Saint Alice Patron Saint of the Blind and Paralyzed
Saint Alice lived from 1204 to 1250 in Schaerbeek, Brussels. She entered Camera Sanctae Mariae, a Cistercian Convent when she was seven years old. She lived at the convent for her entire life. Saint Alice lived a humble, spiritual existence.
Saint Alice Contracts Leprosy
Sadly, Saint Alice contracted leprosy at a young age. She had to be put in isolation, separated from the other members of the convent. Saint Alice suffered both physically and emotionally from this devastating disease.
Eventually, the ravages of leprosy left Saint Alice blind and paralyzed. The only thing that consoled her was receiving the Holy Eucharist. She was not allowed to drink the wine for fear of spreading the leprosy.
Jesus Christ Appears to Saint Alice
Saint Alice received a vision of Jesus, letting her know that He was with her in both body and blood. She had many visions during her life and Pope Pius X approved devotion to Saint Alice in 1907.