Eucharistic Miracle--Cascia, Italy
Cascia is a small town in the mountains of the Umbrian valley in Italy. It is the home of St. Rita of
Cascia and her incorrupt body lies in the Major Basilica. Below in the Minor Basilica is the
Eucharistic Miracle and the remains of Blessed Simone Fidati, a priest involved in the miracle. At
the time of the miracle, in the 1300's, a certain priest had lost his respect for the Eucharist and
when going on a call to administer the Holy Sacraments to an ailing peasant took a Consecrated
Host and placed it irreverently between the pages of his breviary. When he opened the book, he
saw that the Host had turned red with fresh blood and was impregnated with the two pages
between which it had been placed!
The priest sought out for counsel, Blessed Simone Fidati, a pious and respected priest of the time.
He recognized the priest's error and gave him absolution. He took the two pages, putting on ein a
tabernacle in Perugia and keeping the other in Cascia. The miracle is particularly commemorated
eacg year on the Feast of Corpus Christi in Cascia.
There are those that look at the bloodstained page page and see the image of Christ.