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Feast of Blessed Victoria Díez: “Ánimo compañeros que la vida pueda más”

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MADRID, Spain. 
We will celebrate the feast of Blessed Victoria Díez on August 12, anniversary of her death as a witness to faith in 1936 in Hornachuelos, Cordoba, where she was a teacher.

Victoria Díez was born in Seville on November 11, 1903. She was the only daughter of José Díez and Victoria Bustos. At the age of six she started her schooling in Seville and in 1919 she began her studies at the Teacher’s College of the same city, graduating as a teacher in 1923.

In 1925, she joined the Teresian Association and since then she lived her educational vocation with the traits and pedagogical methods of this Association, which were implemented at its Academies and Pedagogical Centers. She is considered a teacher "of the school of Pedro Poveda,” that is, a person who integrated in her life faith and knowledge, vocation and profession, always at the service of others. In 1927, Victoria received a teacher's position in Cheles (Badajoz) and the following year she moved to Hornachuelos, Córdoba, where she developed an intense educational, pastoral and social activity.

At dawn on August 12, 1936, Victoria was led on foot with 17 men to a mine located about 12 km from the village, among them was the Pastor, Fr. Antonio Molina. According to later testimonies, she encouraged the whole group using the expression of Saint Stephen: Have courage, "I see heaven open." There they were shot one by one. She was the last, testifying to her faith. She was thirty-two years old.

Victoria was beatified at St. Peter's Square in Rome by Pope John Paul II on October 10, 1993, together with the founder of the Teresian Association, also a martyr, St. Pedro Poveda. Her remains are venerated in a crypt, under the chapel of the headquarters of the Teresian Association in Cordoba (Spain) across from the Cathedral-mosque of that city.

Elia Fleta Mallol has composed a song titled "Tu grito de Victoria” (Your victory cry), which describes the spiritual dimension of her faith and dedication at that last dawn of her life. It contains a phrase that has become popular and attributed to Victoria, although it was not pronounced by her. It expresses the intensity of those hours while walking with her companions the route that led to the Mine where they lost their lives “¡Ánimo compañeros que la vida puede más, que la fe se hace más fuerte si la tienes que gritar!” (Courage, companions; life can achieve more, faith becomes stronger if you have to shout it!)

The first part of this phrase has been written as graffiti on the main wall of the student residence in Montevideo (Uruguay), whose residents lived a few months ago a sad situation which resolved in the style of Victoria, with much encouragement and creativity. Information about it may be found at the following link: Recuperaron el graffiti más duradero del mundo  

Song by Elia Fleta Mallol, "Tu grito de Victoria"

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