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Despite Suffering, Nun Sang of God's Mercy

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RIMINI, Italy, MAY 9, 2007 (Zenit.org) — Suffering from tuberculosis, Sr. Maria Rosa of Jesus asked God for the ability to sing of his mercy and to be heard.

Sister Maria Rosa was beatified April 29, in Rimini. Cardinal José Saraiva Martins, prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for Saints' Causes and Benedict XVI's delegate for the occasion, presided over the rite.

Cardinal Saraiva Martins reflected in his homily on the invitation of Sr. Maria Rosa to hope and "to not let ourselves be tied down by our limitations."

Like her, we must pray that Jesus uses each one of us "to build upon the wreckage" of human weakness, [to be] that "masterpiece that" God "has had in his mind for all eternity," exhorted the cardinal.

Her life
Born Bruna Pellesi on Nov. 10, 1917, near Modena in northern Italy, she was the youngest of nine children. Her parents were farmers with a strong Catholic faith.

The postulator of her cause of beatification, Fr. Florio Tessari, in an interview with Vatican Radio, said, "When she was a young girl she was vivacious and loved to dress well."

"She was one of the most beautiful girls in town," he added, and she "was filled with a desire to love and be loved."

When she was 17, she dated a young man but "left him because her heart was beating for another. Christ became her only love," Fr. Tessari explained.

Bruna Pellesi entered the convent of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of Christ when she was 23, making her final profession two years later, taking the name of Sister Maria Rosa of Jesus.

At the age of 26 she was diagnosed with tuberculosis and was hospitalized by the sickness for 27 years.

Her treatment included extracting liquid from her lungs five times a day. The postulator said she never complained.

Father Tessari recalled that when Sister Maria Rosa was near death, in 1972, she said in a whisper: "I say this now, all that matters is loving the Lord. I am happy because I die in love and I am happy because I love everyone."

Let us pray for you. Send us your prayer petitions to our Divine Mercy Intercessory Prayer Ministry. They will be placed before the Blessed Sacrament in Our Lady of Mercy Oratory.

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Tioedong - Oct 22, 2008

didn't they ever treat her with streptomycin? Most of my tb patients left hospitals by the mid 1950's...

Ricardo W. Herrero - Feb 10, 2008

I, myself, have been downed because of a stroke I suffered two and a half years ago. I am confined to a wheelchair because my knees buckle and so I can't walk. I am a diabetic. I ask for the Lord's mercy because I want to be useful and spread his word.

Don - Nov 23, 2007

It's a privalege to know Bld. Maria Rose's life and death. She did it right, she did it right.

anonymous - May 15, 2007

After reflecting on Sr. Pellesi's beatification story, I decided to open the Diary of Divine Mercy.

My reflections may be erroneous, (you can correct me), but it seems that Sr. Pellesi put into practice the Divine Mercy of ardent love & pure love at the moments of intense suffering and near death. Her last words were:

"I say this now, all that matters is loving the Lord. I am happy because I die in love and I am happy because I love everyone."

#324 ... St. Faustina said to Jesus, "I thought you were going to take me."

And Jesus answered, "My will has not yet been fully accomplished in you; you will still remain on earth, but not for long. I am well pleased with your trust, but your love should be more ardent. Pure love gives the soul strength at the very moment of dying. When I was dying on the cross, I was not thinking about Myself, but about poor sinners, and I prayed for them to My Father. I want your last moments to be completely similar to Mine on the cross. There is but one price at which souls are bought, and that is suffering united to My suffering on the cross. Pure love understands these words; carnal love will never understand them."

Divine Mercy's absolutely remarkable, a constant miracle, the imparted graces are unlimited - if we don't hoarde them for ourselves.

A *new dawn* is approaching...

anonymous - May 15, 2007

Thank you for sharing Sister Pellesi's life story. Sister Pellesi has encouraged me tremendously. If feels like a new dawn is occurring in my life. God is helping me sing a "new song" to Him. I am so grateful...