About Saint Alice
In 1204 in a tiny village close to Brussels, called Shaerbeck, Saint Alice was born. She was sometimes also called Aleydis, which was common for people of her name back then.
Alice was brought up in a very religious manner, and when she turned seven she decided on her own to join a convent. The convent was called the Camera Sanctae Mariae convent and the nuns who resided their were Cistercian. This convent would be St. Alice's home for her entire life.
Being extremely humble and kind were the two qualities that everybody knew Alice for. She influenced many of the other nuns she lived with by her acts, and was admired very much by them also.
Alice's life would change forever when she reached her teenage years though. She was stricken with leprosy. Alice had to spend all of her time completely alone, due to the contagiousness of leprosy. This made Alice upset because she loved to be around people. Alice remained strong though and became even closer to God through more and more prayer.
Alice's suffering was not finished though, she lost her sight in the year after getting leprosy. As though being blind was not enough, Alice became completely paralyzed as well. As devastating as this was, Alice found a way to remain positive. She gained much comfort from attending Mass every day and receiving the Eucharist.
Alice found tranquility from her sufferings through receiving the Eucharist, it made her feel the closest she had ever felt to God. Alice even began having visions of God, telling her she would be welcomed to heaven and to remain strong in her faith while she remained on earth.
Alice was so close to God that she started to have her visions of him a lot. She continued to pray deeply and attend Mass to participate in Communion each day.
In the year 1250, Alice passed away. Pope Pius X canonized her a saint in 1907, and made her feast day fall on June 15th. Anybody who is blind or paralyzed should pray to Saint Alice because she is their patron saint.
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