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Mexico Archdiocese Investigating Possible Eucharistic Miracle
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO, August 2 (CNA/EWTN News) .- Msgr. Ramiro Valdes Sanchez, vicar general of Guadalajara, Mexico, has announced that the archdiocese is investigating a possible Eucharistic miracle that reportedly took place last week.
Msgr. Valdes Sanchez said he has received instructions from the archbishop of Guadalajara, Cardinal Jose Francisco Robles Ortega, to direct the investigation.
The pastor of Mary Mother of the Church, Father Jose Dolores Castellanos Gudino, said that on July 24, while he was kneeling in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, he saw a flash of light and heard a voice.
"Ring the bells so that everyone comes," the voice allegedly instructed. "I will pour blessings upon those present and the entire day. Take your small tabernacle for private adoration to the parish altar and put the large monstrance next to the small tabernacle. Don't open the tabernacle until three in the afternoon, not before."
"I will perform a miracle in the Eucharist," the voice continued, "the miracle that will take place will be called, 'Miracle of the Eucharist in the incarnation of love together with our Mother and Lady.' Copy the image that I will give you now and show it to others."
The voice then reportedly told him to share this with all of his priests to aid in their conversion and that he would fill all souls with blessings.
Fr. Gudino said that after hearing the voice he could only say, "My Lord, I am your servant, let your will be done."
With local people gathered at 3 p.m., he recounted that he "approached the tabernacle and upon opening it the host consecrated by Our Lord Jesus Christ was covered in blood."
According to the priest, the voice also told him to establish an adoration chapel and to allow any scientific study necessary to confirm the miracle.
Msgr. Sanchez said samples from the host will be studied in Guadalajara.
"First of all the testimony needs to be gathered from three people who were present, obviously in this case from the pastor," he explained.
He also said that a team of experts will be assembled to investigate whether there is a scientific explanation for the phenomenon.
"While this is occurring, the Church in Guadalajara, through the Cardinal Archbishop, has said that the Host should not be exposed to the public and that it be kept in a safe place, in a tabernacle," he added.
"The Catholic Church's legal doctrine states that when an extraordinary, uncommon event occurs, the necessary precautions should be taken to determine if the event can be explained by natural causes or if a more serious investigation is necessary to determine if it goes beyond the natural and whether or not it should be considered a miraculous event," he explained.
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