Newest Indian Saint, first native born woman to be canonized!

Pope Benedict canonized for new saints this last Sunday, October 12, 2008:

St. Gaetano Errico (1791-1860)
St. Maria Bernarda Bütler (1848-1924)
St. Narcisa de Jesus Martillo Moran (1832-1869)
St. Alphonsa of the Immaculate Conception (1910-1946) 

St. Alphonsa was nun from Kerala, India who suffered a lot during her life. She is a beautiful intercessor for the suffering Christians of India!

Pope Benedict XVI said this about at the canonization Mass:

“He will swallow up death for ever, and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces” (Is 25:8). These words of the prophet Isaiah contain the promise which sustained Alphonsa of the Immaculate Conception through a life of extreme physical and spiritual suffering. This exceptional woman, who today is offered to the people of India as their first canonized saint, was convinced that her cross was the very means of reaching the heavenly banquet prepared for her by the Father. By accepting the invitation to the wedding feast, and by adorning herself with the garment of God’s grace through prayer and penance, she conformed her life to Christ’s and now delights in the “rich fare and choice wines” of the heavenly kingdom (cf. Is 25:6).

She wrote, “I consider a day without suffering as a day lost”. May we imitate her in shouldering our own crosses so as to join her one day in paradise.

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