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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