BEATIFICATION OF MOTHER LEONIA MILITO
The whole life of mother Leonia was addressed to persons in need. With all she shared joys and sorrows, suffering and hope. Mother Leonia, rather than material conditions, offered to all her maternal heart, solidarity full of mercy, the hand held that alleviated the pain, and pointed to the paths and wafted tenderness, revived hope for better days. She said: "Christ needs my heart to continue to love, of my hands to continue saving."
After her return to the Father's House in 1980, the Lay (ICLAM) associated to this noble mission of evangelization are born: the Institute of lay Claretian Missionaries and ecclesial fraternity Claretiana (FEC), are apparent signs of spiritual fruitfulness of charisma left by the Founders of the Congregation. In Londrina in the Eucharistic shrine of the Institute Heart of Mary is the tomb of Mother Leonia. Where many pilgrims goes seeking her intercession and thanks the Lord who has bestowed graces through her intercessions.
On March 19, 1998 at the Cathedral of Londrina, Parana, Mgr. Albano Cavalin introduced the cause of beatification of Mother Leonia Milito. In September of that year, in the Chapel of the Heart of Mary Institute, Mother House of the Congregation was realized the first session of the ecclesiastical court, the process of beatification and recognition of the virtues of the Servant of God.
Besides the ecclesiastical Tribunal, the Board of censors and the Commission of experts in history are working in the first stage of the process of beatification. A year after the activities of the ecclesiastical court, more than 100 people wrote to the Secretariat of the Postulation for graces received.
Mother Leonia’s tomb, which lies at the foot of Jesus in the Eucharist in his Sanctuary of grace, want to tell everyone that the Eucharist is the safest way to live the plan of the Father by serving and loving all, especially the poor. Father Enedir Gonsalves of Bauru, visiting the grave of Mother Leonia, said: "I return home renovated, filled with a new missionary zeal. It's amazing how the mortal remains of a Saint are eloquent to me". This is the meaning of a process of beatification in the Church: To encourage God's people to follow Jesus, through the witness of the Saints.
The Saints leave examples of Holiness to which transform the world sow courage, strength, hope, goodness and prophetic dynamism. The Saints who, contemplates the face of God carved in every brother’s face, as Mother Leonia: "Holiness is love."