MEXICO CITY — The Archdiocese of Guadalajara is investigating a possible Eucharistic miracle that is reported to have allegedly taken place in late July.
Msgr. Ramiro Valdes Sanchez, vicar general of the archdiocese, said Cardinal Jose Francisco Robles Ortega had tasked him with directing the investigation into the alleged miracle.
“First of all the testimony needs to be gathered from three people who were present, obviously in this case from the pastor,” Msgr. Sanchez said.
According to Father Jose Dolores Castellanos Gudino, pastor of Mary Mother of the Church, he saw a flash of light and heard a voice while kneeling in prayer July 24 before the Blessed Sacrament.
“Ring the bells so that everyone comes,” Father Gudino alleged the voice had told him. “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 allegedly 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.”
Father Gudino said the voice told him to share this message with all of his priests to aid in their conversion, and that he would fill all souls with blessings.
With local people gathered at 3pm, the priest said that he “approached the tabernacle, and upon opening it the host consecrated by Our Lord Jesus Christ was covered in blood.”
He alleged the voice also told him to establish an adoration chapel, and allow any scientific study necessary to confirm the miracle. Msgr. Sanchez said a team of experts will be assembled to investigate whether there is a scientific explanation for the phenomenon, and that samples from the host will be studied in Guadalajara.
“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 said.
Msgr. Sanchez explained the Church’s rules require the archdiocese’s investigators to rule out all other possible explanations.
He said, “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.”