Feast Day of St. Angela of the Cross
Ángela Guerrero Gonzalez was born in Seville, Spain, in 1846. She was one of 14 children. Her family was poor, but their faith was strong. Baptisms, First Communions, and Confirmations were a cause for great celebration. Ángela’s mother encouraged the children to honor our Blessed Mother, Mary. The family prayed the Rosary together often.
When she was 12, Ángela had to quit school to work in a shoe repair shop. Her boss, Antonia Maldonado, was also a faith-filled person. During breaks from work, the employees prayed together and listened to their employer read stories of the lives of the saints. Mrs. Maldonado saw that Ángela wanted to live a holy life. She introduced Ángela to Father Jose Torres Padilla, who became Ángela’s spiritual director and helped her to grow in faith.
Ángela’s greatest desire was to become a nun, but her health was so frail that she was rejected by one order of nuns. She was accepted by another community but was not well enough to complete her training. She had to return home to work in the shoe shop. But through prayer and discussions with Father Torres, Ángela felt that God was calling her to make private vows and to serve the poor and dying. Soon other women joined her in her mission. They formed a contemplative religious order called the Sisters of the Company of the Cross.
She died in 1932, but during Sister Ángela’s lifetime, the order she founded grew to 25 convents. Their work continues today. St. Angela was beatified by Pope John Paul II on November 5, 1982.
We celebrate St. Ángela’s commitment to God. Her example teaches us to offer our gifts and talents to God and to trust that he will use them to make the world a better place.
St. Angela of the Cross, pray for us.