Alice of Schaerbeek

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St. Alice of Schaerbeek, O.Cist.
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Virgin and laysister
Born 1204
Schaerbeek, Duchy of Brabant, Holy Roman Empire
Died 10 or 11 June 1250[1]
La Cambre Abbey, Ixelles, Duchy of Brabant, Holy Roman Empire
Honored in
Roman Catholic Church
Canonized Cultus confirmed 1907 by Pope Pius X
Feast June 15
Patronage The Blind, the Paralyzed

Alice of Schaerbeek, O.Cist. (or Adelaide or Aleydis) (French: Sainte Alix), (1204–1250) was a Cistercian laysister who is venerated as the patron saint of the blind and paralyzed.

Life[edit]

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.

Devotion to Alice as a saint was approved in 1907 by Pope Pius X.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Adelaide of Schaerbeck (d. 1250)". Women in World History: A iographical Encyclopedia. Gale Research Inc. Retrieved 8 January 2013. (subscription required)
  2. ^ St. Alice at Catholic Online