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Marian thought for January

«If Peter has been proclaimed blessed, shall we not call the Virgin who has given birth to Him whom Peter confessed, blessed among all? If St. Paul is called the chosen instrument because he carried the name of Christ throughout the earth, what instrument, then, is the Mother of God, who carried Him in her womb?» (Saint Basil)

Saint Basil was Father of the Church and a great bishop. He is admired by the Western and Eastern Church for his holiness of life and excellent doctrine. He was born around 330 in Caesarea, Cappadocia, in Asia Minor. He studied in Athens and Constantinople with the best teachers at the time. Yet very soon he grew tired of worldly successes and repented of having lost time in vanities. He said, "One day, as if waking up from a deep sleep, I turned to the admirable light of the truth of the Gospel... and cried over my miserable life." He was captivated by Christ and began to look and listen to Him alone. Basil dedicated himself to a monastic life through prayer, the meditation of the Holy Scriptures and the exercise of charity and developed an intense and dedicated apostolic activity. He was among the bishops who fought against the Arian heresy. Exhausted from tireless work and illness, he died on January 1, 379.

Saint Maravillas of Jesus

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“I have taken the Most Blessed Virgin as Mother in a special way, and She is the one who is also in charge of preparing me, protecting me, and sheltering me. How good is this sweetest of Mothers!” – St. Maravillas of Jesus

St. Maravillas of Jesus was born in Madrid, Spain, on November 4, 1891. The desire to consecrate herself to God existed in the heart of Maria de las Maravillas de Jesús since childhood. She entered the Carmel of El Escorial on October 12, 1919, attracted by the spirituality of St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross and stirred by a great love for the Virgin Mary.

In 1924, she founded a monastery of Discalced Carmelites in El Cerro de los Angeles next to the monument to the Sacred Heart in Madrid. There, the Carmelites prayed and offered themselves for the Church and for Spain.

During the religious persecution in Spain, Mother Maravillas demonstrated a great spirit of fortitude and her great serenity and trust in the Lord was shown forth.

Her desire to faithfully live the rule of St. Teresa led her to found another ten Carmels, recovering the traditional places of St. Teresa and St. John of the Cross. She was prioress for many years, during which she taught her Sisters the virtues, above all, by her own example.

She was known for her mystical life, apostolic zeal, and for uniting goodness and firmness. She died in the Carmel of La Aldehuela on December 11, 1974, while saying, “How happy I am to die a Carmelite!”
She was beatified on May 10, 1998 and canonized on May 4, 2003.

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