[FIFTH UPDATE (11/29/2013 8:30)]: To be clear, I am not claiming that these photos are miraculous; I’m asking the question and trying to discern myself. However, you can watch the interview of the lady who took the first photograph. The reporter says she saw the picture on the lady’s iPhone. The lady says she did nothing to alter the picture and that the light source was not visible to the naked eye. Also, I did nothing to alter either picture, although as I said earlier, I did change the format to JPG. You are free to comment that the photos are faked, but I go on record saying they were *not* faked by me, and that I am not aware of any fakery. If I were, I would say so. That is the truth. Nobody should need something like this in order to believe in Christ or the True Miracle of the Eucharist!]
[FOURTH UPDATE (11/23/2013 11:53)]: WGN TV in Chicago has a news video on this story, which you can see here! The story says that the original photo below was taken last Friday, not Sunday.
[THIRD UPDATE (11/23/2013 11:12)]: So, I said the first photo I posted wasn’t the only one. This is remarkable: A second photograph, taken with a different camera by a different person:
Below, the original photo posted to this blog taken at the Adoration Chapel at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Glenview, Illinois. My source said that this wasn’t the only photo, and found another one, above.
[SECOND UPDATE (11/20/2013 22:20)]: The photo was taken this past Sunday (11/17), using a cell phone camera. It seems that this isn’t the first time a picture’s been taken at this Adoration Chapel showing something like this; there’s already some talk among the Chicago Catholics in the know and the person who took this picture went to check it out.]
Look at the pews; the light does not appear to extend to the floor; it’s almost floating. Also, look at how bright the monstrance is — it’s not clear that the monstrance is reflecting the light in the picture; it’s almost as though the monstrance is part of the same light source.
Fortunately, it’s well above my pay grade to opine on whether this photograph is truly miraculous, but I do believe in miracles, and I believe in many of the approved Eucharistic Miracles. Just today, my son asked me if priests always believe that the Eucharist is truly the body and blood of our Lord. I told him it doesn’t actually matter if the priest believes. Reality is not determined by belief. But it brought to mind the Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano, Italy:
In the Eighth Century, a monk of the order of St. Basil experienced serious doubt while saying mass. He asked God to send him a sign that would help him believe in the Real Presence. At the time of consecration, the host turned into live tissue, and the contents of the chalice became fresh blood. The relics were retained, and can still be viewed today if you visit the church in Italy.
In 1981, scientists from the University of Siena examined the relics, and determined that the flesh and blood was human, the flesh was heart tissue (in section: myocardium, endocardium, the vagus nerve, and left ventricle), both the flesh and blood were the same blood type (AB, the same blood type on the fibers of the Shroud of Turin). Also, the fact that both the blood and tissue were preserved and intact after twelve centuries is in itself an extraordinary phenomenon.
The Eucharist is a Miracle, and yet we frequently think of going to Mass in terms of obligation; it’s not! Jesus invites us and asks us to receive Him. We can be a source of encouragement to one another not by reminding and nagging about the obligation, but by joyfully accepting the graces poured out in the Sacrament and asking God to make us evidence of the good of the Eucharist for the world. Mass is a joy. Attending mass makes it possible to be Catholic.