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Host bleeds on way to Witch's cave

 

I saw a marvelous host and heard about a Eucharistic miracle just outside Fatima.

 

monument telling the storyIt was in a small town called Santarem about 35 miles south of the shrine.  St Stephen's Catholic Church, now known as The Church of the Holy Miracle, is a building nestled amongst a cluster of simple, brick and stone homes.

Little has changed over the centuries on the narrow cobblestone streets with children playing and traffic moving slowly along reflecting a calm pace of life.

However, it was precisely here where in 1247 a horrible sacrilege took place that produced the miracle of the Holy Host.

 

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There lived at that time a Catholic woman suffering from the abuse and infidelity of her husband and was convinced that her husband no longer loved her. After many prayers and no relief from her problems, she turned to a sorceress for help.

Upon explaining her problems, she was told to bring a consecrated host with the promise that her husband would soon return to his loving ways. The woman was aware of the grave offense to God, and was frightened with the prospect of committing a horrible sacrilege. Unfortunately, she gave in to temptation and went to Mass at Saint Stephen's and received Holy Communion, removed the host from her mouth and put it into her veil.

As she headed for the sorceress' cave, the first miracle occurred. Within moments, blood began to issue from the host. The amount of blood was such that it soon dripped from the cloth and attracted the attention of bystanders who asked if she needed assistance. Becoming even more frightened by the unexpected turn of events, she hurried home instead of the sorcerer's cave, and put the veil with the host in a wooden chest in the bedroom.

The second miracle took place that very night when both she and her husband were awakened by a mysterious light penetrating through the wooden chest. The woman then confessed her sin to her husband and they both spent the remainder of the night on their knees in adoration. The following morning, the parish priest was informed and people rushed to the house to contemplate the Holy Miracle. The priest brought the host back to the church in solemn procession, placed it in a small case of wax; and deposited it in the tabernacle.

A third miracle occurred later when the priest opened the tabernacle door and found the wax container had broken into small pieces. In its place was a beautiful crystal pyx with the blood of the host inside. The pyx is approximately 1/2" thick and 2" in diameter, crystalline clear and with a small protrusion on the side that contains the largest collection of blood. It is irregularly shaped crystal through which can be seen the real flesh with delicate veins running from top to bottom and a quantity of blood which is collected at one end.

It was later placed in a gold and silver pear-shaped monstrance with a sunburst of 33 rays where it remains today.  The reliquary that houses the miraculous Host rests above the tabernacle, and can be viewed atop a set of stairs from behind the main altar.

The alley through which the woman carried the hostThe woman's house was converted into a chapel in 1684.

The small house where the miracle occurred is three blocks from the church. On the second Sunday of every April, this incident is re-enacted by local actors. The actual Holy Host is taken in solemn procession from the chapel at woman's house, to the church.

 

This case, along with many other Eucharistic miracles, gives witness to the real presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.

For those who do not believe, no explanation is possible.
For those who do believe, no explanation is necessary.

During the Age of Faith, even those who committed such sacrileges believed in the Real Presence. Building upon that faith, God called them to repentance and often rewarded them with impressive miracles.

In light of such miracles, the eBay controversy is a tragic sign of our times. We have lost the notion of our God in the Eucharist to the point that consecrated hosts become collectibles to be bought and sold as merchandise. It is the task of the Faithful to protest loudly and peacefully to bring back that faith. We must affirm the Real Presence even when others do not believe. We must trust in God that he will reward our efforts maybe not with miraculous hosts but with souls all aflame with love of Him and renewed strength to confront our secular culture.

 


 

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In all the events of life, you must recognize the Divine will.
Adore and bless it,
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Francesco was born in the small Italian village of Pietrelcina on May 25, 1887. His parents, Grazio Forgione and Maria Giuseppa Di Nunzio, were peasant farmers, but they recognized their son was close to God. When he was only five years old, he solemnly consecrated himself to Jesus. It is said he often spoke with Our Lord, Our Lady and his guardian angel, who defended him against attacks by the devil. He joined the Capuchin Franciscans at the age of fifteen, and took the name Pio with his religious vows. After seven years of study he was ordained to the priesthood in 1910.

During the same month he was ordained, Padre Pio was praying in the chapel when Our Lord and His Blessed Mother appeared and gave him the Stigmata. However, the wounds soon faded and then disappeared. “I do want to suffer, even to die of suffering,” Padre Pio told Our Lady, “but all in secret." Soon after, he experienced the first of his spiritual ecstasies.

Pio was in the military for a short time, but was discharged due to poor health. Upon his return to the monastery, he became a spiritual director. He had five rules for spiritual growth: weekly confession, daily Communion, spiritual reading, meditation, and examination of conscience. He often advised, "Pray, Hope and Don’t Worry."

In July of 1918, Padre Pio received the visible Stigmata, the five wounds of Christ (hands, feet and side), after offering himself as a victim for the end of the war. By 1933, the holy priest was recognized by the Church and by 1934 had attracted thousands of pilgrims that attended his masses and frequented his confessional.

On September 23, 1968, Padre Pio said his final Mass, renewed his vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience and died in his cell after suffering from grave physical decline. Before his death, Padre Pio orchestrated and oversaw the building of the “House for the Alleviation of Suffering,” a 350-bed medical and religious center.

He was canonized on June 16, 2002 by Pope John Paul II. An estimated 300,000 people attended the canonization ceremony.

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The Power of a Picture

“What is that?” Asked a curious voice as America Needs Fatima custodian Jose Ferraz stepped into the hotel elevator in Altamonte Springs, Florida. “This is the Pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima,” replied Mr. Ferraz, “I take Her to visit people in their homes to spread the Fatima message.” He then handed the woman, who was a maid at the hotel, America Needs Fatima’s most popular picture. “This is a picture of Her.” The woman gasped. “I know that picture! It inspired a conversion.” She then asked excitedly, “Do you have a minute to hear the story?” 

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As Mr. Ferraz listened, he learned that the woman, Maria Vegra, had a 22-year old son who had recently passed away after three weeks in the hospital due to a fatal injury received in a car accident. While in the hospital, a priest would visit him every day to administer Holy Communion. The priest consistently offered the sacrament to the neighboring patient of Maria’s son, another young man who was also in critical condition. The young man would say, “No. I don’t believe in God.” But the priest continued to offer salvation. “Let me hear your confession and give you Holy Communion and Last Rights,” the priest said, “it will save your soul and get you to heaven.” Time after time, the young man stubbornly refused.

During the weeks of hospitalization and fruitless medical treatments, Maria had taken her son a picture of Our Lady of Fatima a friend had given her from an America Needs Fatima mailing.

She knew Our Lady’s watchful gaze would give her son peace in his last days. The day after she placed Our Lady’s picture at the foot of her son’s bed, she heard the voice of his stubborn neighbor: “please,” he said, “bring the picture closer to me. I want to look at the Lady.” 

Surprised but willing, Maria placed the picture in the middle of the two suffering men. 

After three days of letting the nearby picture of Our Lady touch his heart as he gazed into Her eyes, the suffering patient relented. “Please,” he called out, “bring me the priest. I want to receive the sacraments.”

A few days later, the young man died a Catholic. With a simple picture of Our Lady of Fatima, God touched a heart and saved a soul. 

 By Catherine Ferdinand

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“What is that?” Asked a curious voice as America Needs Fatima custodian Jose Ferraz stepped into the hotel elevator in Altamonte Springs, Florida. “This is the Pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Fatima,” replied Mr. Ferraz, “I take Her to visit people in their homes to spread the Fatima message.” He then handed the woman, who was a maid at the hotel, America Needs Fatima’s most popular picture. 

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