Dec 31, 2007

The Bread of Life, and Eucharistic Miracles

What better way can we say goodbye to 2007 and hello to 2008 than to go to Mass and receive Communion on the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God!

Click on this post's title for a great Catholic web site resource about the Eucharist. It even has a list of Eucharistic miracles by country.

O Sacrament most holy, O Sacrament divine, all praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine!

O Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst come to me; but speak the word of comfort, my spirit healed shall be. And humbly I'll receive Thee, the Bridegroom of my soul, no more by sin to grieve Thee, or fly Thy sweet control. Amen!

Happy and Holy New Year 2008! God bless you and yours -- very, very much.

(The painting above is "The Madonna of the Host," by Ingres.)


Blogger Anita Moore said...

Alas that today is no longer a day of obligation in this diocese (Boise); but too bad, I went to Mass anyway!

Happy New Year!

2:11 PM  
Blogger Joe of St. Thérèse said...

A blessed and Holy New Year to you Q.

11:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our belief in Transubstantiation says that the entire substance of the bread and the entire substance of the wine are transformed into the entire substance of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. The whole Christ is really and truly present—Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity—substantially and sacramentally under the appearances (accidents) of bread and wine.

So-called Eucharistic miracles do not support this belief, however, because they involve a bit of flesh or a little blood. I do not believe in these so-called Eucharistic miracles because they argue against rather than for our belief in Transubstantiation—that the Eucharist is the entire and whole Jesus Christ.

Any other thoughts on this?

12:49 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Anita,

Happy New Year to you, too! God bless.

2:22 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Joe of St. Therese,

Thank you, and Happy New Year to you, too! God bless.

2:23 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Anonymous 12:49 p.m.,

If there were any Papal or other condemnations of the Eucharistic miracles, you would mention them; but you have not.

Papal approbations of various Eucharistic miracles do exist. That is good enough for me and for most Catholics.

3:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've never heard of eucharistic miracles that involve "bits of flesh." Blood? Yes.
Anyone who visits Rome should make the time to visit Orvieto. It is not far from Rome, and is the site of the eucharistic miracle that established the Feast of Corpus Christi.
Truly inspirational and deeply religious.
We'll never understand the miracle of the Eucharist itself. It is a mystery. So, too, are the miracles associated with it.

5:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Transubstantiation itself is the miracle of the Eucharist. The so-called "Eucharistic miracles" are superfluous.

12:48 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Anonymous 5:48 p.m.,

Visit to read about all sorts of Eucharistic miracles.

Thanks for mentioning the miracle of Orvieto. The web site above says about it, among other things:

"In August of 1964, on the 700th anniversary of the institution of the feast of Corpus Christi, Pope Paul VI celebrated Holy Mass at the altar where the holy corporal is kept in its golden shrine in the Cathedral of Orvieto. (His Holiness had journeyed to Orvieto by helicopter; he was the first pope in history to use such a means of transportation).

Twelve years later, the same pontiff visited Bolsena and spoke from there via television to the 41st International Eucharistic Congress, then concluding its activities in Philadelphia. During his address Pope Paul Vl spoke of the Eucharist as being ". . . a mystery great and inexhaustible."

9:44 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Anonymous 12:48 p.m.,

Of course, the Eucharist is a miracle. But discounting belief-reinforcing miracles the Popes have approved is not a great idea.

You might consider them "superfluous," but the Popes do not. That's worth praying about, don't you think?

Here is another miracle for all of us believers to love: That of the
sweet donkey many centuries ago who knelt on his front legs before a Eucharistic procession when one bystander would not kneel.

10:00 PM  

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