We are in the midst of a major reports continuing to be released. It anyone, especially the victims, in crisis in the Catholic Church. When I began my studies for the priesthood in 2002, the first wave of the sexual abuse scandal took place in Boston. Now, the second wave is currently taking place. This has brought about so much anger, not just from the hearts of the lay faithful, but also from priests and bishops as well. It is a tragedy to hear about the various is painful beyond words! It makes one very angry and sick to the stomach. It makes one feeling very disgusted and betrayed. So manye involved became innocent victims.
It would be understandable for anyone, especially the victims, to have a great difficulty attending Holy Mass because a priest is involved. It would be understandable for having difficulty going to confessions because a priest is involved. It would be understandable for anyone, especially the victims, who may have difficulty coming to the Catholic Church because Cardinals, Bishops and priests are involved.
We all need to pray for reparation and for purification of the Church! All will be involved in rebuilding the Church, not just the Holy See, not just the Bishops, but all. And we all can begin with fidelity to Our Lord Himself! He is the One who is going to rebuild the Church. He is the One who is going to ask us to cooperate with Him. He is the One who is going to continue to give us the grace we need for healing and for the strength to be able to move forward.
He is not going to change the means of how He’s giving His flesh to eat and His blood to drink. He will continue to do so as He originally instituted, through His priests. Even if the priest has gone astray, and he no longer believes in the Eucharist, the Lord continues to give His flesh to eat and His blood to drink through His priest at Holy Mass.
In the 8th century, a priest after pronouncing the words of consecration had a strong temptation to doubt the Real Presence of Jesus. Before his startled eyes, the Sacred Host visibly changed into Flesh. The consecrated wine was transformed into bright red Blood, coagulating into five small clots, different in form and size.
Four authentications have been performed throughout the centuries, but the last verification, ordered by the Holy See in 1970, is the most scientifically complete. Microscopic studies document that:
1.The Flesh is real human flesh and the Blood is real human blood.
2. The Flesh is composed of cardiac muscular tissue, having no trace whatsoever of any materials or agents used for preservation of flesh.
3. Both the Flesh and Blood belong to the same blood type.
4. The proteins in the Blood are in the same proportions as those found in normal flesh blood.
This “on-going” miracle is visible even to this day; one can see it in Lanciano, Italy.
That’s only one of the many Eucharistic miracle stories; one can go to the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, AL and visit the St. John Paul II Eucharistic Center to learn more about the Eucharistic miracle stories throughout various parts of the world.
Despite the major crisis we are experiencing now, the Lord does not quit in feeding His flock; He is the Good Shepherd who laid down His life for us all; and He continues to shepherd His people. We need the Lord more than ever! We need the Lord more desperately now to strengthen us and to enable us to be healed and to go forward from where we are and to feed us with His Body and Blood so that we may remain in Him and He in us and so that we may have eternal life as He promised!
It would be understandable to want to leave the Catholic Church during this time. Don’t! We need the Lord Himself more than ever now. It is hard what we are going through right now. It is hard to hear the hard truths about what has happened in the Church. We pray none of us would leave the Lord like what happened 2000+ years ago. We pray none of us would leave Him like those people who left Him after He revealed the hard truth about the Bread of Life, the Eucharist! Let’s ask the Apostles to pray for the Church and for us all that we may remain with the Lord who has the words of everlasting life.
– Fr. Miguel Marie, MFVA