Above: Mariano de la Mata Aparicio
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BLESSED MARIANO DE LA MATA APARICIO (DECEMBER 31, 1905-APRIL 5, 1983)
Roman Catholic Missionary and Educator in Brazil
Blessed Mariano de la Mata Aparicio, born at La Puebla de Valdavia, Palencia, Spain, on December 31, 1905, became a great missionary in Brazil. His parents were Manuel and Martina de la Mata Aparicio; he was one of eight offspring. After studying at Valladolid, Spain, our saint followed in the footsteps of three of his brothers and became an Augustinian on September 9, 1921. He made his vows on January 23, 1927. He studied philosophy in Pisuerga, Spain, then went to the Monastery of St. Maria La Vid, Burgos, Spain. De la Mata Aparicio, ordained a priest on July 25, 1930, taught at the College La Encarnacion, Llames, Spain, briefly.
Our saint spent most of his life in Brazil, however. He went to the Augustinian vice-province of Brazil in 1931. Then he served in a variety of functions during the following 52 years. He was a priest, of course; pastoral roles were part of his work. Of special concern to de la Mata Aparicio were the poorest of the poor. Our saint also taught and coordinated education. On the vice-provincial level de la Mata Aparicio was an administrator, a secretary, a prior, and a counselor.
De la Mata Aparicio was a kind and sympathetic man quick to smile. He was kind and sympathetic, of course, to those who received little comfort from the world. He was also kind to plants, which reminded him of the greatness of God, their creator. Our saint took care of them and spoke to them as part of his panentheism–recognizing God in nature. De la Mata Aparicio also had devotions to Mary and the Holy Eucharist.
Our saint died at Sao Paulo, Brazil, on April 5, 1983. He was 77 years old. Pope John Paul II venerated him in 2004. Pope Benedict XVI beatified de la Mata Aparicio two years later.
KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR
MARCH 16, 2017 COMMON ERA
THE FEAST OF SAINT ADALBALD OF OSTEVANT, SAINT RICTRUDIS OF MARCHIENNES, AND THEIR RELATIONS
THE FEAST OF SAINT ABRAHAM KIDUNAIA, ROMAN CATHOLIC HERMIT, AND SAINT MARY OF EDESSA, ROMAN CATHOLIC ANCHORESS
THE FEAST OF SAINT JOHN CACCIAFRONTE, ROMAN CATHOLIC MONK, ABBOT, BISHOP, AND MARTYR
THE FEAST OF SAINT MEGINGAUD OF WURZGURG, ROMAN CATHOLIC MONK AND ABBOT
O God, your Son came among us to serve and not to be served,
and to give his life for the life of the world.
Lead us by his love to serve all those to whom
the world offers no comfort and little help.
Through us give hope to the hopeless,
love to the unloved,
peace to the troubled,
and rest to the weary,
through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
–Adapted from Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), page 60