I will take a break from the silly stories for this evening’s post, if you don’t mind.
You are welcome to leave and read something else for whatever reason. But I have to get this out there, today, for some unknown reason. Maybe it will make sense to somebody.
Some of you will already know about my invisible friend, and how he teaches me things without having to put in an appearance. How he sets things up in order that I learn properly.
Today there have been too many prompts for me to ignore, and they are all begging me to tell this one story. Again, please leave if this story is not for you. I will have something light hearted tomorrow. Thank you.
About two years ago I was at Sunday Mass. I go there most, but not all Sundays. I’m only human. Like most Sundays I would daydream about this and that during the service. And to be totally honest some of my daydreams would shock even the author of Fifty Shades. I have normal daydreams also…sometimes.
On this particular Sunday my invisible friend whispered a question to me. It was so feint I thought I had come up with it myself.
Why do some people treat the wafer (host) at communion time as if it were the real thing? Surely this Body and Blood ritual has been misrepresented somewhere in the past two thousand years.
I pondered it again the very next day, driving in my truck. I wasn’t losing my religion but as usual I was questioning things like crazy. My mind is never on the road. It’s always elsewhere. Trucking is a great job for any budding philosopher. Lots of thinking time. Up here, in the cab, above the hustle and bustle. We see it all, us truckers. I can see Scotland on a clear day!
I listen to political chat shows although you would be forgiven for thinking otherwise.
So this day (the day after the question) the radio host took a break from the usual. He had a guest on who was talking about Padré Pio, a famous stigmatic. Incidentally there are a few alive in the world today. My aunt met one a few years back. He was also a monk.
Anyway, in the course of the conversation somebody mentions an event called The miracle of Lanciano.
In all my forty years I had never heard of this. In fact very few people get to hear about it. It’s one of those things you won’t see on telly. Because it is the polar opposite of the aim of television. I am not saying all telly is bad. But he who pays the piper calls the tune. That’s all I’m saying.
Getting back to the radio. The person told of a priest years ago in a town in Italy. He was saying Mass. At the consecration when he was holding the wafer aloft and saying the same old words, something happened. He started to doubt!
He doubted that the wafer was really the Body of Christ. He doubted that the Wine was really the Blood.
Instantly the wafer started to bleed, real blood. He dropped it onto the altar in shock. Members of the congregation ran to the altar thinking he had hurt himself. What they all witnessed was the wafer turning into a piece of flesh and the wine in the chalice turning to blood.
Samples were tested and found to be the same blood as the Turin shroud.
A scientist was given a sample of the flesh. He was told nothing of its history. He concluded that it was from the left ventricle of a human heart and that the person suffered a traumatic death.
There have been other identical miracles down through the years and in all corners of the globe. Buenos Aires, Poland, China, Japan…
I have included two videos below. But you can go and search the web yourself.
I am not a scientist. I am a trucker. All I know is that the question never entered my mind for all my forty years, until one day, and the very next day I got my answer.
I hope you get all your questions answered. There can be a time delay with the answer. But just like the old internet connections, spiritual connections are improving all the time it seems.
If this message has no meaning to you. Don’t even give it a second thought. Pass on by.
I’m still the same blogger.
Thank you for reading,
In response to http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/03/22/prompt-young/
Here are two samples you won’t find on telly.
There are better quality videos of this scientist on youtube. This is only a snippet. He was an athiest writing a book about athteism when he realised the truth.