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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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You cannot be
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St. Thérèse of Lisieux


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St. Kateri Tekakwitha

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St. Kateri Tekakwitha

Tekakwitha, baptized Kateri, “The Lily of the Mohawks” was born in 1656 near the town of Auriesville, New York, the daughter of a Mohawk warrior, and a captured, Christian Algonquin woman, Tagaskouita.

Between 1661 and 1663 a small pox epidemic afflicted Kateri’s tribe. Both her parents and her brother died, and though also contracting the disease, she survived though her face was left scared and her eyesight affected. She was adopted by a paternal aunt and her husband, a chief.

At seventeen the young Mohawk girl turned down an offer of marriage, and though pressed, still refused.

Under the influence of missionary priests introduced into her tribe after the Mohawks were defeated by the French, Kateri converted to Catholicism at eighteen, and was baptized when twenty. Members of her tribe were hostile to her by reason of her Faith, but she persevered.

The Jesuit missionaries described Tekakwitha as a modest girl who covered most of her head with a blanket because of her scars.

In 1677 Kateri moved to the new Christian colony of Indians in Canada under the direction of Jesuit fathers where she found peace. There, she lived a life dedicated to prayer, penance and the care of the sick and the aged.

Every morning, even in the bitterest cold, young Kateri stood before the church until it opened at four o’clock. Once inside, she attended every Mass, her greatest devotions being the Eucharist and Christ Crucified. She undertook severe penances, seeking to mortify her flesh so as to help her soul reach union with her beloved God.

In the Lent of 1680 friends noticed that Kateri was failing. She died on Wednesday of Holy Week around three o’clock. Her last words were, “Jesus, I love You.”

As she lay still in death, those around her noticed that her scars had disappeared and her face was white and beautiful.

Pope Benedict XVI canonized Kateri Tekakwitha on October 21, 2012.

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Walk to Conversion

In September, I brought the statue of Our Lady of Fatima to the home of Mr. John Black and his family in Kings City, California.  John shared with me the story of his conversion from Protestantism: about thirteen years ago he was visiting one of the 21 Spanish missions in California (though these are holy sites, they also serve as tourist attractions.)

“Who is this Junipero Serra anyways?”  he asked, as the tour guide shared the history of the mission. “Well,” the guide responded, “you are standing on his grave!”  Surprised, John looked down and read inscription on the stone. Sure enough, Blessed Father Junipero Serra was buried right there. “I became electrified,” John told me, “I had to learn more about this man and about the missions.”  The more he studied Blessed Serra, the founder of the first nine missions, the more impressed he became, and he decided to travel on-foot to all 21 missions. 

With the blessing of his wife, now left at home with their two infant sons, John left for his solo expedition, taking with him a single backpack, the bible and little money.  He told me that every mission he visited he felt the presence of someone receiving him, even if the mission was empty. He felt this ambiance in the missions so serene and uplifting, and began to realize it was the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament that made him feel so at home.

At one point, John collapsed from exhaustion near a mission run by Franciscans, who kindly hosted him for the night. Before he left the next day, one of the friars gave him a first-class relic of Blessed Serra. Since he was Protestant, John did not know what a relic was, but not wanting to appear rude, he accepted it. Not long after he left the Franciscans, John became lost in the wilderness in the middle of the night. Through his exhaustion and fear he heard a voice say, “Let’s help John.” He had the distinct feeling that Blessed Serra was guiding him, and gathered the strength and courage to continue. About six hours later, he stumbled upon the next mission. “It was kind of a miracle,” he said, “I was really lost!”

During his journey, John slowly came to a realization. “I know what you want from me, God,” he thought to himself one day, “you what me to became a Catholic. That is what this is all about!” However, he still had many questions about aspects of Catholicism that have been rejected by his Protestant faith – mainly about the Blessed Mother. Yet, from that point on he received answers to all of his questions, especially his reservations about devotion to Mary: he believed that it was once again Blessed Serra answering him.

With the help of Blessed Serra, one problem after another was resolved in the solitude of his travels. By the time John reached the final mission, he wholly decided to become a Catholic. “I realized that by having devotion to Mary, you love Our Lord even more,” he told me.

John returned home, filled with zeal and enthusiasm for his newfound faith. He shared his astonishing experiences with his wife, and she too converted. “I feel at home in the Catholic church,” John said, “and I have never loved Our Lord Jesus Christ more than I do now.”

by Joseph Ferrara

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John shared with me the story of his conversion from Protestantism: about fourteen years ago he was visiting one of the 21 Spanish missions in California 

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