I was quite intrigued to learn more about the patron saints of our community in my studies at the convent. Truly, we are surrounded by a great “cloud of witnesses.” I was fascinated by the interesting lives of the great Franciscans of the past. I think that Paschal Baylon whom I had not heard of prior to meeting the sisters here.
Paschal was from a poor family and he began working at a young age. One day when he was working in the field, he knelt upon hearing the bells ring for the consecration of the Eucharist. Angels appeared and presented Paschal with the blessed Sacrament. How blessed he was to receive the Lord in such a way. Paschal’s death was at the moment of the elevation of the Eucharist at the high Mass on May 17, 1592. At his funeral, Paschal’s dead body raised itself and bowed to reverence the both the holy Eucharist and chalice.Pascal is the patron saint of Eucharistic Congresses.
Some of the stories of our other patrons are just as inspiring: Elizabeth of Hungary, Anthony of Padua, Clare of Assisi, and Bonaventure… to name a few. I am so excited to delve further into their lives as I venture forth in the religious life.