Eucharistic miracles are extraordinary events or phenomena, which manifest the real presence of Jesus in the consecrated bread and wine in a way that we can discern with our ordinary senses. The manifestation may be as simple as a host floating on air, or as astonishing as a host becoming visible human flesh.
This international exhibition consists of an extensive collection of photographs and historical records representing a sampling of ancient and modern Eucharistic Miracles that have taken place in various parts of the world. The collection was first assembled by the Vatican to mark the Year of the Eucharist (October 2004 - October 2005). After being shown at more than 500 parishes in Italy, it is now traveling the rest of the world. Click on the calendar to find out where and when you can see it in Michigan.
The complete exhibition is comprised of about 160 panels (2ft x 3 ft), detailing 126 different miracles (some miracles have multiple panels). The miracles span a period of approximately 1500 years with the most recent one occurring in 2001. There are miracles from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. The exhibition offers you a ‘virtual tour’ of these veritable treasures of our faith. To bring the exhibition to your parish or other organization, click on Get Exhibition.
But I don't believe in Eucharistic Miracles!
Our belief in Jesus' real presence in the Eucharist is based on His own words found in the Bible, and on the lived Tradition of the church. This is what we call public revelation. The real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist is a vital part of our faith.
Eucharistic miracles on the other hand are not part of the public revelation and as such, are called private revelations. We are not bound to believe private revelations, even if officially recognized by the Church. It is not the role of private revelations to improve on or complete Christ's definitive Revelation. However, they can help us to live by it more fully (CCC 67). Legitimate private revelations contribute to a deeper understanding of the mysteries of our faith and to growth in love for the Lord. Ongoing spiritual growth is an imperative for all Christians.
But are these ones legit?
Whenever a claim of a private revelation such as a Eucharistic miracle or an apparition is made, the church carries out a rigorous investigation. The revelation is only approved after the church is satisfied that (a) the people involved are credible, (b) there is no natural or scientific explanation for the associated phenomena, (c) the revelation contains nothing contrary to public revelation and (d) the revelation is leading to good fruits. The miracles contained in this exhibition have gone through this process and are all church approved.