Alice of Schaerbeek
|St. Alice of Schaerbeek, O.Cist.|
|Virgin and laysister|
Schaerbeek, Duchy of Brabant, Holy Roman Empire
|Died||10 or 11 June 1250
La Cambre Abbey, Ixelles, Duchy of Brabant, Holy Roman Empire
|Honored in||Roman Catholic Church|
|Canonized||Cultus confirmed 1907 by Pope Pius X|
|Patronage||The Blind, the Paralyzed|
Alice was born at Schaerbeek, near Brussels, then in the Duchy of Brabant. At age of seven, she became a laysister at the Cistercian La Cambre Abbey, the name derived from the Latin: Camera Sanctae Mariae (Chamber of Our Lady), and she remained there for the rest of her life.
However, at an early age, Alice contracted leprosy and had to be isolated. The disease caused her intense suffering, and eventually she became paralyzed and was further afflicted with blindness. Her greatest consolation came from reception of the Holy Eucharist, although she was not allowed to drink from the chalice because of the presumed danger of contagion. However, the Lord appeared to her with assurance that He was in both the consecrated bread and the wine. Famed for experiencing mystical visions, she died in 1250.