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Sep 07, 2019

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 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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Mar 13, 2017

Anyone who has doubts of the true presence of Jesus in the Eucharist must read this book. There have been so many miracles throughout the centuries that no one should doubt the words of Jesus, "This is the bread of heaven; that if any man eat of it, he may not die. I am the living bread which come down from heaven. If any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever; and the bread that I will give, is my flesh, for the life of the world." Jn 6:50-52
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Feb 27, 2009

Fascinating miracles. I had no idea there were so many. Of course, the Eucharist itself is a miracle, so the book's title is a little redundant.
I really enjoyed the historical aspect of the book. In particular, I liked the section at the end about the history of Corpus Cristi and various celebrations around the world.
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Jun 22, 2009

This book is simply written and to the point but the stories and information in the book are amazing. The author does a good job of covering all aspects of Eucharistic miracles and related information.
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Jan 06, 2011

This was such a wonderful book for me. I believe I got a very old water marked copy that was at Murray Hill Theatre in Jaxsonville, Fl. We (the band) used to play there a lot and I must have asked for the copy. A great read on my journey into the Church.
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Jun 27, 2013

Interesting short stories of the role that the Eucharistic service has performed in the history of the Catholic Church. It was gift from my step-son and it was a joy to read. Highly recommend it.
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Mar 20, 2015

Fascinating look at miracles of the Eucharist, from early times to the present day. An inspiring read for Catholics, especially during Lent.
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Dec 09, 2013

Short, sweet, and to the point stories of various miracles and phenomenon related to the Eucharist. Efficacious means of increasing faith.
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Jul 15, 2010

A compendium of awesome stuff that God has done associated with the Eucharist. Childish writing takes off a star.
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Feb 22, 2014

She needed a really good editor. It is redundant and poorly organized. A chapter a week is the correct pace for this book. Once you have read the first chapter, you have read the best of it.
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Nov 10, 2013

As a Catholic, this book is FULL of incredible miracles to amaze and strengthen my personal faith in the Eucharist. For a non-Catholic, I think the stories are almost too concise to really grasp the entirety of each situation. Some of the photos are drawings and others are difficult to make out the powerful details that truly make the miracles. A fabulous way to rekindle the awe of our faith however.
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Apr 14, 2020

A fascinating look at miracles surrounding the Holy Eucharist. This was the perfect book to read during Lent.
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May 06, 2019

It's not a very -fun- read but it IS quite informative. Really just a collection and organization of miracles involving the Eucharist. Some of which, I have heard before, though not in such detail.

I think it works well to read each miracle or chapter of miracles separately and with a long break in between readings, so as to allow time to really contemplate each miracle.

Like I said, I've known of some of these before, but seeing SO MANY laid out, each with its own set of proof and writings and It's not a very -fun- read but it IS quite informative. Really just a collection and organization of miracles involving the Eucharist. Some of which, I have heard before, though not in such detail.

I think it works well to read each miracle or chapter of miracles separately and with a long break in between readings, so as to allow time to really contemplate each miracle.

Like I said, I've known of some of these before, but seeing SO MANY laid out, each with its own set of proof and writings and stories - it's quite amazing and it's definitely given me a stronger appreciation for the consecration part in mass, the moment of transubstantiation. I, personally, have experienced a lift in mood after receiving communion so I especially liked hearing of the ecstasies of the saints. In one of those "hey, I really GET that (as in, understand), on a smaller level, but yes!"

Ah, but anyway. The writing is very much so just a laying out of facts and not really -interesting- or -fun- to read. A good compliment next to my bible, though. I'll give it that much. ...more
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Dec 26, 2019

The Eucharist is one of the Catholic sacraments I never grasped until a few years ago, during what I consider as my reawakening to faith. This of course is not to say I ever stopped believing in God - I just never took my relationship to Him all that seriously, never actually responded to His call. Not until after I attended a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2016 (where I also met my wife: another, much more fervent Catholic). I struggled quite a lot to reconcile my faith with my logical reason The Eucharist is one of the Catholic sacraments I never grasped until a few years ago, during what I consider as my reawakening to faith. This of course is not to say I ever stopped believing in God - I just never took my relationship to Him all that seriously, never actually responded to His call. Not until after I attended a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2016 (where I also met my wife: another, much more fervent Catholic). I struggled quite a lot to reconcile my faith with my logical reason when my wife brought to my attention the fact that, to Catholics, the bread and wine are not just symbolic. You are literally eating the flesh of Our Lord and Saviour.

After much inner reflection, I reached a conclusion that allowed me to accept the True Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist - something of a marriage between logical reason and faithful acceptance. In short, as this isn't the point of my review, I learned to accept my (and our) limitations in understanding the intelligent machinations of God. Humbled, I admitted that while I could not understand or explain how bread could turn into the flesh of God made Man, I could, with reason, accept that such things are not impossible for God, and that they far exceed my capacity of comprehension. God, after all, is never to be contained within the limits of our own minds. Of course, people can dismiss this as a form of "double-think", suspension of disbelief, non-falsifiable reasoning or whatnot - but hey. That's where faith and hope come in.

Anyway, since coming to terms with the Blessed Sacrament - truly one of the most beautiful gifts - it has greatly fascinated me. This book, somewhat to my disappointment, was not a theological exploration or discourse on the subject. Rather, as the title makes fairly clear, it is a catalogue of many of the Eucharistic miracles that have taken place throughout history. Miracles such as the Host turning into visible flesh, bleeding, levitating, becoming incorruptible or else just being at the centre of some kind of strange or amazing phenomena.

It does get a bit dry, but nevertheless there is a good variety of miracles included. They are not all the same. Whether you accept them all, or none at all, or some but not others is up to each individual reader. Many, granted, are far-fetched - but, I repeat, nothing is impossible to God. Really, scepticism is most supported by the fact that the majority of these took place before the 1700s, well beyond our ability to properly verify. There are many cases where the Hosts are still preserved, and are subjected to scientific tests. This in itself is significant and, I do believe, at least sometimes points quite clearly to the fact (proven or otherwise) that Our Lord really does reside within the Host after consecration, for a short period of time.

In short, I cannot rightly say that I am certain all these miracles were the real thing. I certainly believe in the True Presence and I have great adoration - though I struggle to show it sufficiently - for the Holy Eucharist. I think such stories might easily have been fabricated - especially amongst the Italians and the peasantry. But that does not mean I don't believe or want them to be real. I think they are all very interesting; probably many if not most of them are true; and finally, whether they are real or not, they do not detract from the sanctity of the Blessed Supper God invites us to, in communion with His Son, who gave himself so that we may live in Him forever.

The most vital lesson to take from this book is that, miracles or not, a Catholic must learn to appreciate the true value of the Eucharist, give thanks to God and praise Jesus Christ, and rejoice with pious dignity at the invisible miracle of His residing within us every time we take communion at Mass.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be. World without end. Amen. ...more
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Sep 07, 2017

I have received many books to review this Summer and time seems to be flying so quickly! Going from book to book, summer is almost over. However, The Catholic Man Reviews is committed to delivering to you quality Catholic Reviews and will continue to do so.

TAN Books kindly sent me a copy of one of their books which I have always wanted to read but couldnt find a copy of it in any Toronto Public Library branch. The book is titled, Eucharistic Miracles and Eucharistic Phenomena in the Lives of the I have received many books to review this Summer and time seems to be flying so quickly! Going from book to book, summer is almost over. However, The Catholic Man Reviews is committed to delivering to you quality Catholic Reviews and will continue to do so.

TAN Books kindly sent me a copy of one of their books which I have always wanted to read but couldn’t find a copy of it in any Toronto Public Library branch. The book is titled, Eucharistic Miracles and Eucharistic Phenomena in the Lives of the Saints by Joan Carroll Cruz. I have read a title by Joan Carroll Cruz some time ago called, See How She Loves Us: 50 Approved Apparitions of Our Lady. From what I have read so far and looking through all of her titles, I just love how many of the books she wrote are all about miracles in the Catholic Church. I hope to read many more of her books in the future.

Eucharistic Miracles and Eucharistic Phenomena in the Lives of the Saints is a book for those who are interested and has a strong devotion to the Eucharist. Personally, I have a great love for the Church’s Liturgy and I reflected on the Sacrament of the Eucharist focusing on the fact of Jesus’ true presence in the Eucharist.

A Eucharistic miracle I have known of for quite some is the miracle of Lanciano. To no surprise to me, the miracle was the first chapter of the book. However, in this book, Cruz goes a little more deeper into the story of the miracle and the aftermath of the relic. Also featured are detailed black and white pictures of the miracle.

Most of the miracles in the book I have never even heard of before such as the miracle Braine, France or the miracle of Macerata, Italy… just so many I have never even heard of before. Close to 40 Eucharistic Miracles are gathered in this book, 32 of which are chapters, dedicated to a specific miracle. Chapter 33 recalls lesser known miracles in which only little information is known about them.

Scattered throughout the book are black and white images of the Eucharistic Relics themselves, some with close-up detail of the relics. This feature was interesting. Sometimes, we take pictures for granted. But to look at pictures of the relics, bring the story of the miracles to life.

Part two of the book is all about “Eucharistic Phenomena in the Lives of the Saints”. This section seemed interesting as I didn’t know much Eucharistic Phenomena in the lives of different saints. There were numerous stories compiled in this section. Each type of phenomena were categorized in a different section. Reading the book, I saw the chapter levitation to be the most interesting of them all. Also, reading these phenomena, one can see how deeply devoted these saints are to God and how deep they can fall in prayer. This is simply amazing!

Eucharistic Miracles and Eucharistic Phenomena in the Lives of the Saints by Joan Carroll Cruz is indeed a book that would interest every Catholic, especially those who have a great devotion to the Eucharist!

Purchase the book here from TAN books: https://www.tanbooks.com/index.php/eu... (print copy) ...more
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Apr 16, 2020

The congregation celebrates the institution of the Holy Eucharistic every year on Maundy Thursday during the season of lent. Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles. On this day, Christians remember the Last Supper. During the Supper Jesus took bread and wine and shared them with his disciples and instructed to do this in memory. Christians continue to believe that there is transformation happening during the Eucharistic celebration and the belief that the The congregation celebrates the institution of the Holy Eucharistic every year on Maundy Thursday during the season of lent. Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles. On this day, Christians remember the Last Supper. During the Supper Jesus took bread and wine and shared them with his disciples and instructed to do this in memory. Christians continue to believe that there is transformation happening during the Eucharistic celebration and the belief that the bread and wine converts into the body and blood of Jesus.
This book is about Eucharistic miracles collection. This book is divided into two parts. Part - I dealing with the Eucharistic Miracles, , Part - II dealing with Eucharistic phenomena in the lives of the saints. The Eucharistic miracles are recorded of the early century upto 17th century. There are reports about few Eucharistic miracles that has been published recently or in the twentieth century are not published in the book.
The gifts of miracles are jubilant of spirit, true charity, silence, joy in prayer and longing for God.
The book ends with Spiritual communion and prayer.
A good read to increase the faith and belief. ...more
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Feb 13, 2020

A moderate length, useful work for inciting devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, as well as a good deal of interesting history. Certainly not a complete work on Eucharistic miracles and devotion, but a very worthy overview and summation of saintly love for the Sacrament and their experiences, as well as specific phenomena associated with the Eucharist.

This book is NOT meant as a scientific/rational proof for the believeability of Eucharistic miracles, but it does frequently cite witness testimony A moderate length, useful work for inciting devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, as well as a good deal of interesting history. Certainly not a complete work on Eucharistic miracles and devotion, but a very worthy overview and summation of saintly love for the Sacrament and their experiences, as well as specific phenomena associated with the Eucharist.

This book is NOT meant as a scientific/rational proof for the believeability of Eucharistic miracles, but it does frequently cite witness testimony and scientific examination undertaken by the papacy and episcopacy as regards the approval of formal miracles. ...more
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Jan 17, 2018

I almost feel guilty giving such a low rating to a book on Eucharistic Miracles, however, the writing style and quality are lacking. I recommend the book because the Miracles speak for themselves and are amazing but be prepared to be frustrated by missing information (ie -  it is believed that the privilege continues to the present day ...that should be pretty easy to find out, right?) and inconsistencies (she has the same quote by St. Alphonsus Liguori in two separate chapters with different I almost feel guilty giving such a low rating to a book on Eucharistic Miracles, however, the writing style and quality are lacking. I recommend the book because the Miracles speak for themselves and are amazing but be prepared to be frustrated by missing information (ie - « it is believed that the privilege continues to the present day »...that should be pretty easy to find out, right?) and inconsistencies (she has the same quote by St. Alphonsus Liguori in two separate chapters with different words). ...more
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Feb 18, 2016

A really, really good book on the topic of Eucharistic Miracles. Sort of a travelogue of places to go and visit if you ever get the chance. The book isn't necessarily theologically complex, and the topic might seem a little bit cheesy to the more sophisticated among us -- well, at least at first. I think though, that if you give Cruz time to make her argument (that these miracles are real and wonderful) you might find the strings of your heart and you imagination moved to at least consider the A really, really good book on the topic of Eucharistic Miracles. Sort of a travelogue of places to go and visit if you ever get the chance. The book isn't necessarily theologically complex, and the topic might seem a little bit cheesy to the more sophisticated among us -- well, at least at first. I think though, that if you give Cruz time to make her argument (that these miracles are real and wonderful) you might find the strings of your heart and you imagination moved to at least consider the possibility.

I have an older edition of the book. The pictures are good, the prose is crisp, and (ultimately) this book is a whole lot of fun. I think it would entertain and inspire Christians of all stripes. ...more
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Apr 04, 2014

This book is a chronological cataloging of eucharistic miracles, from the point of view of faith in those miracles. Concisely and clearly written. Pictures are included of some of the miracles and their surroundings and artwork that has been made regarding them. All pictures are in black and white. A helpful glossary is included in the front of the book, so if you forget what a ciborium is or exactly what is referred to by the word "corporal" you can easily check.

There is citation of what has This book is a chronological cataloging of eucharistic miracles, from the point of view of faith in those miracles. Concisely and clearly written. Pictures are included of some of the miracles and their surroundings and artwork that has been made regarding them. All pictures are in black and white. A helpful glossary is included in the front of the book, so if you forget what a ciborium is or exactly what is referred to by the word "corporal" you can easily check.

There is citation of what has been done to test the miracles, but there is no apologetics or discussion of counter claims. ...more
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Oct 29, 2016

Interesting read that is crammed with accounts of Eucharistic miracles.

The miracles in this book are discussed as a matter of fact because they have been approved by the Church. I would have liked more information on the Church's investigative process. This being said, the book is full of the accounts of these miracles and therefore fulfills the premise of its title. Would recommend this read for all those interested in the subject matter.

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