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Sister Alphonsa the First woman to be canonized from India
The magnetic sanctity and holiness of the Clarist nun Sister Alphonsa who lived in the 20th century, have been recognized and honoured by the Holy See. She was a chaste nun never enchanted by the richness and prosperity of the world .She was moved by genuine love of God. She burnt with ardent desire to become one with Jesus. God the Almighty bestowed on her all the gifts of nature and amiable feminine virtues, and these helped her to reach the heights of holiness. She was not a distinguished person. She has not done any meritorious act in the sight of the world. She spent her whole life on a sick bed in the obscurity of Bharananganam convent. She never deplored over her misfortunes. Her vision was profoundly divine. She could see everything in a wide perspective. The Divine virtues blossomed in her heart and made her a saintly soul. Sr. Alphonsa succeeded in keeping a heart full of affection to embrace the whole humanity. Sr. Alphonsa is the most Christ like woman that the world has ever seen. Her imitation of Christ was perfect. Sr. Alphonsa longed to suffer as Jesus has suffered. Jesus is the prophet of love; Jesus is a man who incarnated in this world in the form of love. As a true follower of Jesus Sr. Alphonsa also lived like a torch barer of love. She was even a light house of love. She has been praying day and night without ceasing .This simple pure hearted nun made constant contact and touch with God. In the depth of her being she made an altar for God and worshiped Him unceasingly. It is the mystery of her exaltation.
Her life on this earth was very short, she died at the age of 36 on 28th July 1946 .Only a few had known about that remarkable life. On the very next day of her funeral school children and some others who knew about her sanctity started to implore her intercession. God the Almighty had been pleased to exalt and honour the one who became a holocaust for His sake. People from far and near arrived at her tomb to receive favours though her meditation. Usually cemetery inspires fear in the minds of the people , but here we notice the contrary .This is indeed a place of consolation and the sweet fragrance of her holiness spread out provide a sort of relief for the suffering. Now there is an incessant flow of pilgrims to her tomb and they are very sure about her power of intercession. A lot of miraculous healings are been received at her tomb. One such miracle is the one which has been officially approved by the congregation for canonization of saints.
Jinil the son of Shaji and Lissy Ozhuthotty Mannarapara in Kottayam District miraculously cured of clubfoot. Lissy gave birth to Jinil at Vimala hospital Ettumannoor. The parents were much frustrated due to this severe handicap of their child. The Doctors certified the defect was Talipes Equinio varus and started treatment. Both the legs of the baby were plastered. The child became highly restless and went on crying .The parent met the doctor and sought his direction. He said nothing more could be done about this case. They came to know about Sr. Alphonsa and her power of intercession. They took the child to the tomb of Sr. Alphonsa, laid him on her tomb and prayed. The same day itself at the time of evening prayer of that family the child Jinil stood up and walked with out much effort. They could not control themselves, their Joy was boundless.
The date of her canonization is to be decided on 1st of March in a Consistory of cardinals. The whole world is looking forward to welcome this delighted and auspicious day with open arms.