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Concepcion Cabrera de Armida
The Spirituality of the Cross
We are called to radically imitate Jesus Christ Priest and Victim.
Like Jesus, we make of our entire life a constant priestly offering to God the Father in union with Jesus.
The Cross of the Apostolate
Mother of Christ the Priest, is our model of a life lived in priestly offering: from the Incarnation, all throughout the life of Jesus, and on the Cross.
She constantly offered Jesus to God the Father for the salvation of all humankind.
Which is the cross of Jesus the Priest, symbolizes our spirituality.
At the center is Jesus' heart. We wish to see the world transformed by the priestly heart of Jesus, compassionate for the poor, the suffering and the marginalized.
VEN. FR. FELIX DE JESUS ROUGIER
The Venerable Fr. Felix de Jesús Rougier was born in Meilhaud, France, on December 17, 1859. He was ordained a priest, in the Society of Mary, at the age of 27. He was a human being with limitations and failings. He was, however, a man who single-mindedly pursued his lifetime goal: TO DO THE WILL OF THE HEAVENLY FATHER.
He pursued his ideal amid internal and external strife, in the darkness of a faith put to the test, hoping against all odds, suffering from the misunderstandings of many of his brethren. At the same time, he earned the love of many by his gentleness and kindness.
He came to Mexico in 1902 after six years of missionary work in Colombia. It was here where he had a providential encounter with Conchita on February 4, 1903. Through her the Lord made him discover his vocation to the Works of the Cross and his mission as Founder of the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit.
Ten years would go by before he could get the permission of his superiors to found the Congregation, but with the restriction that he not leave the Society of Mary. He founded the Congregation of the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit in the Chapel of the Roses, in the Basilica of our Lady of Guadalupe, in Mexico City, on December 25, 1914. After many years of patient longing to be a Missionary of the Holy Spirit, finally, in 1926, his superiors granted him permission to become a member of the Congregation he founded.
The latter part of Fr. Felix's life was taken up largely with his labors to establish the Works of the Cross in cooperation with Conchita, a widow and mystic. In the midst of the revolutionary turmoil in Mexico he founded the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit, a congregation devoted to Jesus Christ, as Priest and Victim. Fr. Felix was also instrumental in having Mexico consecrated to the Holy Spirit (October 12, 1924).
Besides the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit, Fr. Felix founded three other congregations for women: The Daughters of the Holy Spirit (1924), The Guadalupan Missionaries of the Holy Spirit (1930), and the Oblate Sisters of Jesus Priest (1937).
On February 15, 2000, the heroic virtues of Fr. Felix were approved by the Vatican and on July 1st John Paul II declares him VENERABLE. His process of canonization gets closer to being fulfilled.
Blessed CONCEPCION CABRERA DE ARMIDA
Blessed Concepcion Cabrera de Armida, affectionately known as Conchita, lived and sanctified all the states of Christian life: fiancee, wife, mother of nine children and grandmother. She was born December 8, 1862 in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. She died March 3, 1937 in Mexico City.
The most outstanding characteristics of her life were: purity of heart, a true spirit of sacrifice, humility and great love of Jesus Crucified.
Conchita was the instrument chosen by God to give the Works of the Cross to the Church, all of which contain the special characteristics of the Spirituality of the Cross. These Works seek to spread in the Church the Reign of the Holy Spirit, which is the Kingdom of Love expressed in the Cross of Our Savior.
Conchita was also a mystic and a spiritual writer. For more than forty years, on the advice of her spiritual directors, she faithfully kept a spiritual diary that numbered 66 handwritten manuscripts which equals in amplitude the Summa of St. Thomas Aquinas. She addresses to all the People of God: to single and married people, to priests and to bishops, to religious and to all consecrated lives.
As a mystical writer she heard God telling her: "Ask me for a long suffering life and to write a lot... That's your mission on earth". At the time her canonization process began in 1959, about 200 volumes of her writings were presented to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.
On December 20, 1999, She was declared Venerable by Pope John Paul II. On May 4, 2019 she was beatified in Mexico City. Thanks be to God!