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Bl. Maria Mercedes Prat, (OCD) Virgin and Martyr, (mf)

Mercedes Prat was born on March 6th, 1880, in Barcelona. From her childhood she gave herself completely to God, whom she received every day in Communion. She displayed a great love for her neighbor and tried to foster this kind of love in others. During her years in school, she was known for her goodness and her dedication to school work.

Entering the novitiate of the Society of St. Teresa of Jesus in 1904, in Tortosa, she made her temporary profession in 1907. She was a religious “according to the heart of God:” prudent and truthful, calm and gentle in her reactions, having a natural goodness in all her dealing with others, but firm in character. God was her one love, and her love for God kept growing to the point where she would give her life for Him.

In 1920 she was assigned to the motherhouse in Barcelona. From there the path to martyrdom began on July 19th, 1936, when the community was forced to give up the school and flee. On July 23rd, because she was a religious, Sr. Mercedes was arrested and shot and died the morning of July 24th, 1936.


God of infinite goodness,
You gave Blessed Maria Mercedes, virgin, the courage to bring to fullness in
martyrdom her offering to You and to the Church.
Grant us, through her intercession,
the grace to be so firmly rooted in the love of Christ that nothing can ever
separate us from this love.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns
with You and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.

As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven. 

All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister."