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Young Saints - Blessed Laura Vicuña, Feast Day: January 22

trentondiocese Daughter of Jose Domingo Vicuña and Mercedes Pino. Her father was a soldier, and Laura was born three months after the outbreak of civil war in Chile. With her husband in arms, and …More
trentondiocese Daughter of Jose Domingo Vicuña and Mercedes Pino. Her father was a soldier, and Laura was born three months after the outbreak of civil war in Chile. With her husband in arms, and herself and her infant in peril, Laura’s mother moved across the Andes to raise the girl in Las Lajas, Argentina. Laura’s father was killed soon after, and to survive, Mercedes became the mistress and common-law wife of a man named Manuel Mora.
Mora paid for Laura to attend a boarding school run by the Salesian Sisters, where the girl was extremely happy and helpful. She made her First Communion on 2 June 1901, a decisive moment in her life. “Oh my God, I want to love you and serve you all my life,” she wrote in her notebook. “I give you my soul, my heart, my whole self.” She tried then, at age ten, to join the Salesians, but her bishop recommended that she wait.
Home for Christmas holidays, Laura had to fend off the repeated amorous advances of Mora, finally being forced to flee the house …More
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