On 16th September, 1903, the Bishop, Monsignor Dubillard, was carrying the ostensorium. Amongst the last stretchers of the sick was one on which lay the daughter of General Clement. For seventeen years she had suffered most severe pains, and her leg, reduced to a state of inflexibility, had lesions even to the bone. Her doctor and friends said it was folly to expect a cure. Yet she would go to Lourdes. The journey was a real martyrdom. She fainted three times while being conveyed from the station to the Sanctuary. Still she had faith. On the morning of the 16th she received Holy Communion at the Grotto, and in the afternoon wished to be present for the procession. Jesus passed by; she heard a sound, but could not move, and fell back on her couch as if bitterly disillusioned. The Bishop, who had passed by slowly, perceived her. He turned back, and blessing her anew, placed the ostensorium on her head. This was the moment of grace. The general's daughter felt that she was cured, she uttered a cry and, although for many years she had not touched the ground, she leaped down and, dressed as she was, proceeded to follow the procession. The miracle was evident, the enthusiasm of the crowd was beyond bounds.

How often have not similar miracles been repeated! Suggestion, not knowing how to harmonise the facts with their blind mentality, say the incredulous. Miracle, whereby God intervenes to prove that He Who can do all things is present in the adorable Eucharist, say we.

The Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist
Cardinal Gaetano De Lai

Reprinted from Witness Ministries, a lay apostolate dedicated to renewing appreciation for the Mass as the greatest gift which God has given to His beloved spouse, the Church. Their mission is to show how, in the Eucharistic Liturgy, Jesus renews and transforms us–and the world–in His life and love