Love for the Poor. Eucharistic Assembly in February 2014

Progress Publishers
February 27, 2014

The Mother Maria Amada lived the love for the poor in whom she recognized Christ himself; and she gave herself generously to them through service, to help them improve their living conditions, holistically, as she expressed it through prayer: How happy I would be if I could remedy the needs of my poor brothers worldwide! And even more if I would remedy their spiritual miseries and won them all to You."

She would not stay just in the emotional feeling and desire to help, but going into effective action. One of many examples is the arduous evangelization and social work that took place among the Otomi people of the Mezquitán Valley in the state of Hidalgo. In a page of her diary a glimpse of the enthusiastic activity undertaken for them: "I went to Alfajayucan, my brothers interest me in extreme. We had to settle the issue of food. Something was arranged; I made it to Huichapan, and then on the way back in Alfajayucan we got something fixed for the girls and boys of the boarding school, the clinic, etcetera, etcetera"(DE, August 21, 1961).

For your consideration: Are you convinced that Christ is present in the person of the poor? Does your love for the poor is only affective or is also effective? What you do now for the poor?

The Servant of God Maria Amada is the founder of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Our Lady of Guadalupe. She was born on September 7, 1895 and died on February 4, 1967. The cause of her canonization was opened on September 12, 2003 in the Archdiocese of Mexico.

Prayer for the Canonization

Heavenly Father, you who delights in decorating your saints and chosen ones with the virtues of your Divine Son, and who wanted to scorch your daughter Maria Amada with the Fire of Love of His Hearth, and the ardent zeal to extend His Kingdom which was manifested trough her love for the poor and the homeless; we ask for the grace to imitate her example for your greater glory and the good of the Church, that she will be raised to the honor of the altars. We ask this for Saint Mary of Guadalupe, and the merits of Christ Our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for her Intercession

Merciful Father, you have chosen your daughter Maria Amada, whom burned in the love of Jesus Christ, your Son, and full of zeal for the extension of the Kingdom of Love from his Heart, who will throughout her life care for those who suffer, especially for the poor and homeless. We ask You through her intercession, grant us the grace that we ask in faith ... (make your request). We thank you for all the gifts that you have granted us and those which you want to give us through him. Listen compassionately to our prayers and let us know your will, for Our Lady of Guadalupe and the merits of Christ our Lord. Amen. Sacred Heart of Jesus, I trust in You!