Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Maria Dufour -- Apostle of the Tabernacle

Introduction :

Maria Dufour was born at the end of the 19th Century on September 23, 1895 in a very devout Catholic Christian Family in Genoa, Italy.

As, A Teenager she vowed to live a life of complete virginity perpetually.

She was fascinated with the Presence of Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament and she never missed receiving Holy Communion at whatever the cost.

Her Spiritual Director gave her many ideas about living a sanctimonious life and Maria scaled many mountains spiritually attracted only by the presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.

She visited Lourdes, and developed a love for Mother Mary and never stopped saying the "Rosary" daily.

Conclusion :

She was extremely happy to witness the triumph and adoration offered by the Universe to Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist at the Eucharistic Congress held in Rome in 1922.

These were the final months of her earthly life. She dedicated them to teaching Catechism and preparing the Youth to receive their First Holy Communion and make their First Confession.

She used the text of the "Glorious Catechism" of Saint Pius -- The Tenth that was clear and precise.

It was at this time that the terrible sickness of meningitis took over.

Maria suffered with Jesus Christ, her terrible illness and all the pain associated with it.

When Maria received Jesus Christ for the last time she was serene and joyful.

She passed away in Genoa on the 4th of April 1923. She was only 27 years old.

To those, who visited her she had simple words of advice.

Receive Holy Communion everyday in a state of grace and love Mother Mary and make her loved all over the world.

Credits and References :

1. Passion for the Bread of Life -- Part 1
    By Paolo Risso
    Pages 12 -14
    Don Bosco's Madonna, Mumbai
    July 2007, Vol - 9, N0-3

2. Passion for the Bread of Life -- Part 2
    By Paolo Risso
    Pages 12-14
    Don Bosco's Madonna, Mumbai
    August 2007, Vol - 9, N0 -4


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