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Physician Tells of Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano -Verifies Authenticity of the Phenomenon
Zenit News Agency ^ | May 5, 2005

Posted on 05/05/2005 7:05:58 PM PDT by NYer

ROME, MAY 5, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Dr. Edoardo Linoli says he held real cardiac tissue in his hands, when some years ago he analyzed the relics of the Eucharistic miracle of Lanciano, Italy.

The phenomenon dates back to the eighth century. A Basilian monk, who had doubts about the real presence of Christ in the sacred species, was offering Mass, in a church dedicated to St. Legontian in the town of Lanciano.

When he pronounced the words of the consecration, the host was miraculously changed into physical flesh and the wine into physical blood.

Later the blood coagulated and the flesh remained the same. These relics were kept in the cathedral.

Linoli, a professor of anatomy and pathological histology, and of chemistry and clinical microscopy, and former head of the Laboratory of Pathological Anatomy at the Hospital of Arezzo, is the only doctor who has analyzed the relics of the miracle of Lanciano. His findings have stirred interest in the scientific world.

At the initiative of Archbishop Pacifico Perantoni of Lanciano, and of the provincial minister of the Franciscan Conventuals of Abruzzo, and with authorization from Rome, in November 1970 the Franciscans of Lanciano decided to have the relics examined scientifically.

Linoli was entrusted with the study. He was assisted by Dr. Ruggero Bertelli, retired professor of human anatomy at the University of Siena.

Linoli extracted parts of the relics with great care and then analyzed the remains of "miraculous flesh and blood." He presented his findings on March 4, 1971.

His study confirmed that the flesh and blood were of human origin. The flesh was unequivocally cardiac tissue, and the blood was of type AB.

Consulted by ZENIT, Linoli explained that "as regards the flesh, I had in my hand the endocardium. Therefore, there is no doubt at all that it is cardiac tissue."

In regard to the blood, the scientist emphasized that "the blood group is the same as that of the man of the holy Shroud of Turin, and it is particular because it has the characteristics of a man who was born and lived in the Middle East regions."

"The AB blood group of the inhabitants of the area in fact has a percentage that extends from 0.5% to 1%, while in Palestine and the regions of the Middle East it is 14-15%," Linoli said.

Linoli's analysis revealed no traces of preservatives in the elements, meaning that the blood could not have been extracted from a corpse, because it would have been rapidly altered.

Linoli's report was published in "Quaderni Sclavo di Diagnostica Clinica e di Laboratori" in 1971.

In 1973, the Higher Council of the World Health Organization (WHO) appointed a scientific commission to verify the Italian doctor's conclusions. The work was carried out over 15 months with a total of 500 examinations. The conclusions of all the researches confirmed what had been stated and published in Italy.

The extract of the scientific research of WHO's medical commission was published in New York and Geneva in 1976, confirming science's inability to explain the phenomenon.

Today, Linoli participated in a congress on Eucharistic miracles organized by the Science and Faith master's program of Rome's Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University, in cooperation with the St. Clement I Pope and Martyr Institute, on the occasion of the Year of the Eucharist under way.

"Eucharistic miracles are extraordinary phenomena of a different type," Legionary Father Rafael Pascual, director of the congress, told Vatican Radio. "For example, there is the transformation of the species of bread and wine into flesh and blood, the miraculous preservation of consecrated Hosts, and some Hosts that shed blood."

"In Italy, these miracles have occurred in several places," he said, "but we also find them in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain " and some in North America.


TOPICS: Activism; Apologetics; Catholic; General Discusssion; History; Prayer; Theology; Worship
KEYWORDS: cardiactissue; cary; catholic; lanciano; medicine; miracle; realpresence

1 posted on 05/05/2005 7:05:59 PM PDT by NYer
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To: american colleen; Lady In Blue; Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; ...

Eucharistic Miracle

Lanciano, Italy 8th Century A.D.

Close-up of the Eucharistic Miracle in Lanciano, Italy

Ancient Anxanum, the city of the Frentanese, has contained for over twelve centuries the first and greatest Eucharistic Miracle of the Catholic Church. This wondrous Event took place in the 8th century A.D. in the little Church of St. Legontian, as a divine response to a Basilian monk's doubt about Jesus' Real Presence in the Eucharist.

During Holy Mass, after the two-fold consecration, the host was changed into live Flesh and the wine was changed into live Blood, which coagulated into five globules, irregular and differing in shape and size.

The Host-Flesh, as can be very distinctly observed today, has the same dimensions as the large host used today in the Latin church; it is light brown and appears rose-colored when lighted from the back.

The Blood is coagulated and has an earthy color resembling the yellow of ochre.

Various ecclesiastical investigation ("Recognitions") were conducted since 1574.

In 1970-'71 and taken up again partly in 1981 there took place a scientific investigation by the most illustrious scientist Prof. Odoardo Linoli, eminent Professor in Anatomy and Pathological Histology and in Chemistry and Clinical Microscopy. He was assisted by Prof. Ruggero Bertelli of the University of Siena.

The analyses were conducted with absolute and unquestionable scientific precision and they were documented with a series of microscopic photographs.
These analyses sustained the following conclusions:


 

Close-up of Flesh sample with fibers collected in bundles Fig. 1 - Eosine x 200. Overall histological aspect of a Flesh sample with fibers collected in bundles with longitudinal orientation as it occurs in the outer surface layers of the heart.
Close-up of an artery and vagal nerve Fig. 2 - Miracle Heart in Lanciano. Mallory x 250. An artery and, very close, a branch of the vagal nerve.
Close-up of myocardial tissue Fig. 3 - Miracle Heart in Lanciano. Mallory x 400. Evidence of the "Rough" aspect of the endocardium; the syncytoid structure of the myocardial tissue
Test results reveal blood type belongs to the AB group Fig. 4 - Elution-absorption test x 80. Above: Hemagglutination test on blood sample in Lanciano: on the left, anti A serum used; on the right, anti-B serum. Below: hemoagglutination test on a Flesh sample in Lanciano: left, with anti-A serum, right,with anti-B serum. It appears thus that the Flesh and the Blood in Lanciano belong to AB blood group.
Test results correlate to those of a normal blood sample Fig. 5 - Electro-phoretic pattern of Blood proteins (Cromoscan photometer). The profile of serum fractions is normal and superimposable to that of a fresh serum sample.

In conclusion, it may be said that Science, when called upon to testify, has given a certain and thorough response as regards the authenticity of the Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano.

2 posted on 05/05/2005 7:11:46 PM PDT by NYer ("Love without truth is blind; Truth without love is empty." - Pope Benedict XVI)
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To: NYer

Wow! Now I'm speechless!


3 posted on 05/05/2005 7:15:24 PM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: NYer

Interesting. I know this sort of miracle has upset some individuals, too messy I guess. I have a good friend who pulled her kids out of Catholic school and stopped going to Mass because a nun told the children about just such a miracle, perhaps this very one. It has been about 20 years since my friend left the Church, she refuses to believe in the real presence but will readily tell people she is a Catholic.


4 posted on 05/05/2005 7:16:27 PM PDT by Pelayo ("If there is hope... it lies in the quixotics." - Me)
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To: NYer

THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS...


5 posted on 05/05/2005 7:18:27 PM PDT by okokie (Terri Schivo Martyr for the Gospel of Life)
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To: Pelayo
she refuses to believe in the real presence but will readily tell people she is a Catholic

She's not the first. Some of Christ's own disciples refused to believe and left Him. His presence is very real, though, as I learned one year ago.

6 posted on 05/05/2005 7:26:11 PM PDT by NYer ("Love without truth is blind; Truth without love is empty." - Pope Benedict XVI)
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To: shroudie; Swordmaker
In regard to the blood, the scientist emphasized that "the blood group is the same as that of the man of the holy Shroud of Turin, and it is particular because it has the characteristics of a man who was born and lived in the Middle East regions."

Shroud Ping!

7 posted on 05/05/2005 7:28:17 PM PDT by NYer ("Love without truth is blind; Truth without love is empty." - Pope Benedict XVI)
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To: NYer

It kind of makes me sad to read this.... that He would condescend to us lowly creatures over and over again trying to prove His real presence. His words in scripture are not enough for some, so He continually tries to convince. His love for us is truly incomprehensible, and we are so unworthy of it.


8 posted on 05/05/2005 7:36:50 PM PDT by diamond6 (Everyone who is for abortion has already been born. Ronald Reagan)
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To: NYer

Bump, bookmarked and thanks.


9 posted on 05/05/2005 7:40:50 PM PDT by AlbionGirl
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To: NYer
This is one of the most amazing miracles I have ever read about. When I taught CCD I used to speak about it to my class. Boy you should have seen those kids faces! No one sleeping on those days.
10 posted on 05/05/2005 7:43:40 PM PDT by murphE (The crown of victory is promised only to those who engage in the struggle. St. Augustine)
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To: NYer

IHMO, some poor bloke that had just died (of hopefully natural causes), "donated" his heart to an 8th century version of David Copperfield.


11 posted on 05/05/2005 7:44:56 PM PDT by Zuriel (Acts 2:38,39....nearly 2,000 years and still working today!)
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To: murphE; Tantumergo; livius; Antoninus; Do not dub me shapka broham

Just about to ping you and others, because I didn't want you to miss this. I've never heard of it, it is absolutlely astonishing, and leaves me speechless.


12 posted on 05/05/2005 7:49:56 PM PDT by AlbionGirl
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To: NYer; diamond6
In regard to the blood, the scientist emphasized that "the blood group is the same as that of the man of the holy Shroud of Turin, and it is particular because it has the characteristics of a man who was born and lived in the Middle East regions."

Wow, what words can describe this? Thank you for posting and pinging. Diamond6, you are so right... your words remind me how He continually humbles Himself to us sinful human beings.. amazing.

13 posted on 05/05/2005 7:50:46 PM PDT by american colleen (Long live Benedict XVI!)
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To: AlbionGirl

Albiongirl, there is an excellent book called "Eucharistic Miracles" by Joan Carroll Cruz. I highly recomment it; it can be purchased at Tan Books. www.tanbooks.com (I believe)


14 posted on 05/05/2005 7:51:49 PM PDT by diamond6 (Everyone who is for abortion has already been born. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Zuriel

But how come this hasn't deteriorated in all the ensuing centuries? It isn't preserved.


15 posted on 05/05/2005 7:51:55 PM PDT by american colleen (Long live Benedict XVI!)
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To: NYer
I would like to know more about the circumstances under which this allegedly took place.

Why didn't the priest consume it? It's a hard question, but what would a priest do to satisfy the rules of the mass?

I have a copy of Joan Carroll Cruz' book, and it seems that sometimes a sacrilege occurred when the alleged miracles took place. There were issues of doubt. In one case, iirc, the mass was conducted on a wooden altar during the period where it was supposed to be made of stone.

I don't like to be a scoffer, but it is only rational to consider alternate explanations. If there was truly no known earthly preservative at that time, I would tend to believe it was genuine. In the picture it looks kind of gross. That's my gut reaction, and I mean no disrespect. I would rather contemplate the consecrated host.

16 posted on 05/05/2005 7:52:34 PM PDT by Aliska
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To: Zuriel

IHMO should be IMHO.

HMO on the brain. Lost a cousin to cancer recently. HMO victim. Didn't venture out of the HMO confines for a second opinion until it was too late.


17 posted on 05/05/2005 7:53:52 PM PDT by Zuriel (Acts 2:38,39....nearly 2,000 years and still working today!)
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To: Aliska

Which is exactly why our Dear Lord, hides under the presence of bread, because we would never approach it otherwise.


18 posted on 05/05/2005 7:54:38 PM PDT by diamond6 (Everyone who is for abortion has already been born. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Aliska
I would rather contemplate the consecrated host.

Which is why He uses simple bread so as not to offend our sensibilities... amazing.

19 posted on 05/05/2005 7:55:41 PM PDT by american colleen (Long live Benedict XVI!)
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To: american colleen

Thank heaven for that.


20 posted on 05/05/2005 8:03:03 PM PDT by Aliska
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To: Pelayo
That is so sad. God gives these miracles for just the opposite reason: to confirm us in our faith. Not to brag, but my faith is at a point where, first of all, I've known of this miracle for some years now but secondly, this miracle doesn't phase me in the least. Thinking about it, as our science becomes more and more advanced (i.e. genetic manipulations et all), the miracles God does give us to strengthen our faith are going to be more and more bold and indisputable. But then, do we deserve any such thing?
21 posted on 05/05/2005 8:22:28 PM PDT by SolomoninSouthDakota (Daschle is gone.)
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To: SolomoninSouthDakota

".. going to be more and more bold and indisputable. But then, do we deserve any such thing?"

I meant to write "are going to need to be more and more bold..."


22 posted on 05/05/2005 8:26:13 PM PDT by SolomoninSouthDakota (Daschle is gone.)
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To: SolomoninSouthDakota

".. going to be more and more bold and indisputable. But then, do we deserve any such thing?"

I meant to write "are going to need to be more and more bold..."


23 posted on 05/05/2005 8:26:40 PM PDT by SolomoninSouthDakota (Daschle is gone.)
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To: SolomoninSouthDakota

Why do these double post alway happen to ME! Sorry.


24 posted on 05/05/2005 8:27:34 PM PDT by SolomoninSouthDakota (Daschle is gone.)
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To: SolomoninSouthDakota

Because you're special?


25 posted on 05/05/2005 8:47:14 PM PDT by Jaded (Hell sometimes has flourescent lighting and a trumpet.)
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To: Aliska

"If there was truly no known earthly preservative at that time, I would tend to believe it was genuine."

Whether there was or wasn't, the sample was tested for preservatives.


26 posted on 05/05/2005 9:47:34 PM PDT by dsc
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To: NYer

"as I learned one year ago."

Are you inclined to talk about it?


27 posted on 05/05/2005 9:49:48 PM PDT by dsc
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To: diamond6

Thank you.


28 posted on 05/06/2005 4:02:01 AM PDT by AlbionGirl
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To: NYer
This is the best kept secret of the Catholic Church. It's even kept secret from Catholics. I'm a cradle Catholic and didn't learn of it until a few years ago.

Every child going through religious education prior to their First Communion should be taught about the Miracle of Lanciano. It's something tangible that children can grasp.

29 posted on 05/06/2005 5:01:08 AM PDT by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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To: Zuriel
IHMO, some poor bloke that had just died (of hopefully natural causes), "donated" his heart to an 8th century version of David Copperfield.

And it hasn't rotted in 12 centuries. How do you explain that?

30 posted on 05/06/2005 5:03:09 AM PDT by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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To: Aquinasfan

>>Every child going through religious education prior to their First Communion should be taught about the Miracle of Lanciano. It's something tangible that children can grasp.<<

Geez, this is something a DRE can grasp! Perhaps we should have some of them study this miracle so they can actually pass some Catechism onto the children!
In my old parish (God Help them) the DRE was more interested in a "Good Experience" than actually conveying anything Catholic.

God Bless Father Ben and our DRE Shirley who are at my new "Deep Catholic" parish.


31 posted on 05/06/2005 6:43:16 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Pope B16-Smacking down Heresy since 1981! God Bless him!)
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To: netmilsmom
In my old parish (God Help them) the DRE was more interested in a "Good Experience" than actually conveying anything Catholic.

Hey were you in my former parish? The DRE there, who was a very lovely, well meaning and dedicated lady, said to a group of the religious education teachers, "You know I'm not big on doctrine, I just really want the kids to get the experience and the love."

To which I responded, "well if we don't teach them doctrine, and their parents don't because they don't know it themselves or because they think the kids are getting it here, when will they ever be taught doctrine?"

The room was silent.

32 posted on 05/06/2005 6:52:09 AM PDT by murphE (The crown of victory is promised only to those who engage in the struggle. St. Augustine)
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To: Zuriel
IHMO, some poor bloke that had just died (of hopefully natural causes), "donated" his heart to an 8th century version of David Copperfield.

I guess it's just pure coincidence that the type of the blood from this miracle matches that on the Shroud of Turin, then? Both are AB.
33 posted on 05/06/2005 6:57:20 AM PDT by Antoninus (Benedictus qui venit in nomine Domini, Hosanna in excelsis!)
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To: SolomoninSouthDakota
But then, do we deserve any such thing?

No, we don't. We don't deserve the Mass, we don't deserve Calvary (same thing, really). We don't deserve any of the Sacraments, nor do we deserve the Salvation toward which they direct us. But God gives us these Graces anyway, piled high, heaped up, and overflowing.

Blessed be God.

34 posted on 05/06/2005 7:07:45 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Antoninus

I read somewhere, that every approved eucharistic miracle that has typeable blood has turned out AB...


35 posted on 05/06/2005 7:07:53 AM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

Yes, you are correct. Also, most of them seem to happen whenever there is doubt about the Real Presence with regards to the priest that is doing the Consecrating. I teach a Catholic Traditions class at my son's school (we go in once a month) and we discussed several Eucharistic Miracles with them. I'm a cradle Catholic, and I had never heard any of this until I started studying and teaching his class.

It's really a shame that this isn't discussed more. Our faith is rich with miracles like this and they are glossed over are forgotten for "feellings". Jesus didn't die for us, come back and establish his Church to make us feel good. I think too much worship, Protestant and Catholic is all about feeling good about ourselves instead of worshiping God. (okay, I'm off my soapbox now)


36 posted on 05/06/2005 7:18:29 AM PDT by Aggie Mama
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To: netmilsmom
In my old parish (God Help them) the DRE was more interested in a "Good Experience" than actually conveying anything Catholic.

Not at all unusual, unfortunately.

37 posted on 05/06/2005 7:23:14 AM PDT by Aquinasfan (Isaiah 22:22, Rev 3:7, Mat 16:19)
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To: Aggie Mama

It was the Eucharistic miracles, among other things, such as the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima, that led me to conclude the hand of God was actively working in the Catholic church when I was deciding to convert.

Honest seekers (those who haven't made up their minds yet) will see that there is plenty of evidence of the hand of God upon the world.


38 posted on 05/06/2005 7:28:35 AM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

"...will see that there is plenty of evidence of the hand of God upon the world."

Trivia question. Didn't some theologian or maybe a famous preacher from when our country was young say: "It is a fearful thing to be in the hand of God"? Who was he?


39 posted on 05/06/2005 7:53:23 AM PDT by SolomoninSouthDakota (Daschle is gone.)
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To: murphE

LOL!

We must have some kind of ESP going because I said almost exactly the same thing and the room went silent!

I got out of there quick and never went back.

Why would I pay $150.00 for my daughters' "Religious Education" if I can get the same at the local Lutheran school for free?
I pay for Catechism.


40 posted on 05/06/2005 7:58:00 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Pope B16-Smacking down Heresy since 1981! God Bless him!)
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To: Aquinasfan; Zuriel
IHMO, some poor bloke that had just died (of hopefully natural causes), "donated" his heart to an 8th century version of David Copperfield.

And it hasn't rotted in 12 centuries. How do you explain that?

Uhhhhh, it's a miracle?

I'm also curious about how this humble opinion came to be formed. Any actual evidence or just a presumption that the existing evidence is untrustworthy?

41 posted on 05/06/2005 7:59:25 AM PDT by siunevada
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To: SolomoninSouthDakota

Jonathan Edwards. Something like, It's a fearful thing to be in the hands of a living God.


42 posted on 05/06/2005 8:55:31 AM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

Correction: It's a fearful thing to FALL into the hands of a living God.


43 posted on 05/06/2005 8:56:25 AM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: american colleen
american colleen: It isn't decayed because human flesh only decays after death, and it is the living Christ we receive in Holy Communion. If it was just His Body and Blood seperated from His Soul and Divinity then the Eucharist could not communicate His divine Life to us.
44 posted on 05/06/2005 9:00:32 AM PDT by jmc159 (Never seen a bluer sky.../ I can feel it reaching out and moving closer...)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum; SolomoninSouthDakota

"Jonathan Edwards. Something like, It's a fearful thing to be in the hands of a living God."

Hebrews 10:31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.


45 posted on 05/06/2005 8:22:19 PM PDT by Zuriel (Acts 2:38,39....nearly 2,000 years and still working today!)
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To: Antoninus

"I guess it's just pure coincidence that the type of the blood from this miracle matches that on the Shroud of Turin, then? Both are AB."

Same poor bloke?

I'll tell you one thing that is not a coincidence: Jesus commanded one to be born of the water and of the Spirit or one will not see the kingdom of God. Peter commanded that one must repent, be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.


46 posted on 05/06/2005 8:49:38 PM PDT by Zuriel (Acts 2:38,39....nearly 2,000 years and still working today!)
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To: siunevada

"Uhhhhh, it's a miracle?"

From who?

Acts 8:9-11 "But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one: To whom they all (all? yes, all) gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God. (oh really?) And to him they had regard, because that of long time he had bewitched them with sorceries." A few verses later this same man offered the apostles money to have the power to cause people to receive the Holy Ghost, because it is THE supernatural experience.


47 posted on 05/06/2005 9:20:06 PM PDT by Zuriel (Acts 2:38,39....nearly 2,000 years and still working today!)
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To: Zuriel
"Uhhhhh, it's a miracle?"

From who?

Always an appropriate question. By use of the word 'miracle' I would suggest the source is most likely not a deceiver and the act is not a deception. But...I couldn't say absolutely.

We can examine the testimony of how it came to exist and we either trust that testimony as evidence or not.

Either way, any miracle only confirms what is believed by faith. It is not the foundation of faith.

all? yes, all

I always love this word in Scripture. All of Judea and Jerusalem came out to be baptized by John? Herod, his court and the chief priest too? The Roman garrison? Well, perhaps not all.

48 posted on 05/09/2005 8:07:53 AM PDT by siunevada
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To: NYer

Bookmarked


49 posted on 05/09/2005 2:30:55 PM PDT by nanetteclaret (This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24)
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To: Pelayo

How sad for your friend and especially for her kids, those of us who remain true to the faith are truly blessed to witness this miracle repeated at each and every mass.


50 posted on 05/25/2010 9:33:27 AM PDT by battousai (The mainstream media; as honest as the French are clean.)
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