Thursday, June 19, 2014

June 19, 2014 Thursday: 11th Week of Ordinary Time A

When the Saint lay on her deathbed, she grieved that she was not able to receive the Lord in the Eucharist. She was beloved by the community, and by the priest in attendance at the end of her life. She still had a very strong will. She convinced the priest, Fr. James de Campo Reggio, to bring the Eucharist to her bedside, so that she could at least see Her Lord before she died. The priest agreed.

When he brought the Blessed Sacrament into the room, Juliana was obsessed with the desire to touch Him somehow. She pleaded with the priest to allow her to at least kiss the Host. He refused. She waited a little longer. It was very obvious to all that she was nearing death. She begged the priest to put a corporal on her chest, and just lay the Lord gently on her chest, near her heart. The priest, who found it very difficult to deny her anything, gave in. Fr. James arranged the cloth on her chest, as she had requested. No sooner had the Host been placed there than It disappeared from sight, to the astonishment of the 18 people gathered in the room. Saint Juliana closed her eyes, smiling. She never opened them again. At the touch of Our Lord Jesus on her heart, her life had been fulfilled, and she went to Him.

This Is My Body, This Is My Blood: Miracles Of The Eucharist
Bob and Penny Lord

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