International Traveling Miracle Exhibition Passes Through Imperial Valley | Religion

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IMPERIAL VALLEY – A traveling set of color panels depicting miracles, having been shown on five of the world’s continents, passed through Calexico, El Centro, Brawley and Heber in September.

The International Exhibition of Eucharistic Miracles is an 81 panel – full color print, front and back, on 4 by 3 foot panels. The hanging display highlights images and information on over 100 worldwide miracles that historically and scientifically argue the bread and wine consecrated in the Catholic Mass to have physically transformed into the flesh and blood of Jesus Christ, or other related Eucharistic miracles.

The information was compiled by Carlo Acutisa young European on the road to holiness approved by the Roman Catholic Church since 2020, according to America magazine.

Although Acutis died at the age of 15 from leukemia, Acutis gathered the information between the ages of 10 and 14 and put it on a website in the early years of the Internet, said Irma Ortiz, exhibition Our Lady of the Valley (OLOV). co-coordinator. The information about the miracles was posthumously transformed into the Vatican-approved exhibit.

The exhibit at St. Mary’s Church El Centro was loaned entirely to St. Mary’s Church in El Centro by exhibit owner Jon Kern of Carlsbad, said OLOV exhibit coordinator Betty Kakiuchi. .

In addition, a smaller form of the exhibit was displayed and shown to Catholic schoolchildren at Our Lady of Guadalupe Academy School in Calexico, Sacred Heart School in Brawley, and the Mission of the Sacred Heart to Heber by Faith Based Communications presenter Richard Bernatchez of Denver, Colorado. Bernatchez also exhibited at St. Mary’s School, where Kern’s full exhibit was on display in the school gymnasium.

Bernatchez’s exhibit features about half of the miracles in a tabletop display in order to condense and “maintain interest” by using what he considers the most striking examples of Eucharistic miracles.

Bishop Ramón Bejarano of the Diocese of San Diego also gave related presentations on the importance of Mass in relation to the Holy Eucharist at St. Mary’s Parish Center on September 20, in English and Spanish.

The Eucharistic Miracles hanging panel exhibit was on display at St. Mary’s Church in El Centro for 9 days, September 17-25, OLOV coordinators said. Bernatchez gave his presentations on Eucharistic miracles Sept. 21-23, before giving presentations in other parts of California, he said in an interview with The Desert Review.

The emphasis placed on the Eucharist responds to a 2019 Pew Research Study which showed that only 31% of practicing Catholics in the United States believe in the true presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

“A lot of Catholics don’t really believe in the true presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, and here in the exhibit we have so many examples, not just one miracle but (several),” Kakiuchi said. “If people go around (the exhibition), I think they can find at least one that they can really connect with.”

“It’s all about the Eucharist,” Ortiz said of the exhibit and presentations. “The (USCCB) started this (Eucharistic Revival) movement because they want people to get closer to Mass and the true presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist,” she said.

“With the pandemic, people still aren’t coming to churches, so that’s a really good move,” Ortiz said. “Sometimes people go to Mass and receive the Eucharist, but the way people live – their actions – don’t change. We pray for conversions, conviction in belief and show it in their actions and way of life as an example for their children.

While Ortiz and Kakiuchi agreed they hoped the “fruits” of the exhibit would lead to priestly vocations for young Catholics, inspiration for “people to believe in the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist” and for “people not only believing but having a personal relationship with Jesus and truly transforming their lives”, for Bernatchez, the path to his research and later presentations came from a simple curiosity in the Shroud of Turin when he was in high school , about 60 years ago, he said.

He said a chance booking for a Eucharistic miracles tour in 2010 put the Bernatchez on a collision course with the international Eucharistic miracles compiled by the Carlo Acutis exhibit, which led to his interest in miracles.

“We did this tour because it was the only open one that wasn’t already full that would take us to see the Shroud of Turin,” Bernatchez said. “No matter where we visited, it seemed that the Vatican-approved exhibit on the real presence (of Jesus in the Eucharist) gave information about these miracle sites.”

In 2013, Bernatchez contacted the organization that owns the rights to these panels and obtained their permission to reprint them for exhibitions at venues where he would present on the Shroud of Turin, he said.

Bernatchez made his presentations across California, Arizona, Missouri, Kansas, Illinois, Wisconsin and Florida, with some stops in 2023 already booked for Quebec, Canada, according to his website.

“We live in this secular world that tries to convince people that God doesn’t exist and that ‘you Christians are all a bunch of fools’ and all that, and yet we have all this evidence that God tells us provided,” Bernatchez said. .

“All of these miraculous events that he provided demonstrate his real presence in the Eucharist, the fact that we really do have a soul, and that consciousness survives after the death of our physical bodies,” he said.

Bernatchez said the presentations had “a great impact on people”, noting reversals of fallen Catholics, people of other faiths becoming Christians, and “many questions from Protestant ministers, which I did not know at the time of the presentations were ministers.

“The only things I talk about are the things that are scientifically based,” Bernatchez said. “When these events happened, it was not something that developed over a period of time on the host, it was something that happened instantaneously, so it gives validity to these stories he couldn’t have been (something else).”

“On those that are scientifically made today, the Church doesn’t want to accept any miracles…so they’re looking for everything possible throughout the study to reject it,” Bernatchez said. “It has to fit perfectly through every door so they can say, ‘This must really be true. “”

“If they don’t believe in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, what I could say is that they have to give it a chance,” Bishop Bejarano said in an interview with The Southern Cross.

For more information on the International Exhibition of Eucharistic Miracles compiled by Blessed Carlo Acutisvisit CarloAcutis.com.

For more information on Richard Bernatchez and his Faith Based Communications presentations, visit faithbasedcomm.com.

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