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Sor Consuelo

Sor Consuelo Biography

"To consume herself for Christ"

This was Sister Consuelo’s ideal. An ideal which made her radically live the gospel, just like John Paul II has recognized declaring her venerable for her heroic virtues. Sister Consuelo’s life is today a call and a claim for the generous youth who feels the yearning for noble, arduous and heroic things.

She donated her life to Christ with a firm decision: 

“I want to be saint and a young saint”

She didn´t doubt to generously respond to God’s calling, by giving him her life in the Monastery of the Minim Nuns of Daimiel that attracted her because of its poverty and austerity.

Her life was a clear announcement and evangelical testimony:

“I want to make an effort to preach about Jesus with my behavior, so that when others see me they will feel taken towards him”.

She walked toward God without hesitating:

"My ideal is to go from the good to the best and from the best to perfection without going backwards”.

And in only nine years of religious life, she culminated a path of heroic sanctity.



Biographical details

 

Sister Consuelo of the Immaculate Heart of Mary- was born in Daimiel (Ciudad Real) SPAIN, on September 6, 1925. Daughter of the Lieutenant Colonel Mr. Nemesio Utrilla and Mrs. Sofía Lozano. 

In her 31 years of age and nine of religious life in the Monastery of Minim Nuns of Daimiel, she gave herself completely to God by means of Mary, with her, she worked, fought and die to herself. 

One of her most excellent virtues was the detachment of her own will, till She gave all her material goods and free of the terrestrial ties and without worrying again of all she had left, she centre her illusion on her total donation. 

She possessed outstanding infused virtues and supernatural gifts; great inclination to the solitude and to the silence; of noble, charitable and magnanimous heart; generous with the poor, humble and pure of body and soul; patient and of great supernatural spirit. 

She considered herself unworthy to be in the number of her sisters. Her thirst of humiliations was insatiable: “Jesus doesn´t grant me to be despised, as there is so much charity in this Holy House, there are not occasions of do merits." 

To grow in humility she took advantage of all occasions and she always tried to choose the most arduous works. 

Although she belongs to a distinguished family, she become the servant of all and she used to say: “I have come to serve, not to be served.. to be a young lady I had stayed at home” 

Yearning of donation and humiliation she used to say to the Lord “My Jesus, everything for You and your Mother , for me to be despised". "I ask Jesus for two virtues: charity and humility; He won´t say that I am asking too much." 

The motto of the Minim Order, “CHARITAS”, was infused in her spirit by the Lord with such a vehemence that her heart could not resist to see other people´s necessities without looks for the means to remedy them even at the expenses of her well being. Since a little girl, she was devoted to visit the poor and sick persons providing them with clothes and foods. Already nun, she always help her sisters in their necessities and works without accepting from them any expression of gratitude. If some of the nuns that she helped with the dowry to enter the convent tried to thank her ,she interrupted her immediately saying: "No, don´t thank to me, it is the Lord who has given it to you.” 

During her religious life she worked with courage for the acquisition of all the virtues; she fought against herself to dominate her remarkable vehemence and energy till being able to turn them in sources of peace and supernatural vigour. But this acquired spirit by force of overcoming, didn´t make her timid, quite the opposite, it was very noticeable her naturalness in the relationships with the other ones, what made her attractive and nice with the other ones. 

With simplicity and naturalness she lived in spirit of mortification and penance. 

She was a lover of the silence and the prayer, being her favourite recreation to be engrossed in God. She said: "Neither in books nor in sermons I find what needs my soul; the Holy Spirit instructs me directly. Certainly, I don´t deserve it but it is this way” 

Always willing for the sacrifice she offered herself as victim, to share Christ´s sufferings and God accepted her offering. A sarcoma invaded her organism. When it was manifested in the right clavicle, she was seen radiant of joy. After leaving the doctor, she went to the harmonium and with that extraordinary happiness that flooded over her, she reiterated her offering to the Lord playing and singing with her beautiful voice that beautiful verse: "Lord., here I am, a grain wheat I am... When you want you may mill me " 

If she always worked to be able to be holy, during the two years of her sickness she progressed in it quickly. 

During her sickness she always tried not to give any work to her sisters, it was so much this way that it was even necessary to guess what she needs. 

At the least care that was made to her, she was filled with gratefulness showing it in her face and in the look of her meaningful eyes. 

Her abandonment in the Will of God and her generosity in the pain was showed in these words that was addressed to the nurse, who requested aloud some relief for her sick sister that was crushed by the pain: 

"Let him push as He wants, let Him be the Master, I am His." 

 Sealed with the cross of the sickness, she will pass long time before Blessed Sacrament. In the last months of her life for attend the Eucharist she was moved to the grille of the Choir. It was touching to see, her withdrawal, in which one could guess her immolation as a small host. 

 The long sleepless nights went by in continuous or frequent ejaculations and offering her pains for the missions. 

In the last days of her life she offered aloud her pains for the Federation of the Minim Order, for Hungary, for the peace, for the Pope, for the priests. 

 During the two seasons that she remained in Madrid for the application of the Radiotherapy and Isotopes, she wrote beautiful letters that revealed her total abandonment: "Here I am to make the holy Will of God, as the way He wants". " Keep on praying so that I carry out what is for the glory of God and salvation of the souls”. I am indifferent for the life or the death since to live doesn´t care the important thing is to consume the life for Christ." 

She trusted a lot in the prayers of her sisters and in other of her letters she said: “Don´t stop to pray to the Virgin so that she gives me every day patience and fortitude" 

 But what more beat up her were not the physical pains, neither the stay in a clinic far from her dear convent; what martyred it her was the anguishes, abandonment and interior sorrows that she suffered in her soul. Her -hearted broken spirit it was revealed by her eyes that shed incomprehensible tears. Her words also manifested it, although rarely. 

She spoke this way: "How bitter it is my physical and moral life, but I am not regret. God is my Father and when he gives me this, is because is the best for me. Pray for me so that I don´t get tired to be in the cross". Asking her one day what was the more thing that made her suffer, if the physical pains or the interior hardships of the spirit, she said that it could not be compared, that what she suffered in her soul only God knew it. 

 Some days before die she said: "The Host is already on the paten it remains only that the Lord accepts the sacrifice" and in another occasion: “I am not regret to have offered myself”. 

Nothing of earth gave her comfort, and it seemed God had abandoned her. Her only hope and refuge in these bitter hours were to turn to the Virgin who loved so much since a girl. In the moments of the physical pain and spiritual abandonment, she called her with yearning: "Mom, my Mom! and looking at her image of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, said: 

“Let’s Go” and when someone asked her where she wanted to go, she answered : “To Heaven" 

Her favourite ejaculation was: “My mother, I am yours, You are mine". When she could not speak, she requested to her sisters to say acts of love and other ejaculations that she repeated inside . 

 She showed her love to the Virgin till the heroism, saying every day until the day of her death with greatest tenderness The Holy Rosary, although in the last days her tongue was full with ulcers that made her difficult to speak. 

In one of her letters she said speaking of the Virgin: "Who could love the Virgin! She is so good, so good, She deserves all the love of all the hearts. I wish my heart dies for her love" 

It tormented her the possibility of doesn´t love the Virgin, but when some of her sisters asked her if she suffered the doubt of not been loved for the Mother of Heaven, she said fully convinced: "No, that certainly not; the Virgin has always loved me a lot. 

In the Virgin´s festivities she used to go during the day to play the harmonium and song prayers in those that she overflowed her spirit full with filial love to her Mother. 

 It was getting near the feast of the Immaculate Virgin and she was near to die, her sisters reminded her this day and at the same time they spoke to her about how beautiful it was that day to go to the heaven, but in herself disdain she said: “To die that day would be too much for me, I don´t deserve it; any day is also good to go to the heaven”. 

She received twice the extreme unction and the Blessed Sacrament by viaticum. 

In the dawn of December 9 of 1956 they saw her say the Holy Rosary, being the Ave Maria the last words that said her lips. At 7,15 AM the nuns saw that she smiled; they asked her why, but bowing her head sweetly and full with peace she died. She had wished to have a death with peace and the Lord granted it to her.

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Sister Consuelo, in her short life, really travelled a great road to holiness. On January 19, 1980 it was introduced the Cause of Beatification and concluded the diocesan process it was sent to the Sacred Congregation on September 30, 1982. Once overcome the different exams of the whole documentation, it was recognized unanimously the heroism of her virtues and John Paul II promulgated the Decree about her heroic virtues on December 15, 1994, giving her the title of Venerable.

 

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