St Anthony and the Mule (A Eucharistic Miracle)

There was a man in Rimini who refused to believe the doctrine of the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. St Anthony could not convince the man by his words alone. The man made this deal with St. Anthony: That he would believe if his mule would. The unbelieving man would starve his mule for three days, he would then bring his mule to the town square, Anthony, would bring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. If the hungry animal would come to Jesus in the monstrance rather than a bucket of food, then the man would accept the Church’s teachings and believe that Jesus was truly present in the Blessed Sacrament.

On the third day the man came into the town square with his very hungry mule. St. Anthony approached from the other side of the square with the Sacred Host. Many people, both believers and unbelievers alike watched to see what would happen. A large bucket of oats and a bundle of fragrant hay were placed before the hungry animal. But all this was ignored by the mule. Instead, the mule approached our Saint and fell on her knees before the Blessed Sacrament to adore Jesus. True to his word, the man made a profession of faith in the Real Presence because his mule had believed first.

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12 Responses to St Anthony and the Mule (A Eucharistic Miracle)

  1. Theresa Brennan says:

    What faith it must have taken to accept that challenge! I’d love to have been there…

    Must try and exercise my puny faith muscles!

    God bless


  2. Edward Leo Zaremba II says:

    Blessed be God forever. Jesus we adore you in the most blessed sacrament. Truly present.

    • Geoff Heggadon says:

      Amen. Thank you Edward, yes, Jesus is with us as He promised and in His mercy He gives us many Eucharistic miracles. God bless Geoff

  3. Rev Fr Idoko Ameh Emmanuel says:

    As I preach the miracle of the Mule today, may God toucch us in many daily miracles to recognize His presence. I bless U Lord

  4. Paula Jensen Lang says:

    We must pray to the Lord Our God that every human being must have the faith of a mule, as the faith of a mustard seed, nothing exists as important as the Eucharist, the Eucharist is the Blood, Body, Soul & Divinity of our Blessed Lord Jesus Christ.

  5. J Podolski says:

    If i don’t eat for 3 days I will fell on my knees as well.
    Sorry..but story like that just get me annoyed. There is plenty of other wonderful miracles and Gods work that are less insulting to human intellect.
    But aagain…I can be wrong as for God nothingis impossible!

    • Geoff Heggadon says:

      The moral of this tale is that even a donkey can recognise the true presence of Jesus. The donkey chose to worship the Lord rather than eat even though it had not eaten for three days. St Anthony lived among simple country people, a miracle like this God bless

  6. david snyder says:

    i am sure the common townsfolk of st.anthony could not begin to comprehend the real prescence. me being a veterinarian , without GOD”S could not begin to comprehend the EUCHARISTIC MIRACLE in Buenos Ares. the fact that living heart tissue is in the HOST AND THE GENETIC MAKEUP OF THIS SAMPLE. only has one strand of dna. WE ARE WAITING ON A DIRECTIVE OF THE POPE TO COMPARE THE SINGLE STRAND DNA , TO A SAMPLE OF HIS MOTHER. Oh wait we dont have a sample from HER. But we do have HIS grand-mother. like the little girl said, if all it is a symbol, ” to hell with it GOD”S MYSTERIES DONT HAVE TO BE UNDERSTOOD, JUST BELIEVE THEM

    • Geoff Heggadon says:

      Thank you David, those last words sum it up: “God’s mysteries don’t have to be understood, just believe them.” After all we live by faith. If we understood everything there would be no mystery and no need of faith. God bless Geoff

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