Choose one of the following Eucharistic Miracles and do some further research online, then answer the questions at the bottom of the page. 1. The Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano: In the 700s, a priest in Lanciano, Italy was experiencing doubts about the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. In the middle of celebrating Mass, during the consecration, the bread and wine transformed into real human flesh and blood. The blood coagulated into five globules. The local archbishop launched an official investigation, and the Church approved the miracle. The flesh is preserved to this day and can be visited. A professor of anatomy, Odoardo Linoli, analyzed the flesh in 1971 and concluded that the flesh was cardiac tissue, the blood appeared to be fresh blood (as opposed to blood that was 1,200 years old), and there was no trace of preservatives. 2. The Eucharistic Miracle of Santarém: In the 1200s, a woman in Portugal was so distraught that her husband was unfaithful to her that she consulted a witch for help. The witch requested a host as payment. The woman attended Mass and attempted to take a consecrated host out of the church. As she left, the host began to bleed profusely. She tried to hide it in a trunk, but a light emanated from the trunk all night. She repented and confessed to her priest who retrieved the host and placed it in a monstrance, where it can be viewed to this day. 3. The Eucharistic Miracle of Saint Mary in Buenos Aires: In the 1990’s at St. Mary Parish in Buenos Aires, a host began bleeding during consecration and appeared to transform into human tissue. Intense scientific studies were requested and determined that the tissue was, in fact, human flesh from the heart and specifically the left ventricle. The tissue even showed signs of being alive — the researchers found white blood cells in the tissue, which do not live long outside of a living body. Pope Francis is the bishop who commissioned the study. • Which Eucharistic miracle did you learn about? What happened during this miracle? • What do you think is the most amazing aspect of this event? • How did this Eucharistic miracle affect the lives of the people who witnessed it? • How has learning about this Eucharistic miracle affected your life and your view of the Mass and Eucharist?
Is Mass a priority for our family? Why or why not? What is one challenge you have with attending Mass? How can you enter into the Mass more fully? How can we, as a family, better prepare for Mass? Saint Ignatius of Loyola lived from 1556-1609, and he was a Spanish Catholic priest who founded the Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuit order. As a young man, Ignatius wanted to be a famous soldier and fought in many battles. Eventually, he was permanently injured by a cannonball ricochet to his leg, which never fully healed. He had a conversion while he was recovering and felt a connection to the suffering of Jesus Christ in His own suffering. The Anima Christi, meaning “Soul of Christ,” is a traditional Catholic prayer that is often prayed after receiving Holy Communion. It is attributed to St. Ignatius. However, some manuscripts that include this prayer date to as early as one hundred years before Saint Ignatius. Nonetheless, St. Ignatius often quoted and referenced this prayer in his writings. Take a moment to read over and reflect upon the words silently.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Soul of Christ, sanctify me. Body of Christ, save me. Blood of Christ, inebriate me. Water from the side of Christ, wash me. Passion of Christ, strengthen me. O good Jesus, hear me. Within thy wounds hide me. Permit me not to be separated from thee. From the malignant enemy, defend me. In the hour of my death, call me and bid me come unto thee. That with thy saints I may praise thee Forever and ever. Amen.
September 17, 2023
Questions for make up session on Thursday Sept 21st at St Jude 6-6:30 If you could be any superhero, who would you be? Why are you drawn to that particular superhero? Why do you think people enjoy the stories of superheroes so much? How do you think the Holy Spirit relates to this desire to see people living virtuous lives? How does the work that the Holy Spirit does in the world also bring comfort, goodness, truth and help those in need?
“But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” (John 14:26) “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samar’ia and to the end of the Earth.” (Acts 1:8) “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2:4) “And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God with boldness.” (Acts 4:31) “Hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us.” (Romans 5:5) “If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through His Spirit which dwells in you.” (Romans 8:11) “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the spirit of sonship. When we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’ it is the Spirit Himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” (Romans 8:14-16) “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16) “Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says ‘Jesus be cursed!’ and no one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 12:3) “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body — Jews or Greeks, slaves or free — and all were made to drink of one Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 12:13) “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” (2 Corinthians 3:17) “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23) “For our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake" (1 Thessalonians 1:5)
• What words, phrases, or verses stood out to you the most and why? • What was your image of the Holy Spirit before coming tonight? Has it changed at all? • Looking over these verses, how would you describe the Holy Spirit to someone else? What adjectives or actions are associated with Him? • What does it feel like to know that you will have the power of the same Holy Spirit the apostles received when you are Confirmed?
What is the biggest obstacle preventing you from pursuing the Holy Spirit right now?
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