Saints of the Eucharist: 5 Saints Who Ate Only the Eucharist
What is the Eucharist?
The Eucharist refers to the Holy Communion. It is also commonly known as the Body and the Blood of Christ. The Eucharist is celebrated in commemoration of when Jesus fed His disciples bread and wine during the Last Supper, to show His sacrifice before.
The Eucharist serves as an act of thanksgiving to God and the redemption and sanctification of sins. There are some true Saints of the Eucharist who only fed on the it till their death. Here are some of them.
Saints of the Eucharist
- St. Joseph of Cupertino.
St. Joseph was born in 1603 in Cupertino where he devoted his childhood and adulthood to living a life that was simple and innocent.
He joined the Franciscan Friars Minor Conventual, where he was later ordained as a priest. He lived a strictly religious life and only fed on the Eucharist.
- St. Nicholas of Flue.
St. Nicholas was born in 1417 in Switzerland. He was married and had ten children with his wife. He dedicated his life to serving the Lord and spent long periods of time fasting and contemplative praying.
He stopped feeding on anything but the Holy Communion, not even water, for over twenty years. He died in 1487 at the age of seventy.
- St. Catherine of Siena
St. Catherine was born in 1347 in Siena, Italy. She joined the Third Order of St. Dominic, where she was allowed to be an associate of the religious society while staying at her parent’s house.
She always helped people in need. She loved fasting and only fed on the Eucharist for over 25 years as a sign of purity.
- St. Lidwina of Holland
St. Lidwina was born in 1380 in Scheidam, Holland. At the age of 15 while ice skating, she fell and broke her ribs and become progressively sick.
This was when she started fasting continuously and decided to live her life serving God. She stopped feeding completely and only fed on the Holy Communion as a sign of holiness and redemption till her death in 1433.
- St. Angela of Foligno
St. Angela was born in 1248 in Foligno. She fell in love with the Lord at the age of 40. She dedicated her life to serving the Lord and the poor as a nurse and helped the beggars.
She decided to live a holy life and fed on nothing but the Holy Eucharist till her death in 1310.
These Saints were some of the few that only depended on the Holy Communion for survival. They dedicated their lives to serving the Lord and the people of the places they lived.
They will be forever remembered because of the changes that they brought to the Catholic Church and Christianity at large. These Saints of the Eucharist have shown us that there is something beautiful behind the Eucharist and that we should strive to live our lives with humility and purity of heart.
Each time we take the Eucharist it is a reminder of how much Jesus loved us. We should mark each experience with prayer, contemplation and gratitude for the love Jesus has for us.