Friday, July 12, 2013

Blessed Mary Theresa--- someone you should know

The Missionary Sisters of St. Peter Claver  are the daughters of a remarkable woman whom, most of us have never heard of, Blessed Mary Theresa  Ledochowska. She was the daughter of a Polish Count and had a high place at the court of the Emperor but left it all behind for the love of Africans. She fought slavery and provided spiritual and financial assistance to missionaries in Africa. This magnificent warrior for Christ was felled by tuberculosis in 1922. Pope St. Pious X called her "Mother to the Africans." Mary Theresa didn't sit at home whining. She was not a feminist, nor did she go around muttering, "If I was a priest I could ----." She didn't wait for someone to do something. She did it herself for the love of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. Now that's a woman to emulate.


Lola said...

She looks like she has a sweet sense of humor. Some of the kindess people I've known in my life had a great sense of humor.

Thank you for the introduction to another elder sister in Heaven!

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

Even before reading all, I love the near caption ...

"The eldest of seven children, Mary Theresa Ledochowska was born in Austria on April 29, 1863, to a Polish noble, Count Anthony, and his wife, Josephine."

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

Btw, if Papal States allowed girls to marry at 12, unconditionally, Austria allowed them at least to marry from 14, on condition of parental consent.

LOTS better than modern legislations!

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

However, according to Polish wiki, her mother married lateish.

Born 1831 and her eldest daughter - this missionary sister - born 1863. Nevertheless, seven children.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

I saw through her the article on Lavigerie, which I quote in this article:

Cardinal Lavigerie Fought Slavery

Since he was Cardinal Priest of Sant'Agatha, I did this article too:

Story of a Cardinal's Title with Pre-Industrial Demographics