07 Feb 2018
Salesian Saints of February: Blessed Eusebia Palomino
Blessed Eusebia Palomino (1899-1935)
Optional Memorial February 9
Girlhood in Salamanca
Eusebia Palomino Yenes was born in Cantalpino in the province of Salamanca in western Spain on December 15, 1899. Augustine Palomino’s family was very poor materially but rich in faith. At certain times of the year Eusebia and her father had to go begging in nearby villages, but they did so with joy and singular faith. On those long journeys Augustine taught his daughter her faith, and she was keen to learn the mysteries of our Lord. Eusebia worked and prayed and was loved in her family. The day of her first Communion was one that Eusebia experienced intently. Soon after, she was employed by a well-to-do family. As an adolescent, she did not stop giving attention to her growth, putting her friendship with Jesus in first place.
The kitchen helper
This family sent her to the city of Salamanca, first to look after the children, then as an assistant in a hostel. She really wanted to become a religious sister. One day, while hoeing, she found a medal of Mary Help of Christians. Soon afterwards, a mysterious friend led her to the Salesian Sisters’ youth center. 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 unschooled young kitchen lass.
Salesian sister and apostle
The mother vicar came to Salamanca and accepted her as a postulant. Eusebia made her novitiate at Barcelona, edifying her companions by her humility and with her smile. She became a Daughter of Mary Help of Christians in 1924 and was sent to Valverde del Camino in the role of cook and domestic help. She began to carry out her ordinary service extraordinarily, as Don Bosco had wanted, so much that the Lord filled her with his gifts.
Attracted by her spirituality, the girls always wanted to be near her. She began to work in the youth center. Adults, seminarians, and priests asked her advice, encouraged by her spirit of prayer and sincere, convincing faith. She spread devotion to the Lord’s Holy Wounds and the so-called “Marian servitude” of St. Louis de Montfort. There is talk of many wonderful things that happened during her life.
Like Don Bosco, Sr. Eusebia 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, looked after her, while she gave some thought to her situation. Sr. Eusebia prophesied Sr. Carmen’s martyrdom. (She is among the beatified Salesian martyrs of Spain.)
Before Sr. Eusebia died, she had visions and ecstasies. She went to the Lord on February 10, 1933. She was declared Venerable in 1996, and St. John Paul II beatified her on April 25, 2004. Her body reposes at Valverde.