The martyrdom of our sisters, Catalina Caldés and Micaela Rullán, was the end of a life marked by service and total dedication.
Catalina Caldés was born in Sa Pobla (Mallorca) on July 9, 1899. From her parents she learned the meaning of work and breathed the air of the Christian faith as a child. As a 22-year-old she fulfilled her Christian convictions by entering the Congregation. The greater part of her life was spent around the bed of the sick, whose suffering she relieved with her attentive delicacy and finesse in their care.
Micaela Rullán was born on November 24, 1903 in Petra (Mallorca), in the bosom of a wealthy family, in an environment of work and honesty, austerity and religious concerns. From a very young age, her concern for transmitting her faith to others and helping the needy awakens. At age 24 she joined the Congregation. Micaela was naturally kind and her life left a mark on those whom she met.
Our two sisters were assigned to the community in a peripheral and working-class district of Barcelona. There they worked day and night to sit with patients who requested their service. At the same time, they put forth every effort to care and teach the children whose parents confided to them throughout the day.
Together with four religious, Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts, and a lay woman, they were killed by bullets in the collective madness caused by the Civil War in the year 1936. Their testimony invites us today to develop attitudes of forgiveness and reconciliation, in the midst of violence and wars that continue hurting our world.