Cloistered Dominican Nuns Corpus Christi Monastery

Patroness of First Communicants: Blessed Imelda Lambertini, O.P.


At the age of ten, Imelda entered a convent of the Order of Preachers at Bologna as a pupil. Soon, however, she petitioned for and obtained the habit. From that point on, she surpassed in virtue, especially in simplicity and obedience, even the oldest sisters. The poor child was consumed by her ardent desires to receive the Blessed Sacrament, though the chaplain thought her too young to make her first Communion. But who can oppose God when He wills to favor a pure soul?

On Ascension Day while all the Sisters approached the altar to receive their Savior, Imelda was left behind; through obedience she remained in her place, but her sighs and prayers drew God to her. To the amazement of all, a Host appeared over her head. The priest, understanding the Divine Will, came forward and gave little Imelda communion. Imelda could not contain her happiness: her eyes closed, her heart ceased to beat: she died of love.

Prayer: O Jesus! How often have I eaten the Bread of Angels without hunger or desire! (Bl. Henry Suso, O.P.)

Practice: See whether your desire for Holy Communion is purely divine, or has anything human in it. You may discover this by the care you take in preparing for this august Sacrament and the manner in which you preserve its fruits.

Bl. Imelda, pray for us!

From “Saints and Saintly Dominicans: Daily Reflections on Their Lives”, edited by Rev. Thomas a Kempis Reilly, O.P. (1915).

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