The true presence is alive in every consecrated host in the Catholic mass. It is not a symbol only. Receiving a portion of the sacred body or blood is to
receive him in full. There are Eucharistic miracles that challenge every person, believer and non-believers alike. One such miracle occurred in Lisbon, Portugal near the church of Santarem at St. Stephen's church in the early 1200's. A wife
whose marriage was strained removed a consecrated host from the church to bring to a woman said to have practiced non Christian ways of reading into the future for the price of securing a consecrated host. The wife wanted her husband faithful and the integrity
of the marriage restored. She agreed. The accounts tell that when she illicitly removed the host as if smuggling the host began to bleed and continued. First she said nothing but when was awoken by angels singing and praising God from the wooden
chest where she stored the host, she confided with her husband. They both fell to their knees praising God who answered their praises and restored their marriage. The priest carried the bleeding host in procession to the church where later miracles
There is so much noise in the world.
Find some sacred silence this Sunday. Listen to God. Thank him for your life and giving his for your salvation
and the gift of the Eucharist.
Pray for marriages in trouble. Pray for the faith of Mary, and Monica. Behold, he lives!