Jan 6, 2006

Eucharistic Miracle III

The third Eucharistic miracle took place in a little town called Faverney, in the diocese of Besancon in France on 25th May 1608. It happened in the chapel of the Benedictine monastery.
The monks there asked permission from the Pope* to allow them to exposed the Blessed Sacrament (consecrated bread) for 24 hours adoration. They received this permission in writing from the Pope.

On that day, the Blessed Sacrament was put in a monstrance on the altar for people to make their private adoration and to make reparation for the sins of so many people who did not believe in the real presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. At 10:00p.m. on that night, all the doors and windows of the chapel were locked. The monstrance with the Blessed Sacrament was left on the altar with six candles burning.

The next morning, when the monks went to the chapel, they noticed the chapel was full of smoke. As they walked to the altar, they found the altar completely burnt to ashes and the brass candle stands melted. But, to their great surprise, the letter of the Pope giving them permission to expose the Blessed Sacrament was not burnt although it was in the midst of hot ashes. They found the monstrance with the Blessed Sacrament suspending in the air in a slanting position, twelve feet from the ground.

During that day, many people came to see this extraordinary phenomenon. Jesus, once again, proved to His people that He was really present in the Blessed Sacrament and that He had given His sacramental power to His priests for consecrating bread and wine during the celebration of the Eucharist.

The next morning, the chapel was packed with people participating at the Eucharist. It was celebrated by an old priest at a side altar. At the beginning of the Mass, the six candles on the altar suddenly went off. There was no wind. They were being lit again. After the Gospel, they went of a second time. Just before the consecration, they went off a third time. The whole congregation was very excited.

When the priest pronounced the words of consecration: 'This is my body,' a bell was heard ringing in the air. All looked up. They saw the monstrance, in a slanting position, becoming straight and moving slowly to the side altar and rested itself on the altar where the Mass was going on.

There were many other miracles connected with the Eucharist. Jesus, again and again, called His people to appreciate the Eucharist which He has given us. He knows that we need Him in order to live a happy, peaceful and meaningful life.

(Adapted from The Healing Power of the Eucharistic Lord by Bishop Dominic Su.)

*Anyone knows which pope was it? I don't.
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