As a relatively new Catholic (seven years this coming April), I had a hard time wrapping my head around the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, but now I am a believer. It has to be real because it is the focus of the Mass.
If I can believe that Jesus performed miracles during his ministry on earth, I can believe in the existence of his Real Presence in the Eucharist. I don’t need any form of proof whatsoever.
When Jesus said, “Eat my flesh,” and “Drink my Blood,” he meant “Eat my Flesh,” and “Drink my blood.”
For the Skeptics:
One day I decided to do a little research. I Googled “Eucharist” and read some articles. Then I did the same thing on U-Tube, and what I found made my hair stand on end!
I learned that, over the centuries, there have been many Eucharistic miracles that prove (at least to me) the Power and Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.
Miracle of Lanciano:
One of them, called the Miracle of Lanciano, took place in the 8th Century in the Church of St. Legontian in Lanciano, Italy,as a divine response to a Basilian monk’s doubt over Jesus’ Real Presence in the Eucharist. During the Holy Mass after the two-fold consecration, the host became live flesh, and the wine became live blood that coagulated into five globules. The flesh and blood are still in the same form and condition that they were in over two thousand years ago and remain on display in Lanciano, Italy.
Over the centuries, this miracle has been tested by doctors and scientists, it was found to be completely authentic and was validated by Rome.
Miracle in Lourdes:
Another miracle of the Eucharist occurred during a mass celebrated by Cardinal Billé in Lourdes, France, on November, 7, 1999. This miracle was manifested in the lower basilica at the famous site where Mary appeared to St. Bernadette 141 years before. During the epiclesis (the moment the Holy Spirit is invoked upon the host and wine) you can clearly see the host rising from the paten.
Initially, the miracle was suppressed by the local bishop, but later an investigation was opened by the Vatican. There has been no official word on this yet.
Judge for yourself:
To be a Catholic, you have to believe that the Eucharist is the Body, Blood and Divinity of Christ. It is not merely a symbol or metaphor.