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Cardinal Bergoglio’s Eucharistic Miracle in Argentina

A recent documented account of a Eucharistic Miracle took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1996 under the leadership of Cardinal Bergoglio, now Pope Francis:

At seven o’clock in the evening on August 18, 1996, Fr. Alejandro Pezet was saying Holy Mass at a Catholic church in the commercial center of Buenos Aires. As he was finishing distributing Holy Communion, a woman came up to tell him that she had found a discarded host on a candleholder at the back of the church. On going to the spot indicated, Fr. Alejandro saw the defiled Host. Since he was unable to consume it, he placed it in a container of water and put it away in the tabernacle of the chapel of the Blessed Sacrament.

On Monday, August 26, upon opening the tabernacle, he saw to his amazement that the Host had turned into a bloody substance. He informed Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who gave instructions that the Host be professionally photographed. The photos were taken on September 6. They clearly show that the Host, which had become a fragment of bloodied flesh, had grown significantly in size. For several years the Host remained in the tabernacle, the whole affair being kept a strict secret. Since the Host suffered no visible decomposition, Cardinal Bergoglio decided to have it scientifically analyzed.

On October 5, 1999, in the presence of the Cardinal’s representatives, Dr. Castanon took a sample of the bloody fragment and sent it to New York for analysis. Since he did not wish to prejudice the study, he purposely did not inform the team of scientists of its provenance. One of these scientists was Dr. Frederic Zugiba, the well-known cardiologist and forensic pathologist. He determined that the analyzed substance was real flesh and blood containing human DNA. Zugiba testified that, “the analyzed material is a fragment of the heart muscle found in the wall of the left ventricle close to the valves. This muscle is responsible for the contraction of the heart. It should be borne in mind that the left cardiac ventricle pumps blood to all parts of the body. The heart muscle is in an inflammatory condition and contains a large number of white blood cells. This indicates that the heart was alive at the time the sample was taken. It is my contention that the heart was alive, since white blood cells die outside a living organism. They require a living organism to sustain them. Thus, their presence indicates that the heart was alive when the sample was taken. What is more, these white blood cells had penetrated the tissue, which further indicates that the heart had been under severe stress, as if the owner had been beaten severely about the chest.”

Two Australians, journalist Mike Willesee and lawyer Ron Tesoriero, witnessed these tests. Knowing where sample had come from, they were dumbfounded by Dr. Zugiba’s testimony. Mike Willesee asked the scientist how long the white blood cells would have remained alive if they had come from a piece of human tissue, which had been kept in water. They would have ceased to exist in a matter of minutes, Dr. Zugiba replied. The journalist then told the doctor that the source of the sample had first been kept in ordinary water for a month and then for another three years in a container of distilled water; only then had the sample been taken for analysis. Dr. Zugiba’s was at a loss to account for this fact. There was no way of explaining it scientifically, he stated. Only then did Mike Willesee inform Dr. Zugiba that the analyzed sample came from a consecrated Host (white, unleavened bread) that had mysteriously turned into bloody human flesh. Amazed by this information, Dr. Zugiba replied, “How and why a consecrated Host would change its character and become living human flesh and blood will remain an inexplicable mystery to science—a mystery totally beyond her competence.”

Only faith in the extraordinary action of a God provides the reasonable answer—faith in a God, who wants to make us aware that He is truly present in the mystery of the Eucharist.

The Eucharistic miracle in Buenos Aires is an extraordinary sign attested to by science. Through it Jesus desires to arouse in us a lively faith in His real presence in the Eucharist. He reminds us that His presence is real, and not symbolic. Only with the eyes of faith do we see Him under appearance of the consecrated bread and wine. We do not see Him with our bodily eyes, since He is present in His glorified humanity. In the Eucharist Jesus sees and loves us and desires to save us.

Eucharistic Miracle-Blanot, France – 1331s

The village of Blanot is situated in a long, narrow valley surrounded by picturesque mountains. Inconspicuous because of its location, it was nevertheless favored by God, who honored it with a Eucharistic miracle. The physical evidence of this event is still preserved in the church in which it occurred.

Before relating the miracle, it would be best to recall the manner in which Holy Communion was distributed in the 14th century (and in many places yet today). During Holy Mass, when the time approached for the distribution of Communion, the communicants would approach the altar railing which separated the body of the church from the sanctuary. Taking their places side by side along the length of the railing, they would kneel. At about the same time, two altar boys would approach the railing and take their places one at each end. Reaching down for a long linen cloth that hung the length of the railing on the side facing the sanctuary, each would take his end of the cloth and flip it over the top of the railing. The communicants would then place their hands beneath the cloth. The priest, holding the ciborium containing the consecrated Hosts, would approach one end of the railing and distribute the Hosts as he moved along its length. At the time of the miracle this was the way in which Holy Communion was received at Blanot.

The miracle occurred on Easter Sunday, March 31, 1331, at the first Mass of the day, which was offered by Hugues de la Baume, the vicar of Blanot. Because of the solemn occasion, two men of the parish named Thomas Caillot and Guyot Besson were also serving in addition to the altar boys. At Communion time the two men approached the altar railing, took their places at each end and turned the long cloth over the railing. The parishioners took their places, held their hands under the cloth and waited for the approach of the priest.

One of the last to receive was a woman named Jacquette, described as being the widow of Regnaut d'Effour. The priest placed the Host on her tongue, turned, and started walking toward the altar. It was then that both men and a few of the communicants saw the Host fall from the woman's mouth and land upon the cloth that covered her hands. As the priest was then placing the ciborium inside the tabernacle, Thomas Caillot approached the altar and informed him of the accident. The priest immediately left the altar and approached the railing; but instead of finding the Host, he saw a spot of blood the same size as the Host, which had apparently dissolved into blood.

When the Mass was completed, the priest took the cloth into the sacristy and placed the stained area in a basin filled with clear water. After washing the spot and scrubbing it with his fingers numerous times he found that, far from becoming smaller and lighter, it had actually become larger and much darker. On removing the cloth from the basin he was surprised to find that the water had turned bloody. The priest and his assistants were not only astonished, but also frightened, and exclaimed, "This is the Precious Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ!" The priest then took a knife and, after washing it, cut from the cloth the piece bearing the bloody imprint of the Host. This square piece of cloth was reverently placed in the tabernacle.

Fifteen days later, an official of the Archdiocese of Autun, Jean Jarossier, journeyed to Blanot to initiate an investigation. With him was the Cure' de Lucenay, a monsignor of Autun, and an apostolic notary. The interrogation of witnesses was conducted in the presence of Pierre Osnonout, the Cure' of Blanot. The results of this investigation were sent by Archbishop Pierre Bertrand to Pope John XXII, who pronounced a favorable verdict and accorded indulgences to those who would celebrate Mass in the parish church of Blanot. Copies of the documents are still kept in the City Hall of Blanot and are described as being in an ancient style which is difficult to read.

The Hosts that remained in the ciborium after the distribution of Holy Communion on that Easter Sunday were never used, and were carefully preserved in the tabernacle. The reason for this is not known, although one might speculate that the priest wished to avoid a possible repetition of the prodigy. In 1706 these Hosts, preserved in good condition after 375 years, were taken in a five-hour procession around the parish of Blanot in observance of the anniversary of the miracle. Taking part in the ceremony were many prelates and a great many people of the parish and the surrounding areas. At the conclusion of the procession, the silver ciborium holding the Hosts was returned to the golden box in which it was kept. This was carefully placed in the main tabernacle of the church.

For many years there were commemorative processions and special observances, but these were discontinued at the start of the French Revolution when violent fanatics were desecrating Catholic churches and taking objects of value.On December 27, 1793, a group of revolutionaries entered the church and boldly opened the tabernacle. The bloodstained cloth, now encased in a crystal tube, was actually handled by one of them, but fortunately was rejected as being of little value. After this desecration of the church, the relic was entrusted to the safekeeping of a pious parishioner, Dominique Cortet. While it was in his home it was venerated and given all respect, yet despite this care, the tube was cracked on both the top and bottom. One of the injuries was caused by M. Lucotte, the Cure' of Blanot, who often kissed it and put it on the eyes of the faithful. The other end was accidentally cracked while it was hidden in the drawer of an armoire.

Following the Revolution, when peace was again restored, many persons were questioned about the authenticity of the cloth within the crystal tube. All agreed that it was the same one that had been kept in the church. After ecclesiastical officials were satisfied as to the relic's authenticity, it was solemnly returned to the church and placed in a box covered with velvet which, in turn, was placed within the tabernacle. Sometime later a new crystal tube was designed for the relic. At either end are rings of gold and copper, with a cross surmounting the top. The tube, with the cloth clearly visible, is sealed and kept within a special ostensorium. This is adorned at its base with four enamel panels which depict events in the history of the relic. Each year on Easter Monday, according to ancient custom, the relic is solemnly exposed in the church of Blanot.

Eucharistic Miracle-Amsterdam, Holland – 1345s

In 1345, a man who was a devout Catholic became very ill. He told his family he would like to receive Holy Viaticum. The family notified the pastor of the then known Old Church. The priest, after administering the sacrament, advised the family, if the ill man threw up (which he was known to do after taking nourishment) they were to empty the contents in the fire. The man threw up and the family did what they were advised to do by the priest, they threw the contents in the fire in the sick room. This incident occurred on March 12th.

Early the next morning, one of the women went to rake the fire and she noticed in the middle of the grate, the Blessed Sacrament in the form of host. A light surrounded it. The woman became upset and immediately put her hand in the fire to rescue the host. This she did without any ill effects to herself. She did not burn her hand. The woman was surprised to find the host was cold! She immediately called in a neighbor and asked her to take the Sacred Host to her home. The neighbor took a clean cloth, placed the host on it and locked it in a box. She then took it home. When the husband of the woman who found the host heard what had taken place, he requested to see it. He tried to lift it off the white cloth it rested on but the Sacred Particle resisted as if to say it did not want to be touched by this man's hands.

A priest was then summoned who took the host and placed it in a pyx. When he went to wash the cloth which held the Blessed Sacrament and return it to the original box, he noticed the pyx was upset and the host was gone!

The next morning the neighbor returned for her original box and cloth. When she opened the locked box she once again found the Sacred Host in it! There was then no doubt that Our Lord wanted this miracle to make known! The priest notified the clergy of Amsterdam and a procession was held to carry the host to the church. The home of the sick man soon became a chapel and as early as 1360 public processions and pilgrims traveled to the site of the miracle.

On May 25, 1452, a large conflagration broke out which left three fourths of the city in ruins. It was during this time, the chapel known as the Holy Room became subject to the flames. Strangely, the monstrance containing the Miraculous Host, (which had been brought over to the chapel from the old church) was spared. In 1456, a new Holy Room was built surrounded by a beautiful church.

Many pilgrims went to visit the shrine seeking cures and spiritual help. One pilgrim, archduke Maximilian, later a Roman Emperor, came seeking a cure in 1480. God heard his prayer and he was cured. In thanksgiving, the archduke dedicated a beautiful window to the Holy Room.

By the second half of the sixteenth century, Catholics in Amsterdam fell under persecution of the Protestants. The Holy Room fell under Protestant rule. In 1910, rather than sell the property to the Catholics, the chapel was torn down. However, devotion to this Eucharistic Miracle still takes place on March 12th at the church nearest the site.

Eucharistic Miracle-Bolsena-Orvieto, Italy

This miracle occured in 1236, a time when a heresy in the Church called Berengarianism was rampant in Europe and which denied the True Presence of Our Lord in the Eucharist.

A priest was on pilgrimage to Rome to ask for strength in his vocation and to remove his doubts about tthe presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. On his way he stopped at Bolsena, a small town north of Rome.

During Mass in Bolsena at the consecration as the priest said “This is My Body,” the Host began to bleed profusely. The priest took the Corporal and wrapped up the bleeding Host, although blood fell on the marble floor in front of the altar. He immediately took it to Pope Urban IV who was in nearby Orvieto at the time. The Holy Father declared that a Eucharistic Miracle had occured which dispelled the heresy of Berengarianism.

The Holy Father also created a new feast, the Feast of Corpus Christi, to commemorate the Miracle of Bolsena. St. Thomas Aquinas wrote two hymns, O Salutaris and Tantum Ergo, which are still sung today.

The bloodstained marble tiles are kept in Bolsena and the bloodstained Corporal in Orvieto.

What is transubstantiation?

Transubstantiation is a doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church. The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines this doctrine in section      1376.
“The Council of Trent summarizes the Catholic faith by declaring: ‘Because Christ our Redeemer said that it was truly his body that he was offering under the species of bread, it has always been the conviction of the Church of God, and this holy Council now declares again, that by the consecration of the bread and wine there takes place a change of the whole substance of the bread into the substance of the body of Christ our Lord and of the whole substance of the wine into the substance of his blood. This change the holy Catholic Church has fittingly and properly called transubstantiation.”
In other words, Catholic Church teaches that once an ordained priest blesses the bread of the Lord’s Supper, it is transformed into the actual flesh of Christ (though it retains the appearance, odor, and taste of bread); and when he blesses the wine, it is transformed into the actual blood of Christ (though it retains the appearance, odor, and taste of wine).

Those who believe that in the Eucharist the bread and wine become instead the body and blood of Christ see this as indicated in the New Testament, in the Eucharistic discourse given by Christ in John 6, and in 1 Corinthians 10-11, where Saint Paul equates the body and blood of Jesus with the “bread” and “cup of benediction” used in the Eucharist.

Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, and Roman Catholics, who together constitute the majority of Christians, hold that the consecrated elements in a valid celebration of the Eucharist indeed become the body and blood of Christ. This belief is held also by some Reform and Protestant Christian churches, Lutherans and Anglicans, though they generally deny transubstantiation.

While there is a large body of theology noting the many Scriptural supports for transubstantiation, in general, Orthodox and Catholics consider it unnecessary to "prove" from texts of Scripture a belief that they see as held by Christians without interruption from the earliest, apostolic times. They point out that the Church and its teaching existed before it assembled and canonized the New Testament, and even before any individual part of the New Testament was written, They also point out that early Christians such as Ignatius of Antioch, Justin Martyr, and Clement of Rome (who were much closer to the event than those who have later proposed a figurative interpretation of the Eucharist), described the Eucharist as truly the body and blood of Christ. They see nothing in Scripture that in any way contradicts this age-old Christian belief that the reality beneath the visible signs in the Eucharist is the body and blood of Christ and no longer bread and wine. Instead, they see this teaching as the same teaching in the Bible's reports of what Christ himself and Paul the Apostle taught.

അനുദിനം ലോകത്ത് 4-5 ലക്ഷം ദിവ്യബലികൾ നടക്കുന്നുണ്ട് എന്നാണ് കണക്ക്. കർത്താവിൻ്റെ ബലിയിൽ ഗോതമ്പ് കൊണ്ടുള്ള വെറുഠ ഓസ്തിയും മുന്തിരിച്ചാറും തിരുശരീര രക്ത ങ്ങളാകുന്ന അത്യത്ഭുതം നാo തിരിച്ചറിയാറുണ്ടോ? ന്യൂയോർക്കിലെ ഒരു ഫോറൻസിക് സർജനും അതിലുപരി വലിയ ഒരു നിരീശ്വരവാദിയുമായിരിന്ന Ricardo castanon ൻ്റ ജീവിതം മാറ്റിമറിച്ചതുംഅദ്ദേഹം ഒരു ഉത്തമ ക്രൈസ്ത്തവനായി മാറിയതും സമീപകാലങ്ങളിൽ വലിയ വാർത്തയായിരുന്നു:

തിരുവോസ്തി പച്ചയായ മാംസം കൊണ്ടും രക്തം കൊണ്ടും മൂടപ്പെട്ടപ്പൊൾഅദ്ദേഹത്തിൻ്റെ യുക്തിയ്ക്കും ബുദ്ധിയ്ക്കും അതീതമായിരിന്നു അത്.

റിക്കാർഡോ ഒരു നിരീശ്വരവാദിയായിരിന്നു... പക്ഷേ വിശ്വാസികളായ നമ്മുക്ക് വി.കുർബാന സ്വീകരിക്കുമ്പോൾ് എന്ത് ബോധ്യമാണുള്ളത് ??80-100 വർഷങ്ങൾക്ക് മുൻപ് ആരംഭിച്ച ഒരു നിഷ്ഠൂര പൈശാചിക ബലിയാണ് Black mass അഥവാ കറുത്ത കുർബാന അഥവാസാത്താൻ സേവ..

പറഞ്ഞവതരിപ്പിക്കാൻ കഴിയാത്തത്ര മൃഗീയമായിട്ടാണ്അവർ വി.കുർബാനയേ പൈശാചിക ബലിയിൽ നിന്ദിക്കുന്നത്... അത്ര ഹൃദയഭേദകമാണ് അവരുടെ പ്രവർത്തികൾ,:ഇത് നടത്തുന്ന സാത്താൻ ആരാധകർക്ക് കൃത്യമായി അറിയാം വി.കുർബാനയിൽ വെറും ഗോതമ്പ് അപ്പവുo വീഞ്ഞും കർത്താവിൻ്റെ തിരുശരീരരക്തങ്ങളായി രൂപാന്തരപ്പെടുന്നുണ്ടെന്ന്....ഒരു വിശുദ്ധ കുർബാനയ്ക്ക് വേണ്ടി അവർ 1-2 ലക്ഷങ്ങൾ മുടക്കാൻ എന്തു കൊണ്ട് തയാറാകുന്നു ?

കോളെജ് ജീവിതത്തിൽ ആർഭാടത്തിനും അടിച്ചു പൊളി Life നും വേണ്ടി സാത്താൻ സേവകർക്കായി വി.കുർബാന കടത്തികൊണ്ടിരിന്ന ഒരു ചെറുപ്പക്കാരൻ പറഞ്ഞത് ഇങ്ങനെ:

സാധാ ഓസ്തിയുമായി ഒരു തവണ അവരുടെ അടുത്തെത്തിയപ്പോൾ അന്ന് അവർ കൊല്ലാതെ വിട്ടത് എൻ്റെ ജീവിതത്തിന് വലിയ ഒരു വഴിതിരിവിന് കാരണമായി എന്നാണ് : അത്ഭുതമെന്ന് തന്നെ പറയാം, ഒരു ഉത്തമ കത്തോലിക്കനായി അദ്ദേഹം ഇന്ന്ജീവിക്കുന്നു.ഒരു ഓസ്തിയും വി.കുർബാനയും തമ്മില്പുള്ള വ്യത്യാസം നമ്മളേക്കാളും ആഴത്തിൽ സാത്താന് അറിയാം:അതാണ് സാത്താൽ സേവകർ നിശ്ശേഷംഅദ്ദേഹം കൊണ്ടു പോയ വെറും ഗോതമ്പപ്പത്തെ തിരിച്ചറിയാൻ കാരണമായത്..

ലോകത്ത് എത്രയെത്ര മത വിഭാഗങ്ങൾ ഉണ്ട് ?

എല്ലാ മതങ്ങളും evil spirit/പിശാച് ഉണ്ടെന്ന് വിശ്വസിക്കുന്നില്ലേ...അവരുടെ പൂജ്യ വസ്തുക്കൾ എന്ത് കൊണ്ട് സാത്താൻ സേവക്കാർ ഉപയോഗിക്കുന്നില്ല :: ?

എന്തു കൊണ്ട് അവർ അതിനായി ലക്ഷങ്ങൾ മുടക്കുന്നില്ല?എന്തുകൊണ്ട് വി.ബലിയിലെ തിരു ഓസ്തി തന്നെ അവർക്ക് വേണം ?

ഇതിനൊക്കെ ഒറ്റ ഉത്തരമേയുള്ളൂ അന്നും ഇന്നും ജീവിക്കുന്ന ദൈവമാണ് നമ്മുടെത്.. നമ്മോടൊപ്പമായിരിക്കാൻ അപ്പത്തിൻ്റെ രൂപത്തിൽ മാറി തന്നെ തന്നെ താഴ്ത്തിയ നമ്മുടെ ദൈവം.

പ്രിയമുള്ള സഹോദര ഞാനും നിങ്ങളും എത്ര ഹ്യദയകാഠിന്യത്തോടെയാണ് ഓരോ വി.കുർബാനയും ഒഴിവാക്കുന്നത്.നമ്മുടെ ജീവിതത്തിൽ വി.കുർബാനയിൽ പങ്കുകൊള്ളാൻ എത്രയെത്ര സാഹചര്യങ്ങൾ ഉണ്ട്?വിശുദ്ധ കുര്ബാനയ്ക്ക് പോകാൻ സാധിക്കുന്ന സാഹചര്യങ്ങൾ ഉണ്ടായിട്ടു൦ നമ്മൾ അത് വിനിയോഗിക്കാറുണ്ടോ ?

ഓരോ വി.കുർബാനയിലും ഞാൻ എൻെറ കർത്താവിനെയാണ് സ്വീകരിക്കുന്നത് എന്ന അടിയുറച്ച ബോധ്യം നമ്മളിൽ ഉണ്ടാകട്ടെ..

ഒരു ഗോതമ്പ് അപ്പത്തിലേക്ക് രൂപാന്തരപ്പെട്ട് നമ്മളിലേക്ക് എഴുന്നള്ളി വരുന്ന ഈശോയേപ്പോലെ നമ്മുടെ ജീവിതത്തിനും മാറ്റമുണ്ടാക്കിഅനേകരുടെ ജീവിതത്തിലേക്ക്കർത്താവിനെ പകർന്നു കൊടുത്തുകൊണ്ട് നമ്മുക്ക് കർത്താവിൻ്റെ പാത പിഞ്ചെല്ലാം.

പരിശുദ്ധ അമ്മേ ദിവ്യകാരുണ്യാനുഭവം ഞങ്ങളിൽ ഉണ്ടാകാൻ തിരുകുമാരൻ്റെ സന്നിധിയിൽ ഞങ്ങൾക്കായി മാദ്ധ്യസ്ഥം വഹിച്ച് പ്രാർത്ഥിക്കണമേ....