In common speech, one may call the improbable or newly discovered a miracle, but as Catholics, we know a miracle to be an extraordinary divine act of God.
Here are three unbelievable, but true Eucharistic miracles of the Catholic Church.
The Eucharistic Miracle of Brussels
During the 14th century, in Brussels, Belgium, a thief broke into one of the city’s churches and stole about sixteen hosts from the tabernacle. The thief brought the hosts to a merchant who wished to cause grave harm to the Church.
On Good Friday, in 1370, the merchant and his group of friends drew their knives and began stabbing the hosts. Unexpectedly, the broken hosts started to bleed before their eyes causing the thieves to drop to their knees in horror. Blood flowed from the Hosts uncontrollably, and feeling great guilt, they gathered them up and returned them and confessed to a local priest before turning themselves in.
The hosts were enshrined in the Cathedral of St. Michael and remained there until World War II. Over the centuries the miracle has remained a vital part of local devotion. It was a reminder of the reality of Jesus’ presence in the Eucharist and connects the Blessed Sacrament to Good Friday, when a soldier pierced the side of Jesus, a torrent of blood and water poured out.
The Eucharistic Miracle of Buenos Aires
In 1996, a woman found a desecrated Host in a candle holder in her parish church in the commercial district of Buenos Aires. She turned the Host into her priest, who dissolved it in water and placed it within the Tabernacle per Canon Law.
A week later, when the same priest went to open the tabernacle, to his amazement he found the Host had turned into flesh and blood. Three years later, the Bishop of Buenos Aires sent the Host to the United States for testing. The results came back as human heart tissue with the blood type AB – the same as all other Eucharistic Miracles and of the blood found on the Shroud of Turin. At the time, the Bishop of Buenos Aires was Jorge Bergoglio – Pope Francis.
The Miracle of Lanciano
Around 700 A.D. in the city of Lanciano, Italy, a Basilian priest-monk was assigned to celebrate Mass at the monastery of Saint Longinus. Celebrating in the Latin Rite and using unleavened bread, the monk had doubts whether the Eucharist was truly the Body and Blood of Christ.
During the Mass, when he said the Words of Consecration with doubt in his heart and soul, the bread changed into living flesh and the wine change into blood which quickly coagulated into five globules of differing size.
In 1971 when the specimens were tested, they found the Flesh was human heart tissue. Both the Flesh and the Blood are blood type AB-, the same found on the Shroud of Turin and all other Eucharistic miracles.