“In this vale of tears, suffering will not be lacking, and we should be content to have something to offer to our most beloved Jesus who wanted so much to suffer for love of us.” #BlessedMariaSagrario #SaintOfTheDayTweet
The most direct way to unite ourselves to God is that of the cross, so we should always desire it. May the Lord not permit that I be separated from his divine will.
Blessed be God who gives us these ways of offering ourselves up to his love! The day will arrive when we will rejoice for having suffered in this way. Meanwhile, let us be generous, suffering everything, if not with happiness, at least in close conformity to the divine will of him who suffered so much out of love for us. However great are our sufferings, they come nowhere near his.
Blessed be he who arranges everything for our good! In possessing him, we possess everything.
Blessed María Sagrario of St. Aloysius Gonzaga Moragas Cantarero
Excerpt from the Office of Readings, where her memorial is observed on 16 August
Discalced Carmelite historian Father Iván Mora Pernía provides additional details concerning the final days in the life and vocation of Blessed Maria Sagrario:
On 20 July 1936, a mob of revolutionaries stormed the Carmel of Santa Ana in Madrid, where Blessed Maria Sagrario of St. Aloysius Gonzaga had just been re-elected Prioress on the first day of the month. On 14 August she was arrested and taken to the prison at Marqués del Riscal. The Blessed refused to give in to the demands of the revolutionary militia. On 15 August, between 2:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m., she was executed by firing squad in the Pradera de San Isidro [translation by the blogger].