EUCHARISTIC MIRACLE AT RIMINI
St. Anthony was preaching to a large crowd in Rimini, Italy.
He was challenged by a heretic who denied the real presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist saying “You confound me by your words, because you are more learned than I am, but let us come to deeds; prove it to me by them.” The Saint accepted the challenge, and permitted the hetetic to name the proof he required.
The incredulous heretic kept a mule starving for three full days. He led it to St. Anthony accompanied by a great crowd. The Saint celebrated Holy Mass in front of this huge and curious congregation. When he reached the Communion part of the Mass, the miracle worker went forth with the Sacred Host, and turning to the famished mule brought by the challenger said: “In the name of Jesus, whom I, though unworthy, hold in my hands, I command you to come forth and pay reverence to the Creator, that you may confound these heretics.”
The heretic now threw a handful of hay and oats to the hungry animal. However, at a sign from the Saint, it left the food untouched, although famished with hunger, bent its knees before the Sacred Host held high by St. Anthony as a mark of veneration.
The miracle was plain to all. The heretic and his friends were converted to Christianity. A Chapel was erected on the spot in memory of the miracle. The Sacred building is preserved to this day at Rimini.
St. Anthony, Wonder-Worker of Padua, Pray for us!