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Born in Naples, Italy, in 1696, Bl. Crostarosa entered the convent Marigliano near Naples at age of 20 and took her vows 3 yrs later. At 28, on April 25, 1724, she had a revelation to found a new order of nuns. In 1731, on Pentecost Sunday (May 13), she and her group of nuns adopted the rule of the Order of the Most Holy Redeemer. The collaboration of St. Alphonsus Liguori was decisive for the formation of Bl. Crostarosa's new Order. In turn, Bl. Crostarosa's inspirations influenced St. Alphonsus to found the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer - called Redemptorists - on Nov 9, 1732.
Bl. Crostarosa died on Sep 14, 1755, at 59. She founded a monastery at Foggia, Italy, in 1738. Today, the Order has 40 communities worldwide.
On 13 Sep, 1955, on the occasion of the 2nd centenary celebration of the death of Bl. Crostarosa, a genuine miracle was worked through her intercession. On 14 Dec 2015, Pope Francis authorised the promulgation of the Decree regarding the miracle of Bl. Maria Celeste Crostarosa, and hence her Beatification.
(1696 - 1755; Feast Day: September 14)
"You have been given the noble title of Christian and you have been made a living temple of the most Holy Trinity. God the Father has looked upon you with Divine Delight and loved you as a member of His own son. He took delight in you and in Jesus through Jesus, His beloved son. Thank him from your heart and gaze upon the great dignity you have achieved through Jesus.
Letter from General Superior of the Redemptorists Fr. Michael Brehl, C.Ss.R., on the Beatification, dated March 3:
"Trusting in your intercession and sustained by the example of your life, we invoke you, O Blessed Maria Celeste Crostarosa, to obtain for those who seek truth and peace, the joy of meeting Him in the mercy of the Church, in fraternal communion, and in charity towards the poor and the suffering, so that everyone may find agreement, in the loving embrace of the Father. Amen."
(Intercession Prayer, adapted from Facebook of Redemptoristine Nuns, Cebu; Posting on 22 March 2016)
"Do not lay too much store on the favorable judgments of men, for I love thee with a perfect love. I spent My earthly existence in humiliations and scorn and in a hidden life. It was thus that I glorified My Father, laid the foundations of My Church, and remedied the evils of pride. This is the path that thou must follow."