuela.
These Eucharistic miracles are currently translated into English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil), French, German, Russian, Chinese, Vietnamese and Tamil/Sinahala/English (Sri Lanka). In the future, there are plans to translate the Eucharistic miracles into other languages. Visit these websites to view updates on the various languages available:
Antonia Salzano Acutis and Monsignor Raffaello Martinelli want this exhibition to be shown in every parish in the world, so we encourage you to participate in the evangelization of the Eucharistic Miracles by hosting the exhibition in your own parish.
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