Posted by: wordofthevine | January 26, 2018

Venerable Concepcion Cabrera: Living Heart to Heart with Jesus!

So often when we think about Saints, we think of priests and nuns. I hope this is changing in our present era when the Spirit seems to be moving withing the lay person to give us poignant examples of holiness. Venerable Concepcion Cabrera, a wife, a mother and a mystic is a woman who show us the power of ordinary life in the world as a means of union with God and holiness. I have had a devotion to Venerable Concepcion or “Conchita” for a number of years. Maybe it’s because I also am a wife and mother and serious about my spiritual life that she has become a trusted friend. I know that so often, I benefit by reading how God broke through her ordinary life to inspire her to truly fulfill her role.

Saint Thomas Aquinas coined the idea that “grace builds on nature.” This means that God breaks through our ordinary moment to transform us, to inspire us and to raise up what we do here and now to lead us to holiness. He did that for Conchita.

In reading the Cuenta de Consiencia or her journal in Spanish from January 11, 1907. She writes about being concerned with arranging schools for her children arranging their clothing and expenses but in the midst of this sensing God calling out to her with divine interior touches that were living and that she felt with a force in her soul. That night, after her family was settled down, she sensed God touch her heart to heart with an extraordinary effect. She wrote, “In my soul there is an uneasiness for perfection. I am happy in this life of obedience. My soul has thirst or desire that my will be united with God.”

When I read her diary, I feel a fire burn within my soul to give God everything in my life also so he can act through me in unison with me as I interact with my family. What about you? What do you notice inside when you read the words of Concepcion? Find God with you in the midst of your ordinary moments. ~ Mary Kaufmann, Director of Incarnate Institute.


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