Saint Paschal Baylon Feast 17th May

BaylonSaint Paschal was a Franciscan lay brother and mystic. born to a peasant family at Torre Hermosa, in Aragon, on Whitsunday ,he was Christened Pascua in honour of the feast. according to accounts of his early life, Paschal laboured as a shepherd for his father, performed miracles, and was distinguished for his austerity.he also taught himself to read. Receiving a vision which told him to enter a nearby Franciscan community,he became a Franciscan lay brother of the Alcantarine reform in 1564, and spent most of his life as a humble doorkeeper .

He practiced rigorous asceticism and displayed a deep love for the Blessed Sacrament,so much so that while on a mission to France, he defended the Doctrine of the Real Presence against a Calvinist preacher and in the face of threats from other irate Calvinists .Paschal died at a friary in Villareal, and was canonised in 1690. In 1897 Pope Leo XIII  declared him patron of all Eucharistic confraternities and congresses .

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