Don't Miss EWTN's Documentary on Amparo Portilla: Spain's Married Mother of 11 Whose Cause for Canonization is Underway By Michelle Laque Johnson

Ewtn reports: Amparo Portilla, mother of 11, could become the first married woman to be canonized in the Diocese of Madrid! Find out about her extraordinary life in the new documentary, "Amparo Portilla: An Appointment in Heaven." Airs 10 p.m. ET, Nov. 21, 1 p.m. ET, Nov. 23, and 5 a.m. ET, Nov. 25.

Portilla, who was born in Valencia, Spain, died in 1996 after a two-year battle with lung cancer. Because she was a modern day woman, filmmakers had lots of amateur video with which to work in making this fascinating documentary. Viewers will see that her life really was a testimony to the fact that holiness is possible for everyone, including a married woman and mother of 11 whose work was in the home.

"I want to give myself to God through the love of my husband, children and, if possible, of others," Portilla once said. "The Lord comes to me wherever I am. Loving my husband is the way to love Him."

How many problems might be avoided if we all thought of our spouse in this way?

This documentary also shows how Portilla labored for the salvation of her 11 children's souls. She viewed a parent's role as bringing up, teaching and preparing a child for God. She also said that parents must know how to give a child up when the time comes.

During her last painful days, Portilla frequently gazed upon the image of the Blessed Mother under the unusual title of "Our Lady of the Forsaken." Originally, this was translated as "Our Lady of the Homeless," and was given to honor Our Blessed Mother's care of the homeless and mentally ill. This title may be relatively unknown outside of Spain, but "Our Lady of the Forsaken" is the patron saint of Portilla's hometown of Valencia. How did this come about?

In the 1400s, a mob in Valencia was preparing to stone a homeless man to death. However, a priest prevailed upon them to have pity on the poor man and later gave a sermon on the subject. This led to Valencia becoming the first city in the world to build an asylum for the mentally ill. The asylum was run by a group of nuns who had "Our Lady of the Forsaken" as their patroness. Today, there is a large basilica dedicated to Our Lady under this title and a major festival in her honor is held on the second Sunday of May. The festival honors the city's care for society's downtrodden – something for which Portilla was also known.

You can learn all this and more in this wonderful documentary on the life of a woman who soon may become a modern-day saint!

Link: http://www.ewtn.com/wings/2010/11182010Feature.htm

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