Concepción Cabrera de Armida

Venerable
Concepción Cabrera de Armida
Conchita Cabrera de Armida2.jpg
c.1882
Mystic
Born(1862-12-08)8 December 1862
San Luis Potosí, Mexico
Died3 March 1937(1937-03-03) (aged 74)
Mexico City, Mexico
Venerated inRoman Catholic Church

Venerable Concepción Cabrera de Armida (born December 8, 1862 in San Luis Potosí, Mexico and died on March 3, 1937 in Mexico City) was a Mexican Roman Catholic mystic and writer.[1][2]

She is also referred to as María Concepción Cabrera Arias de Armida, sometimes as Conchita Cabrera de Armida or Conchita Cabrera Arias de Armida, and often simply as Conchita.

She is to be beatified in Mexico City on 4 May 2019.

Life

She was born to Octaviano Cabrera Lacaveux and Clara Arias Rivera who had a respectable, but not lavish family life. She had a simple, happy and at times playful childhood. Although she recalled to have often disobeyed her parents as a child, she showed a special love for the Holy Eucharist from an early age.

In 1884 she married Francisco Armida and had nine children between 1885 and 1899. In 1901, when she was 39 years old, her husband died and she had to care for her children, the youngest of whom was two years old. Her life as a widow was not made any easier by the fact that the Mexican Revolution raged from 1910 to 1921 and took the lives of 900,000 of Mexico's population of 15 million. Yet her writings reflect an amazing tranquility, amid the chaos that surrounded her.

As a mystic, she reported that she heard God telling her: "Ask me for a long suffering life and to write a lot... That's your mission on earth". She never claimed direct visions of Jesus and Mary but spoke of Jesus through her prayers and meditations.

Her spiritual life started before the death of her husband. In 1894 she took "spiritual nuptials" and in 1896 wrote in her diary:

In truth, after I touched God and had an imperfect notion of His Being, I wanted to prostrate myself, my forehead and my heart, in the dust and never get up again.

During her life her writings were examined by the Catholic Church in Mexico and even during her pilgrimage to Rome in 1913 where she had an audience with Pope Pius X. In all cases, Church authorities looked favorably on her writings.

Her writings were widely distributed and inspired the establishment of the five apostolates of the "Works of the Cross" in Mexico: Apostolate of the Cross founded in 1895, Congregation of Sisters of the Cross of the Sacred Heart of Jesus founded in 1897, Covenant of Love with the Heart of Jesus founded in 1909, The Fraternity of Christ the Priest founded in 1912, and The Congregation of Missionaries of the Holy Spirit founded in 1914. These apostolates continue today.