DAILY CATHOLIC     FRI-SAT-SUN-MON     May 22-25, 1998     vol. 9, no. 100


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A real presence on the web illustrates the present of the Real Presence

         It is fitting that we review a site today that is a gem among Catholic web sites on the web. On the day after Jesus ascended into Heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father we bring you a site that proves, without a shadow of doubt, that He has never left us but that, as He assured us in Matthew 28: 20, "I am with you always, even unto the consummation of the world." The site we are referring to is appropriately called The Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. It contains everything you want to know about the Holy Eucharist with documentation and doctrine from the earliest times in the Church through Vatican II, including encyclicals and Apostolic Constitutions on the Eucharist. In addition this site offers a comprehensive section on Eucharistic miracles and phenomenas from the wondrous miracle at Lanciano, Italy in the 700's, which we were privileged to visit and adore Him there in the monstrance, to bleeding hosts in modern times such as at Betania on the feast of the Immaculate Conception in 1991 when the Host began bleeding in the hands of Father Otty Ossa Aristizabal after he had consecrated it at Holy Mass. It now resides in the tabernacle at the Convent Chapel in Los Teques, Venezuela. We also had the blessing of being able to revere this miracle in person back in 1993. The site is well-laid out with apologetics aplenty backed up by documents, Sacred Scripture, Catechetical teachings, and other Council documents from Trent and earlier councils. It also includes a page of personal testimonies that are truly moving as well as first-person testimonies of the Eucharistic phenomena in the nineties. It also features a section on private revelation which reinforces Our Lord and Our Lady's words of the importance of letting all know of His True Presence and why. In addition, the site offers an excellent compendium on promoting Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration with a how-to-get it started and maintained in each parish. With each category they offer links to those like-sites that correspond with the subject matter, always focused on the Blessed Sacrament and which enhances the Real Presence site. There are more than a few audio clips that can be accessed if one has RealAudio capabilities on their computer.

         The entire site is easy to navigate and the photos are stunning, including the brilliant painting of Pope John Paul II elevating the chalice at the Consecration with the icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa (the Black Madonna) in the background which can be found on the home page. The graphics load surprisingly quick and there are few long pages where one would have to scroll forever, so to speak. It is well put together and most comprehensive. The site, maintained by webmaster Aaron Gerlach and assisted by George Leite, originates from the University of Pittsburgh and offers a plethora of resources and links pertaining to the Eucharist and Catholicism. It is truly a diamond in the rough that needs to be discovered by not just Catholics who might doubt the Real Presence, but Protestants as well who deny His Presence; for once they read all that is contained here they will discover without a shadow of a doubt that there can be no doubt: Jesus is truly present, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity! Because of the excellence of this site's contents and layout, as well as the noble objectives and its thorough treatment, we present our GOLDEN CHALICE AWARD to the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist website, conferring EIGHT Hail Mary's to this site whose developers are doing all in their power to perpetuate the fact that Jesus will be with us always in a mystical and wonderful way in the Holy Eucharist confected in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. This site brings into focus how important it is for us to be present to receive this Present of the Real Presence.

May 22-25, 1998       volume 9, no. 100


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