SR. TERESA MIRA GARCÍA
She was born in Algueña (Alicante) on September 26, 1895 in a large and humble family. In 1912, the family moved to Novelda and there she met the Teresian Carmelite Missionaries. Three years later, she was called by the Lord, she bid farewell to her family and entered the Congregation founded by Fr. Francisco Palau.
She began the novitiate in Tarragona and did her religious profession on October 13, 1916. She had remained in the Mother House of Tarragona until 1918, the year in which she was assigned to Alcalá de Chivert (Castellón). In Alcalá, she was in charge of the toddlers and doing this inspiring mission made her sincerely happy.
She celebrated her perpetual vows on October 19, 1921 in the college chapel. Three years later, she had transferred to San Jorge (Castellón) for twelve years. She dealt with the preschool children during that time and her apostolate and service had reached out a lot of people.
The Spanish civil war of 1936 surprised her at the Colegio de San Jorge. Given this political situation, she needed to leave the community and moved to Novelda. Lavish serenity and courage in the midst of the great tension had reigned in the town. She tried to comfort her family and friends by showing herself ready even she had suffered with martyrdom. The streets of Novelda had witnessed her countless gestures of charity.
During these three years of exclaustration, she had the opportunity to realize the motto of her life: “let us always do good to all.” Her apostolate during this period could be compared to the early Christians who brought communion to the sick during persecutions and their lives were seriously endangered.
In 1939, after the war, she joined the community of Novelda. Tuberculosis had seized her body, worn out by excessive work and poor nutrition. The Lord had taken her with Him at dawn on February 26, 1941 when she was only 45 years old.
Pope John Paul II declared her as venerable on December 17, 1996. She was dynamically embodied the congregational charism that springs from the mystery of faith, the Church.
She lived her evangelizing dimension in a climate of ecclesial experience. As the daughter of Blessed Francisco Palau, her mission was generous dedication to the members of the Mystical Body of Christ to make them partakers of the same communion of life. She loved the Church and gave herself with simplicity, love and joy at the service of the weakest: children, the sick, and the needy…
In her life she embodied the Palautian Marianism, which was not a temporary devotion but the living out of concrete attitudes of welcoming and service.
In contact with Teresa Mira, you can always see the clarity of her message: with Jesus, from Him and like Him, go to others to “do good to all.”
On the anniversary of her death, we remember and experience her testimony and message.