The Miraculous Power of the Eucharist and Prayer in our Fight Against Evil
By Guest Blogger Janet Moore
Thoughts of the mighty and miraculous power of God kept coming into my prayer yesterday, while begging God to stop the black mass scheduled to take place in Oklahoma City September 21st. Particularly, thoughts of the Eucharistic Miracle of Santarem that occurred in 1255, whose miraculous Presence continues to this day. It is a true story of a woman who obtained a consecrated Host in order for it to be used for evil purposes. The Host started bleeding profusely as the woman was taking the Host to a sorceress. People on the streets thought something terrible had happened to her as blood poured forth from the veil in which she was concealing the Sacred Host. Scared, she went home and hid the Host in the bottom of a trunk. That night, a brilliant light began to emanate from the trunk — the light was so dazzling that it awakened the woman and her husband. The woman then proceeded to tell her husband what had happened and they stayed up all night kneeling in adoration in front of the glorious light. At dawn, a priest was called to their home. He, too, witnessed the miracle and processed the Host back to the Church. All those who had the Host in their possession (and untold numbers who have seen or heard of the miracle in the centuries since) were converted — recognizing the power and glory of the Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist! I don’t know if God will preform a miracle like this in Oklahoma City, but I know He can! I know that He will do whatever is best in this situation to convert as many hearts as possible. He alone knows if this will convert the person who is in possession of the consecrated Host. He alone knows what will bring the greatest glory to Him.
Another thought kept coming to me, which is in conjunction with the last. It is another true story of a man who drifted so far away from God and his religious upbringing that he became a satanic priest. His name is Bartolo Longo and he was born in Naples in 1841. When satanic forces were tormenting him, his family, who had never stopped praying for him, convinced him to make a good confession. He did and was helped by a priest who encouraged him to become devoted to the rosary. In 1870, he became a third order Dominican and chose to live a life of penance in reparation for all the sins he committed as a satanic priest. One day, nearing succumbing to despair for all the sins he had committed, he was inspired to remember Mary’s promise to help all those who encouraged others to pray the rosary. So began his mission to promote the rosary and to restore the ruined chapel of Pompeii. Many conversions and miraculous cures took place as people became devoted to the rosary and pledged to build a new shrine in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary. In 1980, Pope John Paul II beatified Bartolo Longo calling him “the man of the Madonna” and the “Apostle of the Rosary.”
Let us remind ourselves: We have the power of God with us and within us and our prayers will not go unheard. We have to hold fast to the knowledge that God is truly present in the Eucharist and He is infinitely more powerful than Satan and all the forces of evil in the world. He sometimes allows terrible things to happen, just as He allowed His only Son to die on a cross to save us, but He allows it only if it will bring about infinitely more good to us than if it had never happened. Let us pray for the conversion of hearts of those who are instigating this black mass, for “God does not desire the death of the sinner, but rather that he be converted and live!” (cf. Ez 18: 23).
Tens of thousands united in prayer and fasting against this abomination is itself a miracle of faith and a beautiful manifestation of the power and glory of God. We have untold strength in our unity! So, as we remain united and continue in prayer and fasting, let us call to mind these miracles of the past (and hundreds of others) and rejoice that God’s power will be made manifest and many hearts will be converted. Let us not get discouraged when we are faced with such evil forces, “For the LORD, your God, is the God of gods, the Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome” (Deut 10:17), who gives us strong and mighty weapons at our disposal!
Let us also recall the faith and steadfastness of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to King Nebuchadnezzar when confronted with certain death in the fiery furnace, and echo their words: “There is no need for us to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If our God, whom we serve, can save us from the white-hot furnace and from your hands, O king, may he save us! But even if he will not, you should know, O king, that we will not serve your god or worship the golden statue which you set up” (Dn 3: 16-18).
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Janet Moore is a Catholic wife and mother with an M.A. in Theology, who has recently started blogging at Entering into the Mystery.