Above: St. Genoveva Torres Morales
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SAINT GENOVEVA TORRES MORALES (JANUARY 3, 1870-JANUARY 5, 1956)
Foundress of the Congregation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Holy Angels
St. Genoveva Torres Morales served Christ in the poor while she struggles with her own problems, both physical and spiritual.
Morales was a native of Almenara, Castille, Spain. She, born on January 3, 1870, was the sixth of six children. By her eighth year she was not only an orphan but one of two surviving siblings. Her brother became her guardian. By the age of 10 years our saint had become accustomed to solitude and spiritual reading. She knew that the purpose of all life is to follow God. At the age of 13 years Morales had to have a leg amputated (without anesthesia) due to gangrene. For the rest of her life she walked on crutches.
In 1885, at the age of 15 years, Morales had to move to the Mercy Home operated by the Carmelites of Charity. She remained there for nine years, during which she deepened her spiritual life and learned how to sew. Our saint hoped to join the order, but she was too ill to do so. So, in 1894, Morales and two other lay women became housemates, supporting each other and spending much time in prayer.
Morales perceived a vocation to help poor women. In 1911 she founded the first community of the Congregation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Holy Angels in Valencia, Spain. Pope Pius XII granted his approval for the order in 1953. Over the decades our saint served as the Mother General of the order, increasing the number of communities while struggling with her infirmities and her desire for more solitude. In 1954, by which time she was deaf, our saint resigned her leadership role.
Morales died, aged 86 years, at Zaragoza, Spain. Pope John Paul II declared her a Venerable in 1991, a Blessed in 1995, and a saint in 2003.
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
NOVEMBER 14, 2016 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF JOHN AMOS COMENIUS, FATHER OF MODERN EDUCATION
THE FEAST OF THE CONSECRATION OF SAMUEL SEABURY, FIRST EPISCOPAL BISHOP
THE FEAST OF WILLIAM ROMANIS, ANGLICAN PRIEST AND HYMN WRITER
O God, whose blessed Son became poor that we through his poverty might be rich:
Deliver us from an inordinate love of this world, that we, inspired
by the devotion of your servant Saint Genoveva Torres Morales,
may serve you with singleness of heart, and attain to the riches of the age to come;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Song of Songs 8:6-7
Luke 12:33-37 or Luke :57-62
–Adapted from Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints (2010), page 722