The cause for the Beatification of Mother Ignacia del Espiritu Santo
The dream of RVM Sisters through the centuries had been to see Mother Foundress venerated at the altars of the Church as a model and mother for women of the times to identify with her ideals: to see what they too could be, with the grace of God. It took years for this indigenous Congregation to find its way through the procedures designed by Rome.
In 1986 Cardinal Sin took the initiative to present the Cause of Mother Ignacia to the Sacred Congregation. The Nihil Obstat of the Sacred Congregation was granted on October 20, 1986; and archdiocesan tribunal was constituted in November to assess the collection of documents.
The significant conclusion arrived at by the tribunal was: One reason in favor of the beatification of Mother Ignacia was that, in the first few hundred years of the Church’s life here in the Philippines, there was, in the person of this woman, a “shining example of a life of profound Christian holiness.” What could be a better proof of the fruitfulness of the Christian religion in the holiness of the Filipino faithful, not too long after the coming of the faith to Philippine shores?
On January 16, 2001 the Historical Commission designated by the Sacred Congregation for the Causes of Saints was convened to discuss the merits of the Positio. The majority (5 out of 6) of the members stamped their approval in toto. The proceedings were incorporated in the final volume of the Positio that would be considered by the Theological Commission. On February 23, 2007, the Congress of Theologians voted a favorable decision to accept the POSITIO on the life and virtues of the Servant of God, Ignacia del Espiritu Santo.
On June 19, 2007 the Congress of Cardinals scheduled the Cause of the Servant of God for discussion. The positive decision of this gathering resulted in the elevation of the Cause to His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, who on July 6, 2007 signed the approval for the promulgation of the decree on the life and virtues of the Servant of God. This decree granted Mother Ignacia the title of Venerable.