Mother Maria Amada was born on September 7, 1895, in Guadalajara, Jalisco in Mexico. She was the eldest of five children of Mr. Catarino Sanchez and Mrs. Matiana Muñoz, who despite the difficulties and poverty provided their family with a solid human and christian formation.
At the age of 17 years, Maria entered the Order of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament. She made her religious profession on January 19, 1919 at the Monastery of Guadalajara, where she devoted herself to live a faithful and joyful vocation; and through prayer, she always tried to discover the loving plan of God in her life.
Docile to the Call of God and animated by faith, she left the Order of the Incarnate Word to establish a congregation dedicated to fiercely love the Heart of Jesus and bring His Kingdom of Love to all men under the maternal protection of Saint Mary of Guadalupe.
The Mother began this work in Guadalajara, in 1926, at a very difficult time for the mexican catholic church because of the bloody and cruel persecution by the government, which tried to end with the faith, christian values, and all manifestations of mercy of the people of God.
The Servant of God also started, with her active and effective presence, the Congregation of Missionaries of the Sacred Heart and Our Lady of Guadalupe with the direct collaboration of RP Teodosio Ramos Martinez, founder and first Superior General of this religious institute.
The life of the Mother Maria Amada was characterized by:
A tireless zeal for the salvation of men.
A great spirit of charity, especially for the poorest.
A special love for priests and for all consecrated people, for whom she offered her life to the Heart of Jesus.
A humble and simple life, full of confidence in God and obedience, as a permanent attitude collaborating effectively in the salvation plan of God.
She was called by God to the Celestial Fatherland on February 4, 1967, in the town of Arriaga, Chiapas, due a stroke while visiting the community on this location.
"How happy I would be if I could remedy the needs of my poor brothers worldwide and even more if could remedy their spiritual miseries and won them all to You." (From her spiritual diary, January 11, 1962)
Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera opened the cause of canonization of Mother Maria Amada del Niño Jesus in the Archdiocese of Mexico on October 12th, 2003. Currently the case is in the diocesan phase of the investigation of the life, virtues and fame of sanctity of the Servant of God.