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Saint Lupita remembered for simplicity and devotion to poor and sick

2013-05-09

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Postulator, Mother Lupita
"The life of Mother Lupita, her path to sainthood was a path of simplicity, humility, of great sensitivity for the poor, for the sick, and especially for the poor who are sick.” 

Born in 1878 in the Mexican state of Jalisco, Mother Lupita co-founded the congregation Handmaids of St. Margaret Mary and the Poor. 

Her work became harder, and at times dangerous, when the Mexican Revolution broke out in 1910. And a decade later, with the persecution of the Catholic Church known as the Cristero War. But Mother Lupita continued her work. 

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Postulator, Mother Lupita 
"In the hospital, she not only treated the Cristeros, the Catholics, but also the soldiers, because, for her, charity was for everyone.” 

After six decades leading her congregation, Mother Lupita passed away in 1963. Soon after, her canonization process began. In 2002, the Vatican confirmed the first miracle attributed to her, and John Paul beatified her in April 2004. 

At about that same time, when an 80 year old woman was hospitalized with a stroke, her family prayed before Mother Lupita's tomb, asking her to intervene, and she did. 

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Postulator, Mother Lupita
"It was a healing just like the Congregation for the Cause of Saints asks for: immediate, complete and permanent.” 

Even though her canonization announcement was overshadowed by the news of Benedict XVI's resignation, it's Pope Francis, another Latin American, who elevates her to sainthood

She will be joined by a group of Italian martyrs, and a Colombian nun also dedicated to helping the poor. For her postulator, the joy of her canonization is overpowered by a sense of responsibility. 

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Postulator, Mother Lupita
"I feel more strongly, the commitment to be of God, to get closer to Him. Because I see the work of the saints and, well, the commitment and question is, 'why am I not a saint?'” 

Mother Lupita's legacy, serving the poor and the sick, has expanded throughout the world. In addition to her work in her home state, her congregation does work in other parts of Mexico, as well as Peru, Iceland, Greece and Italy. 


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