December 5, 2013

St. Juliana Falconieri

St. Juliana Falconieri was on her deathbed. She sought to receive Holy Communion one final time, but it was not allowed. She had been ill and her stomach could not hold anything down. She then asked that the Eucharist might be brought to her so that she might at least greet it with a kiss. This request too, however, was declined. She then requested that the Blessed Sacrament at least be placed upon her chest so that she could be near it as she passed. This was done. As she drew her final breath, the Host disappeared and could not be found by anyone there. Those present could not avoid the thought that the Lord had disregarded her illness and, in His own way, permitted her to receive Him as she had wished.

Taken in substance from The Blessed Eucharist, Our Greatest Treasure, by Michael Muller (New York and Cincinnati, Fr. Pustet, 1880) p. 80.


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