Franciscan Saints




2nd February

The Servant of God Mary Fidelis (Elanore Margarete) Weiss

Virgin, Third Order Regular

“The simple greatness of this woman’s life is testimony enough that holiness is still with us in the world, even though it may appear that the world has succumbed to the Antichrist.”(Habig, 1959)

Eleonore Margarite Weiss was born in Kempten, Bavaria on June 12, 1882 she inherited her cheerful disposition from her father and her generosity from her mother. She was chosen by providence to attain to the heights of mysticism. Her exterior life was unremarkable and except for her prudent spiritual director, no one knew of the unusual graces that flooded her soul. Even her fellow sisters did not know of these graces until after her death.

As a child she was exceptionally quiet and well-behaved. Later she spent two years in employment in a store in Kempten and for a further two years was a student of the school sisters in Lenzfried, she was an exemplary student.

While still a child she was raised to the first degree of mystical prayer, and from then onwards passed through all the degrees of mystical prayer until on Good Friday 1919 Eleonore arrived at the mystical nuptials.

Her First Holy Communion was made on Low Sunday 1893 and made a very deep impression on her. At Lenzfried she took the habit and cord of the Third Order Regular so that she might scale with our holy Father, Francis, the La Verna of union with God. (Finally, as Mary Fidelis she entered the convent of the Franciscan Sisters of the Third Order Regular of the Monastery of Reutberg, Bavaria.)

Since there can never be mystic prayer without Spiritual suffering, Sister Mary Fidelis had to empty the chalice of trial down to the dregs. So Spiritual sufferings were added to physical ones and Mary Fidelis became a victim for the sins of her fellows. Patiently and staunchly she persevered on the altar of sacrifice and after a long and painful illness went to her maker on 11 February 1923 in Reutberg, Bavaria (Germany).

“Her writings, known in her day only to her spiritual director, are a wonderful summary of mysticism. The miracles that occurred after her death, lead us to believe that this mystical rose in the Franciscan garden will someday adorn our altars. The cause of her beatification is now underway.”(Habig, 1959)

 

 

Prayer of the church

O Lord we beseech Thee through the intercessions of the ever

Blessed Virgin Mary, defend Thy church from all adversities,

and graciously protect her, who has recourse to Thee with

her whole soul, from all the snares of the enemy.

Through Christ our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth
with
Thee and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever.

 Amen

 

Habig, Marion A., O.F.M., 1959, ed., The Franciscan book of Saints, Franciscan Herald press, Chicago, Illinois

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