Corpus Christi: The Real Presence of Christ

Corpus Christi: The Body and Blood of Jesus

June 3, 2018

Several years ago, I shared with you the story of the Eucharistic miracle at Lanciano, Italy in the 8th century.  The miracle involved a monk who doubted that bread and wine truly transformed into the Body and Blood of Christ.  As he was pronouncing the words of consecration over the bread and wine, the host was changed into flesh and the wine into blood.  Amazed at what had happened, he called the congregation around the altar and said, “O fortunate witnesses, to whom the Blessed God, to confound my unbelief, has wished to reveal Himself visible to our eyes! Come, brethren, and marvel at our God so close to us.”

Various scientific studies have been conducted on samples of this miracle and concluded that it is of human origin; from a human heart, with type AB blood. It is especially remarkable because these samples were not preserved according to modern standards, and would have been expected to deteriorate rapidly, yet they remain the same, unchanged after centuries!

In 1996, in a parish in Buenos Aires, a woman found a desecrate Host in a candleholder in the back of the church.  She informed the priest, who put the Host into a glass of water to dissolve, as is specified in canon law, and placed it in the tabernacle.  Several days later, he discovered that it appeared to turn into a piece of bloody flesh.

Three years later, because the flesh had not decomposed, a certain Bishop Jorge Bergoglio (Pope Francis) sent a sample for testing in California. The results came back that the blood was group AB, and was indeed human.  Another sample was later sent to a renowned cardiologist, Dr. Zugiba of Columbia University, who concluded the tissue was a fragment of heart muscle that had “been under severe stress, as if the owner had been beaten severely about the chest”.

A subsequent analysis of the results from the Buenos Aires miracle and that of the Lanciano miracle from the 8th century concluded that the tissue samples had the same DNA!!!

Dominic Tang, the courageous Chinese archbishop, was imprisoned for twenty-one years for his loyalty to Christ and Christ’s one, true Church. After five years of solitary confinement in a windowless, damp cell, the Archbishop was told that he would be granted a few hours of freedom to do as he pleased.  “What would it be?” the jailer asked him.  “I would like to say Mass,” replied Archbishop Tang.

Like Archbishop Tang, may we long for God's love for us, poured out in the sacrament of the Eucharist, where Christ is truly present for us, giving us life and healing. 

Kathryn Richards