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Saint Maria Rosa Molas Y Vallvé


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Feast Day: June 11

Birth: March 24, 1815
Death: June 11, 1876
Saint Maria Rosa Molas Y Vallvé, also known as Rosa Francisca Dolors Molas Vallvé, was born on 24 March 1815 in Reus, Tarragona, Spain. She was the daughter of Jose Molas and Maria Vallvé and was baptized just one day after her birth. Rosa was a devout Catholic from a young age and felt a strong calling to serve others. In 1841, she joined the Daughters of Charity and took the name Maria Rosa. She initially worked in a girls' sewing school and eventually became its director. She also served as the superior of the Daughters of Charity and worked in a hospital, caring for the sick. However, due to political differences rather than personal reasons, Maria Rosa decided to leave the Daughters of Charity. On 14 March 1857, with the help and support of her bishop, she founded the women's congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Consolation. This congregation was dedicated to serving the poor, teaching, ministering to the sick, and supporting the faithful in hospitals and colleges. The good work of the Sisters of Our Lady of Consolation continues to this day in eleven countries across four continents. Maria Rosa Molas Y Vallvé's life was marked by her unwavering dedication to her faith and her selfless service to others. She was known for her compassion, humility, and devotion to God. Throughout her life, she faced numerous challenges and difficulties but remained steadfast in her mission to bring consolation to those in need. Saint Maria Rosa Molas Y Vallvé was venerated on 4 October 1974 by Pope Paul VI, who declared her heroic virtues. She was beatified on 8 May 1977 by the same Pope, with the beatification celebrated at Saint Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, Rome, Italy. The beatification miracle involved the complete healing of twelve-year-old Elvira Ruiz Llopis from peritonitis in the early hours of 4 October 1944 at a hospital in Castellón de la Plana, diocese of Tortosa, Spain. This healing occurred after the Sisters prayed for the intercession of Mother Maria Rosa. Finally, Maria Rosa Molas Y Vallvé was canonized on 11 December 1988 by Pope John Paul II. The canonization ceremony took place at Saint Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, Rome, Italy. The canonization miracle involved the healing of a novice from the Sisters of Our Lady of Consolation who suffered from ulcerative pyoderma with lymphangitis and lymphadenitis due to severe burns. After visiting the tomb of Mother Maria Rosa on the evening of 11 July 1951, the novice experienced a miraculous healing. Saint Maria Rosa Molas Y Vallvé continues to be an inspiration for her selfless acts of charity and her dedication to serving others. Her life serves as a testament to the power of faith and the transformative potential of compassion.