JOACHIMA DE VEDRUNA DE MAS (1783-1854)
Joachima was born at Barcelona on April 16, 1783.. Her parents were Lawrence De Vedruna and Teresa Vidal.
Even from her childhood Joachima felt urged to offer to God even the smallest actions.
Asked by her mother how she managed to keep herself recollected for such a long time, she replied that everything spoke to her of God: the pins used for pillow lace reminded her of the thorns of the crown of the Crucified, Whom she wished to console by little sacrifices; the thread used for sewing recalled the ropes with which Jesus was bound to the pillar; the useless weeds of the gardens represented her own faults to be rooted out at their inception. At the age of nine she made her First Communion and at twelve she asked to consecrate herself to God among the cloistered Carmelite nuns of Barcelona;
but she was not accepted because she was too young.
She was barely sixteen years old when Theodore De Mas asked for her hand in marriage. He too had strongly felt the call to the religious life, but had found an obstacle in the will of his parents, because he was the firstborn and heir to a glorious name. Reassured by her confessor that this was the will of God, Joachima married Theodore on March 24, 1799. The perfect affinity of this couple made their home a kingdom of concord and of peace. Both began the day in church and finished it with the recitation of the Rosary, to which, in the course of the years, was united the silvery choir of nine children.
Joachima loved her children with all her heart; she corrected their faults with patience, she encouraged them in the practice of the virtues, and at every moment gave them the lesson of her example.
• that in our own state of life can and must sanctify.
• we are always attentive to the Lord "calling."
• that life is way short of sacrifice to heaven.
• that prayer and humility are necessary for salvation
you gave St Joachina de Vedruna to your Church
for the Christian education of youth
and the care of the sick.
May we follow her example,
and lovingly devote our lives
to serving you in our brothers and sisters.
Grant this through Christ, our Lord.
Foundation of the Carmelites in Madrid
This religious community of Carmelites of Charity was born with the College and the College according to the mission of realizing the educational charism Santa Joaquina de Vedruna instilled in her daughters, and these teachers.
Yamila deamigo, Brian Fidalgo, Nahuel Orosco and María Victoria Rojas