The Guardian Angel: The Eucharistic Miracle of Cimballa 1370
"When Jesus finished giving these commands to his twelve disciples,* he went away from that place to teach and to preach in their towns. When John heard in prison* of the works of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to him with this question, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” Jesus said to them in reply, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them. And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me.” Matthew 11:1-7
In the course of time, how many times have we needed to be reminded of the reality of who Jesus is and what He established in the Catholic Faith. Even Catholic priests have had serious moments of doubt even at the Consecration of the Mass. As Jesus told the disciples of St. John that the blind regain their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, we continually need assurance.
How many of us can identify with the Apostle St. Thomas? Consider John 20:24-29:
Thomas, called Didymus, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nail marks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” Now a week later his disciples were again inside and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, although the doors were locked, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe.” Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”
"The Doubting Thomas" will always follow St. Thomas but he will have his day because the Lord will not allow him to fall. It is a choice we must make, but sometimes God will intervene in the life of His people as they go through trials. St James speaks to this writing:
But if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and he will be given it. But he should ask in faith, not doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed about by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord, since he is a man of two minds, unstable in all his ways. (James 1:5-8)
St. James presents an interesting point showing the difference that matters between faith and doubt. We believe because of our faith. Doubt inters in when we allow ourselves to question our faith. There is a difference from exploring and learning our faith and turning away from it because our mind is not rational. So we try to soothe the doubting mind through the intellect. We seek the Holy Spirit's role in all of this.
St. Luke tells us that Jesus gave us so much to help us in our doubt:
He presented himself alive to them by many proofs after he had suffered, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. While meeting with them, he enjoined them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for “the promise of the Father about which you have heard me speak; for John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the holy Spirit.” Acts 1:3-5
As Jesus continued to offer signs in the days following His Resurrection, Jesus continues to show Himself despite of doubts. Many times not just for an individual, but for many. Here at Deepertruth, our objective is to share such events that the Lord has intervened that has occurred in the lives of many who has doubted.
In the year 1370, the pastor of Cimballa, Father Don Tommaso had a doubt that he began questioning his priesthood. On February 2, 1370, on the Feast of the Purification of our Lady, as Father Tommaso was consecrating the Eucharist, his continued doubt became intense when Jesus intervenes as he had done many times beginning with His Apostles. The Consecrated Host transformed into flesh, this miracle time after time reveals the Host changed to flesh would be cardiac tissue. Scientifically proven.
The consecrated cup began to bleed profusely soaking the altar linens and like the flesh coming from the heart, the wine changed into bright red blood would be blood type AB Positive. This blood type matches the Shroud of Turin, the burial linen material that wrapped Jesus in the tomb.
This miracle had such an impact on Father Tommaso that he profusely wept much like St. Peter had done after denying the Lord three times. The faithful at the Mass witnessed the miracle and gave God all the glory. The Miracle was taken in procession as the word spread of this great miraculous event. Today this Miracle is known as the "Most Holy Doubtful Mystery" and every year the blood stained corporal is exposed on September 12 to commemorate the anniversary of the miracle.
Proverbs 3:5-8 states, "Do not let love and fidelity forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. Then will you win favor and esteem before God and human beings. Trust in the LORD with all your heart, on your own intelligence do not rely; In all your ways be mindful of him, and he will make straight your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes, fear the LORD and turn away from evil".