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“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

-John 8:12

Eucharistic Miracle of La Rochelle, France, 1461

Jesus miraculously cures a boy through the Eucharist.

The Eucharistic Miracle of La Rochelle concerns the instantaneous cure of a boy paralyzed and mute since the age of seven when he received Communion at Mass on Easter Sunday, 1461.

During Easter of 1461, Mrs. Jehan Leclerc brought her twelve year old son, Bertrand, to the Church of St. Bartholomew. Bertrand had been paralyzed and mute since the age of seven due to a terrible fall. When the time for Communion arrived, he indicated to his mother that he also wanted to receive Jesus in the Eucharist.

Initially the priest did not want to give the young man Communion, because the boy was not able to go to Confession given his muteness. The young man, however, continued to beseech the priest for Communion and, in the end, the priest did permit him to receive it.

From the first moment that Bertrand received the Host, he began to feel shaken by a mysterious force. He was able to move and to speak. He was cured. According to the document hand-written immediately after the miracle, Bertrand’s first words were, “Adjutorium nostrum in nomine Domini!” (“Our help is in the name of the Lord!”)

The most authoritative document that visually describes this miracle is the painted-manuscript preserved to this day in the Cathedral of La Rochelle.

© 2006, Istituto San Clemente I Papa e Martire / The Real Presence Association, Inc.