María del Refugio Aguilar: Apostle of the Eucharist for the New Millennium
Maria del Refugio had staked everything on her husband's promising future, so that when he died, her whole world fell down around her. She soon suffered the loss of her son to a deadly illness. However, at a spiritual retreat, she experienced a profound renewal deep inside her. It is now that she realizes that man was created to worship and serve God. Thus begins the founding of a religious order. More
Maria del Refugio, who in her youth had shown a normal enjoyment of the amusements and comforts of the world, had staked everything on her husband's promising future, so that when he died, her whole world fell down around her. She returned to her parents' home where she spent the days and months shut away in her room. In March 1891 she suffered further sorrow when her son fell ill and eventually died.
Now five years later, in the spiritual retreat, she experiences a profound renewal deep inside her. It is now that she realizes that man was created to worship and serve God. She accepts her lot, expresses her gratitude to God for her life and resolves to take regular communion, to form the habit of conversing with the Lord and examining her conscience daily, to avoid quarrels within the family, to be circumspect in her dealings with the opposite sex, to have no affections for fashions or public entertainments, to purify her emotions and reject reckless love affairs, to occupy her time to good purpose, avoiding pursuits such as the reading of novels, to pray for her neighbors as well as for the dead, and to say the rosary. It is obvious that we are not speaking here of the conversion of an atheist, but of a believer who had, like many, languished in a state of unawareness, carrying out her religious activities purely out of habit.