A Miniature Sheet consisting of 1 no. of commemorative postage stamp on the Canonization :
Issued by India
Issued on Nov 16, 2008
Issued for : India Post is happy to release commemorative postage stamp on Saint Alphonsa.
Stamp Designed by : Suresh Kumar
Type : Miniature Sheet, Mint Condition
Watermark : No
Colour : Multicolour
Denomination : 500 Paise (stamp) & 1500 Paise (Miniature Sheet)
Size : 11.40 x 9.50 cms.
Number Printed : 1.0 million stamps in sheets of 40 and 0.5 million miniature sheets
Printing Process : Photogravure
Printer : India Security Press, Nasik
Name : Anna Muttathupadathu [Saint Alphonsa]
Born on Aug 19, 1910 at Kudamalloor, Kottayam, Kerala, India
Died on Jul 28, 1946 at Bharananganam, Kottayam, Kerala, India
- Another aspect of her sanctity is manifested inter charity. Although in her health was poor, she used to help others in whatever way she could by praying for them, by helping them physically, by her comforting and reassuring words and advices and even by her smiles. When here health was alright, she taught for one year in school at Vakakkad and she proved herself to be a very impressive teacher who helped to develop her students intellectually as well as spiritually. He love was especially directed to those who hated here the most; she could heal the wounded hearts of the enemies; she could absorb the pains of the needy brothers and sisters and thus transmit the power of love.
- Saint Alphonsa is a saint of the Indian soil. She grew up and lived in the Indian culture and traditions. She experienced the pains and sorrows of the people in Indian villages because she was born and brought up in a small village and she was very compassionate to the poor and the needy.
- Saint Alphonsa’s life was very humble, poor and at the same time joyful. Her life can be taken as an antidote for today’s consumeristic, materialistic, greedy, luxurious and sick world, which runs after fleeting pleasures and success. Humility was the foundation of her life. Her asceticism, simplicity and the life of poverty made her all the more joyful, open and humble.
- Saint Alphonsa who has left everlasting footprints on her earthly pilgrimage, is today continuously bestowing divine graces on us by interceding before the mighty throne of Merciful God. Saint Alphonsa is a model saint for all of us, for the whole of India and for the entire world. In the modern world, which is riddled with egoistic pursuits, travails and persecutions, the clarion call of Saint Alphonsa is to love, to love in the midst of all the sufferings.