The Church in Cuba offered a special Mass of thanksgiving for the 75 years of consecrated life of Sister María de Jesús Miranda, who has served the poor and sick as a member of the Congregation of the Servants of Mary.
The Mass was offered July 5 by the Archbishop San Cristobal de la Habana, Juan de la Caridad Cardinal García Rodriguez.
Miranda was born in Spain Jan. 13, 1928 and has served as a missionary in Cuba for 64 years. She experienced firsthand the attacks on the Catholic Church by Fidel Castro. The religious was one of the 14 sisters from her congregation who stayed on the island despite the religious persecution that had already led to the expulsion of 130 priests, a bishop, and several religious.
In his homily for the Mass, the cardinal thanked God for the sister’s life and said that God created the Spanish nun for “love, for peace, to serve the sick, he created her for eternity.”
The archbishop of Havana related how as a child, Miranda “stole pears, stole apples, and made life impossible for the neighbors.” However, “since she had a ‘bad dad’ and a ‘bad mom,’ the beatings they gave her for these thefts set her on the right path in life,” he added.
As she grew up, the cardinal said, several young men fell in love with her, but she “preferred a beloved who was in love with her from eternity and asked for every beat of her heart.”
Cardinal García thanked the Holy Spirit for instilling in the sister “the desire to be faithful to her religious vows” and to be the mother of “so many sick people, caring for them, comforting them, encouraging them, suffering with them and trying to make their illness peaceful and holy.”
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