Montse Grases (English)
In 1958 she went skiing with a group of friends at La Molina in the Pyrenees.Here she injured her leg. In the following weeks the pain got worse.On June 26 1958 she was brought to the Red Cross clinic.Here it was confirmed that she had developed cancer.
After some weeks her father broke the news to Montse. She reacted calmly. Next morning she went to Llar.She was heard singing a Mexican song."When I was living so happily,without thinking of love,you wanted me to love you and I loved you passionately. And I will continue to love you even after death.For I love you with the soul and the soul never dies".She now visited Rome.After this trip Montse got worse.On the days before the feast of the Immaculate Conception she went to Llar almost every day. She was carried because she could not walk.Day by day Montse jotted down her faults in her effort to love God more.
"In the notebook which she used for her examination of conscience we read how this young girl came closer and closer to intimacy with God on the basis of being demanding with herself in specific little things."-(Mercedes Eguibar-A Modern Teenager)
Little by little her illness took its course. She couldn't sleep at night.She offered her pain for the Pope the sick and the founder of Opus Dei.She never complained but was always cheerful.She brought many friends and schoolmates closer to God during her illness.She grew much worse.She was now anointed. At about ten o'clock on the morning of Holy Thursday,26 March 1959 Montse tried to sit up to see the picture of Our Lady that she had in front of her bed. She whispered "How much I love you"! "When are you coming for me?"These were her last words.
So died a young girl who exhibited a great love for Christ and the Eucharist and a great devotion to Our Lady. Her reputation for sanctity has spread throughout the world. Many favours have been received through Montse's intercession
On 19 December 1962 in Barcelona the first stage began of the enquiry for the beatification and canonization of Montserrat Grases.In 1992 the Congregation for the Causes of Saints issued a decree of validity for her process.
Between June 10 and October 28 of 1993, a diocesan investigation took place to add new documents to the process. The Positio was submitted to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in December of 1999, to be studied for a proposal to the Pope to authorize a declaration on her life and virtues.
Prayer for Montse's intercession
(Prayer for private devotion)
O God, you granted your servant Montse the grace of serene and cheerful dedication to your will with admirable simplicity in everyday life. Grant that I may lovingly offer to you all my daily activity and convert it into Christian service for others. Deign to glorify your servant Montse and through her intercession grant me the favor I ask of you… (here make your request). Amen.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory be to the Father
In conformity with the decrees of Pope Urban VIII, we declare that there is no intention of anticipating in any way the judgment of the Church, and that this prayer is not intended for public use.