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

 

It 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 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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God wishes to be served to the last breath, to the exhaustio...

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February 24

God wishes to be served
to the last breath, to the exhaustion of the last drop of strength,
and He multiplies our capacities for suffering and doing
so that our dedication may reach the extreme limit
of the unforeseeable, the improbable, the miraculous.
The measure of the love of God is
to love Him without measure, said Saint Francis de Sales.
The measure of fighting for God consists
in fighting without measure, it may be said.

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Praetextatus became the bishop of Rouen, France, in 549. The thirty-five years during which he occupied the position of bishop were riddled with troubles involving the Frankish monarchy, a result of which was a time of exile for the saint.
Among the players of this political drama was Fredegund, mistress of King Chilperic, a murderous woman responsible for several deaths in the royal family. Fredegund despised Praetextatus and opposed his return from exile, but a council in Rouen overruled her interference and reinstated the holy bishop to his see.

“The time is coming when you shall revisit the place of your exile.” She threatened the saint shortly before his death. “I was a bishop always, whether in exile or out of exile, and a bishop I shall remain; but as for you, you shall not always enjoy your crown.” He said, as he urged the queen to convert.

The wicked queen refused to reform her life, and in 586 as Praetextatus was offering Holy Mass, Fredegund had an assassin stab him under the arm. The mortally wounded bishop managed to drag himself to the altar and receive Holy Communion before he died.

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Of all the invocations to our Lady, Gate of Heaven is one of the most beautiful. This title gained a new meaning for me when I arrived for a Fatima home visit at the house of Dominique McGuire and found her in tears. Her mother, Marie Jeannine Michel, a native from Haiti, had suffered a massive heart attack the day before and was now dying.

I was more than happy to take the statue to visit her at Rex Hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina. It was painfully clear, when we arrived in the Intensive Care Unit, that this poor soul was reaching the end.

Over the next couple of hours we prayed numerous rosaries, litanies and the prayers for the dying by her bedside. We also struggled to provide the dying women with all the spiritual assistance we could.

As we prayed, the attending nurse, who happened to be Catholic, kept calling local Churches to find a priest who would administer last rites. Whenever she entered the room to care for Mrs. Michel she would join in the responses to the Hail Mary. Overwhelmed by the scene, she exclaimed, “I hope when I am dying someone will bring the statue to visit me and pray the rosary.”

Moments before the priest arrived, Dominique asked me if I had an extra scapular for her mother. I did not. As the priest administered the last rites I scurried from the room in search of this precious sacramental, only to find I was the only person wearing one. Mrs. Michel was in much more need of it than me, so with the help of a doctor we temporarily removed her oxygen mask and placed my scapular around the dying woman’s neck. Dominique then took her Miraculous Medal and pinned it on to the scapular.

The most moving part of this visit occurred when Mrs. Michel opened her eyes and showed signs she wanted to speak. When they removed the oxygen mask, Dominique told her mother, in their native tongue, that “Momma Mary” was in the room.

Since Mrs. Michel seemed to be already looking into eternity, with a type of “fog of death” in her gaze, I carried the statue over next to her bed. Surprisingly she reached up and took hold of our Lady’s hands and held on for some moments. The oxygen mask was then replaced as the nurse administered morphine to deaden the pain she was experiencing.

Mrs. Michel died at 6:00 AM the following morning with Dominique praying beside her bed.

While the America Needs Fatima home visitation program is a very rewarding apostolate, nothing on earth compares to the satisfaction of a visit like this. A person going through such a moving ordeal, however, could naturally ask, “Was there something more we could have done?”

In the case of Mrs. Michel, the answer is a resounding no. She received the last rites of Holy Mother Church, was clothed in the brown Scapular, and was almost continuously surrounded by the melodious sound of the Angelic Salutation.

Hours before she passed into eternity, Mrs. Michel also had the grace to hold hands with She who truly is the Gate of Heaven.

By: Norman Fulkerson

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Of all the invocations to our Lady, Gate of Heaven is one of the most beautiful. This title had a new meaning for me when I arrived for a Fatima home visit at the house of Dominique McGuire and found her in tears.

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