María del Refugio Aguilar in the Processes of Saintliness
By Jesús Aguado
María del Refugio Aguilar was born in San Miguel de Allende, and a miracle may turn her into a saint.
This servant of God “lived an illuminated, pure, merciful, and simple life,” say the Mercedary Sisters who inhabit the house where del Refugio was born. She got married when she was 20 in order to fulfill her parents’ desires and went to Toluca. She had two children, Angelito and Teresa. After two years of marriage, her husband Miguel Cancino passed, followed by her son Angelito.
At that time, she consecrated her love to God and followed her religious vocation: she visited incarcerated men and the ill at the hospitals, and also provided advice to those that approached her with their pain and problems.
It has been said that God entrusted the children salvation to her and she concluded that she could change the world, forming citizens with Catholic values.
On March 25, 1910 during the Revolution war she founded the female religious order Mercedary Sisters of the Holy Sacrament. Today, the order has presence (with Catholic schools and missionary houses) in 12 countries, including Mexico, the United States, Colombia, Venezuela, Spain, and Italy.
In 1982, the process of del Refugio Aguilar’s beatification started, and now all the documentation is in Rome. Once she grants a series of miracles, María del Refugio Aguilar could be appointed saint. These are some original belongings that she had in the house situated on calle Hidalgo.