December 3, 2016

St. Catherine Fieschi

St. Catherine Fieschi of Genoa died in 1510. For the last 23 years of her life, she celebrated Advent, as well as Lent, in a rather unique way. She did not eat. She did not drink. She lived only on the Blessed Sacrament.

Once her confessor ordered her to eat. She obeyed, but her body rejected the food and she became very ill.

Normally, a person can only survive 7-10 days without any food or water. She did it for these four and six-week periods for 23 years in a row, with the solitary sustenance she obtained through the Eucharist.

Source: Cruz, Caroll, Eucharistic Miracles (Charlotte, North Carolina, Tan Books, 2010) p. 236.


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