Joan Carroll Cruz's Eucharistic Miracles
recounts 36 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.
Another section of the book gives the history of Eucharistic devotions, including Benediction, The Feast of Corpus Christi, and perpetual adoration.
To read accounts related here --- events unexplained and unexplainable by science --- is to realize anew the literal truth of the Church's ancient doctrine of the Real Presence. Eucharistic Miracles is destined to be for many people a powerful confirmation of the truth of the Catholic Faith by proving the truth of one of the loftiest mysteries of the Catholic religion --- the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.
Softcover, 305 pages.