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Blessed Maria Droste


The life of Blessed Maria Droste zu Vischering is an important page in the history of the Church, for Maria was the soul of that spiritual momentum which led to the consecration by Pope Leo XIII of the human race to the Heart of Jesus at the close of the nineteenth century. Maria died on the vigil of the consecration, at the age of thirty-six. A year later, on June 1, 1900, when the Pontiff received in audience the superior general of the Good Shepherd of Angers, he recalled Maria Droste zu Vischering and said of her, "I found her to be spiritually united to God with an extraordinary zeal for the salvation of souls."
In that same jubilee year, receiving in audience the family of the Beata, he laid his hand on the head of Count Clement Droste zu Vischering saying, "Here is the father of a saint." As the Pope had personally studied and had caused experts to study the ascetical and mystical personality of Maria Droste, his words have special value.
The glorification by the Church of Maria Droste zu Vischering came during the jubilee year of 1975, which marked the end of the third centenary of the revelations of the Sacred Heart to Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, the French, mystic of Paray-Ie-Monial.
George Bernard Shaw once said, "When will we learn to write the history of the Church with the lives of her saints?" The biographical reconstruction of the life of Maria Droste demonstrates that the history of the Church can indeed be written by the lives of her saints.

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