Bringing the Joy of His Presence to All

Blessed Mary of Jesus (Lopez de Rivas) was born in Tartanedo (Guadalajara, Spain) in 1560. She was clothed in the habit of the Discalced Carmelites on August 12, 1577. She spent the rest of her life as a Discalced Carmelite nun serving as sacristan, infirmarian, portress, novice mistress, subprioress, council sister and prioress. She helped with the founding of a monastery at Cuerva. She was known for her contemplation of the mysteries of Christ, often drawing inspiration from the Liturgy. She was highly esteemed by St. Teresa of Jesus. Blessed Mary of Jesus died on September 13, 1640 and was beautified by Pope Paul VI in 1976.

“O God, you granted Blessed Mary of Jesus the gift of profound contemplation of the mysteries of Christ, your Son, so that she reflected in herself a perfect image of his love; grant us through her intercession faith to see Christ in all things and love to bring the joy of his presence to all men; in particular, grant us the grace which we now implore….
Through Christ Our Lord. Amen.”
September 12 ~ Memorial of Blessed Mary of Jesus, Virgin