With the recent miracle that occurred with Pope Francis on March 21, 2015, it made me wonder where in the world could we witness other miracles in person.
1. Naples, Italy – St. Janurius blood
Saint Januarius (or San Gennaro) is the patron saint of Naples and is a martyr saint. Three times a year, people will gather in Naples Cathedral to witness the liquefaction of the blood of the saint, which is kept inside a sealed glass ampoule. The three dates to witness this miracle is on September 19th (feast day), December 16th (his patronage of both Naples and the archdiocese) and on the Saturday before the first Sunday of May (to commemorate the reunification of his relics). It has liquefied at other times, but this was the first time to have liquefied before a pope since Pope Pius IX.
2. Basilica at Knock – Knock, Ireland
The Blessed Virgin Mary began appearing at Knock on August 21, 1879, and several people still report seeing visions of Mary. People who go to visit claim to feel a calming of their soul, peace, and hope. The first verified miracle at Knock occurred on September 3, 1989, when Marion Carroll was brought into the Shrine on a stretcher because of her multiple sclerosis. The bishop blessed her and she felt a “magnificent feeling” and a whisper telling her that if the stretcher was opened she could walk. She didn’t say anything to anyone until she got back to the rest home, and she immediately was able to get up, with no stiffness or pain. Many who visit Knock will bring home a bottle of the holy water which is also said to have healing properties.
3. Incorrupt Bodies of the Saints
There are many locations where you can visit the incorrupt bodies of saints. Here are just a few:
i. St. Rita of Cascia – Cascia, Italy in the Basilica of St. Rita.
ii. Friar Stephen Nehme – Kfifan Lebanon at the Maronite monastery (pictured)
iii. St. Catherine Labouré – Paris, France in the chapel of Our Lady of the Sun in the Rue de Bac.
iv. St. Vincent de Paul – His incorrupt bones and heart are placed inside a wax figure of his body in the Church of St. Vincent de Paul in Paris, France.
v. St. Bernadette Soubirous of Lourdes – Lourdes, France at the Shrine at Lourdes.
4. Our Lady of Guadalupe – Mexico City, Mexico in the Villa de Guadalupe Hidalgo
This miraculous image was given to Juan Diego. Our Blessed Mother requested a Basilica be built in her honor and lead to over eight million natives to convert to Christianity within seven years. Although there was a fire and an earthquake which threatened the miraculous image, it remains intact and is as beautiful as the day it was given.
5. Bleeding statue of Jesus – Cochabamba, Bolivia at the San Pedro Church
This statue began weeping and then bleeding in during Holy Week in 1995. The fluid has been examined and determined to be human blood.
6. Weeping Statues of Mary – Houston, Texas
Since November 11, 1991, a painting of Jesus began to weep after the family prayed for a miracle cure for their son from leukemia. Their son was cured! The Bishop asked if the portrait could be placed in the Church, but they asked that it remain in the home. They asked for a sign to decide if they should move it and when other portraits and statues were placed in the room they would also weep. You also can visit the Ayoub family home and witness this miracle.
7. Weeping Statue of Mary – Tarshiha, Northern Israel
This statue began weeping an oil like substance in February 2014.
8. Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine – Lourdes, France
As you can see in the picture, many have come to Lourdes and were cured, leaving their crutches behind. This is the place where Mary visited Bernadette Soubirous 18 times from February 11th to July 16th 1858. During the series of visions, Bernadette was given Our Lady’s name, ‘Immaculate Conception’. As of today, there have been 69 confirmed miracles, although there must be hundreds if not thousands more based on the picture above.
9. Sanctuary of Eucharist Miracle – Lanciano, Italy
The miracle occurred sometime between 730 and 750 A.D., when a monk was celebrating Mass and doubted the real presence of Jesus in the Host. During the consecration, he saw the bread turn to Flesh and the wine in Blood. After scientific analysis of the Relics, it was determined that the flesh came from the heart muscle, it is human blood, from the same person, and was not preserved (therefore not from a dead person and transferred there). It is the true Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.
10. Any Church, during any Mass
You can go to any Church, anywhere in the world and participate in any Mass, and witness the miracle Jesus gave of Himself during the blessing of the Holy Eucharist and Wine. This is the true and living Presence of Jesus’ Body and Blood in the bread and the wine. Every time we are to receive, we need to be free of all mortal sins (through Reconciliation) and forgiven of our venial sins (which occurs at the beginning of Mass). This is what separates the Catholic Church from other Christian Churches. It is a miracle that we can receive at least weekly, if not daily, and it will heal our soul.