“EUCHARISTIC MIRACLE” ARTICLE BY LATE DR. ALVARO DA COSTA, NAVHIND TIMES DATED JULY 2, 2009
“On May 13, 2009, the day of the little known feast of Our Lady of the Eucharist and the ninety-second anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady at Fatima in Portugal, there occurred a most extraordinary event at the church of the saints, Simon and Jude at Mount Ganzim at Batim followed by another in the sky.
It may be recalled that 15 years ago Iveta, a Goan lady living in Toronto Canada, who was getting locutions from Our Lady, was commissioned to go to Goa where She would appear to her. It happened to be the grounds of the same Church on mount Ganzim. In 1994 and 1996 Iveta had experienced the Passion of Our Lord Jesus a couple of times in the presence of large crowds on these same grounds.
The main message of Our Lady at the time was “I am Our Lady of Fatima. I have come because you have not fulfilled my message of Fatima.” Ever since then pilgrims have flocked to Batim every first Saturday of the month to fulfill the message of Fatima. This same Iveta, now living in Ontario, and has been experiencing Eucharistic miracles for the last 9 years – witnessed and certified by the local Bishop of Ontario as true, was inspired to go to Batim, Goa on May 13, 2009.
What is an Eucharistic Miracle? When a Catholic Priest celebrates the Holy Mass or The Eucharist, and takes in his hands bread and wine and pronounces the words “This is my body . This is my blood .Do this in memory of me” as Jesus did at the Last Supper with His apostles, the bread and wine invisibly changes into the body and blood of Jesus. This invisible transformation is known as “Transubstantiation” in theological parlance. Sometimes God wills that the bread and wine transform itself into actual flesh and blood of Jesus. This is an Eucharistic Miracle.
When Iveta attended the Holy Mass on May 13, 2009 at Batim, the Sacred Host and Wine received by her had transformed itself into the flesh and blood of Jesus. An Eucharistic miracle had taken place probably for the first time in Goa and witnessed by the two priests and about 100 of the faithful who attended the Mass. Eucharistic miracles are known to have taken place along the centuries.
Some of them have been preserved as, at Lanciano Italy, antarem in Portugal, etc. Some of them have been scientifically examined and found to be human flesh and blood belonging to the same person. Though many, the miracles were few and far between compared to the increasing frequency for the last 40 years. Why do they occur so often now? After Vatican Council II (1962 – 65), some theologians have floated their heretical theories, which have spread throughout the world, including Goa, especially regarding the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.
These theories labelled by dissenting theologians as “Transignification” and “Transfinalisation” are heretical and contrary to the truth and the teachings of the Church. God has intervened to confirm this truth of Jesus’ real presence in the Eucharist in various ways. In 1916 God sent His Angel of Peace, St Michael, the defender of the faith, to the shepherd children of Fatima. He taught the children the Prayer of Reparation containing the words “.I offer you the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ.” Then a few years later Jesus Himself gave the Chaplet of Mercy through Saint Faustina. This Chaplet of Mercy contains the very same words.
After the Mass on May 13, 2009, a second miracle occurred when a procession with the statue of Our Lady was returning to the Church. Iveta pointed out to the Sun and all those present witnessed a Solar display – a mini version of the miracle of the Sun which took place at Fatima on October 13, 1917.
The bright sun had turned into a moon. It turned red and after few moments spinning and zig-zagging in the sky it threw beams of different colours of light. This phenomena lasted a few minutes and was witnessed by all those present. The Miracle of the Sun has become Heaven’s seal of authenticity and also a sign of encouragement and approval. Pope Pious XII is known to have seen the miracle of the sun twice in the Vatican gardens as an encouragement when preparing to proclaim the dogma of The Assumption of Our Lady and again after he proclaimed it as a sign of approval.
These miracles have occurred at Garabandal, Medjugorje, at Betania and other places of apparitions of Our Lady as well as at Vasco in Goa when Vassula Ryden was giving a talk, with the audience facing the sun. This same phenomenon also happened in Batim in 1994 and 1996. Obviously these miracles of the sun have been given by Heaven to authenticate the events and the persons specially chosen to be instruments to proclaim God’s message. Therefore one can conclude that the Eucharistic miracle that took place on May 13, 2009 at Batim has been authenticated by the miracle of the sun.”