Church Persecuted June 16

Have you ever heard our non-Catholic Christians speak about Eucharistic miracles? The primary reason is that our Protestant brethren do not believe that the Eucharist is truly the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the form of bread and wine. One non-believer challenged that if it were truly Jesus, why doesn’t it happen all the time? This weekend, we have a unique opportunity to view the travelling Eucharistic Miracles Exhibit by Blessed Carlo Acutis here in the parish. Consider one of the more recent miracles.

The scene was the 7:00 p.m. Mass on Sunday August 18, 1996, at St. Mary’s Church in Buenos Aires. A woman noticed a discarded host and Father Alejandro Pezet picked it up and gave it to an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist who immersed it in water in the Tabernacle.

Eight days later, Fr. Pezet observed that the host had a red smudge on it, which expanded over the coming weeks. After consulting with Bishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio (the future Pope Francis), photographs were taken, and the substance was placed in a bottle of distilled water. Three years later, nothing changed; it did not decompose, and the substance was sent to a laboratory in New York for study without being told the source.

On April 20, 2004, eminent cardiologist, Professor Frederick Zugibe, noted that “This cardiac muscle is inflamed; it has lost its striations and is infiltrated by leukocytes (white blood cells)….This was a live sample at the time it was taken.”

When the researchers asked how long the white blood cells can survive in water, the answer was, “They would dissolve within a few minutes and no longer exist.” But the tissue had been in water for three years, and Zugibe exclaimed, “Absolutely incredible! Inexplicable by science!” It was then that those who provided the sample revealed to Dr. Zugibe that the original tissue came from a consecrated host.

Yes, Jesus is truly present in the world today. Spend a moment with Him in the Tabernacle. Visit the Eucharistic Miracle presentation in the parish center this weekend.

The Catholic Faith and Science,” Sophia Institute for Teachers, p. 97.

Section II. Special Column

Section III. Chronology of Attacks on Catholic Church Facilities and Statues

Section IV. Previous Church Persecuted Columns and Various Religious Liberty Articles