The saint for April 30
Blessed Marie of the Incarnation
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Feast, Ursuline Religious Calendar--Quebec

Blessed Marie of the Incarnation, OSU was born in Tours, France, on October 28, 1599. She died in Quebec, Canada, on April 30, 1672, and was beatified in 1980 by John Paul II. Marie Guyard was the daughter of a baker and married by arrangement to a silk manufacturer named Claude Martin when she was 17. The couple had one son before Claude died two years later. Thereafter she refused to discuss remarriage.

She experienced interior revelations which guided her to a religious vocation. In 1629, Marie joined the Ursulines at Tours and took the name Marie of the Incarnation. In 1639 she was sent to Canada, where she laid the foundation for the first Ursuline convent in Quebec in 1641. She rebuilt the convent after fire destroyed it in 1650. Bl. Marie compiled dictionaries in Algonquin and Iroquois to promote better communication with the Indians and taught them until her death.

Blessed Marie experienced both abundunt spiritual consolations, and periods of extreme aridity, well documented in her expensive letters.

When the soul has reached this state, it makes very little difference whether it is buried in business worries or enjoys restful solitude. It is all the same for the soul, for everything that touches it, everything that surrounds it, everything that strikes its senses does not prevent its enjoyment of love's presence.
--Blessed Marie of the Incarnation
Pray to Blessed Marie for Perseverance and Strength, both of which God graced her with in abundance.
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