Every year, on the anniversary of Victoria's martyrdom, a large group of people join in the celebration of the Eucharist at the TA headquarters in Córdoba in Plaza de la Concha. In many other places where there are groups of de Association, this feast is also celebrated. The restrictions imposed and prudence discourage group meetings this year, but they do not prevent us from uniting around Victoria to pray from each place and ask for encouragement and strength for those who are experiencing the worst in these moments of crisis.
Word of encouragement
Blessed Victoria Díez y Bustos de Molina was a teacher in a public school in the town of Hornachuelos (Córdoba) when the Civil War broke out in Spain in July 1936. On August 11, she was arrested with several men from the town and shot at next day confessing her faith, with only 33 years.
The fame of Victoria, beatified by John Paul II in 1993 together with Pedro Poveda, has transcended the borders of Spain, her native country, and today she is celebrated and remembered in different parts of the world where her work as a young and committed teacher is admired. She is taken as a model of lay vocation for living the call to holiness from ordinary life, as a member of the Teresian Association.
Her words addressed to the group of companions with whom she was marching towards death in the early morning of August 12, 1936: —“Take courage, life is capable of more”, have become a motto to move forward in times of challenge, of uncertainty or suffering. They are also words of encouragement today, in the midst of this pandemic situation that is putting the world in front of one of its deepest crises in recent centuries.
Join the prayer by clicking on this video
Available from 5:00 p.m. (Spain) on Tuesday, August 11.
A walk in images through the house where Victoria's rests are.