e. Eucharistic miracles (3)
Among the seven miracles mentioned above, the two miracles on July 1, 1995 and July 1, 1996 seem to have a very special meaning, drawing us to a truth that has been so neglected, even though it has always been part of the official teaching of the Church.
On those two occasions, Julia saw the wooden Crucifix above the Blessed Mother's statue in the Chapel in Naju turning into the live Jesus during the overnight prayer meeting. She saw Jesus bleeding from His Seven Wounds (His forehead, Heart, side, two hands and two feet) and His Blood turning into seven white Sacred Hosts and descending. The descent of the Sacred Hosts was witnessed by many in the Chapel. On July 1, 1995, the Sacred Hosts landed on the altar before the Blessed Mother's statue and, on July 1, 1996, the Sacred Hosts entered Julia's mouth.
The lesson of these two signs seems to be that we must never forget that the Eucharist is Our Lord Himself Who was the Sacrificial Victim on the Cross two thousand years ago and is still offering up the same sacrifice for our sake, because His Passion is a reality that is present in the entire human history (See Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1085).
The sacrificial nature of the Mass and the Eucharist has always been an essential part of the Catholic Faith, but has been so neglected in recent decades. Some say that God is infinitely merciful and, therefore, He would not mind our mistakes. Of course, God is infinitely merciful and will forgive any repentant sinner. We also need to remember that God is not only infinitely merciful but infinitely holy, loving and just also and, therefore, cannot accept into Himself and His Kingdom whatever is not holy, loving and just. For an analogy, if some materials are brought near the sun, they will not stand the immense heat and will burn instantaneously. Likewise, only when all our sins are forgiven and all the required penance is completed either in this world or in purgatory, will we be admitted into God's Kingdom. Therefore, we must beware of the modernist thinking that encourages people to ignore the reality of sin and the need for Confession and penance. Only when we overcome this error and replace it with a firm adherence to the authentic teachings of the Church, will we be able to understand the Blessed Mother's messages and signs and overcome the current crisis in faith.
The Passion of Christ two thousand years ago more than fully compensated for all human sins. It is not necessary that Christ suffer any more. The reality of Christ's Life on earth, however, was not confined to His historical time and space but is present in all times. Christ died not just for the people during and before His time, but for everyone from the beginning of the world until the end and, likewise, the graces from His suffering can flow into every soul in all times. God the Son's Incarnation, Passion and Resurrection is an ever-present reality, in which we are constantly being called to participate more deeply. This has been the main theme in Naju ever since the beginning of the signs there.
Sacred statues and paintings are reminders of the continuing reality of Christ's Incarnation and Passion. The Angelus, the rosary, the Stations of the Cross, meditation, spiritual reading, self-denial, charitable works and so on are the means by which we can deepen our awareness of and union with Christ's presence and work. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the climax of the reality of Christ's Incarnation and Passion present among us, as it is the true re-presentation of Christ's Sacrifice on Calvary.