MEXICO, STATE OF JALISCO. CITY OF GUADALAJARA (the state capital). Wednesday, July 24, 2012. In the parish Maria Madre de la Iglesia, colônia Jardines de la Paz, the priest José Dolores Castellanos Gudiño – known as priest Lolo – revealed a transcendental experience: being in prayer, he listened a voice that instructed him to communicate a divine message to the community.
In the words of the priest, the voice told him: My dear apostle Dolores, today is a great day. The bells must ring for for call those that will come from all corners. I will pour out blessings for those who will be present.
A blessing would have been manifested immediately, in a Eucharistic miracle: when he opened the shrine (where communion wafers are stored), was there – inside the goblet of Consecration, a communion wafer dipped in a dark red liquid.
Color me Skeptical with a capital ‘S’. This source notes that the red liquid is being tested to see if it’s blood. So what if it is? That does not provide good evidence to conclude that this is a miracle. Let’s see what the church officials say. The chalice with the communion wafer were removed from public display after it drew big crowds.
There have been numerous cases of supposedly real transubstantiation. In this case from 2011 in Minneapolis, the conclusion was that the wafer was contaminated with a bacterium species. I suspect some will still wish to believe in the faith-based explanation.
Feel free to weigh in.