|A Guayaba tree, but not The Guayaba Tree|
|At rest in her shrine in Nobol, Ecuador|
She joined a convent in Lima (Peru) in 1868 on the advice of a Franciscan friar. Her death in 1869 might suggest that was bad advice, but then again, the rigors of mortification probably had more to do with it than the convent itself. The remarkable condition of her corpse -- incorruptibility, sweet odor, all the attributes of a saint's relics -- supported immediate local veneration. Ecuadorians recognized her as a saint early on; the Vatican caught up to the idea with beatification in 1992 and full canonization in 2008. Her body is enshrined in Nobol, Ecuador.