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December 16, 2014

Let the Earth be opened and bud forth a Savior! The Christmas Novena

Let us all pray the 
Solemn Christmas Novena


Spend five  minutes in daily prayer and contemplation to better recognize the Christ Child and more fully receive His boundless blessings. Based on the seven Great O Antiphons

Let the Earth be opened and bud forth a Savior!
O that you would rend the heavens and come down, with the mountains quaking before you!

Benedictine monks arranged these antiphons with a definite purpose. If one starts with the last title and takes the first letter of each one — Emmanuel, Rex, Oriens, Clavis, Radix, Adonai, Sapientia — the Latin words ero cras are formed, meaning, “Tomorrow, I will come.” In these words, the Lord Jesus, for whose coming we prepare in Advent and to whom we address these seven Messianic titles, now speaks to us. 

The O Antiphons not only bring intensity to our Advent preparations, but they bring our preparations to a joyful conclusion. Each antiphon begins with “O” and include a different Scriptural image through the Old Testament, all imploring the Messiah to come. As Elsa Chaney in Twelve Days of Christmas states, “They seem to sum up all our Advent longing as they paint  with words the wretched condition of mankind and his need of a Savior.”

    May the God of peace sanctify us completely and may our spirits souls and bodies be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ!

    V:  The Lord is our Coming King,  
    R:   Let us hasten to adore Him.

    December 16      First Day Christmas Novena

    BEHOLD THE KING   he Lord of the earth who appeared to Moses in the flame of the burning bush and gave him the law on Sinai He  is drawing near! He will come and remove from us the Yoke of  our captivity of the House of Israel, and redeem us with outstretched arm.  
    R: O Come, Let us adore Him!

    December 17 
    The Church begins the seven Great “O” Antiphons of the liturgy, that date back to the seventh or eighth century. These antiphons are chanted or recited at Vespers, or Evening Prayer, the Antiphon before the Magnificat. They are also the Alleluia verse at the Mass.
     O SAPIENTIA  O WISDOM,   Holy Word of God who came from the mouth of the Most High, reaching from end to end and ordering all things mightily and sweetly with your strong and tender care    For Video of Liturgical Chant

    R: Come, and teach us the way of prudence
     Sirach 24:2; Wisdom 8:1. 
    Symbols: oil lamp, open book.

     December 18  

    O Sacred Lord of  the House of Israel, who appeared to Moses in the flame of the burning bush and gave him the law on Sinai: 
    R: Come, and redeem us with outstretched arm of your mighty hand.
     Exodus 3:2, 20:1. Symbols: burning bush, stone tablets. For Video of Liturgical Chant

    December 19                                  
    O flower of Jesse's stem you have been raised up as a sign for all peoples and stand as a banner of the people, before whom kings shall keep silence and unto whom the Gentiles shall make supplication:  
    R: Come to deliver us, and tarry not let nothing keep you from coming to our aid! 
    Isaiah 11:1-3,10  Symbol: vine or plant in flower, especially a rose. For Video of Liturgical Chant

    December 20                 

    O CLAVIS DAVID  O KEY OF DAVID  O Key of David, Scepter of the House of Israel, controlling at your will the gate of Heaven who opens and no man shuts, who shuts and no man opens  
    R :Come, and bring forth the captive from his prison, he who sits in darkness and in the shadow of death. Isaiah 22:22. Symbols: key; broken chains.

    December 21                     

    O ORIENS  O DAWN OF THE EAST,   O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light and brightness of eternity, sun of justice: 
    R: Come, and enlighten those that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death.  
    Psalm 19:6-7.  
    Symbol: rising sun.

    December 22                             
    O REX GENTIUM  O KING OF THE GENTILES    King of all the nations, the only joy of every human heart; their desired One, the Cornerstone that makes both one:
    R: Come, and deliver man, whom You formed out of the dust of the earth.  Psalm 2:7-8, Ephesians 2:14-20. Symbols, Crown, scepter.

    December 23                                  

    O EMMANUEL  GOD WITH US,  Our King and Lawgiver, the expected of the nations and Savior: R: Come to save us, and set us free, O Lord our God. Isaiah 7:14; 33:22. Symbols: tablets of stone, Chalice and Host.

    December 24 

    V: Tomorrow He will wipe out the iniquities of the earth. 
    R: And the Savior of the world will reign over us.
    V: When the Sun will have arisen from the heavens in the morning sky
    R: You shall see the King of kings coming forth from the Father like a radiant bridegroom from the bridal chamber!

           The Messianic Prophecies


    Daily Novena Prayer

    V:  The Lord is our Coming King,  
    R:  Let us hasten to adore Him.

    V: Rejoice, O Daughter of Sion, and exult, O Daughter of Jerusalem.
    R: Behold the Lord will come and there will be on that day a great light, and the mountains will drip with sweetness and the hills will flow with milk and honey, for the great prophet will come and he will renew Jerusalem.

    V:  Behold, He who is God and man shall come forth from the house of Davis to sit upon his throne,and you shall see Him, and your heart shall rejoice.  
    R: Behold, the Lord shall come, our Protector, the Holy One of Israel, bearing on His head the crown of the Kingdom.

    V: And he will rule from sea unto sea, and from the rivers to the ends of the earth. 
    R. Behold the Lord will appear, and He will not deceive: if he delay wait for him, for he will come and He will not tarry.

    V:  The Lord will descend, as rain on the field. In his days  justice shall rise and an abundance of peace and all the kings of the earth shall adore Him, all nations shall serve Him.  
    R: A Child is born to us, and He shall be called the God of strength; He will sit upon the throne of David his Father, and he shall rule whose dominion rests upon his shoulder.

    V:  O Bethlehem, city of the the most High God, out from you shall go forth the ruler of Israel, and his going forth  will be as from the beginning of the days of eternity.   
    R: And he will be glorified in the midst of all the earth and peace will be upon our land when He will have come.

    V: O Lord, do not tarry; do away with the offenses of Your people
    R : Be mindful of us, O Lord, and visit us in Your salvation.

    V: Let the heavens rejoice and the earth exult. Praise the Lord, O mountains!
    R: Let the mountains break forth into gladness, and the hills with justice!

    V: Praise the Lord, you mountains, for the Lord shall come and to the poor He shall show us his mercy.
    Blow ye the trumpet in Sion, for the day of the Lord is nigh; behold, He will come to save us, alleluia, alleluia.

    V: For the Lord shall come and to the poor He will show mercy.
    R: Drop down dew, you heavens, from above and let the clouds rain down the Just One.  Let the earth be opened and bud forth the Savior. 

    V:  Send forth the lamb, O Lord the ruler of all the earth, from the rock of the desert to the mountain of the daughter of Zion!  V: Come, to free us O Lord God of Hosts, show your face to us and we shall be saved!

     V: Come, O Lord,  and visit us in peace that we may rejoice in you with a perfect heart!
     R: So that we may know O Lord your way upon the earth, among all the peoples your salvation.

    V: Stir up your power O Lord and come to save us. 
    R:Come O Lord do not delay do away with the offenses of your people! 

    V: O that you would rend the heavens and come down, with the mountains quaking before you!
    R: Come and show to us Your face O Lord who are enthroned upon the Cherubim

     V: Stir up your power O Lord   R: Come to save us
    Hasten we beseech you O Lord do not tarry, and grant us the help of your celestial power, so that we ho hope for your consolations may be lifted up by your mercy: who live and reign with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever amen!

    This Post was submitted to Catholic Bloggers 2014 Advent link up

    November 29, 2014

    The Season of Advent a Time for Repentance & Spiritual Conversion for those who use it!

    Preparing for the Coming of Christ!
     “Remember thy last end, and thou shalt never sin.”

    November is the Month dedicated to the Poor Souls and signifies the approach of Advent the Liturgical Season given to us by the church to remind us once more of our need for repentance and spiritual conversion. 
    Advent was given to us by the church not only to prepare us for the anniversary of the birth of Jesus on Christmas but also, Advent is a time for reflection on the coming of the Lord at the end of our lives and his final coming  in glory at the end of time! Modern man is frantically running from the reality of his own death. Poor simple man is tempted to believe he is something that he is not before his peers and even before God! Advent is time to stop and take stock of who God is and who we are as we stand before him.
    Modern Man is Frantically 
    Running From The Ultimate 
    Reality of His Own Death!

    Hieronymus Bosch  “Death of a sinner”, angel and devil weigh a mans soul
    Busy, modern man is so busy today. Man is so frantically busy, trying to control his own personal destiny and good fortune. In the process he unwittingly makes today's technological advances his God and, in extreme cases, the computer screen has become his tabernacle. The hours he spends looking at the world through the lens of the computer screen. Man is looking for a window to solve his thirst for knowledge. Often a knowledge without God in the picture. The knowledge acquired through the computer is  ultimately only  a knowledge of finite earthly things. Man is still thirsty afterwards. The computer cannot quench the thirst for the knowledge of infinite heavenly realities, but only leaves man thirsting more. Thirsting for answers only God can give.  Having this unlimited source of knowledge at his finger tips man is deceived into believing he is in control of all the images (visions) from the depths of the ocean to the outer reaches of the universe available to him. 

    Today's Great Lie and
    the serpents deception

     "The serpent said to the woman, "You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.…Genesis 3:4-6

    With this instant knowledge available to men of this age from the computer of good and evil.  Man is tempted once more as in the garden of Eden.  He believes he can finally solve and ultimately control all the mysteries of the universe without God.  Even the spiritual mysteries  of life and death!  This is the Great Lie once again proposed to man from the first original sin in the Garden when Adam ate the fruit from the tree of life!  

    The technology depending on how man uses it can become the ultimate deception wrapped up  packaged by the devil and given to men of this age!  Poor simple man he  is once more tempted to believe he is something that he is not before his peers and even before God!
      Technology muffles the voice of conscience
    Another victory of the devil that technology has brought us! Men no longer hear the voice of conscience! With all the noise, seductions  and distractions around us Technology muffles the voice of conscience. Without  a conscience man no longer can hear the truth about himself and the truth about God. I fear if we persist down this slippery slope God will allow us to have faith in whatever it is we put faith in.  If we don't turn back to  God in prayer, he may (if he has not already) send the strong delusion described in, Thessalonians 2:11. 

    In other words a time may come that God will not permit the deluded to repent. Hence this little catechesis on the 4 last things: Death, Judgment, Heaven or Hell and reality of purgatory as mentioned by the events of Fatima. 

    Michelangelo's- The Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel

    Fatima and the Four Last Things

    One of the best meditations on Death is the Dies Irae a meditation on the Last Judgment, when Christ will come again in glory, no longer granting mercy, but as the Just Judge who will separate the just from the wicked, casting the latter into eternal fire, and welcoming the former to eternal bliss. The hymn closes with a supplication for mercy before the coming of that terrible day.

    The video below is Mozart's Rendition of Dies Irea and it is a powerful piece making one tremble at the coming Judgment. the Day of Wrath.  The Gregorian Chant of Dies Irea   on the other hand, is more somber and reflective giving one hope in God's Mercy at that final hour of our own death or his second coming.  This is chanted during Funeral Masses in the Extraordinary form in the Tridentine Mass! Makes one hope to be buried with that Mass and those prayers to follow you into eternity.

    Day of wrath, day that will dissolve the world into burning coals, as David bore witness with the Sibyl. How great a tremor is to be, when the judge is to come briskly shattering every grave. A trumpet sounding an astonishing sound through the tombs of the region drives all men before the throne. Death will be stunned and so will Nature, when arises  man the creature responding to the One judging. The written book will be brought forth, in which the record of evidence is contained whence the world is to be judged. Therefore when the Judge shall sit, whatever lay hidden will appear; nothing unavenged will remain.

     O Thou, God of Majesty, nourishing brilliance of the Trinity,  join us with the Blessed.  What am I the wretch then to say? what patron I to beseech? when scarcely the just man be secure. King of tremendous Majesty, who saves those-to-be-saved free, save me, Fount of piety.
    Remember, faithful Jesus, because I am the cause of your journey: do not lose me on that day.

    Thou has sat down as one wearied seeking me, Thou has redeemed me having suffered the Cross: so much labor let it not be lost. Just judge of the avenging-punishment, work the gift of the remission of sins before the Day of the Reckoning. I groan, as the accused: my face grows red from my fault: spare this supplicant, O God.O Thou, God of Majesty, nourishing brilliance of the Trinity, join us with the Blessed.Thou who forgave Mary the sinful woman, and favorably heard the good thief, hast also given me hope.  My prayers are not worthy, but do Thou, Good God, deal kindly lest I burn in perennial fire.

    Among the sheep offer me a place and from the goats sequester me, placing me at Thy right hand. After the accursed have been silenced, given up to the bitter flames, call me with the blest. Kneeling and bowed down I pray, My heart contrite as ashes: Do Thou  care for my end

    That sorrowful day, on which will arise from the burning coals Man accused to be judged therefore, O God, do Thou spare him. Faithful Lord Jesus, grant them rest. Amen. O Thou, God of Majesty, nourishing brilliance of the Trinity, join us with the Blessed. Amen

          At Fatima a Vision of Hell
    The Ultimate Justice of God
    For Unrepentant Sinners

    Our Lady of Fatima did not ask the permission of the parents of Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia before showing them the vision of hell. Remember that Jacinta was barely six years old!  This reminds us that children do not belong to their parents they are only entrusted to them by God. God expects parents to instruct and form them in His ways; to know love and serve Him so that they will have the opportunity to be happy with Him forever in Heaven!  Thus the outrage of abortion. Destroying God's creation in your child that was given to you in order to reflect His image in the world.

    The reality of Hell should be taught to children using the same methods our Lady used at Fatima the Model Catechist.  Appealing to their generous hearts by teaching them to help save others from going there. Having this knowledge they will be able tomake the right choices to save themselves from going there as well. Our Lady in showing young children a vision of Hell lead us to understand that children can also go there! Children can and do commit grave sins, even murder. They  have the natural law impressed on their souls so they know right from wrong.  However, we should never under estimate a childs capacity to do good and for self sacrifice. Our Lady at Fatima also showed us how great the heart of a child can become when properly formed! Even to heights of heroic sanctity.
    The children saw countless numbers of people who were endlessly falling into the fiery flames.  Our Lady sadly looked upon them as she said "You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart.” And then she told them the secrets of Fatima that are connected with this vision. Material for another post someday.
    The Vision of Hell
    In the third apparition of July the children were given a vision of hell the ultimate Justice of God for unrepentant sinners. Our Lady pointed to the earth and the light from her hands the light from her hands penetrated the earth and opened the ground so that the children could peer into the depths and could see hell. Lucia describes  it for us: "As our Lady spoke she opened Her hands once more, as She had done during the two previous months. The rays of light seemed to penetrate the earth, and we saw as it were an ocean of fire. Plunged in this fire were demons and souls in human form, like transparent burning embers, all blackened or burnished bronze, floating about in the conflagration, now raised into the air by the flames that issued from within themselves together with great clouds of smoke, now falling back on every side like sparks in a huge fire, without weight or equilibrium, and amid shrieks and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with fear. (It must have been this sight which caused me to cry out, as people say they heard me.) The demons could be distinguished (from the souls of the damned) by their terrifying and repellent likeness to frightful and unknown animals, all black and transparent.This vision lasted only a moment, thanks to our good Heavenly Mother who,  at the first apparition, had promised to take us to Heaven. Without this promise, I think we would have died of fright.

    The reality eternity was already impressed on this young mind and the possibility of some souls spending an eternity in hell! This thought impressed Jacinta the most. She often called Lucia and Francisco she would ask: "Are you praying with me? It is necessary to pray much to save souls from hell! How sorry I am for sinners who go there and burn forever like wood in a fire! If I could only show them hell so they would not go there!"  Even after she was taken sick, she would get out of bed to bow her head to the floor, and pray as the Angel had taught for the glory of God, and in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifference by which He is offended in the tabernacles throughout the world and for the conversion of poor sinners.

    Photo taken after the Vision of Hell note the anxious expressions

    Many years later Lucia said she believed that most people go to Hell because of sins of the flesh. If souls can be condemned to hell because of one unrepentant mortal sin for all eternity is it not to be understood that other souls could be detained for long years in purgatory who have committed countless deliberate venial sins for which they have had little sorrow and had done little or no penance. The guilt that has been remitted by absolution, but the temporal punishment will have to be paid in purgatory.

     Scriptures say someday 
    God Will Send 
    A Strong Delusion
    I feel it is here in our day!

    I wonder if the scriptures of 2Thessalonians2:9-12 is in the beginnings if not already being actualized today! 9The coming of the lawless one with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them a strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

    We are spending  more and more time involved in this technology to do what we think are great things! What was supposed to save time for human relationships has become a time consumer. Often we no longer have time for true prayer.  A prayer that enables an openness of soul to God a readiness and receptivity in order to be always praying, (Luke 18:1) and always listening to hear his voice when he whispers to our souls in the silence.  We have lost this form of prayer because there is no longer silence for modern man our ears are plugged into something all day! 

    The Message of Fatima confirmed  
    the Reality of Purgatory
    God’s Mercy vs. God’s Perfect Justice

    Why not say the 5 last things 
    and include Purgatory?
    Purgatory is only temporary end before the final end in Heaven so it is not considered to be one of the last things. However Purgatory is such an important dogma of the church. Incredibly so many Catholics are ignorant of Purgatory so do nothing to avoid it themselves and little or nothing to help the Poor Souls who are there, suffering intensely, as they wait for Masses and prayers to be offered for them. That is why Our Lady brought up the reality of Heaven and Purgatory in her first appearance to the children. Only after strengthening them with the graces given in both the May and June apparitions did the children experience another reality of a place called hell. 

    The painting below of Our Lady of Mt Carmel, the 'Throne of Mercy' and 'Queen of the Angels', who takes great delight in sending her Angels to release those Souls mercifully pardoned by her Son Jesus through the prayers and supplications of the church!

    This painting is similar of Our Lady in Lucia's Parish Church!
    This was how Lucia recognized that it was Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
    who also appeared during the Miracle of the Sun in October

    During Our Lady's First Visit to Fatima in May Lucia–the oldest of the three, after being reassured by Our Lady that they would all one day go to Heaven. Jacinta and Francisco would go soon and she would go but not right away because it was the will of God that she help promote the devotion to her Immaculate Heart to save poor sinners. Lucia found the courage and asked Our Lady about two of her friends who recently died: "Is Maria das Neves is in Heaven?" "Yes" answered Our Lady, "she is in Heaven."  She also asked about another friend, Amelia. Our Lady answered: "She will be in Purgatory until the end of the world."

    Amelia's Fate is a 
    Warning for All of Us!

    Amelia was eighteen years old when she died. She is in Purgatory and will, on the testimony of Our Blessed Mother, stay there until the end of time.  Let us take to heart and make certain that her fate will not be our own. What could she have done to merit such purgation in those days and what about us and the sins committed in our era?

    Why such a lengthy expiation?

    The malice of sin is great. What we think are small faults are in reality serious offenses against the infinite goodness of God. Look how the saints wept over their smallest faults. We are weak we say and it is true but God is always there for us offering us graces to strengthen us and giving us lights to see the gravity of our sins. We do not use the lights and graces he so generously offers us, and we do not receive the sacraments as we should.

    The saints committed few and slight sins they sorrowed much over them and did severe penances. We commit many and grave sins and we sorrow little and do little or no penance. For the majority of us who do make the positive decision to serve God and are not yet properly prepared (humble enough) to enter Heaven, the only choice is to make the transition to goodness in Purgatory. Our Lord tells us that we shall have to render an account for each and every idle word we say (Matthew12:36 ) and that we may not leave our prison until we shall have paid the last farthing. (Matthew 5:26).

    All Venial Sins
    Must also be Atoned for!

    All sins mortal and venial accumulated for 20, 40, or 60 years of life. Each one has to be atoned for after death. Is it a wonder that souls have to remain so long in purgatory? It cannot be calculated the immense number of venial sins we commit on a daily basis. Faults of self love, selfishness; in thoughts words and deeds.  Acts of sensuality, faults of charity; laziness, vanity, jealousy, tepidity.  Then the sins of omission that we give no credence too. Do we ever thank God as we should for all his blessings given to us?  He waits for our visits day and night in the tabernacle; do we go? He dies for us every morning at Mass and gives innumerable graces to those who participate longing to come into our hearts in Holy Communion. We are too lazy to attend this Calvary. We have luxurious homes, food, clothing while many in the world live in hunger and misery.  Life is given to serve God and save our souls but we are satisfied if we give God five minutes of prayer in the morning and evening and the rest of the 24 hour day is given to work, rest and pleasures.  

    And Mortal Sins?

    Unfortunately, Most of us have committed mortal sins in our lives and if we confess them we do not make satisfaction for them. Do we return what we have stolen or make charitable contributions to the poor if we cannot. Did we restore the good name of the other who we maligned with our slander or calumny? The tongue can murder another as well as a gun or knife and change the direction of the life of someone for good or ill! St. Gertrude in her revelations indicated that those who have committed many grave sins and have not done due penance, may not share in the ordinary suffrage's of the church for a very considerable time! The venerable Bede also indicated that the justice of God may demand that those who pass a great part of their lives in repeated and unrepentant mortal sins and confess them on their death bed, may be detained in purgatory until even the last day.

    We would do well to remember that the best means of lessening our term in Purgatory -- or of avoiding it altogether -- is to have clear ideas of it, to think well and often on it and to adopt the means God offers for avoiding it.   Not to think of it is FATAL. It is nothing else than preparing for ourselves a long and rigorous Purgatory!

    The servant of God Fr. John Anthony Hardon, S.J. said many times: “Only the very chaste and very humble shall enter Heaven; No one else! No one else! No one else!”

        Jesus Meek and Humble of Heart
        Make Our Hearts Like Unto Thine!

    Fr. Hardon and the Catholic Dogma of Purgatory                     
    Further Meditations on the Four Last things

     Divine Providence brought a little booklet titled READ ME or RUE IT  by Fr. Paul O'Sullivn,O.P.  The cover promised that the pamphlet would be a Revelation for many who would read it and it was for me.  I paraphrased portions from this booklet within this post. I also want to mention the Classic Meditations on the Four Last things: DEATH, JUDGMENT, HELL and HEAVEN by Fr. Martin Von Cochem O.S.F.C.  whose quote is one of the titles of this post and will be an valuable source for further meditations. Links for both booklets can be found at the end of this post.

    READ ME or RUE IT  by Fr. Paul O'Sullivn,O.P.

    Classic Meditations on the Four Last things:
    DEATH, JUDGMENT, HELL and HEAVEN by Fr. Martin Von Cochem O.S.F.C.

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    November 13, 2014

    Feast of Christ the King and His Reign-Reflections on Eucharistic Miracles!

    The solemnity of Christ the King is held on the Sunday before Advent. In this feast we honor Jesus Christ as our King of all kings!

    Pope Pius XI in establishing this feast addressed Catholic bishops, but he also wanted it to impact the laity: 

    "The faithful, by meditating upon these truths, will gain much strength and courage, enabling them to form their lives after the true Christian ideal. If to Christ our Lord is given all power in heaven and on earth; if all men, purchased by his precious blood, are by a new right subjected to his dominion; if this power embraces all men, it must be clear that not one of our faculties is exempt from his empire. He must reign in our minds, which should assent with perfect submission and firm belief to revealed truths and to the doctrines of Christ. He must reign in our wills, which should obey the laws and precepts of God. He must reign in our hearts, which should spurn natural desires and love God above all things, and cleave to him alone. He must reign in our bodies and in our members, which should serve as instruments for the interior sanctification of our souls, or to use the words of the Apostle Paul, as instruments of justice unto God." 
     Christ Reigns in the Eucharist!

    As we celebrate the Kingship of Christ I wish to remind everyone that Christ reigns among us today in the Mystery of his Eucharistic presence! Sadly, so few of us act as if this is a reality in our lives. I want to meditate on the fact that God speaks to us in the mystery of His Divine Providence  through the various approved Marian apparitions and  Eucharistic miracles occurring  over the centuries. Beginning as God did in providence with the Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano in 750 A.D. This is  first recorded Eucharistic Miracle and the most significant of all the Vatican approved Eucharistic Miracles.  

    The Miracle of Lanciano in 750 A.D. in historical providence can be linked in with the Shroud of Turin and also with the tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  All three miracles contain ongoing miracles that were not able to be seen at the time the original miracles occurred. They could only be seen later over time when men advanced science and with the technological advances. "But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time appointed: many shall pass over, and knowledge shall be manifold." Daniel 12:4

    This links the miracles to our times and is a message of God speaking to us to those who have ears to hear. "To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them." Paraphrased: Matthew11-13

    The Eucharistic Miracle
    of Lanciano 750 A.D.

    Science, aware of its limits, came to a halt, faced with the impossibility of giving an explanation!

    was the first in a series of Eucharistic Miracles over the past 2 millenniums. A Monastic priest doubted whether the body of our Lord was truly present in the consecrated host. As he said the words of consecration, he saw the host turn into flesh and the wine turn into blood. Everything was visible to those in attendance. The flesh to this day is still intact and the blood is divided into five unequal parts which together have the same exact weight as each one does separately. 
    From the very beginning, the local church accepted this miracle as a true sign from heaven, and venerated the Eucharistic Flesh and Blood in processions on its feast day, the last Sunday of October. The fame of the shrine spread throughout the region quickly, and soon all of Italy came to the Church in Pilgrimage.  
    A plenary indulgence in perpetuity to those who venerate the Eucharistic Miracle during the 
    8 days preceding the feast day.

    Church of the Miracle, Lanciano, Italy
     On June 25, 1672, Pope Clement X declared the altar of the Eucharistic Miracle a privileged altar on the Octave day of the deceased and on all Mondays of the year. In 1887, the Archbishop of Lanciano, Monsignore Petarca, obtained from Pope Leo XIII, a plenary indulgence in perpetuity to those who venerate the Eucharistic Miracle during the 8 days preceding the feast day. Reserved on the last Sunday in October.

    Scientific Studies

    In 1973, the Church gave permission for various studies to be carried out on the Lanciano Eucharistic Miracle.  The results amazed the scientists who were privileged to participate in the studies. After the results were analyzed in 1976. The Medical commissions of WHO and the UN, published in New York and Geneva the following statement: “Science, aware of its limits, has come to a halt, face to face with the impossibility of giving an explanation.”

    The flesh and blood of the Lanciano Miracle are just as fresh as if they had been drawn that very day from a living human being.  The flesh consists of muscular tissue of the myocardium (heart).  The heart arteries and veins can be easily identified as well as the double slender branch of the vagus nerve.  Those who have a medical research background would understand the significance of these findings.

    The findings of the Linoli Report 413197 stated: “The conservation of the flesh and blood, left in their natural state for twelve centuries and exposed to the influence of atmospheric and biological elements, remain an extraordinary phenomenon.”

    Lanciano Miracle Blood type tested same as the Shroud of Turin!

    Photo © Speramus-We Hope 

    Other immunological studies received with interest in the scientific world indicated with certitude that the flesh and blood are LIVING human tissue. Both the flesh and coagulated blood belong to the same blood type AB. The same blood type  that was also found on the Shroud of Turin and the type most characteristic of Middle Eastern populations! 

    Shroud of Turin and the Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano  We should also  note that in 1978, a group of scientists from NASA performed an intensive examination on the Shroud of Turin, using all the sophisticated scientific equipment available to our Space Agency at that time.  A very significant discovery was found regarding the blood type on the Shroud. It was AB positive, the same blood type as found in the Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano. More and more, science has verified what we have believed in Faith for centurie
    Ongoing Miracles within the Miracle
    Each of the 5 Clots of coagulated blood pictured above weighs 15.85 grams when weighed all together on the scale. And when all the clots are weighed separately, even one smaller in appearance, individually weighed 15.85 grams! This baffled the scientists who had no explanation for the results!  For those with faith this miracle points to what the Council of Trent taught for centuries and the Catechism of the Catholic Church has reaffirmed. Namely, that Christ is entirely present under each species and under the smallest particle of each species. Christ is present whole and entire his flesh and blood, his body, soul, manhood and Godhead!
    Are Miracles Silent Warnings 
    in the light of Fatima Message?

    The Tilma of Guadelupe,  contained many miracles that  awaited the technology of men to uncover them.  The miracles were always present at the time of its first appearing indicating that God foresaw another time when the lack of faith would be more than a passing doubt by a priest offering Mass! Or the aztec holocausts would later proceed to ABORTION on DEMAND!

    The miracles on the Tilma were not discovered until after the Fatima apparitions had taken place. And also the scientific investigations on the Lanciano miracle did not take place until the 1970's. In my opinion God's providence linked both Lanciano and the Guadalupe mystery to Fatima in his providence. See: From Guadelupe to Fatima a Prophetic Mystery! 

     At Fatima in 1916 an angel teaches the children to Adore and make reparation to the Eucharistic Jesus. Most Hoy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost I adore you profoundly and I offer you the most precious body, blood soul and divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifference's by which he is offended…..”
    In 1916 when the angel appeared to the children of Fatima  these crimes against our Lord in the Holy Eucharist were not prevalent as they were in the late 1960’s and 1970’s when Our Lady asked Sr Lucia to reveal the 3rd secret to the Pope. 

    Fr. Maria Duran in the pamphlet Particles of the Blessed Sacrament the Eternal life giving Gold dust he wrote that he had a non-catholic friend who told him that: “You Catholics must no longer believe in the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament” He said that he assured him that we did and his friend retorted back: “Then you have really grown callous in the way you handle your Eucharistic Services.”

    Fr. Duran felt he was referring to those people who disregard the laws of the church and her doctrines making up their own laws and regulations to do as they please. Unfortunately, today there are many and they are more vocal making themselves heard. Giving the wrong impressions and contaminate the faith of others in different degrees.

    Despite these people the Church herself has always shown her faith and respect in all her rules and laws given for the care of the most Blessed Sacrament these laws are not what some would say scrupulosity but a matter of detail in love. It is my firm belief that if Catholics do not recover the respect for the Holy Eucharist we are fast preparing our own punishment as pictured in the 3rd Secret of Fatima revealed in 2000.

    Remember that St Paul said that whoever eats the bread and drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord; and any one who eats and drinks without discerning the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself (See 1 Corinthians 11:27, 29).

    This can also be applied to all those sacrilegious communions made by those receiving in mortal sin as well as for Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist who do not take care to carry Our Lord in a dignified manner and make sure that there are no particles remaining in their pyx so that Jesus is not carried into restrooms or other unspeakable places! You are responsible for every lost particle! And the weight of your commission also falls upon your pastor and bishop who are the ordinary ministers of the Eucharist! They will have to account to God for you!

    Also see:

    In Gruaro, Italy there is another Eucharistic Miracle with a forgotten particle of the Host!

    The Eucharistic Miracle of Gruaro Italy, 1294 Part 2  

    Take and Drink the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ horribly outraged by ungrateful men. Repair their crimes and console your God!

    The particles of the Blessed Sacrament are the Eternal, Loving, life-giving Gold of God! Let us make reparation for those who no longer discern the "Hidden Jesus" in the Most Blessed Sacrament!

    Eucharistic Miracles Vatican International Exhibition  A Photographic Exhibition of Church Approved Eucharistic Miracles from 750 A.D. - 2001