Este blog es realizado por un grupo de seglares, enamorados del Carmelo Descalzo, que quieren dar a conocer la figura de este insigne hijo de Santa Teresa del s. XX. Eminente Carmelita Descalzo de la Provincia de Castilla, durante 35 años fue confesor y director espiritual de Santa Maravillas de Jesús. Restauró el Santo Desierto de San José de las Batuecas, donde vivió 23 años entregado en soledad a la oración y el sacrificio. Allí definitivamente se unió con el Amado el 14 de junio de 1989 en olor de santidad.
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Vida gráfica de la Madre Maravillas
Carmelitas Descalzas Aldehuela.
“El Señor le prueba hasta en los ejercicios y que no haya podido ver a su hermana por unos días”
"Curso de Amor"
Fr. Valentín de San José
31 de mayo de 1979
|Iglesia del Monasterio de Batuecas dedicada a San José|
donde Fr. Valentín paso muchas horas adorando al Santísimo
|María Maravillas Pidal y Chico de Guzmán|
en 1914 con 22 años
Nació en Madrid (España) el 4 de noviembre de 1891, siendo la menor de cuatro hermanos. Fue bautizada ocho días después en la parroquia de San Sebastián con el nombre de María Maravillas Pidal y Chico de Guzmán.Su padre fue el señor Luis Pidal y Mon y su madre doña Cristina Chico de Guzmán, Marqueses de Pidal. Su padre fue primero Ministro de Fomento durante el primer mandato de Francisco Silvela y Presidente del Consejo de Estado de España y más tarde, embajador de España ante la Santa Sede.
|La Madre Maravillas de pie en el centro y de negro|
con sus hijas del Cerro de los Ángeles escondidas
durante la guerra en la calle Claudio Coello 33
|La Madre Maravillas y la Hermana Dolores de Jesús|
viendo los terrenos para la fundación de Duruelo
|Canonización de la Madre Maravillas de Jesús|
|El P. Valentín Meditando en el|
Desierto de las Batuecas
|Church where he was baptized|
|P. Valentin (without spectacles) with his brother|
Blessed Eusebius of the Child Jesus in Cuba
Fray Valentin went to Cuba to avoid military service ( he should join the army of Africa), and that is where he prepared for the priesthood, formed by his own brother. At the time he was ordained priest in Cienfuegos (Cuba) on August 14, 1921 age 25 years.
Santa Maravillas of Jesus
In 1950, he restored with the help of Santa Maravillas the Holy Desert Batuecas. He would curate in this first period of the Desert from 1951 to 1954 year. In 1966 he returned to the desert where he remained until his death. This is where he most emphatically made his apostolate of the spiritual life.
In this area we are moving in the world of the lay apostolate. It should be noted specially that he was for 24 years Chaplain to the Catholic National Railway Brotherhoods. A specific apostolate on which he was able to print his personal mark and leave an indelible memory. So much so that in those years he was very sick with his gallbladder and was operated on with grave danger. P. Matthias Child Jesus recorded that in those days the church of the Carmelites of Madrid was fullof railworkers and tertiaries asking about the health of P. Valentine.
At this point we can not overemphasize his role as a writer of spiritual books. With 20 books he can be compared to the previous spiritual masters Carmelites: Jerome of the Mother of God (Gracian), Juan de Jesus Maria and Thomas of Jesus. They are books that go beyond his own soul, that gives us a reflection of that in him and show his great interest and desire to bring all people to be treated close and personal with God. His books are exclusively spiritual apostolate. He never had interest in moving in the scientific field of mystical or spiritual theology, he moves in the field of his own experience and tries to transmit this to others. Perhaps this is the reason why in selected environments so little appreciation is given to the work of writer P. Valentine and his books instead have been so well received by large groups of every kind, with interest in the spiritual life as well as his followers, the Discalced Carmelite nuns. The success and acceptance of his works is shown by the repeated editions of several of his books.
His last years 23 years of his life were spent in the Desert of Batuecas that, as stated above, he had restored. He lived until his last days the observance of a hermit of the Desert. He spent many hours a day and at night in silent prayer before the tabernacle. The monks who lived with him in the Desert give witness of his exemplary life spent in assiduous prayer, austerity and manual labour, to which he attached great importance and that every day spent several hours doing despite his advanced age.
The practice of the presence of God he strongly recommended as a young master of novices. He always sought the loving presence all day, to undertake occupations spiritual or corporal. To a trusted person he says in a letter:
"I am full of God. So full that I have no free space or a hollow in me. I desire nothing. I offered everything to God and he filled me ... I would've given him all and God has taken me and is filling me. I was blessed when I determined to die to myself for God and God lives in me and is my life! "
The inner life of love and care for God was his concern and passion at the same time offering the most glory in ceaseless prayers for the salvation and sanctification of men, the Church ... In recent years he suffered a great spiritual desolation. It was so awful his "dark night" that made him mourn bitterly. It was the feeling of not having correspond to God in the same way that God gave himself to him. It was his great desire to find all in God while having to live in the limitation of human nature.
|Padre Valentine at Las Batuecas|
You tore the veils and I fell into your arms ...
Now I own you and you have become sensitive
The same who lived in this solitude.
One infinite God, all love, incomprehensible,
it's mine, all mine. I have already been made visible.
It is the same beauty and goodness itself.
Oh desired time! Oh happy time!
Add as my present! Do not delay, Lord!
Only you desire and be glorious,
enjoy you forever in joyful love,
live your own life, love to love yourself.
|Grupo de Carmelitas Descalzos con el Arzobispo de Valladolidad en 1944.|
P. Silverio de Santa Teresa Vicario General a la derecha del Arz. y el P. Pedro
Tomas Provincial de Castilla a la izquierda. P. Valentín en el circulo.
El P. Valentín es un enamorado de la Orden del Carmen Descalzo y de sus Santos y tradiciones. Por eso tras los difíciles años del postconcilo defendió el carisma teresiano-descalzo para que no se desvirtuara y se cumpliera lo que el Concilio Vaticano II quería, volver a los orígenes de los carismas fundacionales.
|P. Balbino del Carmelo (1865-1934)|