A Modern Lay Saint
The twentieth and twenty-first century have seen an increase in the number of lay men and women who have been beatified and canonized. One of these, Bl. Guadalupe Ortiz de Landázuri Fernández de Heredia (1916 - 1975), died less than fifty years ago and was beatified in May of 2019.
The Early Years
Bl. Guadalupe was born in Madrid, Spain to Manuel Ortiz de Landázuri, who was a career army officer, and Eulogia Fernández-Heredia. She was their fourth child and the only girl. Her parents chose her name because she was born on December 12th which is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalup. Little did her parents know that one day their little girl would serve the Lord in the land of Mexico where Our Lady appeared to St. Juan Diego in 1531.
The family was devout and passed on the faith to the children. Indeed, one of her older brothers, Eduardo and his wife, Laura, have been declared Servants of God. Like many military families, they relocated frequently as her father was reassigned to new locations. Because of that, the family spent time in several places inside of Spain and also in Morocco.
The Devastation of the Civil War
The Start of her Career and a Renewal in her Spiritual Life
A New Mission in Mexico
Return to Europe
In 1975, she again suffered heart trouble, and she agreed to undergo surgery. Although the surgery was successful, soon after the operation, she experienced respiratory failure and died on July 16, 1975 at the age of fifty-eight. Interestingly, Fr. Escriva with whom she had worked so closely for so many years had died one week before her surgery on June 26th, and her own mother would die exactly a week after Guadalupe's death in the very same hospital.
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Learn More about Bl. Guadalupe Ortiz
Learn more about Bl. Guadalupe Ortiz in this brief documentary from Opus Dei.
Feast Day: July 16 (Memorial)
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