Saints, Feast, Family
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Saint of the day:
Saint María Natividad Venegas de la Torre
Patron Saint of Daughters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of Guadalajara and Nurses
Saint María was canonized in 2000 as the first female Mexican Saint.
Saint María’s Story
St María Natividad Venegas de la Torre (1868-1959) was the youngest of twelve children born to a family in central Mexico. Though she was a fun-loving child, she also loved to pray from a young age, often seeking the best hiding spot in hide-and-seek so that she could pray while waiting to be found. When she was a teenager, she lost both of her parents; she was taken in by an aunt and spent her time catechizing children and serving the poor. At 37 she joined a community of women seeking to live religious life; after 16 years that community became the Daughters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus of Guadalajara in 1921—not long before the beginning of the Cristero War. During the war (which lasted from 1926-1929), St. Maria—known to everyone as Marde Nati—and her Sisters were allowed to continue living as Sisters because they operated a hospital that treated rebels and loyalists alike, regardless of their allegiances. Despite being allowed to continue to wear their habits, the Sisters still experienced persecution. Worried that the soldiers would desecrate the Blessed Sacrament, Madre Nati hid Him in an empty beehive while leaving the other beehives occupied by tiny guardians of the Blessed Sacrament. Though they took some serious risks, Madre Nati led her Sisters through the war safely and lived for another 30 years, rising each morning at 5am for Eucharistic adoration. She lived at the hospital for 55 years, dying at 91, and is the first female Saint from Mexico.
Capilla del Hospital del Sagrado Corazón Guadalajara,
Guadalajara Municipality, Jalisco, Mexico
Strong Beautiful Women of Mexico full of Tradition!
Prickly Pear Cactus Margarita
coarse salt as needed or optional
2 fluid ounces tequila
2 fluid ounces sweet and sour mix
1 fluid ounce triple sec
1 fluid ounce lime juice
1 fluid ounce prickly pear syrup
Pour salt into a small plate. Wet the rim of a margarita glass and dip rim into salt.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice; pour tequila, sweet and sour mix, triple sec,
lime juice, and pear syrup over ice.
Cover shaker and shake drink; strain into prepared margarita glass.
Optional: Pour over iced coconut milk (drink) for an amazing ombré color.