October Feast Days

St. María Isabel Salvat Romero

María de la Purísima Salvat Romero was born in 1926 in Spain to Ricardo Salvat Albert and Margarita Romero Ferrer as the third of eight children.She was baptized the following day with the name of “Maria Isabel” bestowed upon her in the church of Our Lady of the Conception on Goya Street. As a child she attended the school of the Irish Sisters in Madrid and received her First Communion at the age of six.Romero and her family left Spain for Portugal from July 1936 to 1938 in order to escape the persecutions of the Spanish Civil War; they returned following the conclusion of the conflict. During her time in Portugal, she realized her true calling was to that of religious life. While her mother approved of this decision, her father ultimately attempted to suppress this, though later relented to the strong desire of his daughter.Romero joined the Sisters of the Company of the Cross, established by Saint Angela of the Cross, on 8 December 1944 and was vested in the habit of the congregation for the first time on 9 June 1945, also taking he new name to symbolize this. Romero later made her temporary vows on 27 June 1947 and took her perpetual vows on 9 December 1952.

In 1966 she was sent to the Mother House of the congregation in Seville where she, in 1968, was named the Provincial of the Mother House. She eventually ascended to the position of Superior General in 1977 and was reelected thrice, remaining in office until her death.

During her tenure, she oversaw the updating of the Constitution while attempting during her term to defend and uphold the charism of the congregation. She continued to safeguard the charism while focusing on a renewed fidelity to the message of the Gospel and the magisterium of the Church, as well as an added emphasis on Marian and Eucharistic devotion. Romero also met with the sick and the poor each morning, working tirelessly for them in terms of serving them food and cleaning their clothes. In her role as Mother General she attended the beatification of Angela of the Cross by Pope John Paul II on 5 November 1982.

She was diagnosed with a tumor in 1994 and she faced her illness for the next four years with great docility to the will of God. Romero died in Seville on 31 October 1998.

The canonization process commenced with the declaration of “nihil obstat” (nothing against) on 13 January 2004 which bestowed upon her the title of Servant of God. The cause opened in Seville and the local process spanned from 20 February 2004 until 15 November 2004. The process was validated on 2 July 2005.

The miracle that led to her beatification involved the curing of Ana Maria Rodriguez Casado who was cured at the age of three in 2004 after being in a vegetative state; the girl celebrated her First Communion at the beatification Mass.She was canonized alongside Sts.Zelie and Louis Martin on October 15,2015.Present at her canonization were sisters who personally knew St. María Isabel Salvat Romero.

October Feast Days

Blessed Chiara Badano

Blessed Chiara put Jesus in the first place. She called him my spouse.

As a young girl, she liked to sing, dance, play tennis and skate. She loved the mountains and the sea.She also tried to go to Mass every day.

One day, at age 17, while playing tennis the adolescent felt an acute pain. Her mother recalled: She returned home and was very pale. She went upstairs.

The mother asked her: Why did you come back, Chiara?The youth explained, Because during the match I felt such an sharp pain in my back that I dropped the racquet.

The pain worsened. Doctors soon discovered bone cancer. As the disease progressed, Badano faced repeated hospitalizations and increasing pain. She often repeated, “For you, Jesus. If you wish it, so do I!”

Her mother still remembers when she came home after the first session of chemotherapy. She did not want to talk. Maria Teresa recalled: “I looked at her and I saw the expression on her face, all the struggle she was combating within herself to say her ‘yes’ to Jesus.” After 25 minutes, she said to her mother “now you can talk.”

Chiara underwent surgery, which was unsuccessful; from that moment she lost the use of her legs.

According to her vice postulator, this young athlete, notwithstanding the very painful moment, exclaimed: “If I had to choose between walking or going to paradise, I wouldn’t hesitate, I’d choose paradise.”

At that time her friendship with Chiara Lubich, founder of the Focolare movement, who decided to call the youth Chiara “Luce” Badano, became very close.

She spent several months in agony, preparing for her encounter with Jesus. “The most beautiful moments were during the last summer,” said her friend, Chicca. “She was motionless in her bed,” she recalled.

Magrini highlighted Chiara’s attitude: “She didn’t cry, didn’t lament, she looked at the image of Jesus.”

Chicca recalled how Chiara wished to prepare her own funeral: the songs of the Mass, the dress and hairdo: Everything was for her a celebration. The friend recalled, “She told me she wanted to be buried in a white dress, as a bride that goes to meet Jesus.”

Chiara made one last exhortation to her mother: “When you dress me, you must repeat three times: Now Chiara is seeing Jesus.” Chiara also asked that the cornea of her eyes be donated to two youths.

She died on Oct. 7, 1990. Her last words to her mother were: “Be happy because I’m happy.

Miracles of Our Lady, Stories of the Supernatural

Miracles of the Hail Mary

On November 21, 1858, the learned Protestant theologian Dr. Hugo Lammer, of Brannsberg, embraced the Catholic Faith. Soon afterwards he became a priest, and in 1883 was made canon and professor of theology in Breslau.

The cause of his conversion may be related briefly as follows: He read an explanation of the Hail Mary and was so pleased that he began to recite it daily. Here are his own words: “I began to recite the sweet Ave Maria, and to implore Mary’s powerful intercession for my speedy entrance into the True Church. The sting of intellectual conceit became extracted, and in my solitary dwelling, on my knees before the crucifix, I fought, with tears,many interior battles. Mary banished all scruples, and when later, I knocked at the door of the True Church, I could say with the greatest conviction Credo to every tenet of the Catholic religion.”

The following true story is told by an English priest: “One day a workman came to the presbytery, and asked to speak with me at once. He said that he was not a Catholic, but he would be very grateful if I would kindly visit his wife, who was very ill, and he believed that she had not very long to live. I asked him if she were a Catholic. ‘No,’ he answered, ‘but she insists on seeing you, and will not hear of a clergyman of any other religion.’ “On reaching the house, I was welcomed most eagerly by the poor woman. She at once declared that she was convinced of the Catholic Truth, and begged me to instruct her in the doctrine of our religion. I was astonished at all this, for I learned that not one of her relations or neighbors were Catholics. I at once began my instruction. “Before her death, she made her husband solemnly promise to become a Catholic, to send their children to the Catholic school, and to have them brought up in the Faith. After his wife’s death, he faithfully carried out this promise. He declared that he owed his conversion mainly to the extraordinary patience and cheerfulness which his wife showed during her painful illness. “Astonished at the exceptional graces the poor woman had obtained, I asked her if she had ever entered a Catholic church. Having received an answer in the negative, I continued: ‘Have you ever spoken to a Catholic priest?’ ‘No.’ she answered, ‘When I was a little girl, I often played with Catholic children, and I learned a lovely prayer from them, which I have repeated every night, before going to bed.’ Then she recited the Hail Mary; the secret was at last discovered. In the hour of death, Mary, her Heavenly Mother, had claimed her for her own in return for her love and fidelity in saying the Hail Mary.” Every time we say the Hail Mary we give to God’s Blessed Mother immense immense pleasure. We in fact offer her anew all the joys and graces which she received when the Archangel Gabriel announced to her that she was made God’s Mother. When we say the Hail Mary we should say with great trust the words: “Pray for us, sinners, now (that is, during our life) and at the hour of our death.” If we ask Our Lady every time we say the Holy Mary [the second part of the prayer] for a holy death, she will surely obtain it for us.

~Source:”How to be Happy,How to be Holy”