On numerous occasions in the history of the Church, God has seen fit to offer miraculous visible proof of the Catholic teaching that at the sacred words of Consecration in the Mass, the bread and wine upon the altar are truly changed into the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Joan Carroll Cruz's "Eucharistic Miracles" recounts 36 such major Eucharistic miracles in Church history. She tells of Hosts which have turned to visible flesh, Hosts which have bled, Hosts which have become hard as flint when received by a person in mortal sin, Hosts which have levitated, Hosts which have manifested their hidden presence by mysterious lights, consecrated "wine" which turned into visible blood, etc., as well as many miracles which occurred after sacrilege had been committed against the Holy Eucharist.
The events told here cover a wide historical gamut, the first miracle described being that of Lanciano, Italy in the 8th century and the last that of Stich, Bavaria in 1970. The author details the official investigations made into these remarkable events, and in many cases tells where the miraculous Hosts or Blood can still be seen and venerated today.
Also described here are many miraculous Eucharistic phenomena in the lives of the Saints: Mrs. Cruz tells of Saints who lived on the Eucharist alone, Saints who had raptures and ecstasies during Holy Communion, Saints who received Communion miraculously, and Saints who experienced levitations, visions, locutions, and phenomena of tears, fire and light in relation to their reception of the Eucharist. Plus, another section of the book gives the history of Eucharistic devotions, including Benediction, the Feast of Corpus Christi, and perpetual adoration.
To read the accounts of the amazing miracles related here -- events unexplained and unexplainable by science -- is to realize anew the literal truth of the Church's ancient doctrine of the Real Presnece. "Eucharistic Miracles" is destined to be for many people a powerful confirmation of the truth of the Catholic Faith by confirming the truth of one of the loftiest mysteries of the Catholic religion -- the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.
INCLUDES EUCHARISTIC MIRACLES OF:
- Lanciano, Italy
- Braine, France
- Ferrara, Italy
- Augsburg, Germany
- Alatri, Italy
- Santarem, Portugal
- The Two Miracles of Stich, Germany
- plus more, including many instances of Eucharistic Phenomena in the Lives of the Saints
|By:||Cindy (Virginia Beach, April 5, 2011)|
|Review:||Having read this book has helped me approach Holy Communion with more reverence and awe. My visits to the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle have become even more intimate and meaningful. Describe Yourself: Everyday Reader; Pros: Deserves Multiple Readings, Easy To Read, Informative, Well Written|
|By:||None (st. cloud, fl, March 1, 2011)|
|Review:||If you read this you will be struck by the total irreverence in our times of the Eucharist. The spirit you receive at First Holy Communion, for some reason and for the most part,give way to nonchalance over the years. This book could really shake up some people for a reality check. Something that seems to be totally taken for granted, could be taken away from us in a heartbeat if it was God's Will. Best Uses: Gift, Younger Readers; Describe Yourself: Casual Reader; Pros: Deserves Multiple Readings, Easy To Read, Informative, Page-Turner, Well Written|
|By:||Marianne the Grandmom (Limerick, PA, March 6, 2012)|
|Review:||Great source of reference to counter claims that the Eucharist is merely a symbol rather than the real Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. Helpful in evangelizing skeptical friends and family members. Best Uses: Reference; Describe Yourself: Bookworm; Pros: Deserves Multiple Readings, Easy To Read, Informative, Well Written|
|By:||Mike Ciccone (All over Pennsylvania, March 15, 2009)|
|Review:||Eucheristic Miracales was an amazing look inside one of catholocism's deepest mysteries- "the real presence of Christ" in the bread and wine. This book proves that the lord in really there in the sacrement of holy communion. After reading this book I have a far deeper appreciation and respect for our lord's gift of the sacred sacrement. I usually read multiple books at one time, and take months to finish one. I could not put this book down, and tell everyone I knew about it. I finished it in 11 days. The short concise accounts of miracles kept me wanting to read more. The organization of the book with the earliest miracles first, and the more recent ones toward the end gives a unique history of the catholic church and our attitude toward communion throughout time. I was amazed to learn that communion could be privately kept at one's home for adoration in the early days of the church. Also- the concept of recieving communion at a rail in the 1400's was interesting. I really want to read the Incorruptables also by this author but it is not available anywhere, and that is very disappointing. If it is written half as well as this book is, it should be reprinted. Best Uses: Gift, Older Readers, Travel Reading, Younger Readers; Cons: It wasn't long enough; Describe Yourself: Everyday Reader; Pros: Informative, Page-Turner, Suspenseful, Well Written|
|By:||Harry B (Palm Coast, FL, October 22, 2009)|
|Review:||The book was quite fascinating and interesting to read. I learned a great deal more than I had previously known about the Blessed Sacrament. The true stories concerning incidents involving the mistreatment of the Holy Eucharist, and the consequences thereof, were very enlightening. After reading this book one will come to more fully appreciate the true presence of Our Lord in every consecrated host. Describe Yourself: Bookworm; Pros: Deserves Multiple Readings, Easy To Read, Engaging characters, Informative, Page-Turner, Well Written|
|By:||Liz mother of many (Waldorf, MD, June 12, 2012)|
|Review:||All Catholics should read this book. It should be shared with our youth and in studies for older groups. To have read this book changes how I view the Eucharist. I always felt humbled but now I feel so unworthy and grateful. Best Uses: Gift, Older Readers, Younger Readers; Describe Yourself: Bookworm|
|By:||Number One Gigi (St. Louis, Missouri, March 3, 2012)|
|Review:||I use this book and read two miracles during each of my Adoration visits. It focuses me on the body and blood of Christ in the Eucharist! Beautiful and reverent descriptions. It is a perfect gift for yourself or others who go to Adoration regularly, but living in modern times, we all can benefit from remembering the miracle of our Eucharistic beliefs as we approach Communion! Best Uses: Adoration participants; Describe Yourself: Everyday Reader; Pros: Beautiful histories, Deserves Multiple Readings, Excellent for Adoration, Well Written|