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{{Short description|Polish nun}}
{{Infobox religious biography
| religion = [[Catholic Church|Catholic]]
| image = Leonia Maria Nastał.jpg
| title = [[The Venerable]]<br />[[Nun]]
| birth_date = {{Birth date|1903|11|08}}
| birth_place = [[Stara Wieś, Podkarpackie Voivodeship|Stara Wieś]]
| death_date = {{Death date and age|1940|01|10|1903|11|08}}
| native_name = Maria Nastał
| death_place = Stara Wieś
| death_cause = [[Tuberculosis]]
| resting_place = Crypt of the motherhouse of the Congregation of the Sisters Handmaids of the Blessed Virgin Mary Immaculate in Stara Wieś
| church = [[Latin Church]]
| nationality = [[Poland|Polish]]
| parents = <li>Franciszek<li>Katarzyna
| consecration = April 23, 1928
}}

'''Leonia Nastał''' (born '''Maria Nastał'''; 8 November 1903 in [[Stara Wieś, Podkarpackie Voivodeship|Stara Wieś]], died there on 10 January 1940) was a [[Polish people|Polish]] [[Catholic Church|Catholic]] [[nun]] from the [[Congregation of the Sisters Handmaids of the Blessed Virgin Mary Immaculate]], a [[Mysticism|mystic]], religious writer, [[the Venerable]] of the Catholic Church, and advocate of the idea of mystical spiritual infancy. She entered the Congregation of the Sisters Handmaids of the Blessed Virgin Mary Immaculate in Stara Wieś in 1925 at the age of 22. In the 1930s, she claimed to have mystical revelations of [[Jesus Christ]], during which she was shown a way of life based on humility and unlimited trust in God. In her final years, afflicted by illness, she spent time receiving treatment in [[Szczawnica]]. She passed away in January 1940 in Stara Wieś, regarded for her holiness. The process of her beatification is currently underway.

== Early life ==

=== Youth ===
Maria Nastał was born in Stara Wieś, a village near the town of [[Brzozów]] in the [[Dynowskie Foothills]] in the [[Outer Subcarpathia]].<ref>{{Harvard citation text|Kluz|1993|p=9}}</ref><ref name=":12">{{Harvard citation text|Lipian|1983|p=228}}</ref> Her parents, Franciszek Nastał (born 1879) and Katarzyna nee Jopów, were smallholding peasants.<ref>{{Harvard citation text|Kluz|1993|p=12}}</ref><ref name=":0">{{Harvard citation text|Lipian|1983|p=230}}</ref> Church records indicate that Maria's father was an unbalanced man prone to drinking and quarreling.<ref name=":0" />{{Efn|''The poverty prevailing in the countryside and illiteracy had a demoralizing effect on people in many cases. There were several taverns in every village. The money earned by the peasants was very often spent on drink.<ref>{{Cite book |last=Gosztyła |first=A. |title=Sześć wieków Brzozowa |year=1959 |location=Kraków |pages=293–295 |language=pl |chapter=Rolnictwo i życie na wsi w powiecie brzozowskim}}</ref> Therefore, we will not be surprised by the remarks made in the church records that Franciszek Nastał was an unbalanced man prone to quarrels, fights, and drunkenness. Serious reservations are also expressed there regarding his behavior.<ref>State Archive in Rzeszów. Parish records, no. 396/144.</ref> Perhaps these negative traits were somewhat balanced by his resourcefulness in life, entrepreneurship, and diligence, and over time, they also underwent serious moderation'' ({{Harvard citation text|Lipian|1983|p=230}}).}} He ruled the family with an iron fist and demanded absolute obedience.<ref name=":1">{{Harvard citation text|Karaś|1980|p=438}}</ref> Her mother, on the other hand, was balanced, cheerful, and very devout;<ref name=":0" /> Maria learned about religiosity from her through shared prayers and reading religious books.<ref name=":1" /><ref>{{Harvard citation text|Kluz|1993|p=13}}</ref> Maria Nastał had an older sister, Stefania, and a younger brother, Stanisław.<ref name=":2">{{Cite web |last=Śmigiel |first=Adriana |title=Maria Leonia Nastał - Służebnica Boża (1) |url=https://niedziela.pl/artykul/23602/nd |access-date=2024-04-20 |website=niedziela.pl |language=pl}}</ref> Two other siblings died in childhood.<ref name=":3">{{Harvard citation text|Lipian|1983|p=231}}</ref> Due to the poverty prevailing in [[Galicia (Eastern Europe)|Galicia]], her father emigrated to [[America]] for work for 18 years in the early 20th century.<ref name=":2" /><ref name=":0" /> The family made a living from a small farm, odd jobs for others, and money sent by the father.<ref name=":2" /><ref name=":3" />

She received the sacrament of [[baptism]] on 9 November 1903.<ref name=":3" /> The godparents were Jan Cichoń and Anna Leń.<ref name=":3" /> She received her First Holy Communion on 15 June 1911, and on November 18 of the same year, she was [[Confirmation in the Catholic Church|confirmed]] by Bishop [[Karol Fischer (bishop)|Karol Fischer]].<ref name=":4">{{Cite book |last=Nastał |first=Leonia |title=Uwierzyłam miłości |publisher=Wydawnictwo WAM |year=2010 |location=Kraków |pages=28–33 |language=pl |chapter=Kalendarium życia Służebnicy Bożej s. Leonii Marii Nastał (1903–1940)}}</ref><ref>{{Harvard citation text|Lipian|1983|pp=236-237}}</ref> In Maria's hometown, there are still [[Jesuits|Jesuit]] monasteries and convents of the Handmaids of the Blessed Virgin Mary Immaculate.<ref name=":13">{{Harvard citation text|Karaś|1980|p=437}}</ref> Maria attended the village primary school from 1910 to 1916.<ref>{{Harvard citation text|Lipian|1983|p=236}}</ref><ref name=":4" /> At home, she helped with cattle herding.<ref>{{Harvard citation text|Lipian|1983|p=237}}</ref>

The outbreak of [[World War I]] worsened the family's already difficult financial situation and led to a break in contact with her father.<ref name=":5">{{Harvard citation text|Lipian|1983|p=238}}</ref><ref name=":6">{{Harvard citation text|Karaś|1980|p=439}}</ref> Maria Nastał's mother, Katarzyna, seeing her younger daughter's abilities, did not want her to interrupt her education and sent her for private English lessons in Brzozów.<ref name=":5" /><ref name=":6" /> When the front moved away from the family's area, and her father sent a written permission, Maria continued her education at the 6-grade Queen Jadwiga Public School in Brzozów from 1917 to 1919 and completed the fifth and sixth grades.<ref name=":5" /><ref name=":4" /> In 1919, she applied to join the Congregation of the Sisters Handmaids of the Blessed Virgin Mary Immaculate but was not accepted due to her father's opposition.<ref name=":4" /><ref name=":7">{{Harvard citation text|Karaś|1980|p=440}}</ref>

During her youth, the Jesuit priests leading the parish had a significant influence on her, especially Father Kutyba, who was her confessor and taught her about sacrificial love for Jesus Christ and striving for perfection.<ref name=":8">{{Harvard citation text|Lipian|1983|p=239}}</ref><ref>{{Harvard citation text|Kluz|1993|p=24}}</ref><ref>{{Harvard citation text|Kuźnar|1947|p=35}}</ref><ref name=":2" /> Maria Nastał inherited a deeply religious foundation from her mother through conversations about God, reading the Bible together, and prayer.<ref name=":2" /> She received [[Holy Communion]] every day.<ref name=":8" /><ref>{{Harvard citation text|Kuźnar|1947|p=34}}</ref> The conviction of her religious vocation appeared very early, at the age of only three.<ref name=":2" /><ref>{{Harvard citation text|Kluz|1993|pp=15–16}}</ref><ref>{{Harvard citation text|Kuźnar|1947|pp=13–14}}</ref> At the age of 18, she secretly burned the name of Jesus on her chest with a hot nail, which became infected.<ref name=":4" /><ref name=":9">{{Harvard citation text|Lipian|1983|p=243}}</ref><ref>{{Harvard citation text|Kuźnar|1947|p=48}}</ref> Her father Franciszek, who returned from America in 1921, vehemently opposed her desire to enter the convent, but due to his daughter's act with the nail, he stopped trying to change her decision, although he did not reconcile with it.<ref name=":2" /><ref name=":9" /><ref name=":7" /> On 8 November 1921, Maria Nastał left her family home and went to the [[Benedictines|Benedictine]] convent in [[Staniątki]] to study at the local teacher training college, but she did not feel comfortable there.<ref name=":10">{{Harvard citation text|Lipian|1983|p=244}}</ref><ref name=":4" /> After the school year ended, she went home for vacation and stayed there.<ref name=":10" /><ref name=":4" /> In 1923, her older sister "*****" married, but her brother was born, so she was not the only heir to her parents' farm.<ref>{{Harvard citation text|Kluz|1993|p=36}}</ref>

=== Religious life ===
Finally, Franciszek Nastał announced to his daughter that he did not want to see her in his house, and after 8 years of efforts, Maria entered the [[Congregation of the Sisters Handmaids of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary]], a religious order founded by Father [[Edmund Bojanowski]], on 31 December 1925.<ref name=":2" /><ref>{{Harvard citation text|Lipian|1983|p=246}}</ref><ref>{{Harvard citation text|Niezgoda|1984|p=201}}</ref><ref>{{Harvard citation text|Kluz|1993|p=34}}</ref> She first underwent a 3-month [[postulant]];<ref>{{Harvard citation text|Kluz|1993|p=44}}</ref> she attended [[Holy Mass|Holy Masses]], participated in spiritual exercises, and prayed together with the sisters.<ref name=":11">{{Harvard citation text|Lipian|1983|p=250}}</ref> On 18 April 1926, the ceremony of [[investiture]] took place; Maria Nastał received the name Leonia{{Efn|Initially Leona, later changed to Leonia.}} and henceforth wore a habit and veil.<ref name=":11" /><ref>{{Harvard citation text|Karaś|1980|p=441}}</ref> Then Leonia Nastał began a 2-year [[novitiate]], under the guidance of Sister Zofia Szmyd.<ref name=":2" /><ref>{{Harvard citation text|Lipian|1983|pp=250-251}}</ref> She was well-liked by other novices.<ref name=":2" /><ref name=":14">{{Harvard citation text|Lipian|1983|p=255}}</ref> She knew how to play the [[pump organ]] and sometimes replaced the organist.<ref name=":15">{{Harvard citation text|Lipian|1983|p=253}}</ref>

In July 1927, after completing her first canonical year of novitiate, she went to [[Wyżniany (Ukraine)|Wyżniany]] near [[Lviv]] for a mission, where she was to become more acquainted with the works of the Congregation and the duties of her vocation, and also to discern whether she would be capable of receiving [[religious vows]].<ref name=":15" /> In Wyżniany, Sister Leonia took care of orphans from the local preschool.<ref name=":15" /> After three months, she was assigned for three weeks to [[Biłka Szlachecka]] as an organist.<ref name=":15" /> Then, on the orders of her superiors, in November 1927, Sister Leonia went to [[Przemyśl]] to continue her education.<ref name=":15" /><ref name=":4" /> From there, she returned to the motherhouse of the congregation to prepare for her three-year vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, which she took there on 23 April 1928.<ref name=":16">{{Harvard citation text|Lipian|1983|p=254}}</ref> Her immediate family, except for her father, attended the ceremony.<ref name=":16" />

After taking her vows, she remained in Stara Wieś and for 9 months studied English in preparation to go to the [[United States]], where the Congregation had had missions since 1926, and work for the American-Polish community.<ref name=":4" /><ref name=":16" /><ref>{{Harvard citation text|Kluz|1993|p=49}}</ref> However, she did not get the visa from the American consulate, so she did not leave.<ref name=":14" /> In November 1928, she went to Przemyśl to continue her studies, and she lived there until December 1932.<ref name=":4" /> On 20 April 1931, after completing her first profession, she renewed her religious vows for the second three-year period in Stara Wieś.<ref name=":4" /><ref name=":17">{{Harvard citation text|Lipian|1983|p=257}}</ref> On 30 November 1932, she externally passed the [[maturity exam]] at the X Male State Humanistic Gymnasium in Lviv.<ref name=":4" /><ref name=":17" />

In December 1932, she went to Stara Wieś and for several weeks gave history lectures to novices, and in January 1933, she went to [[Poznań]], where she took care of sisters participating in a 6-week pedagogical course.<ref name=":4" /> She also taught them Polish and [[German language|German]] there.<ref name=":14" /> At that time, due to poor living conditions, she experienced the first symptoms of [[tuberculosis]], which was a fatal disease at that time.<ref name=":16" /> In March 1933, she went to a congregation facility in [[Łódź]] and helped in educational work at the orphanage.<ref>{{Harvard citation text|Lipian|1983|p=258}}</ref><ref name=":4" /> On 13 April 1934, Sister Leonia made her perpetual profession to Mother General Eleonora Jankiewicz, in the presence of a [[chaplain]] and her parents.<ref>{{Harvard citation text|Lipian|1983|p=259}}</ref><ref>{{Harvard citation text|Kluz|1993|p=78}}</ref> In September 1934, Father Kazimierz Schmelzer became her spiritual director.<ref name=":18">{{Harvard citation text|Lipian|1983|p=265}}</ref> With his permission, she began to write down her spiritual experiences in September 1935.<ref name=":4" /> From 1935 to 1937, she stayed in Poznań, where she managed the convent and took care of the sisters who were studying, totaling 74.<ref>{{Harvard citation text|Lipian|1983|p=260}}</ref><ref name=":4" /> Her mystical experiences during her time in Poznań are documented in her writings.<ref name=":18" />

==== Stay in Szczawnica and death ====
[[File:Grave of Maria Leonia Nastał at Cemetery in Stara Wieś (2017)a.jpg|thumb|The original tombstone of Sister Nastał preserved in the Stara Wieś cemetery]]
In the second half of the fourth decade of the 20th century, her health began to deteriorate.<ref name=":19">{{Harvard citation text|Lipian|1983|p=268}}</ref> After being diagnosed with [[Infiltration (medical)|infiltrations]] and tuberculosis lesions in her lungs, she went for treatment to [[Szczawnica]] on 29 October 1937.<ref name=":19" /><ref name=":4" /> The illness aroused her joy and hope for a swift reunion with Jesus Christ.<ref>{{Harvard citation text|Lipian|1983|p=269}}</ref> While undergoing treatment, Sister Leonia devoted herself primarily to literary work, but also served as a [[sacristan]] in the convent chapel, helped the sisters with daily tasks, and corresponded with her superior.<ref name=":20">{{Harvard citation text|Lipian|1983|p=270}}</ref><ref name=":4" /> She also assisted during Holy Mass.<ref>{{Harvard citation text|Lipian|1983|p=292}}</ref> Her health condition continued to worsen, and the disease attacked her digestive tract.<ref>{{Harvard citation text|Lipian|1983|p=276}}</ref> In December 1939, sensing her impending death, Sister Leonia, with the consent of the Mother Superior, moved from Szczawnica to Stara Wieś.<ref>{{Harvard citation text|Lipian|1983|p=278}}</ref> In mid-December, at the direction of the Mother Superior General, she began writing her autobiography, which she completed on 2 January 1940.<ref name=":4" /><ref>{{Harvard citation text|Kluz|1993|p=232}}</ref>

She passed away around 4:30 PM on 10 January 1940, in her hometown.<ref name=":2" /> She was buried in the local cemetery on January 13.<ref name=":2" /><ref name=":21">{{Harvard citation text|Lipian|1983|p=280}}</ref> In 1979, her remains were exhumed and placed in the crypt of the congregation's motherhouse in Stara Wieś.<ref name=":2" />

== Beatification process ==
In 1962, the Congregation of the Handmaids began efforts to [[Beatification|beatify]] Sister Leonia.<ref name=":21" /> In December 1969, Bishop [[Ignacy Tokarczuk]] of [[Przemyśl]] submitted a votum to the [[Holy See]] to initiate the cognitional process.<ref name=":21" /> On 9 January 1976, the [[Dicastery for the Causes of Saints]] announced the decree ''[[Nihil obstat]]'', allowing the process to begin in the diocese,<ref name=":13" /> which commenced on 8 December 1976.<ref>{{Cite book |last=Sudoł |first=Adam |title=Wybór z Księgi Ogłoszeń Parafii Przemienienia Pańskiego w Sanoku (lata 1967-1995) |date= |publisher= |year=2001 |isbn=978-83-914224-7-2 |location=Sanok |page=91 |language=pl}}</ref> After the conclusion of the cognitional process on 15 September 1980,<ref>{{Cite web |title=1940 (Maria Nastał) |url=http://newsaints.faithweb.com/year/1940.htm#Nastal |access-date=2024-04-20 |website=newsaints.faithweb.com}}</ref> the documents were sent to the Holy See on 31 October 1980.<ref name=":21" /> On 13 March 1998, the Dicastery for the Causes of Saints issued a decree validating the cognitional process.<ref name=":4" /> In late June and July 2006, the drafting of the document ''[[Positio]]'' concerning the Venerable Leonia Nastał was completed and submitted to the Secretariat of the Dicastery for the Causes of Saints in [[Rome]].<ref name=":4" /> On 2 December 2016, the Dicastery for the Causes of Saints, at the direction of [[Pope Francis]], published a decree on the heroic virtues of Sister Leonia.<ref>{{Cite web |last= |first= |date=2016-12-02 |title=Watykan: Coraz bliżej beatyfikacji polskiej zakonnicy |url=https://www.gosc.pl/doc/3579602.Watykan-Coraz-blizej-beatyfikacji-polskiej-zakonnicy |access-date=2024-04-20 |website=Instytut Gość Media |language=pl}}</ref><ref>{{Cite web |title=Promulgazione di Decreti della Congregazione delle Cause dei Santi |url=https://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/it/bollettino/pubblico/2016/12/02/0873/01936.html |access-date=2024-04-20 |website=press.vatican.va |language=it}}</ref> Henceforth, she holds the title of the Venerable.

== Spirituality ==
While in Poznań, Leonia Nastał experienced mystical encounters in which Jesus Christ allegedly revealed to her the path to holiness based on humility and unlimited trust in God.<ref name=":22">{{Cite book |title=Encyklopedia Katolicka |year=2009 |volume=XIII, column 779 |location=Lublin |language=pl}}</ref> Initially, Leonia Nastał drew inspiration from St. [[Thérèse of Lisieux]] and her spiritual childhood. However, later the main idea of her mysticism, as described in the book ''Uwierzyłam miłości'', became what is known as spiritual infancy.<ref name=":22" /><ref>{{Harvard citation text|Niezgoda|1984|pp=213–214}}</ref><ref>{{Harvard citation text|Kluz|1993|p=8}}</ref> It was characterized by humility, awareness of one's own weakness and inability to act without God's help, sincerity, simplicity, gentleness, sweetness, and innocence.<ref>{{Harvard citation text|Karaś|1980|p=444}}</ref> In one of her letters, she wrote that, in her opinion, ''spiritual infancy is the shortest way to heaven''.<ref>{{Harvard citation text|Lipian|1983|p=310}}</ref> She believed that submitting to God's will as a spiritual infant was more valuable than voluntary [[martyrdom]].<ref>{{Harvard citation text|Lipian|1983|p=313}}</ref> She consulted everything in her inner life that the voice of Jesus commanded her with her confessor.<ref>{{Harvard citation text|Lipian|1983|p=284}}</ref>

Leonia Nastał reportedly experienced periods of spiritual "dryness" and [[Ecstasy (emotion)|ecstasies]].<ref>{{Harvard citation text|Lipian|1983|pp=288–289}}</ref> She would sometimes burst into tears uncontrollably.<ref>{{Harvard citation text|Lipian|1983|p=289}}</ref> She voluntarily undertook [[Asceticism|ascetic]] practices: she fasted several times a week, used disciplines, slept on wooden planks, and whipped herself.<ref name=":18" /><ref name=":22" /> She also mortified herself by enduring humiliations and quarrels from her father in silence, giving up minor pleasures, and refraining from eating favorite dishes.<ref>{{Harvard citation text|Lipian|1983|p=283}}</ref> She did this to compensate God for her own imperfections and to obtain grace for others.<ref>{{Harvard citation text|Lipian|1983|p=285}}</ref> She considered prayer, which she defined as ''the soul's being with God'', to be ''the most effective means of sanctification''.<ref>{{Harvard citation text|Lipian|1983|pp=286–287}}</ref> In her youth, she mainly prayed using the [[rosary]].<ref>{{Harvard citation text|Lipian|1983|p=287}}</ref> Everyday, she did [[examination of conscience]].<ref>{{Harvard citation text|Lipian|1983|p=301}}</ref> She made a private vow to maintain [[chastity]] even before entering the convent.<ref>{{Harvard citation text|Lipian|1983|p=306}}</ref>

Leonia Nastał exerted a significant influence on the sisters of the Congregation.<ref name=":23">{{Harvard citation text|Karaś|1980|p=448}}</ref> According to the testimony of Mother Eleonora Jankiewicz, her presence and behavior contributed to raising their level of religious life.<ref name=":23" /> The nun's father, although initially categorically opposed to his daughter's vocation, embittered by her decision, did not participate in the ceremony of investiture and vows, but under her influence, he converted and began to attend Mass and receive communion daily.<ref>{{Harvard citation text|Karaś|1980|pp=448–449}}</ref>

Among the saints, she particularly revered the [[Theotokos|Mother of God]] and [[Saint Joseph]], the two patrons of the Congregation.<ref>{{Harvard citation text|Lipian|1983|p=302}}</ref> She was also inspired by St. [[John of the Cross]] and [[Piotr Semenenko]].<ref>{{Harvard citation text|Lipian|1983|pp=281–282}}</ref> The motto of her life was ''I Believed in Eternal Love''.<ref>{{Harvard citation text|Lipian|1983|p=227}}</ref> Her favorite book was ''The Story of a Soul'' by St. Thérèse.<ref name=":8" />

According to Cecylian Niezgoda of the [[Order of Friars Minor Conventual]], Leonia Nastał made at least two mistakes in her mystical spiritual life.<ref name=":24">{{Harvard citation text|Niezgoda|1984|p=205}}</ref> In a letter to her spiritual director, Father Kazimierz Schmelzer, she wrote: ''The Lord Jesus will heal Rev. Spiritual Father; he promised me this, and I thanked Him in advance'', but Father Schmelzer did not recover.<ref name=":24" /> In a letter a month later, she wrote that Jesus promised to heal Father Schmelzer, but ''he postponed the fulfillment of his promise''.<ref name=":24" /> In another instance, before the outbreak of [[World War II]] in September 1939, she was convinced that the war would not happen.<ref name=":24" /> In one of her letters to her spiritual director, she expressed doubts whether she was adding something to what her "inner voice" told her.<ref name=":24" /> However, Father Schmelzer was convinced that Leonia Nastał's prayer was a [[Christian mysticism]].<ref>{{Harvard citation text|Niezgoda|1984|p=211}}</ref>

== Literary works ==
Leonia Nastał wrote poems, plays, speeches, stage works, and essays; they were used for educational purposes as well as in various church ceremonies and the educational activities of the Sisters of the Congregation of the Sisters Handmaids of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary Immaculate.<ref name=":12" /><ref name=":20" /><ref>{{Harvard citation text|Kluz|1993|p=219}}</ref> She wrote on commission, most often for the sisters or individuals involved in educational work.<ref name=":25">{{Harvard citation text|Niezgoda|1984|p=202}}</ref> Her literary work was a source of religious knowledge, addressing issues of moral education as well.<ref name=":26">{{Harvard citation text|Lipian|1983|p=271}}</ref><ref>{{Harvard citation text|Karaś|1980|p=450}}</ref> In her works, she taught love for one's neighbor, kindness, respect for the elderly and disabled, as well as patriotism and the search for God in nature and in other people.<ref name=":26" /> She also wrote for ''Róża Duchowna'', a Lviv magazine dedicated to the rosary brotherhoods.<ref>{{Harvard citation text|Lipian|1983|p=272}}</ref>

The writings of Leonia Nastał can be divided into three groups: various educational works in terms of genre, letters, and notes concerning her inner life.<ref name=":25" /> The third group of writings includes ''Notatki rekolekcyjne'' covering the years 1926–1934, conducted at the request of her confessor, Father Wojciech Trubak; ''Dziennik duchowny'' in eight consecutive notebooks covering the years 1934–1939; and ''Historia powołania'', an autobiographical essay written shortly before her death at the request of Mother General Eleonora Jankiewicz.<ref>{{Harvard citation text|Niezgoda|1984|p=204}}</ref><ref>{{Harvard citation text|Kluz|1993|p=83}}</ref> Her literary legacy consists of 1,620 pages of manuscript.<ref name=":12" /> Personal notes of Sister Leonia, depicting her inner life, cover 391 pages of manuscript.<ref name=":12" /> Letters written to her confessor, fellow sisters, and other individuals cover 505 pages of manuscript.<ref name=":12" />

== Publications and works ==
She is the author of several publications, also translated into other languages:<ref>{{Cite web |title=Maria Nastał |url=http://katalog.nukat.edu.pl/search/query?term_1=Maria+Nastał&theme=nukat |access-date=2016-12-04 |website=Katalog zbiorów polskich bibliotek naukowych NUKAT |language=pl}}</ref>

* {{Cite book |last=Nastał |first=Leonia Maria |title=Wybór pism Leonii Marii Nastał i Wincenty Jadwigi Jaroszewskiej |last2=Jaroszewska |first2=Wincenta Jadwiga |publisher=Akademia Teologii Katolickiej |year=1981 |editor-last=Bar |editor-first=Joachim Roman |location=Warsaw |language=pl |oclc=312548067}}
* {{Cite book |last=Nastał |first=Leonia Maria |title=Nowenna do Dzieciątka Jezus z rozważaniami Sługi Bożej s. Leonii Nastał - służebniczki: O niemowlęctwie duchowym |last2=Kałdon |first2=Stanisław Maria |publisher=Wydawnictwo Św. Antoniego |year=1995 |location=Kraków |language=pl |oclc=749304835|isbn=8385880445}}
* {{Cite book |last=Nastał |first=Leonia Maria |title=Uwierzyłam Miłości |publisher=Poligrafia Wyższego Seminarium Duchownego w Rzeszowie |year=2000 |location=Stara Wieś |language=pl |isbn=8388120182|edition=1}}
* {{Cite book |last=Nastał |first=Leonia Maria |title=Różaniec ze Sługą Bożą s. Leonią Nastał: (fragmenty Dziennika) |publisher=Poligrafia Wyższego Seminarium Duchownego w Rzeszowie |year=2003 |location=Stara Wieś |language=pl |oclc=749273470|isbn=8389326418|edition=}}
* {{Cite book |last=Nastał |first=Leonia Maria |title=I believed in God's eternal love |publisher=Poligrafia Wyższego Seminarium Duchownego w Rzeszowie |year=2003 |location=Stara Wieś |language= |oclc=749568112|isbn=838932637X|edition=|translator-last=Szymańska|translator-first=Teofila}}
* {{Cite book |last=Nastał |first=Leonia Maria |title=Łaski z nieba: uzdrowienie z choroby, dar macierzyństwa, pomoc w nauce i inne otrzymują za wstawiennictwem Sł. Bożej s. Leonii Marii Nastał |publisher= |year=2003 |location= |language=pl |oclc=749276579|isbn=8389326108|edition=}}
* {{Cite book |last=Nastał |first=Leonia Maria |title=Nabożeństwo do Dzieciątka Jezus: z rozważaniami "O niemowlęctwie duchowym" sługi Bożej s. Leonii Nastał - służebniczki |last2=Kałdon |first2=Stanisław Maria |publisher=Wydawnictwo M |year=2008 |location=Kraków |language=pl |oclc=297850677|isbn=9788375950892|edition=}}
* {{Cite book |last=Nastał |first=Léonie-Marie |title=J'ai cru à l'amour: journal spirituel |publisher=Ed. du Parvis |year=2014 |location=Hauteville |language=fr |oclc=1040997229|isbn=9782880223663|edition=}}
* {{Cite book |last=Nastał |first=Leonia Maria |title=Bohaterka |location=Stara Wieś |language=pl}}{{Efn|The manuscript of this drama is in the archives of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Stara Wieś.}}

== See also ==

* [[List of Catholic saints]]
* [[List of saints of Poland]]
* [[Intercession of saints]]

== Notes ==
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== References ==
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== Bibliography ==

* {{Cite book |last=Lipian |first=Janina Bernadeta |title=Polscy święci |publisher=Akademia Teologii Katolickiej |year=1983 |editor-last=Bar |editor-first=Joachim Roman |volume=2 |location=Warsaw |language=pl |chapter=Służebnica Boża Leonia Maria Nastał |oclc=749542052 |ref={{sfnref|Lipian|1983}}}}
* {{Cite book |last=Niezgoda |first=Cecylian |title=Chrześcijanie |publisher=Akademia Teologii Katolickiej |year=1984 |editor-last=Bejze |editor-first=Bohdan |volume=XII |location=Warsaw |language=pl |chapter=Duchowość Służebnicy Bożej Leonii Marii Nastał (1903–1940) |ref={{sfnref|Niezgoda|1984}}}}
* {{Cite book |last=Karaś |first=Elżbieta Mariola |title=Chrześcijanie |publisher=Akademia Teologii Katolickiej |year=1980 |editor-last=Bejze |editor-first=Bohdan |volume=IV |location=Warsaw |language=pl |chapter=S. Maria Leona Nastałówna (1903–1940) |ref={{sfnref|Karaś|1980}}}}
* {{Cite book |last=Kluz |first=Władysław |title=Chcę być świętą! |publisher=Siostry Służebniczki NMP |year=1993 |location=Stara Wieś |language=pl |oclc=749717165 |ref={{sfnref|Kluz|1993}}}}
* {{Cite book |last=Kuźnar |first=Stanisław |title=Ku szczytom |publisher=Wydawnictwo Apostolstwa Modlitwy Księża Jezuici |year=1947 |location=Kraków |language=pl |oclc=297641461 |ref={{sfnref|Kuźnar|1947}}}}
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