March 20, 2017

The Old Man in the Fields

In the sixteenth century, an old shepherd worked in the fields around a small town that lay between Castille and Aragon in Spain. The man testified that he had seen, on more than one occasion, angels flying in the fields. They flew from the chapel in town to a spot in the fields.

Each time, the spot to which they flew was where a young man named Paschal Baylon was working as a fellow shepherd. The young man would spend as much time as he could before the tabernacle or at Mass, adoring, thanking and spending time with the Eucharistic Presence.

As his family needed him to work, however, there were times when he had to tend the livestock and could not get to Mass. He would, however, kneel, out there in the fields, staring at the chapel where he knew the Mass was taking place.

It was at some of those times that the Eucharist was brought to him, suspended in the air, above a chalice, enabling Paschal to stare at Him more directly.

Paschal Baylon later became part of the community of St. Peter of Alcantara, and later became St. Paschal Baylon. He was also accorded a special role, Patron to Eucharistic Congresses and Confraternities of the Blessed Sacrament.

Source: Lord, Bob and Penny, This is My Body, This is My Blood, Miracles of the Eucharist, Book II (Publisher: Journeys of Faith, 1994) p. 236-38.


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