“This Is My Body Given For You”: For Real (Pt.2)

Jesus Christ

Continuation of “This Is My Body Given For You”: For Real?” (Pt. 1)

The third column the Catholic Church stands on to support its doctrine is through the Magisterium: Looking at the catechism of the Catholic Church, we can find what the magisterium says about the Eucharist.

The Church’s teaching authority, vested in the bishops, as successors of the Apostles, under the Roman Pontiff, as successor of St. Peter” (Magisterium). To start let us look at the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “The mode of Christ’s presence under the Eucharistic species is unique…. In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist ‘the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained.’ This presence is called ‘real’ – by which is not intended to exclude the other types of presence as if they could not be ‘real’ too, but because it is the presence in the fullest sense: that is to say, it is a substantial presence by which Christ, God and man, makes himself wholly and entirely present. (CCC 1374) 

When does this start? “The Eucharist presence of Christ begins at the moment of the consecration and endures as long as the Eucharist species subsist” (CCC 1377). Therefore, the Magisterium undoubtedly states that Jesus is truly present in Holy Communion.

The last point I will make is not part of the Church’s way of finding out the truth, though it can and sometimes will use its results. Of the Eucharist miracles that have been scientifically studied, I will use a less known example. Lanciano is a town in Italy. At about 700 A.D. a priest was saying mass, but he had doubts about the real presence in the Eucharist. During the words of consecration, the bread and wine changed into living flesh and five different size drops of blood. Later,

“In 1970-’71 and taken up again partly in 1981 there took place a scientific investigation by the most illustrious scientist Prof. Odoardo Linoli, eminent Professor in Anatomy and Pathological Histology and in Chemistry and Clinical Microscopy. He was assisted by Prof. Ruggero Bertelli of the University of Siena.

The analyses were conducted with absolute and unquestionable scientific precision and they were documented with a series of microscopic photographs.These analyses sustained the following conclusions:

  • The Flesh is real Flesh. The Blood is real Blood.

  • The Flesh and the Blood belong to the human species.

  • The Flesh consists of the muscular tissue of the heart.

  • In the Flesh we see present in section: the myocardium, the endocardium, the vagus nerve and also the left ventricle of the heart for the large thickness of the myocardium.

  • The Flesh is a “HEART” complete in its essential structure.

  • The Flesh and the Blood have the same blood-type: AB (Blood-type identical to that which Prof. Baima Bollone uncovered in the Holy Shroud of Turin).

  • In the Blood there were found proteins in the same normal proportions (percentage-wise) as are found in the sero-proteic make-up of the fresh normal blood.

  • In the Blood there were also found these minerals: chlorides, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, sodium and calcium.

  • The preservation of the Flesh and of the Blood, which were left in their natural state for twelve centuries and exposed to the action of atmospheric and biological agents, remains an extraordinary phenomenon” (Eucharist Miracle). 

They even weighed the drops of blood individually, and together, with the same weight! This, though, is just one of the many miracles that seem to prove that Jesus is present, and are baffling scientifically speaking.

I know this was a lot: you might need to read it again to let it sink in.  Be sure to leave a comment if you have anything to share. God bless.

Nick John

Works Cited for Articles 1 & 2

Catechism of the Catholic Church. St. Paul Books & Media, 1994. Print.

“Eucharist Miracle Lanciano, Italy 8th Century A.D.” 
therealpresence. Real Presence Eucharist Education and Adoration Association, n.d. Web. 4 Mar. 2014.

Guiley, Rosemary. “Eucharist.” The Love of Eternal Wisdom. New York: Checkmark Books, 2002. 76. Print.

“Magisterium.” Modern Catholic Dictionary. Web 5 Feb. 2014.

Ott, Ludwig. “The Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.” The Real Presence according to the Testimony or Tradition. Rockford: Tan Books and Publishers, 1974. 376. Print.

Revised Standard Version. Camden: Thomas Nelson Pub., 1952. Print.


  1. Thank you so much for this series! I’m really enjoying it. I’ve always believed in the Real Presence, but reading more about it is absolutely fascinating. I wasn’t familiar with the Lanciano miracle. Has anyone ever done a DNA test between that and the Shroud of Turin, do you know?


    1. Thank you so much for your comment; we’re glad you’ve enjoyed this series. That’s actually a very interesting idea, about doing a DNA test between the Shroud and the Lanciano Miracle, I’ll have to look it up and see. I agree reading more about the Real Presence is so fascinating and interesting. I’ll let Nick John know that you enjoyed his post :).

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      1. To get back to your question: I am not sure about a DNA test though. I did find one site that talked a bit about how the blood was the same on both the miracle at Lanciano and the Shroud (AB). I cannot get a link because the site is down as of right now (can get it later if you are interested), but it said something about the DNA being tested in the blood. It said that since the blood was so old the DNA was too fragmented to say. Remember that this is the Shroud I am talking about. As for the miracle at Lanciano, I am still working on that.

        This question has perked my interest. I will continue to search the matter until I find a better answer.


      1. Ok long story short, from what I have read about the DNA testing, they have not tested both the Shroud’s and the Eucharistic flesh at Lanciano. If they have, I did not see anything saying that they both are the same or that they have even done the testing (if anyone finds something please comment or send them my way). I did find some interesting stuff about the DNA on the Shroud, and how that it relates to the Blessed Virgin Mary. I plan on doing a blog on that in about a month (I found it fascinating).

        For now, keep an eye out for my blogs of an interview I did with a Dominican nun at Ann Harbor that are coming out soon.


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