This heroine of Ecuador lived on nothing but the Eucharist

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Often compared to Rose of Lima, she lived her piety and mortification from home.

On October 31, 1618, a baby girl was born in the city of Quito, which was located in the New Kingdom of Grenada. Today this area is known as Ecuador. The child’s father was an upstanding and respected Spanish nobleman from Toledo by the name of Don Girolamo Flores de Paredes. Her mother’s name was Doña Mariana Cranobles de Xaramilo and she was descended from the most highly respected of Spanish families. Girolamo and Mariana named their daughter after her mother, Mariana. She was the youngest of eight children.

Mariana - Age - Upbringing - Sister - Jeronima

Mariana was orphaned at the age of seven, and her upbringing was taken over by her older sister, Jeronima, who had already married. Mariana had an obvious sense of piety and humility that seemed part of her persona, and her sister and her brother-in-law, Cosme de Caso, decided they would respect her wish to live in seclusion in their house. Mariana did not live in total isolation because there was a Jesuit church nearby and she spent as much time there as she could praying before the Blessed Sacrament.

Mariana instinctively began to develop a deep sense of piety and self-mortification, denying herself food, drink, and sleep. Her brother-in-law had the Jesuit priest, Juan Camacho, guide her in her development.

St - Rose - Lima - Convent - Home

Like St. Rose of Lima (to whom she is often compared), she did not enter a convent but rather stayed in her home devoting herself to prayer and mortification and fasting.

It is reported that Mariana’s fasting was so intense and strict that she ate only an ounce of food every eight to 10 days. This is impossible for a person to survive on, but similar to the amounts cited in the lives of St. Catherine of Siena and St. Rose of...
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