The Risen One Heals Us in the Eucharist

Author: Anna Tuchowska

The moment at which we receive Holy Communion is of supreme importance, for that is when the Risen Jesus most wants to heal us. Alas, all too often routine creeps in and we receive the Eucharist without a lively faith in the real presence of the Risen Lord.

 

I wish to make two points: first, “antipathy, anger, and resentment close the door to the Savior.” So says St. Edith Stein. Before each Holy Mass we should forgive everyone everything and ask Jesus to heal our negative feelings, so that we may sincerely wish the good of those who offend us, all those who wish us ill or hate us. Whenever you come up for Holy Communion, always imagine Jesus who gives you the most powerful medicine in the world, Love, the gift of His Person—His own Body and Blood under the appearances of bread and wine. 
St. Augustine says that when you receive the Healer Himself, you possess everything. Secondly, when your receive Holy Communion close your eyes and delight in the presence of Jesus. Receiving Jesus in the Eucharist is a special event. It is 
a time of an exceptionally intimate encounter with the Lord. Jesus tells us that it is then that we have the Kingdom of God within us. After Holy Communion we have all of heaven contained in our soul.

It is especially important after each Holy Communion to give Jesus five minutes of silence, so as to be with Him one on one. There are 1440 minutes in a day. If you are unable to devote five minutes to the Lord at this most important moment of your encounter with Him, you are foregoing all those graces that He desires to lavish upon you. After Holy Communion there should be complete silence. There should be no music or uttered meditation. This is an exceptional time in which to talk with the Lord, confide our cares and troubles to Him, thank Him for everything, and to ask for healing.

In my book Healing in the Eucharist, I describe many healings experienced by people during Holy Communion. I would like to tell you about one of them. It concerns a retired priest who lived in my parish. He was suffering from prostate cancer and undergoing radiation treatment. One day he turned to me, saying, “Please pray for me. My doctor tells me I have bad blood test results and will be unable to continue radiation treatment.” 
I suggested that the next time he received Holy Communion and drank the precious Blood, he should ask Christ for 
a transfusion of His blood. The priest was somewhat disappointed by my proposal. I was just then leaving to attend a conference. When I returned in the evening two days later, he was impatiently waiting for me. He wanted to tell me what had happened. “I did as you suggested,” he said. “When I drank Christ’s precious blood, I asked Him for a blood transfusion. 
On returning to the hospital, they took samples my blood for testing. They did this three times. Finally, the doctor came into my room and said, ‘Father, your blood tests produced perfect results!’ For many years I had been treated for some blood problem. The doctor also told me that the state of my blood cells was different from the previous week. This was an incredible, scientifically inexplicable fact. My blood had been completely transformed. I understood that Jesus had really effected a transfusion of my blood. I told the doctor, ‘The state of my blood cells is different from last week, because they are Jesus’ blood cells.’”

The healed priest was overjoyed. All his life he had immersed himself in scientific study. His life achievement was an historical study of Eucharistic miracles occurring in the Middle Ages. Several American authors made use of his research and wrote books about healings experienced during Holy Communion. He never imagined that he would himself be the subject of a Eucharistic miracle.

One of the most fascinating conferences I attended on the subject of the Eucharist – one that truly spoke to my heart – included the personal testimony of a converted psychic and witch. She told us that Satan knew about Jesus’ real presence in the Eucharist, for when he most wanted to undermine God, he sent his minion to steal a consecrated Host, so as to use it at a black mass, which is an imitation of the true Holy Mass. The converted psychic also told us that Satan aped Catholicism to such an extent that he also established seven satanic sacraments as well as a demonic hierarchy. Satan knows that Jesus in truly present in the Eucharist. He knows that the Catholic Church is the true Church of Jesus Christ; that is why he contends so fiercely with the priesthood. The Eucharist and the Church!

Alas, among those who regard themselves as Catholics, one encounters those who have lost their faith in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist or who wrestle with temptation and misunderstanding of Christ’s teaching in this area. If you experience this kind of difficulty, ask God for His help. Only He can heal your lack of trust and faith. Open your heart and confess your problem to Jesus; then God will truly come and renew your faith. Now close your eyes and imagine yourself going up for Holy Communion. Look at Jesus presenting you the Host. With great trust offer yourself to Him as His exclusive possession. Tell Him what kind of healing you most desire for yourself and your family. If you entrust yourself totally to Jesus who is present in the Eucharist He will surely work 
a miracle of spiritual healing. He will heal your physically only if this is beneficial to your spiritual welfare; and only He can know this. That is why you should always thank Him and repeat, “Jesus, 
I trust in you.”

 

Based on a conference given by Fr. Robert DeGrandis SSJ; text prepared by Anna Tuchowska 

 

When we receive Holy Communion worthily and with all our heart—states St. Edith Stein—it brings us the fulfillment of all our desires. It frees us from evil, for it purifies our heart and brings it peace, which deflects the spear of every evil. It also forgives us all our past sins and strengthens us against temptation.

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