The Guardian Angel:Eucharistic Miracle of Saint Andre ISLAND OF LA RÉUNION, 1902
“Let us not imagine that we obscure the glory of the Son by the great praise we lavish on His Mother. The more Mary is honored, the greater is the glory of her Son.” Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Doctor of the Church (1090 -1153)
What a blessing as we say thank you to St. Thomas More “Christ Renews HIS Parish” group of ladies that sponsored the “Mary of Nazareth” movie that touched over 800 lives this last weekend, May 31 and June 1, at the Leawood Theaters in Overland Park, Kansas. They not only put the most awesome portrayal of Mary into the path of many of their brothers and sisters in Christ, from Nativity, Cure of Ares, Christ the King, St. Elizabeth, Ascension, but looked to the ‘Catholic Key’ which helped many others come to the movie from surrounding parishes.
These ladies from St. Thomas More ‘CRHP’ group also handed out copies “33 Days to Moring Glory”, “Meet The Witnesses”, and “Flame of Love”to those in attendance, and when the participants were leaving gave each a blessed Rosary, to keep or put into the hands of someone they love. “Give me an army saying the Rosary and I will conquer the world.” Blessed Pope Pius IX
Looking through my eyes, “as I watched both women and men, clerics and lay, come out of the movie, some were still in tears, and all seemed to have a great joy at having had the opportunity to see this Epic movie. So many people hugging others and thanking others for making this possible.
There were many that said, when will it show again I have family and friends I want to see this, or how do we get this back or in our area again. So many were wondering why they were given books and Rosaries without having to pay for them. We gave out over 800 Consecrations, and while some had already made a Consecration, many more indicated that they would seek to be Consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”
May the Holy Spirit guide each family, each group, and each individual through this Consecration, and take them places they cannot go on their own. And as Catholics we have been given much, and much will be expected, so remember this, “No sacrifice is more acceptable to God than zeal for souls.” Pope St. Gregory the Great
James 1:4-6, And patience hath a perfect work; that you may be perfect and entire, failing in nothing. But if any of you want wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all men abundantly, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea, which is moved and carried about by the wind.”
One last thing, it is better than I could reflect in words, and there was someone from Lee Summit, and a Kansas Parish, and probably others that wanted to know how to bring the movie back again, and they would want me to help them with the movie and resources, please call 417-599-9247, or email firstname.lastname@example.org In HIS service through Mary, GregoryMary
Please remember that our faith is not founded on Eucharistic miracles, but on the proclamation of the Lord Jesus, received with faith through the action of the Holy Spirit.
We believe because we have believed in the preaching (see Gal. 3:5; also in Rom 10:17: “Faith depends on hearing and hearing by the word of Christ; and, in turn, preaching depends on the word of Christ.” “Believing is an act of the intellect, which under the influence of the will moved by God through grace, gives its consent to divine truth.” St. Thomas, Summa Theologiae.
Our faith in the Eucharist has as it center Christ. A Christian is not obliged to believe in Eucharistic miracles or any Private Revelations.
In principle, however, the believer must not exclude the possibility that God may intervene in the extraordinary way in any given moment, place, event or person. The prudence of the Church is fully justified, since some may think God forgot to tell us something, attributing excessive importance to the miraculous and extraordinary, and easily and excessively believing suggestions or illusions.
Eucharistic Miracle of Saint Andre Reunion ISLAND OF LA RÉUNION, 1902
On January 26, 1902, at the parish church of Saint-André, a city on the island of La Réunion (French colony), Abbot Henry Lacombe, pastor of the church, was witness to the miracle that he would recount to thousands of people during the Eucharistic Congress of Angouleme (1904), as well as to the group of priests gathered for a spiritual retreat in the town of Perigueux. The face of Jesus appeared in the Host which was for many hours witnessed by thousands of people.
Let’s look at Abbot Lacome’s report: “It was January 26, 1902. We were celebrating perpetual adoration (the Forty hours devotion). The Most Holy Sacrament was exposed in the tabernacle. I began to celebrate the Mass. After the elevation, at the moment of the Our Father, my eyes were lifted toward the Host and I saw a bright halo around the rays of the monstrance. I continued to recite the prayers of the Mass with great agitation in my soul but which I tried to overcome.
We came to the moment for Communion and again I looked toward the monstrance. This time I saw a human face, with lowered eyes and a crown of thorns on the forehead. What moved me the most was the dolorous expression painted on the face. The eyelashes were long and thick. I tried not to let on to the presence of the turmoil agitating inside of me. After Mass, I went to the sacristy and summoned the older children from the choir to go to the altar and closely observe the monstrance.
“The children raced back and told me: ‘Father, we see the head of a man in the Host. It is the good Lord revealing Himself!’ I understood then that the vision was authentic. A young man of 16, Adam de Villiers, who had studied in a college in France, also arrived. I said to him as well: ‘Go in the church and see if you notice something strange in the tabernacle’. The young student went to the sacristy and returned immediately, saying:
‘Father, it is the good Lord who appears in the Host. I see His divine face’. Since then, all my doubts disappeared. Slowly the entire town went to the church to see the miracle. Journalists and people from the capital of Saint Denis also arrived. The face on the Host suddenly became animated and the crown of thorns disappeared. I used every possible precaution, and fearing the effects from the rays of light, I had all the candles extinguished and the shutters closed. The phenomenon became even more clear. There was a young artist among the visitors who faithfully reproduced the face in the Host. Later, the vision changed again and a crucifix appeared which covered the entire Host from top to bottom. After the Eucharistic blessing and recital of the Tantum Ergo, the vision disappeared.”
‘A soul which does not practice the exercise of prayer is very like a paralyzed body which, though possessing feet and hands, makes no use of them.’ St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori
Eucharistic Miracles can be useful and fruitful aids to our faith. For example: They help us go beyond the visible and the perceptible and admit the existence of something beyond. Also, they can give us an opportunity, to speak of public Revelation and of its importance to the Church and to Christians.