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The Eucharistic Miracles of the World

Preface

A few years ago I published the results of my research on Eucharistic miracles, but, lo and behold, I received a letter that disputed the documentation I had gathered because, as the writer said, Eucharistic "bleedings" were the fruit of a naive era that easily tended to imagine miracles.

This statement caused me a good deal of suffering. And the reason was very simple: things were not that way; the facts spoke unequivocally.

Was not Padre Pio, a man of the 20th century, a living Eucharistic miracle? His extraordinary life is tied to the Altar, to the Mass, to the Blood.

And who can affirm that Padre Pio is just an invention of naive people and of visionaries of the 20th century? Teresa Neumann, who died in 1962, hence right in the middle of the 20th century, was nourished for thirty-six years … just with the Eucharist. Medical commissions took turns at her side and observed her day and night. At the end, they had to admit that the phenomenon was humanly unexplainable.

This, too, is a Eucharistic miracle. Who can deny it?

Marthe Robin, who died in 1981, was nourished for fifty-three years exclusively with the Eucharist. At times, to the amazement of the witnesses, she—not being able to swallow—breathed in the Eucharist in a gesture of profound love toward Jesus present in the Blessed Sacrament.

Regarding Marthe Robin, Jean Guitton, the renowned thinker, wrote: "The woman I will describe was a woman of the French countryside. She was a woman who perhaps was the strangest, most extraordinary and puzzling person of our era. From my first encounter with her I had the feeling that some day I would not be able not to talk of her." Why? For the very simple reason that her life is a resounding miracle … tied to the Most Holy Eucharist.

With great sobriety, these pages describe many Eucharistic miracles and allow them to speak. It is worth reading these pages … to hear the cry of God's love that resounds in every celebration of the Eucharist. Today … like yesterday! These pages remind us that even these Eucharistic miracles tied to the Eucharist are there to reaffirm—together with the Cathedrals, Schools of Theology, Shrines, figurative, literary and musical Art, and Works of charity—that Europe was formed, grew and was nourished with the same faith in Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the one and only Savior of the world.

+ Angelo Comastri
President of the Committee for National Eucharistic Congresses

Loreto, February 23, 2005 - Feast of St. Polycarp





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