In the presence of the Blessed Sacrament

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

 In the presence of the Blessed Sacrament
St. Paschal Baylon

Today is the feast day of St. Paschal Baylon (1540-1592).  He lived in Spain during what was called the Gold Age.  The Spanish Empire, developed under the Hapsburgs through the 16th and 17th centuries and under the Bourbons in the 19th century. It became the largest empire in the world.  It had global territories. After the voyages of Christopher Columbus, they originated the Age of Exploration that lasted until the late 19th century.

Although Paschal lived during this time and was a contemporary of two very well-known saints, St. Ignatius of Loyola and St. Terese of Avila, he, himself, was from a poor family and was a shepherd in his youth.  When he was 24 years old, he joined the Friars Minor.  He chose not to become a priest but spent his life as a porter, cook, gardener and beggar.   Because of the wisdom he acquired  from time spent in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament he became a counselor for persons who came to the monastery to talk to him. This was one of his prayers

O Father Eternal God, Grant me faith and courage;
Son, wisdom of the Father, grant me light and make me wise;
Holy Spirit, beloved of Father and Son, inflame my heart and purify my soul,
that I may approach this majestic Sacrament with faith and love.
St. Paschal

“God is as really present in the consecrated Host as He is in the glory of Heaven,"
St. Paschal

His wisdom for us
"Meditate well on this:
Seek God above all things.
It is right for you to seek God before and above everything else,
because the majesty of God wishes you to receive what you ask for.
This will also make you more ready to serve God and will enable you to love him more perfectly"
St. Paschal

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