Oil dedicated to St Mary of Jesus on Prayer Cloth
St Mary of Jesus was born on 5 January 1846 at Abellin, Galilee, Palestine as Mary Baouardy
She is a child of Giries Baouardy and Mariam Shahine. A poor Greek Melchite Catholic family. Twelve of her thirteen brothers died in infancy. And Mary’s birth was an answered prayer to Our Lady. Her parents died when Mary was only two and raised by a paternal uncle. Moved to Alexandria, Egypt at age eight.
Betrothed in an arranged marriage at age 13. She refused to go along with it insisting on a religious life. As punishment for her disobedience, her uncle hired her out as a domestic servant. Making sure she had the lowest and most menial of jobs.
She supported herself as a domestic working for a Christian family and praying. In 1860 she moved in with the Sisters of Saint Joseph. Supernatural events began to occur around her. And the Sisters would not let her join their house. She was taken to the Carmel at Pau by a Sister in 1867 and became a lay sister. Later that year she entered the cloister taking the name Mary of Jesus Crucified. And making her final profession on 21 November 1871.
She continued to experience supernatural events. She fought off a demonic possession for 40 days received the stigmata. Was seen to levitate, had the gift of prophecy and knowledge of consciences, and permitted her guardian angel to speak through her.
She dies on 26 August 1878 at Bethlehem of gangrene following an injury received at the construction site of the Bethlehem monastery.
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