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Deacon Digest

Deacon Digest


Is Jesus truly present in the Eucharist?

During Jesus’ life, he used signs (or miracles) to prove his Divinity. Since that time God has given us signs to prove his presence. There have been apparitions, incorruptible bodies of saints, and miracles through the intercession of saints. One of the greatest example of the signs he has given us is Eucharistic Miracles. Since the time of Jesus there have been over 150 Eucharistic Miracles approved by the Vatican and the number is still climbing. As examples, below is a description of two of the more spectacular miracles and how they compared.

The first is a miracle involving Pope Francis, then a Cardinal, in Buenos Aires, in which a discarded host, put into water to dissolve, instead becomes a fragment of bloodied flesh. Pope Francis arranged to have it analyzed by the well-known cardiologist and forensic pathologist Dr. Zugiba. He determined that the analyzed substance was real flesh and blood containing human DNA and is a fragment of the heart muscle found in the wall of the left ventricle close to the valve. Also, the blood type was determined to be AB, common to the time and area of Jesus.

 After that, the results of the tests were compared to samples from another eucharistic miracle that took place in Lanciano, Italy roughly 1,300 years ago. The Body and Blood from that miracle are still preserved at a church in the town. In 1970, they were examined scientifically and, like the Buenos Aires sample, found to be from the same human heart muscle with Type AB positive blood.

 The comparison indicated that the samples from both Buenos Aires and Lanciano must have come from the same man. They both had the same exact DNA.

 It was recently determined in a study that 70% of Catholics do not believe in the real presence. This is very unfortunate but, hopefully, after reading this article it reinforces your belief that Jesus: In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist “body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really and substantially contained. The latter is a quote from the Council of Trent.