Rorate Caeli

Good Queen Isabella

Elisabeth Catholica
Castellae Regina
Serva Dei
†  26 Nov. MDIV

From her Last Will and Testament, Codicil, Chapter XII:

When the Islands and Mainland of the Ocean Sea, discovered or yet to be discovered, were given to us by the Holy Apostolic See..., that granted us this concession, our main intention was to make an effort to procure and to draw their people and convert them to our Holy Catholic Faith, and to send to those Islands and Mainland of the Ocean Sea prelates, and religious, and clerics, and other people with knowledge and fear of God, to instruct their residents and inhabitants in the Catholic Faith, and to teach and guide them with good manners, and to put in it due diligence, according to what is broadly established in the Letters of said grant, for which I request the King, my Lord, with great affection, and I charge the Princess and said Prince her husband that they thus do it and fulfill it, and that this be their main end, and that in this they may place great diligence, and that they do not consent or permit that the Indians living in and inhabiting those said Indies and mainland be persecuted in their persons and in their properties; but instead I order that they be treated well and justly. And if they have received any distress, that it be remedied and corrected, so that in nothing may the Apostolic Letters of such grant be exceeded in what it is placed upon us and established.

Notes: 1. Image: Eduardo Rosales (1864), Doña Isabel la Católica dictando su testamento, Museo del Prado.
2. Our regular feature in honor of the Servant of God Isabella the Catholic, Queen of Castille and Leon, Queen Consort of Aragon. Website of the Commission for the Beatification of Isabel la Católica, of the Archdiocese of Valladolid (in Spanish) - Cause of the Servant of God (in English)


  1. Gratias5:54 AM

    Reina Isabel de Castilla, ora por nosotros.

    Thank you for opening up the Americas to the Cathecism of or Church. Thanks to you and Cristóbal Colón most Catholics are now living in Latin America. Deo Gratias.

  2. As a Convert (sometimes disparagingly referred to as 'too Catholic') we need to get our selves back on the ground!

  3. Isabel, sierva de Dios, ruega por nosotros y por tu reino que sigue aquí en el mundo.

    As a Spanish Catholic, I'm very proud of the glorious history of my country and specially his relationship with the evangelization of America. There were many errors and sins, as always, but a whole world was gained for the Faith for centuries.

    Today, I hope our American, African and Asian brothers will some day reevangelize us, old and tired europeans.

  4. Have been by her birthplace, a convent in Madrigal de Las Altas Torres, in 1981. Her first room is still preserved there by Augustine nuns, i think. Bed, furniture, everything...Very simple and humble, all. It was a visit I never forget.

  5. Francis3:28 PM

    Compare what the Church taught in Queen Isabella's time (as stated in her last will and testament) to what the Church teaches today. Yet for the last fifty years we've been told that nothing has changed. We trads don't believe it of course but sadly many in the Church do.

    This is from Nostra aetate:

    "The Church, therefore, exhorts her sons, that through dialogue and collaboration with the followers of other religions, carried out with prudence and love and in witness to the Christian faith and life, they recognize, preserve and promote the good things, spiritual and moral, as well as the socio-cultural values found among these men.

    3. The Church regards with esteem also the Moslems. They adore the one God, living and subsisting in Himself; merciful and all- powerful, the Creator of heaven and earth,(5) who has spoken to men; they take pains to submit wholeheartedly to even His inscrutable decrees, just as Abraham, with whom the faith of Islam takes pleasure in linking itself, submitted to God. Though they do not acknowledge Jesus as God, they revere Him as a prophet. They also honor Mary, His virgin Mother; at times they even call on her with devotion. In addition, they await the day of judgment when God will render their deserts to all those who have been raised up from the dead. Finally, they value the moral life and worship God especially through prayer, almsgiving and fasting".

  6. What a great and beautiful woman she was but the fantastic and positive influence of the Spanish in America has been poisoned by judaised protestants to such a point that The Black Legends are considered reliable if not impeccable.

    BIshop David Arias penned a brief history of the Spanish influence in America (Were it not for the Spanish we'd not have been able to secede from Perfidious Albion) and it is a book worth reading.

    As for me and mine in Florida, this Irish-Algonquin LOVES the Spanish Catholics to such a point that we do not call the Florida Keys that; we call them as they were named, The Islands of The Martyrs.

  7. How Spain misses her at present.

  8. I've been reading The Fourth part of the World by Toby Lester about the discovery of America and the maps created at that time . . excellent book with lots of Catholic "input"

    Question: the "Indians" and other peoples discovered by the Europeans at that time lived a "stone age" existence, look at the world now . . ?? . .would today's Africans and the slum dwellers of South America be better off living in the stone age, rather than the "rigged market" that they toil in today . . ???

    Surely Good Isabella would be revolted at what has happened over the last 500 years . . ???

  9. In 2009 I was privileged to be able to pay my respects to her at her tomb in the Capilla Real in Granada, and to pray there for her canonizaton and intercession. Perhaps it her intercession that allowed me the next day the following event: On the Sunday in late June, as I went through the Alhambra, I listened to the audio guide swooning over the Moslem culture represented by the Alhambra, and almost literally wishing for its return. My anger and nausea were rising as I listened to the end of the audio text, but then, coming out into the courtyard, I saw a procession. Approaching it, I saw that it was a Corpus Christi procession of the Blessed Sacrament, carried on the arms of the men of the adjacent church of Santa Maria de la Alhambra. As I knealt on the pavement before Our Lord, I gave thanks that He is one who is in charge of the Alhambra, not the infidels (of whatever stripe).

  10. Fidus et Audax4:15 AM

    Nice post I am not. I wish that we could start calling Tampa Bay by it's given Spanish name as well "Baya de Spirito Santo". There is at least one Spanish priest martyr here: Fr. Luis Cancer de Barbastro or Luis de Cancer

  11. Gratias6:52 AM

    In the words of Isabella's chronicler and personal secretary Hernando del Pulgar:

    "Through the solicitude of this Queen it was started, and through her diligence it was continued, the war against the Moors until all the Kingdom of Granada was gained. And we say the truth before God, that we knew some great lords and captains of the kingdoms, that growing tired lost all hopes of winning, considering the great difficulties in continuing [the war]; through the constancy of this Queen, and for her diligent travails that she continuously did in the provisions, and in other forces that with great effort of the spirit she placed, she saw to the end this conquest, that seems to have started by the divine will."

    Translated from La vida del muy magnífico Señor Don Cristóbal Colón, by Salvador de Madariaga, which paints an excellent portrait of the Catholic Queen.

  12. J.G. Ratkaj1:37 PM

    illustrious souvereigns like her, absolutely comitted to the cause of Christ,are despertely needed today.


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