Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Another Catholic Miracle !

Today, the Church celebrates the feast of St. Januarius. Little is known about him other than he was martyred under Diocletian in 305 AD and his blood was taken to Naples where it began to liquefy 18 times a year in a reliquary.

"A dark mass that half fills a hermetically sealed four-inch glass container, and is preserved in a double reliquary in the Naples cathedral as the blood of St. January, liquefies 18 times during the year.... This phenomenon goes back to the 14th century.... Tradition connects it with a certain Eusebia, who had allegedly collected the blood after the martyrdom.... The ceremony accompanying the liquefaction is performed by holding the reliquary close to the altar on which is located what is believed to be the martyr's head. While the people pray, often tumultuously, the priest turns the reliquary up and down in the full sight of the onlookers until the liquefaction takes place.... Various experiments have been applied, but the phenomenon eludes natural explanation. There are, however, similar miraculous claims made for the blood of John the Baptist, Stephen, Pantaleon, Patricia, Nicholas of Tolentino and Aloysius Gonzaga nearly all in the neighborhood of Naples".

Still the greatest miracle continues to occur daily throughout the world on every altar in every Catholic Church. The God of the universe humbles himself once again to come to us in the appearances of unleavened bread and wine. So save your money,you don't have to go to Naples to experience this!


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