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Life and Works of St. Maravillas - December 11

laudemgloriae3 SAINT MARÍA MARAVILLAS DE JESÚS (Pidal y Chico de Guzmán) Professed Nun of the Order of Discalced Carmelites (1891-1974) María de las Maravillas was born in Madrid, Spain, on 4 …More
laudemgloriae3 SAINT MARÍA MARAVILLAS DE JESÚS
(Pidal y Chico de Guzmán)
Professed Nun of the Order of Discalced Carmelites
(1891-1974)

María de las Maravillas was born in Madrid, Spain, on 4 November 1891, the daughter of Luis Pidal y Mon, the Marquis of Pidal, and Cristina Chico de Guzmán y Muñoz. At the time her father was the Spanish Ambassador to the Holy See, and she grew up in a devout Catholic family.
María made a vow of chastity at the age of five and devoted herself to charitable work. After coming into contact with the writings of St John of the Cross and St Teresa of Jesus, she felt called to become a Discalced Carmelite. Her father, whom she had faithfully assisted when he became ill, died in 1913, and her mother was reluctant to accept her daughter's decision to enter the Carmelite monastery.
However, on 12 October 1919, María did enter the Discalced Carmelites of El Escorial in Madrid. She made her simple vows on 7 May 1921.
Before her final profession on 30 May …More
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