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This is a copy of a post that was added to the Home page on April 27, 2011.
The title of this post interprets that these two women from the 19th and 20th century are not yet canonized Saints, but they are venerable and their causes will be considered by the Church as we all promote them and ask for their prayers. Please consider promoting one or both of these beautiful souls below!
The life of Mother Maria Luisa Josefa of the Most Blessed Sacrament is no ordinary story. It is a story filled with that complete trust in God which makes life a daring adventure, the kind of adventure one encounters when one dares to love God above all things and to place one's life completely in His hands. It is a story where trust in God and obedience to His manifest designs bursts forth into great sanctity. Mother Luisita is a model of holiness in the single, married, widowed and religious state.
Maria Luisa de la Pena was born in Atotonilco el Alto, Jalisco Mexico on June 21, 1866, the first surviving of fourteen children. Although she felt drawn to the religious life, at the age of fifteen in obedience to her parents, she married Doctor Pascual Rojas, a prominent physician who was twice her age. Their life together was happy, a mutual growing in love of God and neighbor. God did not grant them children. They trusted and decided together that the poor would be their children. They built the little Hospital of the Sacred Heart to serve those less fortunate. After fourteen years of married life Maria Luisa was left a widow. On his deathbed, Doctor Rojas told her that he had no doubt what she would do after he had died - she would serve God as a religious.
Eight years later Maria Luisa entered the Cloistered Carmelites and became immersed in the spirituality of Carmel. After seven months she was asked by the Archbishop to return to her work at the hospital which needed her guidance. Again she trusted God's manifest designs. Along with the hospital she opened a school and orphanage. Many others attracted by her charisma began to join her. The Archbishop re-appeared and told her that she would have to join an existing religious Congregation. Obediently she left all her works behind and joined the Sister Servants of the Blessed Sacrament. Four years later the Archbishop asked her to return she was needed at the hospital and with the children. She obeyed. More women joined her. This time the Archbishop himself suggested that she found a Religious Congregation and the Carmelite Sisters of the Sacred Heart were established on February 2, 1921. Her charism "to unite the spirit of Carmel to the active apostolate unfolded.
Six years later, a dangerous and terrifying adventure - religious persecution in her beloved Mexico. Dressed in disguise, she came to the United States as a homeless refugee. She trusted. God rewarded her confidence and her work became established in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. More adventure followed. In 1929 she returned to Mexico and continued the work she had begun there, as well as guiding, visiting and directing the Sisters in California. She spent the remainder of her life in hiding, ill and living in extreme poverty, often without sufficient food.
On February 11, 1937 God called His faithful servant home to Himself - an eternal adventure. In the Year of the Great Jubilee, after extensive study of her life and writings, the Church declared that she lived a life of heroic virtue and her cause toward sainthood is in progress.
Author - Patricia Harris writes for www.diabeticmenus.org/
Type 2 diabetes is easily the most common form of diabetes. An incredible number of Americans have already been diagnosed with diabetes type 2 symptoms, and more are unconscious they are at high risk. Some groups have a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes than others. Diabetes type 2 is much more common in African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, as well as the aged people. In type 2 diabetes, either our body isn't going to produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Insulin is critical for your body to be able to use glucose for energy. Once you eat food, your body breaks down the sugars and starches into glucose, that is certainly the basic fuel for any cells in your body. Insulin takes the sugar from your blood in the cells. When glucose accumulates in the blood rather than going into cells, it can lead to diabetes complications. You may have the power to increase and protect your wellbeing. With proper nutrition and physical activity and making good life-style choices (like not smoking), you are able to feel better, stronger, and healthier, and can decrease your risk of diseases like the cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.What exactly is Healthy Weight?There's a simple way to see if your current weight puts you at risk for developing serious diseases. Visit www.diabetes.org/bmi and take the Body Mass Index (BMI) test. The results will let you decide if you need to be concerned about your weight.Better You Eat, Better You AreHere are a few basic guidelines to help you and your family make healthier food decisions:* Eat plenty of vegetables and fruit. * Choose wholemeal foods over processed grain products. Try brown rice rather than white. Substitute whole wheat bread for white. * Eat fish 2-3 times a week. * Select leaner cuts of meat like those that end in "loin." * Remove the skin from poultry and turkey. * Eat low fat dairy * Drink water and low calories non-carbonated liquids. * Use liquid oils for cooking as a substitute for solid fats. * Reduce too-high calorie junk food like chips, cookies, cakes, and regular frozen goodies. Hunt for baked chips and reduced calorie snacks. Or have some fruit instead. * Watch your serving sizes. Even an excessive amount of "healthy" food might cause extra pounds.Tips:* Compare labels of similar foods, then pick the one with smaller amounts of saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. * Adults should consume below 2400 mg. of sodium a day. For those who have hypertension, it's best to prefer even less. * Try adding seasonings in your own cooking to substitute for salt for enhancing flavor.Just a little Work out Goes a long wayAnything that gets you up and moving is designed for you. Here's what it may do: * Decrease your risk of developing diabetes type 2 * Decrease your risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke Lower high blood pressure and cholesterol * Reduce blood glucose (sugar) levels in case you have diabetes, which often can decrease your risk of developing diabetes-related complications * Decrease tension * Help you to drop some weight * Give you more energy * Help you sleep better * Build stronger bones and muscle mass You do not need to go to a gym, play sports or use fancy equipment. Naturally, it's best to talk to a family doctor prior to starting any exercise regimen. When you have Diabetes. Eating healthy and staying active are a lot more important when you have diabetes. Well-balanced meals might help keep your glucose (sugar) level as nearly normal as it can be. Being active likewise helps you lower your blood glucose. In case you increase your physical activity levels, you could probably take less insulin or diabetes pills. If you're very inactive, have heart disease or a history of foot ulcers, talk to your doctor about safe exercise available for you. Check your blood glucose before exercising. If it's under 100 mg/dl, eat some fruit, crackers or drink glass of milk or juice. Check it again after exercising to learn how your blood glucose reacts to exercise. Bring a snack if you'll be active for a few hours. About the Author - Patricia Harris writes for the diabeticmenus.org/ blog, her personal hobby website aimed at guidelines to eat healthy to avoid and manage diabetes.
Lord, I have cried to you, hear me. This is a prayer we can all say. This is not my prayer, but that of the whole Christ. Rather, it is said in the name of his body. When Christ was on earth he prayed in his human nature, and prayed to the Father in the name of his body, and when he prayed drops of blood flowed from his whole body. So it is written in the Gospel: Jesus prayed with earnest prayer, and sweated blood. What is this blood streaming from his whole body but the martyrdom of the whole Church?
Lord, I have cried to you, hear me; listen to the sound of my prayer, when I call upon you. Did you imagine that crying was over when you said: I have cried to you? You have cried out, but do not as yet feel free from care. If anguish is at an end, crying is at an end; but if the Church, the body of Christ, must suffer anguish until the end of time, it must not say only: I have cried to you, hear me; it must also say: Listen to the sound of my prayer, when I call upon you.
Let my prayer rise like incense in your sight; let the raising of my hands be an evening sacrifice.
This is generally understood of Christ, the head, as every Christian acknowledges. When day was fading into evening, the Lord laid down his life on the cross, to take it up again; he did not lose his life against his will. Here, too, we are symbolised. What part of him hung on the cross if not the part he had received from us? How could God the Father ever cast off and abandon his only Son, who is indeed one God with him? Yet Christ, nailing our weakness to the cross (where, as the Apostle says: Our old nature was nailed to the cross with him), cried out with the very voice of humanity: My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
The evening sacrifice is then the passion of the Lord, the cross of the Lord, the oblation of the victim that brings salvation, the holocaust acceptable to God. In his resurrection he made this evening sacrifice a morning sacrifice. Prayer offered in holiness from a faithful heart rises like incense from a holy altar. Nothing is more fragrant than the fragrance of the Lord. May all who believe share in this fragrance.
Therefore, our old nature in the words of the Apostle, was nailed to the cross with him, in order, as he says, to destroy our sinful body, so that we may be slaves to sin no longer.
From a commentary on the psalms by Saint Augustine, bishop