SCA students explore Eucharistic miracles, divine presence 

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On Sept. 23, 19 St. Cecilia Academy students, representing eighth, 10th, 11th, and 12th grade traveled to St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Lenoir City, Tennessee, to see the Eucharistic Miracles Exhibit with Mrs. Kellie Carson and Sister Maria Caeli, OP. 

The exhibit included photos, art, and stories of more than 125 Vatican-authenticated miracles associated with faith in and worship of the Most Blessed Sacrament. The students were intrigued by all of the miracles that have occurred in the history of the Catholic Church. 

The scientific data presented in the exhibit was most impressive, such as the tested Eucharistic miracles samples indicating heart tissue. They learned the heart tissue was alive or pumped blood, and the sample is AB blood type, or the universal recipient, and able to receive anyone who comes to Him. 

One 10th-grade student described the exhibit as “an amazing experience. It truly shows that God works in mysterious and wonderful ways.” 

Eucharistic miracles inspire a deeper awareness and more ardent love for the Real Presence. We are so thankful to have had this experience. After visiting St. Thomas the Apostle, the students traveled to St. Mary’s Catholic Church and school in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. While there, the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, who teach at St. Mary’s, hosted a Holy Hour with praise music, silent prayer time, and a Gospel reflection on John 6. 

The next day, students hiked in the Smoky Mountains near Townsend, Tennessee.

“During this second year of the Eucharistic Revival, it was a joy to teach the girls about Jesus truly present in the Eucharist, spend time with Him in Eucharistic adoration, and experience the beauty of God in the mountains,” said Sister Maria Caeli. “The Eucharist, often called the source and summit of our faith, and the mountain summits reflect His majesty and love for us.”

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