Feast of All Carmelite Saints ~ Novena Day 9 – November 14
“We should rest entirely in His hands, understanding that His eyes are
always upon us, that He will see to it that we lack nothing and
grant us anything that we need, if it is for our own good.”
Venerable Mother Maria Luisa Josefa of the Most Blessed Sacrament
If one common denominator can be pinpointed among the saints, it is their unwavering confidence in the loving providence of God, and Venerable Mother Luisita was certainly no exception in this respect. Her life was seemingly a series of adventures, which were completely out of her control, compelling her to trust that God would see her through. Although she felt drawn to the religious life, at age 15, she acceded to her parents’ wishes to marry a prominent physician twice her age. God blessed them with a happy marriage, in which the couple inspired one another to grow in their love of God and neighbor. They trusted God when He did not bless them with children, realizing He had other plans for them. So, the couple decided to adopt the poor as their children and built a hospital, schools and orphanages to serve the less fortunate.
After the death of her husband, Maria Luisa realized her dream of becoming a religious, entering the Carmelite convent. However, on three occasions, she was asked to change course and each time she set aside her own desires to obey the requests made of her, never once question, firmly trusting in God’s manifest designs. Perhaps the greatest trial of her life was the Mexican revolution of the 1920s, which resulted in violent religious persecutions that sought to destroy all she had accomplished, and which ultimately drove her from her homeland. It is easy to imagine the apprehension that naturally comes with leaving one’s homeland dressed in disguise, fleeing to another country and not knowing the language, all the while wondering what to do by ways of supporting oneself. Despite all this, Mother Luisita never faltered, her trust in God’s loving providence remained rock solid. God rewarded her trust and soon her work became established in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, where it has blossomed and continues strong to this day.
Mother Luisita’s courageous example teaches us that despite the sometimes frightening storms in which we find our lives caught up, we must simply place it in God’s hands. Mother Luisita’s counsel to her spiritual daughters rings true for us today, as well: “Look to God, your soul, and eternity, and for all the rest, do not preoccupy yourself. For greater things you were born. God will provide for all of our needs.”
O Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, King and Center of all hearts, look with merciful love upon the petitions we present to You through the intercession of Your servant, Mother Maria Luisa Josefa of the Most Blessed Sacrament. – List petitions – We humbly beseech You to glorify her who was always such a fervent lover of Your Sacred Heart by granting us these favors if they are for Your greater Honor and Glory. Amen. (Prayer for the Beatification of Venerable Mother Luisita)