San Pascual Baylon’s saintly ways started when he was still a baby and continues on the other side of the veil. When he was still a toddler, Pascual managed to crawl to the church altar and grabbed at the tabernacle where the Eucharist was enshrined. As a young kid tending to sheep, he would watch out for the peals of the church bell announcing the lifting of the Eucharistic host, and prayed where he was at. So fervent was Pascual’s devotion to the Eucharist that he prayed for a sign from the heavens in lieu of his absence from the church. Whereupon he saw the Eucharist radiating and floating in the air, attended to by angelic beings.
Pascual’s fellow shepherds just left him be with his devotionals because they believed that the boy was holy and could manifest things. One time he and the other shepherds were thirsty after eating their rations, and Pascual was able to locate a source of pure, refreshing water with his wooden staff.
When Pascual was at the monastery, he was tasked to attend to the gardens and prepare food. Even at that post, Pascual was able to materialize fresh vegetables overnight, where before there was nothing, as if by magic. He was also able to prepare luscious meals even as he was constantly praying and venerating the Holy Eucharist. Which led many to conclude that angels were doing the cooking for him as he prayed.
Pascual died on May 17, 1592 at the exact moment that the Host was being lifted at church. A miracle occurred during the mass for his interment: He opened his eyes just as the Host was being lifted too. Then Pascual’s body did not decompose even after months and years—a saint through and through.
The life of San Pascual Baylon is an inspiration if only for the fact that he was very ordinary and unlettered. He was so determined to learn that he taught himself how to read and write. Then Pascual’s capacity for suffering was legendary in that he regarded his body to be corrupt and would wear spikes underneath his robes. Too, for years and years, he was able to subsist on plain water and bread and table scraps.
San Pascual is famous for the “Seven Knocks”. Namely that people devoted to the saint would hear the knocks whenever danger was imminent.
Flash forward to today. Has San Pascual’s seven knocks evolved into something else? Preliminarily, San Pascual Baylon de Guinarona’s century old icon disappeared or was stolen June 13, 2010, and has not returned as of this writing. Then on August 28, 2010, upon our rum libation over the name SAN PASCUAL BAYLON in red ink, figures of white clasped hands and a ship with arching smoke appeared, thus:
Was this drawing a warning of the huge earthquakes and the tsunami in Japan, and the current sinking of Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and elsewhere in the world? Or is San Pascual Baylon de Guinarona’s disappearance a portent of more dire things to come?
At this juncture, we can only supplicate San Pascual Baylon.