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Eucharistic Miracles

If there’s ever any doubt about the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, I hope the Eucharistic Miracle of Naju (in Korea) will dispel that.

The Catholic Church recognizes more than 160 Eucharistic Miracles, so this isn’t the first time this has happened.  I will quote an excerpt of the testimony of the Most Reverend Roman Danylak, Titular Bishop of Nyssa, who is a witness to this miracle:
It looked like a heart when we first examined the photos taken September 22, 1995 during the Mass celebrated in a valley among the Naju hills in Korea. Some time in November, 1995, I showed the photos taken to a pediatrician, Dr. Helen Owen. After attentive examination, she said the heart in the photo was  the size and had the exact configurations of the heart of an infant…
For the first time, human eyes saw the living Heart of Our Lord and Saviour, the Heart that had so loved the world that It offered Itself in holocaust that we might live and not be lost. All those present at this memorable evening shared the same sentiments. We were one in mind and heart. It was two months later, in November, that I finally received and read the text of the message of Jesus to Julia during her communion, in the French translation of  Fr. Spies.  As I read this message from our Lord during the time of communion, I became aware that the words of Jesus confirmed our conjecture. "My  Mother is now showing and revealing My heart to a bishop…". What we had viewed that September evening was the very heart of Jesus…
The unusual events around Julia, her messages and the phenomena are private revelations, that must be discerned by the Church. The weeping and bleeding in tears of the statue of the Virgin, though of the order of private revelation, are first and foremost observable phenomena, that can be perceived by our senses and by scientific examination as well.  The Eucharistic phenomena are also observable facts, witnessed and testified by many, including  bishops and priests. The Eucharist which changed into the flesh of the human heart and blood is an observable phenomenon, but it is also a reality to be accepted by divine faith. We believe with divine faith that every host and every drop of wine that has been validly consecrated become  the Body and Blood of Our Lord. The consecrated species are signs of the substantial presence of the living Christ.
A second miracle took place in Naju; the transubstantiated species of bread and wine were further transformed into the species of blood and flesh or heart, that are also the signs of the Eucharistic substantial presence of Christ. All these are supernatural events that could be actualized only by the power of God, present in the mystery of the Eucharist.
There is one last lesson to be learned from this Eucharistic miracle of Naju. Jesus has chosen to transform the host, a sign of the Divine Bread of life, into the sign of His love, His heart. If He appeared to Saint Gertrude in the middle ages, to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in the 1600’s, to reveal to them the mystery of His love, Jesus has chosen, in these our times, to reveal to us the living reality of that Heart that so loved us;  and not only of His own heart, but the infinite and eternal dynamic and living love of the Blessed Trinity that gives Itself to us in the Incarnation of Jesus, the living love of Jesus Himself, the Incarnate Word of God who is all love, all heart, in His Eucharist, in His Eucharistic Heart.  Too often even those who believe in the Eucharist, continue to think of it as merely  a sacrament of the Body and Blood of Jesus. We find it difficult to connect this sacramental presence with the real and mystical presence of the Whole Jesus, of the Incarnate Word of God, who is Love and Who has chosen this means to become present to us, not only in sign but in His awesome divine reality. He wants to abide in us and us in Him as He abides in the Father and the Father in Him in His love, through His Eucharistic Heart.  Jesus is the very Heart of the Trinity.
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