ST PASCHAL BAYLON, CONFESSOR; MEMORIAL: MAY 17
Paschal Baylon was born of poor and devout parents at Torre-Hermosa in Aragon, and as a boy and young man was a shepherd. He later took up a harder life, and entered the Friars Minor, always pondering how he could conform more and more to Christ Crucified.
On fire with a spirit of loving devotion towards the Holy Eucharist
He had dedicated himself to the Virgin Mother of God from his childhood, and every day honoured her as his own mother with filial devotions. He was constantly on fire with a spirit of loving devotion towards the Eucharist, which he kept even in death. When laid out on his bier he opened and closed his eyes twice at the elevation of the Host, and astonished everyone present. He died full of merit in 1592. Leo XIII declared him special patron of Eucharistic congresses and of all societies under the patronage of the Holy Eucharist.
– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964