Sunday, August 4, 2013

Eucharistic Miracle of St. John Marie Vianney

(Feast: August 4)

Of the Holy Parish Priest of Ars (+1859) it has been reported that when he distributed Holy Communion, a Holy Host floated from his fingers and by Itself was placed on the lips of the first communicant. One who became a witness to it but had previously doubted, converted himself and later became a priest.(1) The Holy Cure himself described the event:

"One day, two Protestant ministers came here, who did not believe in the Real Presence of Our Lord. I said to them, 'Do you think that a piece of bread could detach itself, and go, of its own accord, to place itself on the tongue of a person who came near to receive it?' 'No.' 'Then it is not bread.' There was a man who had doubts about the Real Presence, and he said, 'What do we know about it? It is not certain. What is consecration? What happens on the altar at that moment?' But he wished to believe, and he prayed the Blessed Virgin to obtain faith for him. Listen attentively to this. I do not say that this happened somewhere, but I say that it happened to myself. At the moment when this man came up to receive Holy Communion, the Sacred Host detached Itself from my fingers while I was still a good way off, and went off Itself and placed Itself upon the tongue of that man."(2)

1) Ferd. Holbock, Das Allercheiligate und die Heiligen, Stein am Rhein 1979, p. 187
2) Catechetical Instructions of the Cure of Ars:

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