Tuesday, April 12, 2011
SAINT REPORT: Imelda Lambertini, Patron Saint of First Communicants
At age 5, while she helped feed the sick and poor of their city, Imelda came to realize that everyone was a tabernacle where God resided. It was during this time that she began to desire Jesus more fully in Holy Communion, but could not receive since the Catholic Church had the age of reason set at 14 years of age. Also during this time, Imelda took St. Agnes and St. Tarsicius as heavenly friends whom she talked and prayed to often to help her love God more fully.
Imelda entered the Dominican Order of Sisters in Bologna, Italy at age nine. She continued to serve the Lord obediently with the other sisters in the convent, always on time and willing to complete her chores.
At age 11, after years of prayer and desire for Holy Communion, a miracle occurred during Mass of the Ascension. A consecrated host left the altar and hovered over Imelda as she prayed in disappointment at not being permitted to receive communion once again. At this sight, one of the sisters ran to get the priest and after he witnessed this miracle saw it as a sign for Imelda to finally receive Holy Communion. As soon as Imelda received Jesus in the Eucharist, she went into joyous ecstasy. Those with her decided to allow the young sister some time to be alone in her thanksgiving prayers. Later, one of the sisters being concerned for her, went back to check on Imelda only to find the young girl dead. Imelda Lambertini, at age 11, died of ecstasy just moments after receiving Jesus; she was at peace, her mission in this life was completed.
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