Miracle Hunter Talks Eucharistic Miracles
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
December 8, 2022
ROCKFORD—“The most scientifically-provable miracles are Eucharistic miracles,” said Miracle Hunter Michael O’Neill in a talk for the National Eucharistic Revival on Dec. 5 at Holy Family Parish.
 
He began by sharing with those gathered a segment of his show on EWTN (Saturdays, 5 p.m.) that covered what is considered to be the very first Eucharistic miracle — in Lanciano, Italy around the year 750. 
 
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The host in that case began to manifest itself as human flesh in a doubting priest’s hands at the consecration. The wine physically showed itself as human blood. Both remain on display at “The Shrine of the Miracle” at St. Francis Church in that small town in east central Italy.
 
But there are other of these miracles, about 107 Eucharistic miracles that have been approved for veneration by the Catholic Church over the centuries, O’Neill said. 
 
Those miracles are predominantly a manifestation of flesh and blood, but Eucharistic miracles also include miraculous protection, levitation, images seen on a host, and other unexplainable experiences, such as the men and women who lived for years by only consuming the Eucharist, with no other food. In various cases, floods, earthquakes and other disasters have destroyed everything surrounding Eucharistic hosts, but they were preserved. Unexplainable lights have led searchers of stolen hosts to find them. 
 
O’Neill also described a variety of flesh-and-blood Eucharistic miracles.
 
Some years ago, for example, Pope Francis was involved as a bishop in a famous case. A consecrated host found on the ground was put in water and stored in a tabernacle. It was still intact three years later, and a sample was sent to San Francisco for testing. 
 
It was determined to be heart muscle, from the left ventricle and striated (showing the person was tortured). Additionally, it had white blood cells, which normally disappear quickly from blood once someone has died. The evidence was such that the scientist who led the study ended up converting to Catholicism, O’Neill said.
 
Two of the most recent miracles have happened in Poland.
 
In 2008 at one Polish parish, a host fell to the ground and was placed to dissolve in water. There was something seen on it, and when it didn’t dissolve, independent tests were ordered. 
 
Scientists found that the spot was cardiac muscle tissue, still alive and joined to the Eucharistic host “in an inseparable manner.” The scientists couldn’t tell where the flesh started and the host ended. They stated that phenomenon was impossible to recreate with any known technology.
 
The most recent Eucharistic miracle happened in 2013 at a Polish parish on Christmas day. A host fell to the ground and was placed in water. Again, it didn’t dissolve but a red color was seen on it. Scientists determined it was striated (tortured) heart muscle.
 
Heart muscle, left ventricle, striated, and blood type AB are standard in Eucharistic miracles. The blood type is very rare — except in Middle Eastern men, O’Neill noted.
 
Medical and scientific experts have been called upon by the Church over the centuries to examine many of these miracles, and O’Neill said the Church particularly seeks out those experts who are athiests, asking them simply to determine what is there without telling them the source. 
 
The miracle in Lanciano has been examined several times, he said. One interesting aspect of that first Eucharistic miracle is that the five coagulated clumps of dried blood are of varying sizes, but each one weighs exactly the same as the others, and all five together weigh that same amount.
 
On the other hand, a host turned red at a parish in Utah, and scientists determined it was red bread mold. Not a miracle.
 
O’Neill showed a graph to illustrate how the number of Eucharistic miracles rose in the 1300s, 1400s and 1500s, then lessened. Since 1900, they’ve been on the rise again. 
 
Why do they happen? he asked, giving his thought that “our hardness of heart” is why.
 
“This is the wildest claim, the wildest thing, that we are to believe as a dogma of our faith, that the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ is present in a consecrated host …,” O’Neill said, sharing the scripture passages (for example John 6) where Jesus emphatically stated we must “gnaw” His body and drink His blood. 
 
The subsequent loss of many of his followers further shows that His listeners knew he was not speaking metaphorically, O’Neill said.
 
He noted that King Louis IX of France believed “that the Eucharist is a miracle itself,” and so did not get excited when he was told about a Eucharistic miracle happening nearby. But most Catholics are not at that point yet.
 
“The Eucharist is a miracle in itself,” O’Neill said. “I’ve been studying miracles for over 20 years … (and they) really do help my faith.”
 
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