Sunday, February 9, 2014

Saint of the Day: Bl. Eusebia Palomino

The following comes from the Happy Nun!  Happy Feast Day Sisters:
I’d like to share a bit about one of our Sisters from Spain, Sr. Eusebia Palomino Yenes, FMA.   She was born to a family that was poor in some ways, but rich in others.  The family had very little earthly wealth, and at certain times of the year, Eusebia and her father had to go begging in nearby villages for food. Despite this hardship, her father had an endless store of faith.
On those long journeys Augustine taught his daughter the mysteries of Our Lord. The day of her first communion was one that Eusebia experienced intently. Soon after, Eusebia went to a wealthy family to work as a maid.  Eusebia worked, prayed, and was loved in her family.  She did not stop giving attention to her growth as an adolescent, putting her friendship with Jesus in first place.
She was sent to Salamanca, first to look after the children, then as an assistant in a hostel. She really wanted to become a Sister. One day, while hoeing, she found a medal of Mary Help of Christians. Soon afterwards a mysterious friend led her to the Sisters’ Oratory. They invited her to stay with them as a helper. Oddly enough, the kitchen became her place for educating, and the children would often trot along to the kitchen to get a kind word from this ignorant young kitchen lass.
Eusebia eventually began her studies to be a Salesian Sister, edifying her companions by her humility and with her smile. She became a Daughter of Mary Help of Christians and was sent to work as a cook and domestic help in one of our houses in Spain. She began to carry out her ordinary service extraordinarily, just like Don Bosco had wanted.  Because she was so faithful to the founder, the Lord filled her with his gifts.
The girls always wanted to be near her, attracted by her spirituality. She began to work in the Oratory. Seminarians, adults and priests asked her advice, encouraged by her spirit of prayer.  She spread devotion to the Lord’s Holy Wounds and the so-called “Marian servitude” of Saint Louis de Montfort. There is talk of many wonderful things that happened during her life.
Like Don Bosco she had received the gift of prophecy from the Lord. She predicted the Spanish civil war and offered herself as a victim for Spain. Then she began to feel unwell. Her Superior, Sr Carmen Moreno, FMA, who became a Martyr and Blessed, looked after her, while she gave some thought to her situation. Sr. Eusebia even prophesied her martyrdom.
Before she herself died she had visions and ecstasies. She went to the Lord on the 10th February 1935. John Paul II declared her Blessed on the 25th April 2004. Her body is laid to rest at Valverde. edited from

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