The Importance of the Eucharist: Part 1 – Our Lady’s Apparitions

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CCC on the Eucharist:

No. 1324:The Eucharist is ‘the source and summit of the Christian life.’(Lumen Gentium 11) The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministeries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch.”

Part 1:

Many of Our Lady’s apparitions have a Eucharistic component (as messages, healings, or events).

Garabandal  1961-1965

Messages:

  • Our Lady told them the children that they must visit the Blessed Sacrament frequently  and often led them there.
  • Our Lady told Conchita that it was a greater grace to receive Jesus (in Holy Communion) than to see her.
  • In the last apparition on 13th November (note the date is 13th) 1965 Our Lady said:

 “Conchita, why do you not visit my Son more often in the tabernacle? He waits for you there day and night.”

Signs and Miracles: 

  • Our Lady had promised Conchita a miracle to convince the people about the authenticity of the apparitions. It was in the end, it was a Eucharistic miracle.
  • The people often would see the children with their mouths open. They explained that they were receiving communion from St. Michael. The people of course did not see the Communion Host, except for the above occasion.
  • On one occasion, many people were gathered waiting for the promised miracle. Conchita had her mouth open (as usual) to receive Communion, when suddenly a white host materialised on her tongue. This event was filmed and photographed by the people which had gathered there to witness the promised miracle. Footage of it can be seen on videos explaining the story of Garabandal, and just recently in “Garabandal – Only God knows” and “Garabandal – Unstoppable Cascade”.
  • Our Lady promised that at a later date, there would be a great miracle. This would take place at the pines (the pine trees on top of the hill near the village, where many apparitions took place). It would be on the feast of a Eucharistic martyr and Conchita would announce it 8 days beforehand. People in Garabandal at the time, will be healed. It would take place within 12 months of the Warning .

Other Eucharistic influences:

  • The Garabandal visionaries are most active in promoting obedience to traditional Catholic teaching on marriage and on Eucharistic and Marian devotionsthan on future events.
  • The visionaries and the villagers have grown closer to God and lead their lives in strict orthodoxy.

Fatima 1917

Eucharistic influences:

  • The miracle of the sun is usually interpreted as a sign of the Eucharist.
  • During the third apparition, the Angel of Portugal appeared holding a chalice. The children were asked to say an Act of Faith in God. Into the chalice fell drops of blood, suspended above it.
  • The angel then left the chalice and Host suspended, and prostrated himself with the children repeating the prayer to the Trinity, requesting the salvation of souls and reparation through the merits of the Body and Blood of Jesus.
  • The angel took the chalice, gave the Host to Lucy, and the contents of the chalice to Jacinta and Francisco saying  “Take and drink the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, who is horribly insulted by ungrateful men. Make reparation for their crimes and console your God.”

Knock, Ireland   1879

This apparition on the 21st August was seen by 15 people over a period of a few hours. The age of the people ranged from 6 to 75, and included men and women. The public vision included Our Lady, St. Joseph, St. John the Evangelist (as a Bishop), and a Lamb on the altar, with a Cross behind it; angels hovering around it. No words were spoken

Eucharistic signs and events:

  • The Lamb on the altar and the Cross behind it was the central focus of the apparition. This symbolised the Sacrifice of Calvary taking place at each Mass. This was the brightest part of the apparition.
  • The angels hovering around the altar is a reminder that they are present at every Mass.
  • Our Lady, St Joseph and St. John were in an attitude of prayer, positioned on the side.
  • Archdeacon Kavanagh, the Parish priest, had been saying 100 Masses for the souls in purgatory. The apparition took place on the day of the last Mass.
  • The apparition took place on the gable wall of the parish church which points to the Eucharist.

Miracles

  • Many miraculous cures have taken place at Knock. Marian Carroll was instantly cured of Multiple Sclerosis in 1989 after receiving Holy Communion during Mass, in the Basilica at Knock. She had been placed under Our Lady s statue. She could not walk, had partial use of only one hand, had partial sight in only one eye, her swallowing and speech was affected and she was doubly incontinent. After Communion, she could walk and speak and had full use of her arms. 

Father Gobbi: 1973 – 1997.

Messages to Father Gobbi (an Italian priest) occurred whilst on pilgrimage to Fatima;- while he was praying for priests who had given up their vocations and who were forming themselves into groups of rebellion against the Church’s authority.

Message:

  • Above all the cause of my weeping is the priests: those beloved sons, the apple of my eye, these consecrated sons of mine. Do you see how they no longer love me? How they no longer want me? Do you see how they no longer listen to the words of my Son? How they frequently betray him? How Jesus present in the Eucharist is ignored by many, left alone in the tabernacle; often sacrilegiously offended by them, with wanton negligence?

 

John Bosco (1815 – 1888)

His famous prophetic dream depicts a ship in a storm at sea. Enemy boats were trying to attack and sink the ship. The Captain dressed in white was first wounded then killed, while trying to steer the ship towards two pillars. On one of these stood Our Lady, and on the other a Eucharistic Host.

On top of one pillar is the Immaculate Virgin, with a placard at her feet which says  Mary, Help of Christians ; on the other pillar which is much higher and bigger, stands a Host of great proportions with the words: Salvation of believers.

Akita: 1973-1979

Eucharist influences:

  • In May 1973, she was transferred to a community where the Blessed Sacrament is adored in a spirit of atonement.
  • In June 1973, when Sr. Agnes approached the tabernacle, she saw brilliant rays of light emanating from it. Over the next two days it happened again.
  • On June 28, she said “Beside the light, all around the altar, countless angels were adoring the Holy Eucharist.”
  • Bishop Ho told her to be humble, at peace and to meditate well on the Blessed Sacrament.
  • On June 28, a cross-shaped wound (the stigmata) developed on her left hand, bleeding profusely on Friday, but by Sunday, it had disappeared.

Miracle Healing:

Sr. Agnes lost her hearing in March 1973, and was diagnosed with incurable deafness. On 30th May, 1982, Sr Agnes deafness was cured, after praying 3 Rosaries, as directed by her guardian angel. This occurred instantly and completely, during Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

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Our Lady and the Eucharist are inseparable. She herself was the Ark of the Covenant. She is always there with her Son. She is our Mother also, and guides us. In her apparitions, there is always Eucharistic influence, or events, or miracles.

Our Lady said to Conchita at Garabandal:

“Conchita, why do you not visit my Son more often in the tabernacle? He waits for you there day and night.”

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Read  “The Importance of the Eucharist: Part 2 – What did Vatican II do to Belief in the True Presence?  in the next post.

St John Bosco

A Tribute to St John Bosco.

(It is his Feast Day today, 31st January, on the Tridentine Latin Mass Calendar).

What a joy to see that it was St John Bosco’s Feast Day today! This inspirational, dedicated man brought so many young, unformed souls to fullness of faith and safely into Jesus’ arms. Even today, an ‘old soul’, fighting the good fight, can learn so much from reading his amazing God-given insights. That God chose and blessed this man for a singular vision and special purpose is clear from his early life.St john bosco

I had the good fortune of a fellow believer, (who is a wife and mother of seven children who are mostly now grown and all fervently practising their faith) recommend to me a book called “The Forty Dreams of St John Bosco: The Apostle of Youth” which is taken from his Biographical Memoirs. My own children have not yet been able to read much of it because their mummy can’t put it down!

St John Bosco had prophetic dreams, visions and ecstasies. When a dream is a supernatural event, the receiver of the dream knows it. But the believers who had the privilege of hearing a dream of his, also knew it. In dreams he often saw secrets of people’s consciences and future events in detail, such as deaths, which did actually then occur. One of the funniest, most convincing early dreams was when, during his childhood, he was given to know the contents of his school exams beforehand in a dream, which allowed him to pass exams-and exceptionally well at that! The teacher thought somehow that he’d been cheating as he didn’t believe his ridiculous but honest explanation that he had ‘dreamt’ what was in it. Then one day the teacher wrote a very long, hard Latin test which John finished in record time. The teacher had only enough time in class to dictate half the exam that he’d prepared the night before, and was speechless to see that John had completed the full test, down to the very last word!

Here I’ll retell just one story: the dream of the Deadly Nooses, because it is easy to remember and made quite an impact on me. It is symbolic teaching dream, not a literal one.

John Bosco was a priest who particularly cared for the education and formation of boys in the Faith.  Part of his duty, therefore, was both hearing confessions and providing spiritual guidance and direction, including giving advice in regards to conquering sin. Once he dreamed that he stood amongst a large group of boys who were preparing to make a confession when he noticed many had nooses around their necks that they could not remove! Upon inspection, there were horrible beast-cats crouching behind those boys, holding the nooses tightly in place, around the boys’ necks. Some held several nooses in their paws. cat d

St John Bosco ordered through the Holy Name of Jesus Christ that the beasts reveal the purpose of the nooses. Tortured in appearance, the monster which he questioned was forced to speak:

“Don’t you understand? I rope these boys into making bad confessions. With these nooses I drag 9/10ths of mankind into Hell.” He then revealed the specific purpose of each noose.

The first noose makes the boys conceal their sins in Confession. The second to confess without true sorrow. The third noose keeps them from making a firm resolution and from carrying out their confessor’s advice.

Later St John Bosco related the dream to the boys to teach them about sincerity, sorrow and resolution. He explained that the first noose is not only about concealing sins but also about downplaying them or not being sincere- for example by accusing yourself of having done something 3 or 4 times when you know it to be exactly four, but don’t want to sound so bad. He says that if we are to rid ourselves of these nooses and wrench them from the devil’s clutches, we must confess all our sins and be truly sorry for them. I know that sometimes I must accuse myself of not having true sorrow when I know I should! I get annoyed at myself for not being as sorry as I know I should. But I also know that we must continuously pray for the grace to be truly sorry and to grow in contrition for our sins.

The devil also revealed that he hides behind the boys so that he cannot be seen. That way it is far easier to cajole people into sin and insincerity. He lastly revealed that if we want to know whether or not we (or one of our children) are held in his leash, we will know by whether or not we (they) are becoming better.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation in which Catholics confess their sins is a very great grace. It gives us the means to conquer ourselves for the sake of Christ, in order to be truly free. Without frequent confession we do not cut ourselves off from sin and the devil, although we may kid ourselves that we have done so. Faith is true when seen in a person’s works- a holy and pure life, as an outliving of his Faith, transformed completely bsorrowy the Spirit. (James 2: 14-26) When our thoughts, words or actions become wordly, selfish or not as Christ called us, we must return to Him, in word and deed, with sincerity of heart.  As St Paul says, we have to continue to work out our salvation in fear and trembling.

Wherefore, my dearly beloved, (as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but much more now in my absence,) with fear and trembling work out your salvation.  Phillipians 2:12 (Douay Rheims Bible)

 

Taken from:
Forty Dreams of St John Bosco. Edited by Fr. J. Bacchiarello. S .D.B, Tan Books, 2007.