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Saint of the Day: Bl. Francisa de Paula de Jesus Isabel

Nhá Chica of Baependi

Nhá Chica

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Holy Woman (1810-1895)

Her life

+ Francisca was born in São João del Rei, Brazil. As a child she entrusted herself to the care of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

+ A lay woman through her life, she lived as a modern-day anchoress in Baependi, Brazil, devoting her life to prayer and to the construction of a church dedicated to Mary.

+ Beloved by those who knew her for her wisdom and holiness, she died on June 14, 1895, and was buried in the church she helped to build. Blessed Francisca was beatified in 2013.

For prayer and reflection

Here is a wise virgin, from among the number of the prudent, who went forth with lighted lamp to meet Christ.”—Entrance Antiphon for the Mass in honor of Virgins

Spiritual bonus

On this day, we also remember the Prophet Elisha. The disciple and protégé of the Prophet Elijah, Elisha took up the mantle of Elijah and he became the great prophet of the people of Israel. The stories of Elisha are recounted in the Books of Kings.


Hear us, God our Savior, that, as we rejoice in commemorating the Virgin blessed Francisca, we may be instructed by her loving devotion. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

(from The Roman Missal: Common of Virgins)

Saint profiles prepared by Brother Silas Henderson, S.D.S.

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