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5 Myths About The Holy Eucharist That Too Many People Still Believe (Maybe Even You!)

5 Myths About the Holy Eucharist that Too Many People Still Believe (Maybe Even You!)
     


Corpus Christi
is a special feast each year to especially commemorate the dogma of the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. Since the Eucharist is Christ himself, the Eucharist is at the center of our Christian faith!
Which is why it’s unfortunate there are so many misconceptions about it. 
Here are 5 common myths:


Myth 1: The Eucharist is just a symbol.


Truth: Of course, there is symbolic value in our spiritual food coming to us in the form of bread and wine. But the Eucharist is not just a symbol. The Eucharist is Jesus himself!

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The Mysterious Story Of St. Faustina And The Flying Eucharist!


The Mysterious Story of St. Faustina vs. the Flying Eucharist.


    Previously, we shared St. Faustina’s beautiful Litany to the Blessed Host. Today we’re sharing the story of a unique and mysterious Eucharistic miracle she experienced.
St. Faustina was one of the great mystics of the 20th century, and she recorded her amazing regular supernatural experiences in her diary. In a passage dated to the late 1920s, she shares a number of fascinating stories about her personal encounters with Jesus Christ, both in apparitions and in the Eucharist. One amazing story stands out that took place while she was praying in her convent’s chapel.
“One day Jesus said to me, ‘I am going to leave this house,” the diary reads. “Because there are things here which displease Me.’” (Diary, 44ff)
Then something strange happened: the Eucharist left the tabernacle on its own and flew to her! “And the Host came out of the tabernacle and came to rest in my hand…”
If this were you, what would you do in this situation? The Blessed Eucharist – which is Christ’s body, blood, soul, and divinity – has just miraculously started moving around the room and landed in your hand. Would you be scared? Confused? Would you just freeze?
Well here’s how the saint responded: “I, with joy, placed it back in the tabernacle.”
But the Eucharist kept moving. “This was repeated a second time, and I did the same thing. Despite this, it happened a third time…”
After the third time, though, something new happened: “…the Host was transformed into the living Lord Jesus, who said to me, ‘I will stay here no longer!’”
Now, Jesus has told her twice that he wants to leave, and she has prevented him multiple times. After this second declaration, wouldn’t you think a saint would relent?
Not this saint! She confidently told Our Lord that she just wouldn’t let him leave the convent. She explains:
“At this, a powerful love for Jesus rose up in my soul, I answered, ‘And I, I will not let You leave this house, Jesus! And again Jesus disappeared while the Host remained in my hands. Once again I put it back in the chalice and closed it up in the tabernacle.”
This time, it was Jesus who relented. “And Jesus stayed with us.”
But the polish nun didn’t leave it at that. Jesus had said he had wanted to leave due to “things here which displease me.” So, in a very saintly manner, she took it on herself to try to atone for the problems: “I undertook to make three days of adoration by way of reparation.”
And that’s all she says about the encounter. What an incredible story of a wonderfully personal and intimate encounter with Our Lord!
St. Faustina, please pray for us!

Source:


Diary Of St. Faustina, ‘Divine Mercy In My Soul’.

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Courageous Seminarian Who Saved The Eucharist From ISIS Desecration, Returns As A Priest.

Seminarian who once saved the Eucharist from ISIS returns as a priest.


Martin Baani was just 24 years old when he risked his life as a seminarian to rescue the Blessed Sacrament from the imminent invasion of Islamic State terrorists in his hometown.

Now, he is returning to his native village as a priest, ready to serve the people through the Eucharist.

On August 6, 2014, Baani received a call from a friend who warned that a nearby village had fallen into the hands of ISIS, and that his hometown of Karamlesh would be next.

Baani promptly headed to the San Addai church and took the Blessed Sacrament, to prevent the jihadists from desecrating it. That day, he fled in a car along with his pastor, Fr. Thabet and three other priests.
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How Long Is Jesus Truly Present After We’ve Received Holy Communion?

How long is Jesus present in the Eucharist after we’ve received Communion?




“We have to pay proper respect to Our Lord”

The great treasure of the Catholic Church is the Eucharist — Jesus himself hidden under the appearances of bread and wine. We believe, as the Catechism states, that “In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist ‘the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained’” (CCC 1374).




Additionally, this Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist does not end immediately when we receive him at Communion time. The Catechism goes on to explain how, “The Eucharistic presence of Christ begins at the moment of the consecration and endures as long as the Eucharistic species subsist” (CCC 1377).

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The Saints And The Eucharist (7) – Blessed Alexandrina Maria Da Costa.

PORTUGAL, 1904-1955   

Blessed Alexandrina Maria da Costa Who was nourished only by the Eucharist For over 13 years.
Alexandrina Maria da Costa was born in Balasar (Portugal) on March 30, 1904. At age 14, while fleeing in order safeguard her purity, which was threatened by three male intruders, she did not succeed in jumping out of her window. The consequences were terrible though not immediate, and in fact, after several years, she was constrained to her bed for the remaining 30 years of her life, because of a debilitating paralysis.

She did not despair, but decided instead to entrust herself to Jesus with these words:

“As You are a prisoner in the tabernacle and I am a prisoner in my bed through Your will, so we can keep each other company.”

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The Saints And The Eucharist (6) – St. Catherine Laboure.

France, 1830                               

Saint Catherine Labouré.
Catherine Labouré was born on May 2, 1806 into a family of farmers. On April 12, 1830, she entered the religious life at the novitiate of the Daughters of Charity in Paris, at the mother house on the Rue du Bac.

Here Catherine, in that same year 1830, had the famous apparition of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, who told her:   

“Have a medal minted according to what you see; those who wear it on their neck will receive special graces.”   

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The Saints And The Eucharist (5) – Venerable Anne Of Guigné.

Venerable Anne of Guigné.
1911  – 1922.

        
On July 29, 1915, Anne of Guigné learned the sad news that her father died in the war (World War I). Anne was only 4 years old at the time, and was the eldest child in her family. Everyone knew her to be a spoiled and capricious child who was jealous of her little brothers and deeply proud. From that day on, however Anne decided that she would become kind and obedient, in order to please her mother and console her for the loss of her daddy.   

The change was immediate: now she carried out her duties in the most perfect manner possible, and above all she strived not to be so proud and capricious. She often said to her mother:  

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The Saints And The Eucharist (4) – St. John Marie Vianney.

St. John Marie Vianney

1786  – 1859. 

 

St. John Marie Vianney writes regarding the Holy Mass: 

“If we knew the value of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, how much more zeal we would put into participating in it. How fortunate is that Guardian Angel who accompanies a soul to Holy Mass.  […] If I were to meet a priest and an Angel together, I would first honor the priest with my greeting, and then the Angel…If it were not for the priest, the Passion and Death of Jesus would be of no use.   
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The Saints And The Eucharist (3) – St. Stanislaus Kostka.

16th Century           

Saint Stanislaus Kostka.



Saint Stanislaus Kostka was born in 1550 in Rostków, a few kilometers from Warsaw. In 1564, when he was 14 years old, Stanislaus was sent to Vienna with his older brother to complete his studies with the Jesuits. He liked very much both his studies and the disciplined life of the college and already decided to enter the religious life.   

Unfortunately, the Jesuits had to close the college and Stanislaus, his brother, and their tutor were forced to leave, eventually accepting the hospitality of a nobleman of the Lutheran faith. 

Stanislaus maintained his exemplary devotional lifestyle, despite the pressure from his brother, their tutor, and their host, all of whom criticized him for this.   Stanislaus accepted all this with patience and submission, so much so that during the night, he prayed for them.    
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The Saints And The Eucharist (1) – St. Francis Of Assisi.

ITALY, 13th Century                     

Saint Francis of Assisi.


During a stay at Rome, Saint Francis, moved by his great devotion to Christ, often depicted with the symbol of the Paschal Lamb, carried a small lamb with him.   

Before leaving, he entrusted the lamb to a noble woman, Jacopa dei Sette Soli, his  good  friend. The lamb seem to have been well trained by Saint Francis; it never left the woman’s company, it followed her everywhere, even when she went to church, when she stayed there to pray, and when she returned from there.   

In the morning, if the woman woke up late, the lamb would jump up and nudge her with its little horns, wake her up with its bleating, and exhorting her with nods and gestures to make haste and hurry to Mass.   
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COLOMBIA, 1906                 Eucharistic Miracle of Tumaco.


January 13, 1906, on the tiny island of Tumaco in the Pacific Ocean, at 10 o’clock in the morning, the earth was heard trembling in a terrifying quake that lasted about ten minutes. All the inhabitants of the village gathered in front of the church, begging the Pastor, Father Gerardo Larrondo and his assistant Father Julián, to organize immediately a procession with the Blessed Sacrament. The sea was rising and had already covered a part of the shore. An enormous mountain of water had already been formed, which would quickly be transformed into an immense wave. 
Father Gerardo, terrified, at once consumed all the consecrated Hosts from the ciborium, leaving aside only the big Host. Turning then to the people, he exclaimed:  

“Let us all go to the beach, my children, and may God have mercy on us!”  
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SPAIN, 1907                         

Eucharistic Miracle of Silla.
During Holy Mass on March 25, 1907, the Feast of the Annunciation, Father Fernando Gómez, pastor of the Church of Our Lady of the Angels in Silla, was going up to the tabernacle to take out the Hosts in order to distribute Holy Communion to the faithful.   To his great dismay, he found the door of the tabernacle already opened and saw that the precious silver ciborium containing the Sacred Hosts was missing.   
The Sacred Hosts were recovered two days later in a small garden outside the city, concealed under a rock. The pastor therefore brought them back to the church in a solemn procession.  

In 1934, having established that the Hosts remained “in the same state in which they were recovered under the rock and maintained their original condition unaltered,” the Archbishop  of Valencia initiated the process to declare their preservation miraculous and sealed the reliquary containing them with wax, while drawing up a detailed account of the Miracle.  
Unfortunately, two years later, the Archbishop’s palace was burned down by communist anarchists, and the precious document was lost.   
Finally, in 1982, the Archbishop of Valencia in office that year, Monsignor Miguel Roca, initiated a new canonical process, resulting in the official authorization of the devotion surrounding the Sacred Hosts. 

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SPAIN, 1824                        

Eucharistic Miracle of Onil.

 

On November 5, 1824, the monstrance which contained the Blessed Sacrament and several liturgical objects were stolen from the church in Onil by Nicolás Bernabeu, who as a child had been an altar boy in that very church. 

News of the sacrilegious robbery spread quickly through the whole region. When Nicolás tried to resell the stolen objects in Alicante, a merchant there became suspicious and decided to inform the authorities.  

Nicolás Bernabeu was arrested, but did not want to reveal where he had hidden the monstrance, which still contained the Blessed Sacrament. 

The faithful and the civil authorities looked for several days around the countryside, but it was in fact in a nearby town, at Tibi, where the thief had settled down to live, that a woman named Teresa Carbonell, on November 28, 1824, recovered the stolen monstrance in the part of the town called “la Pedrera.”  The woman immediately brought it back to Onil, where it was received with great festivity.   

Exactly 119 years later, on November 28, 1943, Father Guillermo Hijarrubia, the delegate of the Archbishop of Valencia, confirmed the authenticity of the miracle, verifying that the Host contained in the stolen montrance had been preserved incorrupt.   

Today, at the parish church of St. James the Apostle in Onil, one can still adore the miraculous Host, which has remained intact after almost two centuries.   

Each year, the Feast of Our Lord “Robat” (“Stolen”) is celebrated in commemoration of the Eucharistic Miracle and the recovery of the Host. 

Want To Keep Away From The Devil? Do These 4 Things

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After an exorcism, how does a person keep the devil from coming back? In the Gospels we read a story that describes how a person who was exorcised was then visited by a whole host of demons, and sought to reenter in a more forceful way (cf. Matt. 12:43-45). The rite of exorcism only expels demons from a person; it does not keep them from coming back.

In order to ensure that the devil does not return, exorcists recommend four ways that will keep a person’s soul at peace and in God’s hands:

1.Frequent the Sacraments of Confession and Eucharist

The most common way a demon can enter into someone’s life is through a habitual state of mortal sin. The more we divorce ourselves from God through sin, the more susceptible we are to a demon’s attack. Even venial sin can chip away at our relationship with God and can expose us to the enemy’s advances.

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Explaining The Holy Rosary (16) – The Luminous Mysteries (V)

The Fifth (5th) Luminous Rosary Mystery


The Institution Of The Eucharist

“I am the living bread that has come down from heaven.

If anyone eat of this bread he shall live forever.”

-John 6:51-52

The Institution of the Eucharist is the greatest gift Jesus left you – a gift that will help you lead a holy and peace filled life. It is the final of the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary. and a very fitting conclusion to this new set of Rosary mysteries.

You may find that it is helpful to look at a picture of the apostles and Jesus Last Supper. Or even listen to some music that will help you recall this blessed scene.

The following story will help your meditations on the Rosary as you keep it in mind as you pray the Rosary prayers.
The fruit of this mystery is adoration.
“Satan entered into Judas” and he went to the chief priests to betray Jesus”.       -Luke 22:3
The chief priests were very pleased because they wanted to have Jesus put to death but they couldn’t find a quiet way to arrest Him.
They promised to pay Judas thirty pieces of
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Eucharistic Miracle of Cascia.

ITALY, 1330    

At Cascia, in the Basilica dedicated to St. Rita, there  is preserved the Relic of  a significant Eucharistic Miracle which took place at Sienna in 1330. 

A priest had been requested to bring Holy Communion to a sick peasant. The priest  took a consecrated Host, but placed it irreverently between the pages of his breviary and set out for  the peasant’s home.   

Having  arrived at the sick peasant’s home, after hearing his confession, the priest opened up his breviary to take out the Host which he had placed in it, but to his great surprise, he noticed that the  Host had been stained with  living  blood, enough to penetrate both pages of the breviary between which it had been  placed.    

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ITALY, 1294              

Eucharistic Miracle of Gruaro Valvasone.



In  1294  a young housekeeper from the church rectory  was heading toward  the washhouse of the Versiola  to wash  the altar-cloth  of the Church  of  Saint  Giusto  of Gruaro. Unexpectedly, the  woman noticed  that  a consecrated Host had been  left  by  mistake between the  three  folds  of  the  altar-cloth, from which  blood  was  flowing out. 

Frightened  by this inexplicable event, she  ran quickly  to inform the  Pastor, who  in turn informed the  Bishop of  Concordia, Giacomo d’Ottonello  of Cividale. Once  he corroborated the facts, the Bishop requested that  the altar cloth of the Miracle be placed in his Cathedral at Concordia. 

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​ITALY, 1273.

Eucharistic Miracle of Offida.

In  1273, at  Lanciano, a woman named Ricciarella,  in  order to regain  the  affection of her husband Giacomo  Stasio, at  the suggestion of a  sorceress, came up  to Holy Communion to  steal a consecrated Host. Returning  to  her house, she put  the  Host over a fire  above an earthenware jar with  the intention of reducing  it to  powder and then putting it  in  her  husband’s  food. 
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ITALY, 1264 

Eucharistic Miracle of Bolsena.

 In the summer of 1264,  a  Bohemian priest named Father  Peter of Prague came to  Italy to  be  received  in  audience  by  Pope  Urban IV,  who was residing  at  Orvieto  that summer together with  numerous cardinals and  theologians, among  whom  St.  Thomas Aquinas was also  present.  Father Peter  of Prague,  just after  being received  by  the Pope, set out  for his return trip  to  Bohemia.   

 Along the way,  he  stopped at  Bolsena, where he decided  to  celebrate  Mass in  the church  named  in  honor  of  St. Christina.  
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 ITALY 1240

 Eucharistic Miracle of Assisi.

 St. Clare of Assisi’s great faith in  the Eucharist brought about  this  Eucharistic Miracle, which  is  described  by  Thomas of Celano  in  the  Legend  of  St.  Claire, Virgin,    contained  in  Franciscan Sources.   

 In  1240, Saracen  troops  employed  by  Frederick II of  Swabia,  known  for their  savagery  and cruelty,  were assembled  at  the monastery  of San Damiano,  where St. Clare  and  her fellow  sisters  resided. St.  Clare,  filled  with  trust  in  the  Eucharistic  Jesus,  with great  courage  took  the  Blessed  Sacrament and went out  with  it  to  face  the  Saracen  troops, begging  God to  spare the  life  of her sisters  and  to  protect  the  city  of  Assisi.   

 The Lord  heard the fervent  prayers of St. Clare  and  immediately  the Saracens, as  if  repelled  by  a mysterious force,  moved away from the monastery  of San  Damiano and departed  from  the city  of Assisi, which did  not suffer any damage. 

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Eucharistic Miracle of Rimini, ITALY, 1227.

              

In  the  city  of Rimini,  it  is  still possible today  to visit the  church built in  honor of the  Eucharistic Miracle  worked  by  St. Anthony  of Padua in  1227. This episode is  cited as  well  in  the  Begninitas,  a work considered  to  be among the most ancient sources  for  the  life  of  St. Anthony:

This holy  man was conversing with a Cathar heretic who was against the Sacrament  of the Eucharist, and  the Saint was  on the point of leading him to the Catholic  Faith. But  this heretic, after  the many and  varied arguments, declared:  

‘If  you, Anthony, succeed with  a miracle in  proving to  me that  the Body  of Christ  is  truly  present  in Holy Communion, then  I,  after totally renouncing  heresy, will immediately convert  to  the Catholic  Faith. Why don’t we issue a challenge?  I will close up  one  of my  animals for  three days in a cage,  and will  make it feel the torment of  hunger. After three days,  I will  lead  it  out  in public and will show  it  some  prepared food. You will stand  out  in  front with  a monstrance containing  the Body  of Christ. If  the animal, passing  up  the fodder, hastens to adore his God,  I will embrace the faith of your  Church.’

St. Anthony, enlightened  and inspired from  on high, accepted the challenge. The appointment was set in  the Piazza Grande or Grand Plaza, (now the Piazza Tre Martiri or “Plaza of the Three Martyrs”), attracting an immense crowd of curious observers. On  the day appointed, at the hour agreed upon, the  subjects of this unusual challenge made their appearance  at the Piazza Grande, followed  by their supporters  – Saint Anthony by the Catholic  faithful, Bonovillo (this was the  Cathar heretic’s name) by his  disbelieving allies. The Saint stepped forward, holding in  his hands the consecrated Host enclosed  in  a monstrance, the heretic holding  the starving  mule by his  hand.  The Saint, after asking  for and obtaining silence, turned  to  the mule  with  these words: 

“By  virtue of and  in  the name  of your Creator, Whom  I, however unworthy  I  may be,  hold in  my hands,  I tell  you and command you: come forward at once  and render homage to  the Lord with due respect, so  that evildoers  and heretics may understand  that  all creatures should bow  before  their Creator, Whom  the priests  hold  in their hands on the altar.”  

And at once the animal, disregarding his master’s food, obediently approached  the saint:   it  bent  its front paws  before  the Host  and remained  there  in humble adoration. Anthony  had not  been deceived  in respecting the  sense of fairness  on the part of his opponent,  who fell  to  his feet and publicly  renounced  his errors, becoming from  that  day forward one of the most zealous cooperators of the wonder-working Saint.

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Eucharistic Miracles Of St. Peter Damian.


​St. Peter Damian, Doctor  of the Church, describes an important Eucharistic  Miracle of which he was a  direct witness in his  work “Opusculum XXXIV, Patrologia Latina,  vol. CXLV,col.573.” We record  here  in translation the episode as  the Saint himself recounts it:   

“This is  a Eucharistic  event  of great importance. It took place  in 1050. A woman,  giving into some abominable temptations, was about to take  the Eucharistic Bread to her house to commit a sacrilege.   However, a priest noticed  what was happening,  chased after  her, and recovered  the Host which  the sacrilegious woman had stolen.  

At that point, when he unfolded the white linen  in which the Sacred Host had been wrapped, noticed that  it was transformed in  such a way  that half of  the  Host  had become  the Body  of the Lord  in a visible  way, while  the other  half maintained the ordinary appearance  of Bread.  

By  such  clear testimony,  God wished to triumph over unbelief and heresy on the part of those who refused to accept the Real Presence in  the Eucharistic Mystery: in  half  of the consecrated bread, the Body  of  the Lord was made visible,  while  the other  half was left in its natural form, to better demonstrate the  reality  of sacramental transubstantiation on which takes place  at  the Consecration.” 

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​ITALY, 750             
Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano In the  year 750.

 In  the  Abruzzi  village of Lanciano,  above the place  where  a Church  dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi  now stands, a Eucharistic miracle took  place whose precious  Relics are still preserved today,  and which are open for  visitation.  

The  various  chronicles  of the time tell  how in  the  year  750,  a priest was celebrating Holy  Mass.  Exactly at the  moment of the Consecration, the priest  was tormented by  strong doubts  as to whether the Body  and Blood  of Jesus were truly  present in the consecrated Host.  He  had just finished  the Consecration  when he noticed that the Host  had been transformed into  Flesh and the Wine  into  Blood. The  priest, filled with  regret  for having  doubted, began  to weep and seek  pardon from  God.   In  the chronicles,  the testimony  of numerous members of  the  faithful who witnessed the Miracle is  also recorded.  

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This miracle is related to the Albigensian Heresy, which was promoted throughout Southern France.  The Abligensians denied the True Presence of Christ in the Eucharist,  as well as encouraging sexual promiscuity and denying the Sacraments. It was condemned by the Church in the 11th Century but managed to keep a hold on this area until well into the 13th Century. 
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