St. Miguel Febres Cordero Munoz (1854-1910)

Artist: 
Br. Robert Lentz, OFM

Artist's Narrative:
Miguel Cordero was a native of Ecuador. He was taught by the de la Salle Christian Brothers, and decided to join their order. His parents opposed his desires at first, but then relented and allowed him to follow his heart.

As a Christian Brother he was an outstanding teacher, both for his dedication and his skill. He never lost his temper with his students and, although he taught the same subjects year after year, he never stopped trying to find better, more interesting ways to present the material. He wrote a number of textbooks, some of which were adopted by the government for use throughout Ecuador. The other Christian Brothers remembered him for his cheerfulness and religious devotion. "The heart is rich when it is content," he wrote, "and it is always content when its desires are fixed on God."

In 1905 he was sent to Europe to translate texts from French into Spanish. Five years later he caught a cold, which developed into pneumonia. He died on February 9 and was buried in Spain. During the Spanish Civil War, his grave was uncovered and his body was found to be intact. The Ecuadorian government brought his body home, and he was reburied in Quito. Since that time, many miracles have been attributed to his prayers.

His feast day is February 9.

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