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The Sixth Sunday of Easter +2020 and Memorials of the Saints – 17 May 2020

The Sixth Sunday of Easter, Year A +2020

St Adrione of Alexandria
Blessed Antonia Messina (1919-1935) Virgin and Martyr
Bl Bernard of Verdun
St Cathan of Bute
St Fionnchan of Druim-Eanaigh
St Giulia Salzano (1846-1929)
Her Life:
https://anastpaul.com/2019/05/17/saint-of-the-day-17-may-saint-giulia-salzano-1846-1929/
St Heraclius of Noviodunum
Bl Ivan Ziatyk
St Madron of Cornwall
St Maildulf of Malmesbury
St Maw
St Paschal Baylon OFM (1540-1592) The Saint of the Blessed Sacrament
About this beautiful Saint:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/05/17/saint-of-the-day-17-may-st-paschal-baylon-o-f-m-1540-1592-the-seraph-of-the-eucharist/

St Paul of Noviodunum
St Peter Lieou
St Rasso of Grafrath
St Restituta of Carthage
St Silaus of Lucca
St Solochanus of Chalcedon
St Thethmar
St Victor Roma

Martyrs of Alexandria – 3 saints: Three Christians martyred together; no details about them have survived except their names: Adrio, Basilla and Victor. 4th century Alexandria, Egypt.

Martyrs of Nyon: A group of Christians martyred together in the persecutions of Diocletian. We know little more than three of their names: Aquilinus, Heradius and Paul. 303 at Noyon, Switzerland.

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Quote/s of the Day – 17 May – from the “Seraph of the Eucharist”

Quote/s of the Day – 17 May – Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter, C and the Memorial of St Paschal Baylon OFM. (1540-1592) “Seraph of the Eucharist” – Patron of Eucharistic Congresses

“God is as really present
in the consecrated Host
as He is, in the glory of Heaven.”god is as really present - st paschal baylon - 17 may 2019.jpg

“There is no more efficacious means than this
(Eucharistic Adoration)
for nourishing and increasing the piety of the people
toward this admirable pledge of love
which is a bond of peace and of unity.”there-is-no-more-efficacious-means-st-baylon-17-may-2017.jpg

“O Father Eternal God,
Grant me faith and courage.
Son, wisdom of the Father,
grant me light and make me wise.
Holy Spirit, beloved of Father and Son,
inflame my heart and purify my soul,
that I may approach
this majestic Sacrament,
with faith and love.”

St Paschal Baylon (1540-1592)
“Seraph of the Eucharist”o father eternal god grant me faith - st paschal baylon - 17 may 2019.jpg

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One Minute Reflection – 27 April – “I will not mistrust Him…”

One Minute Reflection – 27 April – Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter C, – Gospel: John 14:1-6 and the Memorial of St Paschal Baylon and St Giulia Salzano

“Let not your hearts be troubled, believe in God, believe also in me.“…John 14:1john-14-1 let not your hearts be troubled - 17 may 2018.jpg

REFLECTION – “I will not mistrust Him, Meg, although I shall feel myself weakening and on the verge of being overcome with fear.   I shall remember how St Peter at a blast of wind, began to sink, because of his lack of faith and I shall do as he did – call upon Christ and pray to Him for help.   And then I trust, He shall place His holy hand on me and in the stormy seas, hold me up from drowning.”…St Thomas More (1478-1535)i-will-not-distrust-him-meg-st-thomas-more-11-jan-2018 27 april 2018

PRAYER – “[Lord God] I believe in You, increase my faith.   All my hopes are in You, secure my trust.   I love You, teach me to love You more each day… I adore You as my first beginning, I long for You as my final end.   I praise You as my constant helper and call on You as my loving protector.   Guide me by Your Wisdom, correct me with Your Justice, comfort me with Your Mercy, protect me by Your Power… Lord, enlighten my understanding, enflame my will, purify my heart, sanctify my soul.   Help me to repent of my past sins and to rise above my human weaknesses and to grow stronger as a Christian…”(from the Universal Prayer by Pope Clement XI (1649-1721)lord god I believe help my unbelief excerpt universal prayer pope clement - 17 may 2019.jpg

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Memorials of the Saints – 17 May

St Adrione of Alexandria
Bl Antonia Messina
Bl Bernard of Verdun
St Cathan of Bute
St Fionnchan of Druim-Eanaigh
St Giulia Salzano (1846-1929)
St Heraclius of Noviodunum
Bl Ivan Ziatyk
St Madron of Cornwall
St Maildulf of Malmesbury
St Maw
St Paschal Baylon OFM (1540-1592) The Saint of the Blessed Sacrament
About this beautiful Saint:   https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/05/17/saint-of-the-day-17-may-st-paschal-baylon-o-f-m-1540-1592-the-seraph-of-the-eucharist/

St Paul of Noviodunum
St Peter Lieou
St Rasso of Grafrath
St Restituta of Carthage
St Silaus of Lucca
St Solochanus of Chalcedon
St Thethmar
St Victor Roma

Martyrs of Alexandria – 3 saints: Three Christians martyred together; no details about them have survived except their names: Adrio, Basilla and Victor. 4th century Alexandria, Egypt.

Martyrs of Nyon: A group of Christians martyred together in the persecutions of Diocletian. We know little more than three of their names: Aquilinus, Heradius and Paul. 303 at Noyon, Switzerland.

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Our Morning Offering – 12 October

Our Morning Offering – 12 October

Grant me Grace O Lord
By St Paschal Baylon O.F.M. (1540-1592)

I am a sinner
and You are He
who justifies the impious.
I am poor,
You are rich in infinite riches.
Give me an increase of faith,
an increase of love,
a complement of all virtues
with which I may serve You
and praise You
all my life so that, at last,
I may enjoy You in Heaven.
Amengrant me grace o lord - st paschal baylon - 17 april 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 30 June – The Memorial of The First Holy Martyrs of the Church of Rome & Blessed Raymond Lull T.O.S.F. (c 1232 – c1315) Martyr

Our Morning Offering – 30 June – The Memorial of The First Holy Martyrs of the Church of Rome & Blessed Raymond Lull T.O.S.F. (c 1232 – c1315) Martyr

My Lord, My Light
St Paschal Baylon O.F.M. (1540-1592)

I desire to love You,
my Lord, my Light,
my Strength, my Deliverer,
my God and my All.
What have I in heaven, O Lord,
and what do I want
besides Your love and grace?
You are the God of my heart,
You are my portion,
my inheritance for eternity.
Amenmy lord my light - i desire to love you - st paschal baylon - 30 june 2018

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Thought for the Day – 17 May – Thursday of the Seventh Week of Eastertide and the Memorial of St Paschal Baylon O.F.M. (1540-1592) “Seraph of the Eucharist”

Thought for the Day – 17 May – Thursday of the Seventh Week of Eastertide and the Memorial of St Paschal Baylon O.F.M. (1540-1592) “Seraph of the Eucharist”.

Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament occupied much of Saint Francis of Assisi’s energy.   Most of his letters were to promote devotion to the Eucharist. Paschal shared that concern.

The life of Saint Paschal Baylon is one of simple adoration of the Lord and great devotion to His Mother.   Saint Paschal recognised the importance of spending time before Our Saviour, in contemplation of His passion, love and sacrifice—in the earthly presence of God.   Through his devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, Saint Paschal was graced with wisdom beyond his education and obedience and charity, beyond measure.   His life inspires us to greater communion with the Lord, leading us to His spiritual treasures.

An hour in prayer before our Lord in the Eucharist could teach all of us a great deal.

Go to Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament
with bended knee and acknowledge that He is truly present Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity!

Go to Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament
with a silent tongue and confess “Jesus in The Most Blessed Sacrament, you are Lord!”

Go to Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament
with bowed head and say “lead me, Lord”.

Go to Jesus in The Most Blessed Sacrament
with a humble heart and say “show me how to love as You love, Lord”.

Go to Jesus in The Most Blessed Sacrament
with folded hands and say “take my hands, use them as Your hands Lord”

Go to Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament
with a closed mouth and listen to Him whispering to our soul, and responding with “Yes Lord”.

Go to Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament
with a meek spirit and say, “Not by my power and my might but by Your power and Your might Lord!”

Go to Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament
with a fiat and say, “Not my will but Your will be done Lord!”

St Paschal Baylon, Pray for us!st paschal baylon pray for us

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Quote/s of the Day – 17 May – Thursday of the Seventh Week of Eastertide and the Memorial of St Paschal Baylon O.F.M. (1540-1592)

Quote/s of the Day – 17 May – Thursday of the Seventh Week of Eastertide and the Memorial of St Paschal Baylon O.F.M. (1540-1592)

“God is as really present in the consecrated Host as He is in the glory of Heaven”god-is-really-present-st-paschal-baylon-17 may 2017

“There is no more efficacious means than this
(Eucharistic Adoration)
for nourishing and increasing the piety of the people
toward this admirable pledge of love
which is a bond of peace and of unity.

St Paschal Baylon (1540-1592)there-is-no-more-efficacious-means-st-baylon.17 may 2017

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Saint of the Day – 17 May – St Paschal Baylon O.F.M. (1540-1592) The “Seraph of the Eucharist”

Saint of the Day – 17 May – St Paschal Baylon O.F.M. (1540-1592) professed Franciscan Religious Brother of the  Order of Lay Brothers Minor, Mystic, Contemplate, Apostle of the Eucharist and Mary, Apostle of the Sick and the poor, known as the “Seraph of the Eucharist”, “Saint of the Blessed Sacrament, “Servant of the Blessed Sacrament.”   St Paschal was born on 24 May 1540 (feast of Pentecost) at Torre Hermosa, Aragon, (modern Spain) and he died on 15 May 1592 (feast of Pentecost) at Villa Reale, Spain of natural causes.   Patronages – cooks, shepherds, Eucharistic congresses and organisations (proclaimed by Pope Leo XIII on 28 November 1897), Shepherds, Male Children and Priesthood Vocation, Eucharistic Adoration, diocese of Segorbe-Castellón de la Plana, Spain, Obado, Bulacan, Philippines.     Attributes – The Eucharist, Monstrance, Franciscan habit.   Like his holy father of the Franciscans, St Francis of Assisi, St Paschal is best known for his strong and deep devotion to the Eucharist, which manifested in his childhood.'Saint_Paschal_Baylon',_anonymous_Mexican_retablo,_oil_on_tin,_mid_19th_century,_El_Paso_Museum_of_Art

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In Paschal’s lifetime the Spanish empire in the New World was at the height of its power, though France and England were soon to reduce its influence.   The 16th century has been called the Golden Age of the Church in Spain, for it gave birth to Ignatius of Loyola, Francis Xavier, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Peter of Alcantara, Francis Solano, Salvator of Horta, St John of Avila and many others.

Paschal’s Spanish parents were poor and pious.   Between the ages of seven and 24 he worked as a shepherd and began a life of mortification.   He was able to pray on the job and was especially attentive to the church bell, which rang at the Elevation during Mass. Paschal had a very honest streak in him.   He once offered to pay owners of crops for any damage his animals caused!

In 1564, Paschal joined the Friars Minor and gave himself wholeheartedly to a life of penance.   Though he was urged to study for the priesthood, he chose to be a brother.   At various times he served as porter, cook, gardener and official beggar.Espinosa_San_Pascual_Baylon_XVIIst paschal baylon

Paschal was careful to observe the vow of poverty.  He would never waste any food or anything given for the use of the friars.   When he was porter and took care of the poor coming to the door, he developed a reputation for great generosity.   The friars sometimes tried to moderate his liberality!

Paschal spent his spare moments praying before the Blessed Sacrament.   In time, many people sought his wise counsel.    It was Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, that gave St Paschal great wisdom.   He was hardly able to read and write but he was able to hold intelligent conversations with learned doctors in theology.   Some of the theologians felt that Paschal was inspired by God.   The priests of the monastery used to ask his advice about preaching.   When the saint spoke about the Birth of Jesus and the Last Supper, it was as though he had been present at these events. st paschal baylon and the eucharist

On Whit-Sunday, in 1592, St Paschal turned fifty-two years old.   He knew that death was near and tried to put his habit on but being very weak he fell to the floor.   Just then, a Brother entered. He placed the habit on Paschal and put him in bed.

During this time the monks told Paschal that Mass had started and his heart was filled with joy.   As the monastery bell was ringing for the Elevation of the Host, the dying saint said, “Jesus, Jesus,” and then breathed his last.   The news of his death spread like fire over the whole country.

On the day of St Paschal’s funeral Mass, a wonderful miracle took place.   Paschal opened his eyes from the coffin and looked at the Host and the Chalice during the elevation of the Mass  – He adored God publicly, even though he was dead.

Perhaps the most amazing thing about St Paschal, are the strange happenings known as the “Knocks of St Paschal.”   At first, the knocks came from Paschal’s tomb.   Later they came from relics and pictures of the saint.   Sometimes the knocks have come as a kind of warning, to let people know that a terrible event was about to take place.   It is also said that in Spain and Italy, those who are devoted to St Paschal, are warned about their death, days before, so that they may have a chance to receive the Last Sacraments.

People flocked to his tomb immediately after his burial; miracles were reported promptly.   Paschal was Canonised in 1690 and was named patron of Eucharistic congresses and societies in 1897.

More on St Paschal here:  https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/05/17/saint-of-the-day-17-may-st-paschal-baylon/

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Our Morning Offering – Tuesday of the Third Week of Eastertide

Our Morning Offering – Tuesday of the Third Week of Eastertide

Grant me Grace O Lord
By St Paschal Baylon O.F.M. (1540-1592)

I am a sinner
and You are He
who justifies the impious.
I am poor,
You are rich in infinite riches.
Give me an increase of faith,
an increase of love,
a complement of all virtues
with which I may serve You
and praise You
all my life so that, at last,
I may enjoy You in Heaven.
Amengrant me grace o lord - st paschal baylon - 17 april 2018

 

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One Minute Reflection – 12 June

One Minute Reflection – 12 June

“I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.”…..John 14:18

JOHN 14 18

REFLECTION – “God is as really present in the consecrated Host as He is in the glory of Heaven,”…………St Paschal Baylon

god is as really pesent - st paschal baylon

PRAYER – Jesus my Lord and God, You have come to us. You are here with us. How blessed we are and how blessed St John of Sahagun who was able to speak with You during the celebration of the Eucharist and who spent countless hours with You in holy adoration. Teach us all, that we too may learn the glory of spending time with You in loving adoration. St John of Sahagun pray for us! amen.

ST JOHN OF SAHAGUN PRAY FOR US

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Thought for the Day – 17 May

Thought for the Day – 17 May

The life of St Paschal Baylon is one of simple adoration of the Lord.   He recognised the importance of spending time before Our Saviour, in contemplation of His passion, love, and sacrifice—in the earthly presence of God.   Through his devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, St Paschal was graced with wisdom beyond his education and obedience and charity beyond measure.   His life inspires us to greater communion with the Lord, leading us to His spiritual treasures. As prayer before the Blessed Sacrament occupied much of Saint Francis’ energy.   Most of his letters were to promote devotion to the Eucharist. St Paschal shared this concern.   An hour in prayer before our Lord in the Eucharist could teach all of us a great deal!   Many holy and busy Catholics today, across the world, find that their lives in every respect, are enriched by these minutes regularly spent in prayer and meditation.

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O God, You filled St. Paschal with a wondrous love for the sacred mysteries of Your Body and Blood.   May we draw from this Divine Banquet the same spiritual riches he received.   St Paschal Baylon Pray for us amen!

st paschal baylon pray for us

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Quote of the Day – 17 May

Quote of the Day – 17 May

“There is no more efficacious means than this (Eucharistic Adoration)
for nourishing and increasing the piety of the people
toward this admirable pledge of love
which is a bond of peace and of unity.”

St Paschal Baylon

there-is-no-more-efficacious-means-st-baylon.17 may 2017

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One Minute Reflection – 17 May

One Minute Reflection – 17 May

“He who feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has life eternal”……………….John 6:54

JOHN 6-54

REFLECTION – “God is as really present in the consecrated Host as He is in the glory of Heaven”…..St Paschal Baylon

GOD IS REALLY PRESENT-ST PASCHAL BAYLON

PRAYER – Lord Jesus Christ, never let me abstain from receiving You in Holy Communion and let me always find the time to visit You in the Tabernacle. Lord teach enlighten my mind with a fuller love and understanding of Your Eucharistic Heart. St Paschal Baylon, Seraph of the Eucharist, pray for us all! Amen

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Our Morning Offerings – 17 May

Our Morning Offerings – 17 May

MARY, LET ME LOVE YOUR JESUS

By St ILDEPHONSUS OF SPAIN – 677

Virgin Mary, hear my prayer:
through the Holy Spirit
you became the Mother of Jesus;
from the Holy Spirit may I too have Jesus.
Through the Holy Spirit your flesh conceived Jesus;
through the same Spirit may my soul receive Jesus.
Through the Holy Spirit you were able to know Jesus,
to possess Jesus,
and to bring Him into the world.
Through the Holy Spirit may I too come to know your Jesus.
Imbued with the Spirit,
Mary, you could say:
“I am the handmaid of the Lord,
be it done unto me according to your word”;
in the Holy Spirit,
lowly as I am,
let me proclaim the great truths about Jesus.
In the Spirit you now adore Jesus as Lord
and look on Him as Son;
in the same spirit,
Mary, let me love your Jesus. Amen

MARY LET ME LOVE YOUR JESUS - ST ILDEPHONSUS

I AM A SINNER by ST PASCHAL BAYLON (Memorial today 17 May)

I am a sinner and You
are He who justifies the impious.
I am poor, you are rich in infinite riches.
Give me an increase of faith,
an increase of love,
a complement of all virtues
with which I may serve You and praise You
all my life so that, at last,
I may enjoy You in Heaven.
Amen.

i am a sinner by st paschal baylon

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Saint of the Day – 17 May – St Paschal Baylon

Saint of the Day – 17 May – St Paschal Baylon (1540 (feast of Pentecost) at Torre Hermosa, Aragon, (modern Spain) – 15 May 1592 (feast of Pentecost) at Villa Reale, Spain of natural causes) Franciscan lay brother, Mystic, Contemplate, known as the “Seraph of the Eucharist”.   Patron of  cooks, shepherds, Eucharistic congresses and organizations (proclaimed by Pope Leo XIII on 28 November 1897), diocese of Segorbe-Castellón de la Plana, Spain, Obado, Bulacan, Philippines.  Attributes – The Eucharist, Monstrance, Franciscan habit.

Today, May 17, marks the feast day of Saint Paschal Baylon, mystic, known for his profound devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. While Saint Paschal never became a priest, he is the saint most often thought of in relation to the Holy Eucharist and Pope Leo XIII declared him the patron saint of Eucharistic congresses and associations. He wrote, “There is no more efficacious means than this for nourishing and increasing the piety of the people toward this admirable pledge of love which is a bond of peace and of unity.”  Among all those most devoted to the Eucharist, Paschal Baylon seemed to the pope to be the greatest.”

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As a youth, Paschal Baylon tended his family’s sheep. He taught himself to read so that he could pray the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin, the popular prayer book of his day. Paschal disciplined himself to endure the harshness and loneliness of a shepherd’s work. And when his sheep trod on others’ vines, he scrupulously paid for the damage out of his own meager resources.

At twenty-one, St Paschal joined the reformed Franciscans of St. Peter of Alcántara at Loreto.    As a lay brother, Paschal for many years served as porter and guestmaster with patience and good humor.    John Ximenes, his biographer, reports that he was a model friar, always the first at prayer and never once behaving badly in a relationship. “In no single case,” said Ximenes, “do I remember to have noted even the least fault in him, though I lived with him in several of our houses and was his companion on two long journeys.”

Like other saintly doorkeepers Brother André and Solanus Casey, Paschal gained a reputation for miracles.

For example, Martin Crespo once told how the saint freed him from his determination to take vengeance on his father’s murderers:

“One Good Friday there was a lifelike representation of the descent from the cross.    Along with everyone else in town, I followed the crucifix borne in triumph through the streets.    In a last ditch effort to get me to repent, my friends boxed me in and forced me to endure the preacher’s address.   He concluded his eloquent speech in a pathetic peroration, urging me to forgiveness in memory of our Saviour’s passion.   His fine discourse left me unmoved and cold.

“Quit tormenting me,” I exclaimed angrily. “It’s no use. I will not forgive them.”   Brother Paschal, whom I had not noticed before, stepped forward.   He took me by the arm and drew me aside. “My son,” he said, “have you not just now seen a representation of our Lord’s passion?” Then with a glance that penetrated my soul he said: “For the love of Jesus Crucified, my son, forgive them.”

“Yes, Father,” I replied, hanging my head and weeping.   “For the love of God I forgive them with all my heart.”   I no longer felt the same person. The crowd anxiously awaited the outcome of our mysterious conference.   When Paschal announced that I had forgiven my enemies, they burst into applause.”

We remember Paschal Baylon most as the “Saint of the Blessed Sacrament.”   Typically he spent as many hours a day as he could worshiping before the tabernacle.   Because of his faithful devotion, the church has named him patron of Eucharistic congresses and conferences.   He died in 1592 at the age of fifty-two.

Saint Paschal exhibited an ardent love for Christ and was especially devoted to the Eucharistic Mystery.   He traveled from church to church, always on foot, visiting and praying before the Blessed Sacrament, referring to his encounters with “the real presence of Jesus” in these moments.   During his prayers, he would often levitate above the floor, so much was his love and zeal for Christ.

Many miracles are attributed to Saint Paschal, including creating fresh-flowing streams by striking the ground, healing, and miraculous charity.   Saint Paschal also experienced mystical visions.   On one such occasion, while he was out in the fields with his sheep and unable to go to Mass at the nearby monastery, Paschal was waiting for the sound of the Consecration Bell which he always observed in prayer.   In his longing to be present at the Holy sacrifice of the Mass, he cried out,My Master, My adorable Master, Oh that I might see Thee!”   Suddenly before him he saw Angels bowed down before a Chalice, with the Blessed Sacrament floating above it. In the Divine Presence of Our Lord, Paschal fell flat on his face and adored God. Then taking courage he gazed upon the beautiful vision.

The “Servant of the Eucharist,” as he was commonly called, died on 17 May Pentecost Sunday, in 1592.   His tomb at the Royal Chapel in Villareal, Valencia, Spain immediately became the object of innumerable pilgrimages, even by the king and the nobles of Spain. At his funeral Mass, Saint Paschal’s eyes miraculously opened during the Consecration, adoring the Blessed Sacrament even in death.   Since his death, strange occurrences have continued to be reported, known as the “Knocks of St. Paschal.”   At first, the knocks came from Paschal’s tomb.   Later they came from relics and pictures of the saint.   The knocking sound is believed to come as a kind of warning, to let people know that a terrible event was about to take place.   It is also said that in Spain and Italy, those who are devoted to Saint Paschal, are warned about their death, days before, so that they may have a chance to receive the Last Sacraments.    Beatified by Pope Paul V in 1618, he was Canonised by Pope Alexander VIII on 16 October 1690.