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Vatican opens sainthood cause for nun who saw host turn blood-red

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 10/04/16

From the Catholic Herald:

A London nun who saw the Eucharist turn to bloody flesh in the hands of a priest is to be put on the road to sainthood by Pope Francis. The Vatican has agreed to open the Cause for the canonisation of Mother Marie Adele Garnier, the foundress of the Tyburn Nuns. Mother Garnier, who died in Tyburn Convent, near Marble Arch, London, in 1924, has been given the title “Servant of God” after the Congregation for the Cause of Saints concluded that there were “no obstacles” to her candidacy. The development is likely to be formally announced in a declaration from the Vatican later in the year. The Vatican had been petitioned to open the Cause by Bishop Joseph de Metz-Noblat of Langres, a French diocese close to where Mother Garnier grew up. … In 2012, Fr Gianmario Piga, an Italian priest, wrote a spiritual biography of the nun, in which he analyzed her letters and other writings in great detail. In the book, “The Path of Mother Adele Garnier,” Fr Piga revealed her to be a mystic who had experiences comparable to those recorded by such great spiritual writers as St Teresa of Avila and St John of the Cross. He showed how in one letter to Abbé Charles Sauvé, a priest friend, she described how she saw the Blessed Sacrament turn to bloody flesh. “At the moment in which the priest took a particle of the Holy Host and put it into the chalice I raised my eyes to adore and to contemplate the holy particle,” she wrote. “Oh, if you could know what I saw and how I am still moved and impressed by this vision,” she continued. “The fingers of the priest held not a white particle but a particle of striking red, the colour of blood and luminous at the same time … The fingers of the priest were red on the right of the particle, as from a blood stain that seemed still wet.”

Read her whole story. 

Photo: Catholic Herald / Tyburn Nuns

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