In this video from EWTN's "They Might Be Saints," Michael O'Neill investigates Montse Grases' exemplary witness of the faith and joy that come from being close to God. Her cause of canonization was opened 60 years ago, on 19 December 1962.
Seeking the intercession of men and women who have died with a reputation for holiness is a common practice in the Catholic Church. Examples of favors received through Blessed Alvaro del Portillo's intercession follow.
Montse Grases was born on 10 July 1941 and died on Holy Thursday, 29 March 1959. Montse’s life was similar to that of any other girl her age, and at the same time it was filled with God. She found Jesus amid her normal everyday activities and gave herself generously to Him.
Love for the Church and the Pope is the hallmark of every Christian. It was present in the daily life of Tomás and Paquita. Their children bear witness to the strength and naturalness with which they passed their love for the Pope on to them.
The essence of the Gospel message leads to a joy is inseparable from holiness. St. Josemaría lived and taught others to live the struggle for holiness joyfully. His constant affirmation was that Christian homes should always be bright and cheerful. Paquita and Tomas were able to reflect this spirit faithfully.
“Illness is not a punishment; it is a caress from God,” Blessed Alvaro del Portillo stressed in 1987, “to draw us to him.” This couple entrusted themselves to Don Alvaro's intercession at a difficult time.