Saturday, December 16, 2017

17 Proofs of the Real Presence

With the gift of faith, we can appreciate at least seventeen means by which “Jesus confirmed His followers in their faith in regard to the Holy Eucharist” – Fr. Michael Müller, one of my favorite authors (lots of his works are at this Archive.org page) goes into much more detail in the book cited at the end of this post:

1. “The institution of the feast of Corpus Christi” by the Church in 1264

2. Excommunication by the Church of those who denied it, and “preaching and writing in defense of the Real Presence”

3. The angels adore the Eucharist (testimony of St. John Chrysostom, St. Euthymius, St. Anastasius, St. Gudwal, St. Bridget of Sweden, Pope St. Gregory I, St. Oswald, etc.)

4. “Souls in Purgatory” appeared to say they needed Masses to be freed (testimony from Bl. Henry Suso, St. Bernard)

5. Children proclaimed the Real Presence (like St. Jane Frances de Chantal when she was five)

6. Satan proclaimed the Real Presence during public exorcisms of Nicole Aubrey in Laon, France, which ended on 2/8/1556

7. Miraculous hosts (Augsburg in 1194)

8. “Supernatural Favors” beyond number obtained by praying to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament (Anne de la Fosse in 1725, Emperor Maximilian I of Austria, St. Peter of Alcantara, St. Francis de Sales, Ann Clery of Metz)

9. “Divine chastisements” for those denying or blaspheming the Real Presence (the miserable and sudden deaths of the blasphemer in Edinghausen on 1/5/1807; the impious barber of Turin witnessed by M. Raet, the Lutheran nobleman in Erfurt in 1563; the son of the mayor of Duren in the 1850s, Mrs. H in Massachusetts, one of the pillagers of the Ursuline convent of Charlestown Massachusetts, a scoffer in Rottwell whose damned soul haunted his house after his death, a man in Treves Germany dropping dead right after blaspheming a Eucharistic Procession)

10. “Panic-stricken soldiers” fleeing “in terror” when St. Clare of Assisi held up the Blessed Sacrament

11. “Rays of light issuing from the Sacred Host” (a monk interviewed by John Moschus; in 1453 in Turin; in Favernay in France as related by St. Francis de Sales; Giuseppe and Giovanni Orefice at S. Pietro à Paterno in Naples on 2/18/1772; many instances during the time of the heretic John Wycliffe)

12. “Miraculous Communions” (St. Barbara carrying Communion to St. Stanislaus, St. Michael carrying communion, the miraculous Communion and holy death of Bl. Imelda Lambertini †1333; St. John of Vianney’s parishioners; St. Bonaventure,

13. “Blood issuing from the Sacred Host” (parish church at Vrigne-aux-Bois in 1859; in Bohemia during the time of King Wencelas IV; Peter of Cavenelas, O.S.H.; the hosts stolen by John de Luvain from “the church of St. John the Baptist at Malembeck” in 1369; also you can Google “Eucharistic miracles”)

14. Saints “could detect the Blessed Sacrament even when hidden, and at a distance” (Bl. Margaret of the Blessed Sacrament, O.C.D. †1660; Bl. Ida of Louvain †1300; Cassetus the Carmelite; St. Colette of Corbie, P.C.C.; Juliana the Cistercian nun; St. Francis Borgia; St. Lidwina of Schiedam [also Bl. Margaret of Costello]

15. “Irrational animals proclaim the Real Presence” (the obstinate heretic Bovillus converting after the hungry donkey bowed to the Blessed Sacrament held by St. Anthony of Padua; the sheep that always followed St. Francis of Assisi would kneel at the consecration during Mass; the baker’s untrained dog at Lisbon; the bees building a monstrance around a stolen Host in Germany)

16. The good Lord visibly appearing as a Child or a Man (Bl. Widukind of Westphalia in 804; Thomas Catimpré in Douay; Fr. Plegile; Pope St. Gregory I the Great; Mr. Pollworth who was received into the Church by Fr. Anthony Urbanek in 1848)

17. “The Supernatural Effects of Holy Communion” (the martyrdoms of St. Lawrence, St. Vincent, St. Ignatius of Antioch and many others; the survival on Holy Communion alone by St. Catherine of Siena, a virgin in Rome, St. Nicholas of Flue, St. Liberalis of Athens, and many others): “‘No, no!’ said I to myself with eyes bathed in tears, God alone can make such deep impressions on the soul; God alone can thus absorb our minds and make us forget all creatures; God alone can thus calm the most violent passions; God alone can so change hearts, draw them to Him, and constitute their happiness here below!”[1]

[1] Fr. Michael Müller, C.Ss.R., God the Teacher of Mankind: The Sacraments of the Holy Eucharist and Penance (New York: Benziger Brothers, 1884), 58-145 <http://bit.ly/2oihHjV>


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