I find that since I have become Catholic, I look at the world differently. God’s wonderful creations stand out to me in a much more vivid manner. I have no scientific explanation why this change in attitude has taken place in my life. But, if I had to guess, I would say the Eucharist plays the most significant role here. After all, the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of our Lord presides within the Host. Nothing can possibly be better than that!
Yesterday, The Holy See approved for veneration, a Eucharistic miracle that occurred in Legnica, Poland. A consecrated Host fell on the floor. It was picked up and placed in water. Soon, red stains started to appear. The Bishop of Legnica set up a commission to investigate this phenomenon. They placed a small piece of the Host on a corporal. They sent this piece in for laboratory study and forensic analysis. The histologic reports state the substance is cross striated muscle of human origin. Cardiac muscle exists as the only tissue to be cross striated. Forensic analysis also confirmed that the muscle tissue was under stress. This may read like an understatement, but…Wow!
As a physician, I am so intrigued by these types of occurrences. Modern scientific methods will be used to determine what could possibly be coloring this red wafer. The scientist agree, the substance cannot be anything except broken cardiac tissue… Amen and Halleluiah! These gifts come directly from God, and I believe He allows this to happen so we will never ever forget that we are partaking of His Real Presence.
As an undergrad, in microbiology class, our professor told us how important a role microbiology has played in world history. The Eucharist and the Catholic Church were at the top of his list. Sometime back in the 13th century, a Priest noticed the consecrated Host’s had deep red spots on them. This phenomenon became labeled as a true Eucharistic miracle. The professor then pulled out an agar plate and showed us the deep red spots lying on top of the agar. He then boasted, ” This is the bacteria Serratia marcescans. More than likely, this bacteria colonized on the bread, and the ignorant people assumed it was the blood of Christ.” Notice the esteemed professor used the phrase, more than likely…
I love it when modern science comes to the aid of believers and sheds some light on matters regarding our faith. However, wouldn’t it be a greater testament to others to show that our faith bears so much strength, that proof is not a requirement? As our Lord told Thomas in the Gospel of John 20:29… Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.”
We Catholics are so fortunate to have the Sacraments and the Grace they bestow on us. Especially the Eucharist- the Real Presence, the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity or our Lord. We experience a miracle at every Mass we attend. Then we partake together, in remembrance, just as He commanded.