Loading
Indians receive news of first saint from their country with joy

.- India will have its first saint on October 12 when Pope Benedict XVI canonizes Blessed Alfonsa of the Immaculate Conception, who is believed to have interceded in the miraculous cure of a child.

“One of the child’s legs was left motionless after a bomb exploded nearby and Alfonsa cured him.  The exam by doctors confirmed it,” said Father Antony of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church.  He said the local church is elated, noting that she would be the first saint of India.

Her life
 
Ana Muttathupadam was born on August 19, 1910 in Kundamaloor, India.  Her mother died when she was only three months old, and she was raised by a Catholic family of the Syro-Malabar rite.

At the age of 18 she joined the Poor Clares and was given the name Alfonsa of the Immaculate.  Her religious life was marked by grave illnesses that kept her from carrying out her apostolic work.  She offered all of her suffering for the conversion of sinners.

During the last year of her life, she fell ill with cancer and suffered great pain. She died on July 28, 1946 at the age of 36.  She was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1986 and will be canonized on October 12, 2008.  Sister Alfonsa’s motto was “Be consumed as a fire to illuminate others.”  Her profound spiritual life even moved the hearts of non- believers.

Sister Alfonsa did not do extraordinary things, but her message is easily understood in India, a country filled with suffering.  Gandhi proclaimed the value of suffering but Sister Alfonsa imbued it with the supernatural light of the Gospel. 

As the first saint of India, she is beloved by Catholics, Hindus and Muslims, who often visit her tomb to pray for her intercession.


Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic
Apr
23

Liturgical Calendar

April 23, 2014

Wednesday within the Octa ve of Easter

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 28:8-15

Gospel
Date
04/22/14
04/21/14
04/20/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Acts 3:1-10
Gospel:: Lk 24:13-35

Saint of the Day

St. Adalbert of Prague »

Saint
Date
04/21/14
04/20/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 28:8-15

Homily
Date
04/22/14
04/21/14
04/20/14

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
     HTML
Text only
Headlines
  

Follow us: