May Mystic of the Month
Servant of God Mother Maria Angelica Icaza was a Visitation Nun from Mexico. Her cause is before the Holy See, and this year, 2012, the Positio Super Virtutibus, or the statement on her virtues, will be discussed by the Consultant theologians in Rome.
An accomplished spiritual guide, Mother Maria Angelica Alvarez Icaza, mystic, Foundress, Superior and Federation President, lived 90 years, from 1887 to 1977.
The shape of her prism of prayer forms an outline of the nation of Mexico, for she was ardent in her intercessory prayer for her native land. She was also a mystical poet whose mission was to spread the songs of divine love from her heart’s experience to the world.
She was profoundly loyal to her native land of Mexico and lived during its most tumultuous era. Her prayer focused so strongly on her native land’s plight even as in her interior life and union she reached the heights of mystical marriage and beyond, with Our Lord Jesus.
This was an aspiration she prayed repeatedly for her country. Her country’s need was always present to her and in her prayer.
“Nothing is impossible for you, my God; but you are going to save us. Why did you urge me so much to beg for Mexico? Can it be that my prayer will be left useless being thus so that you can be the one that begs in me? I am so sure of you that I immediately give you thanks for everything; certainly I yield the greater glory to you. Long Live Christ the King! Long Live Our Holy Mother of Guadalupe!”
From this prayer spoken so directly and animatedly we can see the effort, the time and the intensity for which Mother Icaza interceded for her native land of Mexico, giving glory in confidence to the Lord in the holy boldness of her expectation of Him and of the patroness of her country, Our Lady of Guadalupe.
In her union with the Lord, she discovered her mission; to write of the Lord’s infinite love, divine love, his songs of love to souls. She wrote over a thousand of these love songs, some reflecting deep and profound intimacies of soul.
The Servant of God was very devoted to Our Lord’s Heart and wished that the knowledge and love of God would extend to the whole world. Sanctity would lead to an apostolic fruitfulness. She prayed that Jesus would embrace all.
“Heart of Jesus, come and reign in us.”
Mother Maria Angelica Alvarez Icaza died in 1977.