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Puebla, Mexico: The Secret Convent of Santa Monica

About The Secret Convent of Santa Monica in Puebla:

During the persecution of Catholics in the early 20th century, most monasteries, convents and churches were closed by the government.  Their very existence would put the occupants under immediate threat of death by the Mexican soldiers, who massacred many during that period.  That this convent and its inhabitants survived is a bit of a miracle.

The Augustinian nuns here were a contemplative order and did not sing, which certainly would have helped to hide their presence.  Yet there were those who surely knew, and chose to remain silent rather than betray the Sisters.  Even local officials appeared to have ignored them, until one chose not to and had the convent raided.  It was then discovered that several dozen nuns lived there……they were promptly expelled and the convent was closed.

About the Convent of Santa Monica today:

Today the convent serves as a museum and is a wonderful glimpse in to the past.  You can get a glimpse of how these nuns lived and seem some local artifacts that they produced.  And, if you choose, you can imagine what it must have been like to live under constant threat and the faith that it took to overcome any fear.

 

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