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Eucharistic Miracles by Cruz Joan Carroll

Eucharistic Miracles by Cruz Joan Carroll

Author:Cruz, Joan Carroll [Cruz, Joan Carroll]
Language: eng
Format: azw3
ISBN: 9780895559494
Publisher: TAN Books
Published: 2009-05-01T04:00:00+00:00


CHAPTER 32

THE TWO MIRACLES OF STICH, WEST GERMANY

1970

Stich is the smallest of three hamlets that form a parish located in the Bavarian region of West Germany near the Swiss border. In 1970 all three hamlets were served by a priest from the shrine of Maria Rhein, which dates from Roman times. Because the parish priest was ill, a visiting priest from Switzerland assumed his duties and prepared to celebrate a Tridentine Mass in the chapel of Stich at 8:00 in the evening of Tuesday, June 9, 1970.

The Mass progressed in the traditional fashion until after the Consecration when the priest suddenly noticed, on the corporal next to the chalice, a small reddish spot that soon grew to the size of a coin. At the elevation of the chalice, the priest noticed another red spot on the corporal at the place where the chalice had rested. Suspecting a leak, he quickly passed his hand under the base of the chalice, but found it to be completely free of moisture.

After the completion of the Mass the priest thoroughly inspected the three cloths that covered the altar: the corporal, a small narrow cloth beneath it that served as a second corporal, and the long altar cloth that covered the whole altar. Since everything was completely clean, no cause could be found for the unexplained appearance of the spots. After the stained cloths were locked in a safe place, the priest journeyed to the rectory to report the incident to the ailing pastor.

On Thursday, June 11, the stained cloths were more closely examined by the pastor and the Swiss priest, both of whom were unable to find a natural explanation for the stains. After being photographed, the cloths were sent to a chemical laboratory for analysis.

The results of the tests were conveyed to the priests by Sister Marta Brunner of the Polyclinical Institute of the University of Zurich. In her letter to them, which was also signed by those who had conducted the tests, she declared that the cloths had been handed over to four different persons engaged in analysis, without their being told a single word about what had occurred on the altar. She wrote:

I have complied with your strict order, merely asking the experts whether these were wine stains, blood stains or another substance. The results of the four analyses indicated that the stains were caused by human blood. In addition to this, the director of the clinical laboratory said that in his considered judgment the blood was most certainly that of a man in agony.

The persons engaged in the analysis were the Director of the Chemical Laboratory, the Chief of the Blood Control Laboratory, a student in medicine in his sixth term, and the Chief of the Laboratory for the Analysis of Hemorrhage and Coagulation.

Affixed to Sister Marta’s letter were the stamps of the Clinical Institute for Radial Therapy and Nuclear Medicine, and the stamp of the Polyclinical Institute of Zurich University.

On July 14, 1970 at 8 o’clock in the evening,



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