On the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, we Catholics honor the Eucharist, which is the sacrament in which Christ is present in a living and real way.
Over the centuries, a series of Eucharistic miracles have taken place in several countries of the world, a supernatural sign that highlights the presence of God in a unique way, which have shocked more than one and have strengthened the faith of Catholics.
Blessed Carlo Acutis, known as the cyber-apostle of the Eucharist for his special devotion to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, created a website called “Miracolie Eucaristici” (Eucharistic Miracles) where he lists the countries where these miracles occurred, among which he mentions four countries of Latinamerica.
Next, we share the story of the Eucharistic miracles that occurred in four Latin American countries and that are recognized by the Catholic Church:
According to the website, three Eucharistic miracles occurred in the parish of Santa María, city of Buenos Aires 1992, 1994 and 1996.
On May 1, 1992, after Mass, “fragments of the consecrated host were found in the corporal” and, accordingly, they were placed in a container of water in the tabernacle, but they did not dissolve. On May 8, when the tabernacle was opened, it was seen that “they had been dyed a reddish color.” Two days later, “small drops of blood were found on the patens” of Communion.
On July 24, 1994, “while the minister of the Eucharist took the pyx from the tabernacle, he saw a drop of blood flowing down the wall.” On August 15, 1996, at the Mass of the Assumption, a consecrated host that fell to the ground was placed in a container of water to dissolve, but on August 26, it was observed that it had changed into Blood.
In 1999, the then Bishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio (today Pope Francis) asked Professor Ricardo Castañon Gómez to investigate what happened in 1996. In 2000, a tissue expert found that the samples had human skin and white blood cells, and three years later, he claimed it was from a swollen heart, which means the person “must have suffered a lot.”
In 2005, a Columbia University scientist said it was from the left ventricle, labeling it as living tissue from a suffering person. Gómez concluded that Christ “wanted to show us his myocardium, which is the muscle that gives life to the whole heart, just as the Eucharist does with the Church. And why the left ventricle? Because that is where the purified blood comes from and Jesus is the one who purifies his Church from his sins, ”the website indicates.
This Eucharistic miracle occurred in Tumaco, during the tsunami that devastated the Pacific coast in 1906, and managed to save the lives of the town’s inhabitants.
According to the website, Fr. Bernardino García de la Concepción reported that an earthquake hit the territory for almost 10 minutes, and the town asked the local priest, Fr. Gerardo Larrondo, to make a procession with the Blessed Sacrament.
After a wave covered the port and began to destroy everything in its path, Fr. Gerardo, frightened, consumed all the consecrated hosts and kept only one; then he cried out to God to have mercy and summoned the people to accompany him to the beach, Father Garcia said.
The parish priest went down to the seashore with the monstrance in his hand and when the wave was about to arrive, he raised the consecrated host “with a firm hand and with a heart full of faith” and “traced the sign of the cross”. Then, the people shouted moved: “miracle, miracle”, because the wave, “as if it had been stopped by an invisible and superior force”, began to recede.
This Eucharistic miracle occurred on June 2, 1649 in Eten, during the vespers prayer and the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in honor of the feast of Corpus Christi.
According to the website, when “the Franciscan friar Jerome de Silva Manrique was reserving the Custody in the tabernacle”, all the faithful present saw that “a resplendent face of a child” with “brown curls” appeared in the host.
Fray Marco López, superior of the Chiclayo convent, reported that on July 22 of that year, during the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, “the Divine Child Jesus” reappeared in the host. According to the witnesses, “three small white hearts appeared in the Host, joined together, symbolizing the three Persons of the Holy Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit”, he indicated.
This time they saw him dressed in a shirt “according to the custom of the Indians” and with “a purple tunic.” According to the event, which lasted 15 minutes, the Child Jesus “wanted to identify himself with the Mochica inhabitants of Eten” and “show them his love.”
This Eucharistic miracle occurred at a Mass celebrated on December 8, 1991 in Betania, when a priest saw during the consecration that the host began to bleed.
According to the website, Fr. Otty Ossa Aristizábal was celebrating Mass at the Marian Sanctuary of Fina de Betania, in Cúa, when after breaking the Hostia magna, he saw that one of the pieces on the paten “had a red stain and she began to ooze a red substance, similar to the way blood oozes from a wound.”
Father Aristizábal said that he kept the host in the sacristy and that the next day he saw that the host continued to bleed, but “only on one side of the particle”, without staining “the rest of the Eucharistic species”. The website noted that the faithful who were at Mass saw the event.
The Bishop of Los Teques, Mons. Pío Bello Ricardo, ordered an investigation of the event and the results confirmed that the blood was not that of the priest, but rather that it was type AB positive, like the one found on the Shroud of Turin and on the Host of the Eucharistic miracle of Lanciano, he indicated.
The website noted that “many wondrous events” occurred in connection with the miracle. Among them, the one on November 12, 1998, stands out, when a young man who made a pilgrimage to Betania saw for about “30 seconds” that the Host of the miracle “was on fire and that there was a beating heart that bled in the center”, and said he managed to film part of the event.