May 26 – Saint Mary Ann de Paredes: Patron Saint of the Americas

Saint  Mary Ann de Paredes, Patron Saint of the Americas (Feast date: May 26)

Extract from Mary Ann de Paredes:  “Daughter of Don Girolamo Flores Zenel de Paredes, a nobleman of Toledo, and Doña Mariana Cranobles de Xaramilo; Her birth was accompanied by unusual celestial phenomena. Orphaned very young, she was raised by her older sister and her husband. Mary Ann was a pious child with a devotion to Mary. She was miraculously saved from death several times. Attracted to religious life at an early age, at ten she made vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. She initially wanted to be a Dominican nun, but instead became a hermit in home of her sister. Her life changed at that point, and except to attend church, she never left the house again. Given to severe austerities, she slept little, and ate an ounce of dry bread every eight or ten days, surviving solely on the Eucharist which she received during daily Communion. Given to ecstacies; had gifts of prophecy, remote viewing, reading of hearts, healing by making the Sign of the Cross or sprinkling with holy water, and at least once restored a dead person to life. During a series of earthquakes in 1645, and inevitable epidemics that followed them, in Quito, Ecuador she publicly offered herself as a victim for the city and died shortly after. Immediately after her death there blossomed a pure white lily from her blood. The Republic of Ecuador has declared her a national heroine.” See PICTURE of Saint Mary Ann de Paredes.  See also: Mariana de Jesús de Paredes (Multilingual). VIDEO: Saint Mary Ann de Paredes – The Lily of Quito (PL) .

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We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Mary Anne de Paredes on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Hurricane Sandy in the Americas (began October 22, 2012) (America) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: November 5 – November 18, 2012.

Torrential Rains in Central America  (October, 2011) (America) See World Mission Rosary Intentions – October 24 – November 7,2011.

That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

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