This week: Eucharistic Miracle of St. Peter Damian ITALY, 11th Century
The Story in more detail
It is St. Peter Damian himself, a Doctor of the Church, who describes this miracle, of which he was a direct witness. In the year 1050, a young woman, urged on by a sorceress, managed to steal a consecrated Host in order to commit a sacrilege. The woman hid the Host in a handkerchief and headed immediately toward the exit of the church, but the priest caught up with her right away and demanded that she give the Host back to him. The woman then opened the handkerchief and noticed that the Host was transformed in such a way that half had become bleeding Flesh, while the other half remained the same.
St. Peter Damian, Doctor of the Church, describes an important Eucharistic Miracle of which he was a direct witness in his work “Opusculum XXXIV, Patrologia Latina, vol. CXLV,col.573.” We record here in translation the episode as the Saint himself recounts it: “This is a Eucharistic event of great importance. It took place in 1050. A woman, giving into some abominable temptations, was about to take the Eucharistic Bread to her house to commit a sacrilege. However, a priest noticed what was happening, chased after her, and recovered the Host which the sacrilegious woman had stolen. At that point, when he unfolded the white linen in which the Sacred Host had been wrapped, noticed that it was transformed in such a way that half of the Host had become the Body of the Lord in a visible way, while the other half maintained the ordinary appearance of Bread. By such clear testimony, God wished to triumph over unbelief and heresy on the part of those who refused to accept the Real Presence in the Eucharistic Mystery: in half of the consecrated bread, the Body of the Lord was made visible, while the other half was left in its natural form, to better demonstrate the reality of sacramental transubstantiation on which takes place at the Consecration.”