Friendship, as has been said, consists in a full commitment of the will to another person with a view to that person’s good.
-Pope Saint John Paul II
Friendships feed our souls in a very particular way. During these times of social distancing, fall out from a global pandemic, and the ensuring separation we’ve experienced from our friends and family, we have a special place to turn to for friendship.
The holy women of our Catholic Faith: the Saints, the venerables, the servants of God. We have reason to believe through the Church’s guidance that these multitude of unique, relatable, remarkable women are worshipping before the throne of God, taking our intentions before Him. They want us to join them in Heaven, after all.
The Saints, Our Friends
We’ve assembled a grouping of a dozen women who fit this description, lived in the last century or so, and span all walks of life from vocation to nearly every continent, to a plethora of challenges they faced. Eleven are lay women!
The complete discussion of their lives and reflections on how they lived the Works of Mercy out is available in our Misericordia study.
Let’s get to know our heavenly friends better and allow a beautiful friendship (or friendships!) to blossom.
Find more companionship with our sister Saints
and be inspired by their Works of Mercy in Misericordia!
Servant of God Maria de la Luz
Maria was born in 1907 in Mexico. Her mother passed away when she was a baby and her education was in a religious run school. Her nickname was “Lucha” which means “a fight,” and yet her temperament was cheery and sweet. She was a third order Franciscan.
When she was in her 20s, she lived through the Cristero War where the anti-Catholic government was intent on stamping out the faith. The Marxist governor expelled priests and religious and closed churches, and she witnessed much of the carnage to the Faith.
When she learned that violent government thugs planned to burn down her parish, she rushed to it during a children’s Mass and tried to protect them by stalling the enemy outside. She was shot dead, arms outstretched, shouting Viva Cristo Rey! (Long live Christ the King!). She died in 1934.
Under these dangerous circumstances, she offered her brave heart to Our Lord, knowing she would be killed. Let us take comfort in the face of death.Friends with Saints Series // Maria de la Luz #BISblog // Click To Tweet
Servant of God Maria de la Luz, pray for us!