St. Patrick Catholic Parish & Shrine Adoration Chapel
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Witnessing the True Presence of Jesus Christ
By St. Patrick Parishioners & Guest
Why is the Holy Eucharist the source and summit of the Catholic Church? Because, it is the True Presence of Christ, made present under the appearances of bread and wine that is the divine recipe brought forth by God Himself. Since the crucifixion of Christ on the cross, the Church has experienced many miracles stemming from this great sacrifice made real at every Mass around the world every day. According to the Real Presence Eucharistic and Adoration Association website, the “first and greatest Eucharistic Miracle of the Catholic Church…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.”
Two of the apostles themselves witnessed the True Presence of Christ, just three days after his death, when as they were walking with him on the road to Emmaus, their eyes were opened during the breaking of the bread. We too can have our eyes opened to see this True Presence by simply seeking and knocking. For Christ says, “…knock and the door will be opened unto you…”
St. Patrick has experienced its own Eucharistic miracle during Good Friday this past Lent, as our pastor, Fr. Jeff VonLehmen, witnessed for himself the Eucharistic host turn into blood right before his very eyes when giving Holy Communion to Ryan, who shares the charism of Christ’s wounds. This is confirmation of the true Sacramental Presence of Christ. Fr. Jeff shared his reaction to this miracle in a homily over the summer, “I was numb for twenty-four hours afterwards,” he said. Our pastor reminds us that this miracle is not about sensationalism; rather it is confirmation what we already know to be true in our hearts and souls. Although these miracles are great and awe striking, it is the miracles that go unseen or untold that give real witness to the healing balm of the Divine Physician in the Adoration Chapel. Many have found healing in many ways spiritually, emotionally, and sometimes physically.
These miracles come from seeking Christ’s strength and touching the light of his Eucharistic robe in the Blessed Sacrament, just as the gospel of Mark 5:21-tells us: the “…woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years….suffered greatly …and had spent all that she had. Yet she was not helped but only grew worse. She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him …and touched his cloak. She said, “If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured.” “Immediately …her flow of blood dried up. She felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction.” Jesus, aware at once that power had gone out from him, turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who has touched my clothes?” But …the woman, realizing what had happened to her, approached in fear and trembling. She fell down before Jesus and told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.” We can experience healing from the Lord with eyes of faith, by believing in our heart that if we just come to him and touch His robe, we too can be healed of whatever affliction we may have: stress from work or life, cancer, abortion, divorce, death of a loved one, illness, sin, etc… for God has no bounds and is perfect in all things, including: mercy, love and charity.
Many have come to the chapel seeking this healing and left without being disappointed…come and see for yourself, what the Divine Physician offers!
Here is what some parishioners and guests have to say about their encounter with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament during their visits with him in the Adoration Chapel here at St. Patrick:
“There is no doubt, the mystery of the True Presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament is beyond our simple human understanding, and we are better for it, because if we completely understood God then He would not be God. It is with eyes of faith, that we must just keep saying, “…Jesus, I believe, but help my unbelief.” Just as in my own faith journey, I must admit that I too struggled to believe in the True Presence since my First Communion in 1972. But, I kept knocking and asking to believe, because I wanted to know in my heart what my Catholic faith says I believe. Forty-two years later, God answered that prayer in a very real and personal way. I encourage each man, woman and child to look at the Eucharistic bread and ask the Lord to help you see with eyes of faith that He is really there: head to toe, finger- tip to finger- tip; body, blood, soul and divinity, Truly Present in the Blessed Sacrament.”