December 20, 2016

While The Sisters Were At Mass

In November of 1926, Sister Benigna Sibila Alsina began to suffer from an ulcer near the stomach. The pain progressed each passing day until it became quite unbearable. This situation lasted for three years. An operation could likely have taken care of the problem, but the Sister’s extreme weakness was prohibitive.

In May of 1930, the other nuns in her convent house began a novena to St. Anthony Mary Claret, to implore his prayers to the Lord for Sister Benigna. The following morning, the nuns went to Mass, when the Lord Himself makes Himself present in the Eucharist. During this time, Sister Benigna felt an incredibly dramatic change, as if something were being physically pulled from her stomach. Immediately, all her pain disappeared. She could resume life as a normal member of her religious community and take meals as she had before the onset of her illness.

Her doctors were unable to explain the change.

Source: My Daily Eucharist II, by Joan Carter McHugh, relating an excerpt from Saint Anthony Mary Claret: A Sketch of His Life and Works by Fr. Thomas, CMF.


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