Eucharistic Miracles: And Eucharistic Phenomena in the Lives of the Saints

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"I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” (John 6:51-52)

There is no greater gift that God has given His Church than this: that the Eucharist is a visible sign of the self-sacrificing love that continues to save the world from sin.

On many occasions throughout the history of the Catholic Church, God has provided us with visible proof of the reality of the Presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.

In Eucharistic Miracles, Joan Carroll Cruz documents 36 miracles that occurred from 800 A.D. to the present day. This book tells of consecrated Hosts that have turned to human flesh, bled, levitated, and have become hard as flint when received by a person in mortal sin. It details the official investigations that have been made into these miracles by scientists throughout the world, as well as the locations of the miracles that can still be venerated today. Eucharistic Miracles also recounts miraculous Eucharistic phenomena in the lives of saints: saints who lived with only the Eucharist for sustenance, experienced raptures, ecstasies, levitations, visions, locutions, and much more…

Photographs of the miracles, the churches they took place in, the art they inspired, and the people involved are included—these add the final touch to a comprehensive, detailed, and extraordinary overview of these Eucharistic miracles.

Eucharistic Miracles is a superb compilation of God's visible testimony of the truth of the Catholic Faith, proving the reality of one of its loftiest mysteries: the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.

Joan Carroll Cruz
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    Posted by Steven McEvoy on Dec 26th 2023

    Two different books by Joan Carroll Cruz were recommended to me, this volume and The Incorruptibles: A Study of Incorruption in the Bodies of Various Saints and Beati. I picked up both but this was the first I have made it through. Both are on topics that fascinate and to be honest concern me a little. I love being part of a tradition that is so rich in history and to be honest miracles. I read this book slowly only reading a section or 2 a day at lunch. The only other book I have read on Eucharistic Miracles is Heavenly Hosts: Eucharistic Miracles for Kids by Kathryn Griffin Swegart, and I began this one after finishing it because I wanted to go deeper on the subject. And this volume did not let down. This book begins with a photo of consecrated hosts that have remained fresh and incorrupt for 250 years. From the Basilica of St Francis in Siena. They were stolen in 1730 and then recovered. They are the focus of chapter 16. The sections in this volume are: Author’s Preface Introduction: The Catholic Teaching on the Holy Eucharist Acknowledgements Glossary — Part One — EUCHARISTIC MIRACLES 1. Lanciano, Italy—8th century 2. Braine, France—1153 3. Ferrara, Italy—1171 4. Augsburg, Germany—1194 5. Alatri, Italy—1228 6. Santarem, Portugal—early 13th century 7. Florence, Italy—1230 and 1595 8. Daroca, Spain—1239 9. Olmütz, Czechoslovakia—1242 10. Regensburg, Germany—1257 11. Bolsena-Orvieto, Italy—1263 12. Paris, France—1274 and 1290 13. Slavonice, Czechoslovakia—1280 14. Offida, Italy—1280 15. Hasselt, Belgium—1317 16. Siena, Italy—1330 and 1730 17. Blanot, France—1331 18. Amsterdam, The Netherlands—1345 19. Macerata, Italy—1356 20. Brussels, Belgium—1370 21. Middleburg-Louvain, Belgium—1374 22. Seefeld, Austria—1384 23. Dijon, France—before 1433 24. Avignon, France—1433 25. Turin, Italy—1453 26. Morrovalle, Italy—1560 27. Alcalá de Henares, Spain—1597 28. Faverney, France—1608 29. Paterno, Italy—1772 30. Bordeaux, France—1822 31. Dubna, Poland (now Dubna, Russia)—1867 32. The Two Miracles of Stich, West Germany—1970 33. More Eucharistic Miracles — Part Two — EUCHARISTIC PHENOMENA IN THE LIVES OF THE SAINTS 34. The Eucharistic Devotion of the Saints 35. Eucharistic Miracles and the Saints 36. Eucharistic Fasts 37. Raptures and Ecstasies 38. Miraculous Receptions of Holy Communion 39. Voices and Visions 40. Tears, Fire and Light 41. Levitation 42. The History of Eucharistic Devotion 43. The Holy Eucharist and Ourselves 44. Spiritual Communion Selected Bibliography It would have been very easy to rip through this book. But by slowing down and reading it over several weeks I was really able to focus and reflect upon the miracles presented in this volume. Some of them I have encountered before, but this volume goes into much more details. And many this was my first encounter with the events presented. For the most part the stories in part one of the book are in chronological order. Only chapter 7, which focuses on a miracles in Florence in 1230 and 1595 and the final section are not a chronology. One of the things that amazed me most is that the miracles are almost always different. There may be some similar characteristics, the sight and smell of blood, the taste of blood or flesh, glowing and yet they are almost all unique. Much like the saints, no two saints because saintly by the exact same path, no two Eucharistic miracles are identical in how they happened. We have stories of Eucharistic miracles going back to the first Christian communities. And some that extend right up into our lifetimes. I am especially fascinated by stories of saints and saintly people who lived for long periods on just the Eucharist for sustenance. And I really appreciated the last section on spiritual communion. This book was a deeply moving read. And it was incredibly inspiring. I will likely return to it and read it again, maybe in a year or two and reread it with my children when they are a little older. And After reading this volume I have added a few more by Cruz to my to be read pile. A great book for all Catholics. And will be eye opening to other discerning Christians.

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    I Wish All Catholics Knew This!

    Posted by Lee Veinot on Nov 4th 2023

    This was the first book I read by JCC. The more I read by her about the many miracles that have happened throughout history, the more I wish more Catholics knew about this information. The knowledge that God has shown Himself in tangible ways strengthens your faith, letting you know He is always present. I would love to see updated editions of all of her books with all the newer miracles. I know Mrs. Cruz is no longer with us (Eternal Rest grant unto her, Lord), but if another author would take up the challenge...

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    Miracles of the Eucharist

    Posted by Kathryn Bevis on Sep 25th 2023

    I have been a catechist for over 14 years. This book is well written and a great resource. Even those that maybe consider themselves not very knowledgeable in the faith will benefit from this book. Well documented and a worth while read.

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    Eucharistic Miracles

    Posted by Marianne C. on May 24th 2023

    Inspiring read. Sweeping historical and all documented miracles witnessed by many!

  • 5
    A necessary read for all!

    Posted by Jerry L. on May 24th 2023

    Sadly today many dont believe in the real presence of Christ body blood soul and divinity in the Eucharist. This book can increase the readers faith and make you be more reverent towards the Eucharist.

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    Eucharistic Miracles

    Posted by THERESA L. on Oct 13th 2022

    The book was very enlightening about the miracles and I have more reverence for the holy eucharist.