Saint Alice

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Saint Alice, O.Cist.
Virgin and Nun
Born1204
Schaerbeek
Died10 or 11 June 1250[1]
La Cambre Abbey
Honored inRoman Catholic Church
CanonizedCultus confirmed 1907 by Pope Pius X
FeastJune 15
PatronageThe Blind, the Paralyzed
 
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Saint Alice, O.Cist.
Virgin and Nun
Born1204
Schaerbeek
Died10 or 11 June 1250[1]
La Cambre Abbey
Honored inRoman Catholic Church
CanonizedCultus confirmed 1907 by Pope Pius X
FeastJune 15
PatronageThe Blind, the Paralyzed

Saint Alice, O.Cist. (or Aleydis) (French: Sainte Alix), (1204–1250) is the patron saint of the blind and paralyzed.

Alice was born at Schaerbeek, near Brussels. At age seven, she entered a monastery of Cistercian nuns named Camera Sanctae Mariae, and she remained there for the rest of her life.

However, at an early age, she contracted leprosy and had to be isolated. The disease caused Alice intense suffering, and eventually she became paralyzed and was further afflicted with blindness. Alice's greatest consolation came from reception of the Holy Eucharist, although she was not allowed to drink from the cup because of the presumed danger of contagion. However, the Lord appeared to her with assurance that He was in both the consecrated bread and the wine. Known for visions, she died in 1250. Devotion to her was approved in 1907 by St. Pius X.[2]

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References

  1. ^ "Adelaide of Schaerbeck (d. 1250)". Women in World History: A Biographical Encyclopedia. Gale Research Inc.. http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G2-2591300124.html. Retrieved 8 January 2013.(subscription required)
  2. ^ St. Alice at Catholic Online