This important step forward in the beatification process of your parents was also a reason of great joy for me. . . . This truth of authentic marriage and family as an image of God himself, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, needs to be emphasized more than ever today.
—Cardinal Antonio Rouco, Archbishop of Madrid, to the Alvira family,
after opening the diocesan phase of the Cause of Canonization
of their parents, 19 February 2009.
This is the story of a couple who were neither “simply normal” nor “purely wonderful,” but who were wonderfully normal. . . . This was the “essential” in the lives of Paquita and Tomás, with an important nuance: the manner in which they translated this wonderful naturalness to their marriage relationship and to the relationships with their children.
—Dr. Rafael Alvira, son of Paquita and Tomás, and philosophy
professor Emeritus of the University of Navarre.