Wednesday, May 10, 2006Mama Rosa
We have a new "Blessed" in the Church! I've just read in Lay Witness magazine that Pope Benedict XVI has added a wife and mother to the Roll of the Blesseds. He called her "a model of Christian life in the lay state."
Her name is Blessed Eurosia Fabris, known as "Mama Rosa". She was born in 1866 outside of Vicenza, Italy and was the mother of eleven children, two adopted and nine of her own. She was married to a man named Carlo Barban. Six of their children had vocations to the priesthood or religious life, and Vatican Radio said on the eve of the beatification ceremony that "She knew how to transform her very large family into a school of holiness." Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, president of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, praised her for "the sweetness of her motherhood".
That's all I know about this, but it is always inspiring to hear of women in the vocations of married life who have achieved holiness. Trudge on, friends, and remember that our sanctity will be through embracing our day-to-day tasks and duties of motherhood with great love. "Ora et Labora".
-Sia writes from Vancouver, WA