Blessed Maria Sagrario of St. Aloysius Gonzaga was a Discalced Carmelite martyr of the Spanish Civil war, who was executed on 15 August 1936. In her writings, we find this passage: "Blessed be he who arranges everything for our good! In possessing him, we possess everything."
In one single memorial we remember our sisters who were martyred in the Spanish Civil War, which lasted from 1936 to 1939. Maria Pilar of St. Francis Borgia (born at Tarazona on Dec. 30, 1877), Teresa of the Child Jesus and of St. John of the Cross (born at Mochales on March 5,1890), and Maria Angeles of St. Joseph (born at Getafe on March 6, 1905), Discalced Carmelite nuns of the Monastery of Guadalajara, Spain, were martyred on July 24, 1936, and beatified by Saint John Paul II on March 29, 1987. Maria Sagrario was born at Lillo (Toledo) on 8th January 1881. A pharmacist by trade, she was one of the first women in Spain to be admitted to this qualification. Through her spirit of prayer and her love for the Eucharist, she was a perfect embodiment of the contemplative and ecclesial ideal of the Teresian Carmel. She was martyred on 15th August 1936, a grace for which she had longed; she was beatified by Saint John Paul II in 1998. PASTORAL NOTE: In the year 2022, this Optional Memorial gives way to the 17th Sunday in Ordinary time.
On the feast day of the male religious who died in the Spanish Revolution in the 1930s, we recall St Teresa's counsel from the Way of Perfection: "It is clear that if someone is a true religious or a true person of prayer and aims to enjoy the delights of God, he must not turn his back upon the desire to die for God and suffer martyrdom."
Carmel desired to bring together in one single memorial its own martyrs who, in different locations in Spain, bore witness during the long and bloody Civil War (1936-1939). Mentioned in this memorial are Father Angel Maria Prat Hostench, O. Carm., killed with his community in Tarrega in 1936, and Father Lucas of St. Joseph O.C.D., killed with his fellow friars in Barcelona, also in 1936. In this memorial, we also remember the groups from Lérida, Tarragona, Toledo, Olot, Terrasa, etc.
She found the strength not to betray priests and friends of the community, facing death with integrity
Remembering the beatification of the Discalced Carmelite martyrs of Guadalajara
The fate of our Spanish sisters tells us what we must be prepared for
Discalced Carmelite martyr of the Spanish Civil war who was executed on 15th August 1936. "Blessed be he who arranges everything for our good! In possessing him, we possess everything."
Grant us, through her intercession,
the grace to be so firmly rooted in the love of Christ
that nothing can ever separate us from this love.