Blessed Imelda Lambertini, 1322–1333
Blessed Imelda Lambertini lived when children couldn’t receive Holy Communion until they were twelve. She wanted to receive Jesus, but she was too young. When she was at Mass, she would pray and make a “Spiritual Communion.” Jesus would come into her heart. But she still wanted to receive the Body of Christ in Communion. She loved to pray, and would often go to a quiet corner of her house to do so. She decorated her prayer space with flowers and pictures. One day when she was eleven, she was praying at Mass. A beautiful light with a host in it appeared over her head. The priest knew that she was supposed to receive Communion that day.
Blessed Imelda’s parents were well known for their charity to the poor. She asked to be placed in a Dominican convent when she was a child. She was taught there by the religious sisters. Blessed Imelda is the patron of children receiving their First Communion.
Discuss: What is one message about Jesus you can share with someone?
Remind your child that Blessed Imelda Lambertini loved Holy Communion; she saw the host appear over her head with a beautiful light during prayer at Mass.