When God reveals  Himself to us

“Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him”  (Jn 6: 53-56)

Have you ever encountered Jesus in the mystery of the Eucharist?

Pope John Paul II wrote: “The consecration of the bread and wine effects the change of the whole substance of the bead into the substance of the body of Christ our Lord, and of the whole substance of the wine into the substance of his blood. And the holy Catholic Church has fittingly and properly called this change transubstantiation.”

When a Eucharistic miracle is declared, we, the faithful get to see how God still works miracles today. The Eucharist is so much more than a piece of unleavened bread. It is the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ made flesh for us. Our faith does not and should not depend on miracles. In fact, these Eucharistic miracles serve as a reminder of how our knowledge, how Science, is just a fraction of God’s infinite power and wisdom.

We cannot even begin to fathom the ways or purposes of God. But we do not need miracles for we already have an invaluable opportunity to encounter God during Holy Communion. Thus, the next time you receive the Eucharist, spend time with God in prayer and invite him into your life. Remember Him.

By Charlene Sng

Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature- St. Augustine

How does the Catholic Church determine the authenticity of a Eucharistic miracle?

1.The local bishop conducts an investigation over a period of time to rule out any natural phenomena. Should there be a just cause to get involved, The Holy See will take over the investigation.

2.A team of experts comprising priests, theologians, canon lawyers, medical professionals, molecular biologists and others are enlisted to carry out independent studies.

3.Once an unbiased study is completed by experts, the local bishop decides whether to declare a Eucharistic miracle together with The Holy See..

Did you know?

Eucharistic miracles took place in these countries over the last 20 years:

1.Lanciano, Italy

2.Legnica, Poland

3.Buenos Aires, Argentina

4.Tixtla, Mexico