Inspired by his example, Philippa ran away from home to become an anchoress with a few like-minded companions, and she was later made prioress of a religious group in the region which, like the Poor Clares, maintained the strictest poverty and total dependence upon the grace of God.
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Blessed Verdiana d. After a pilgrimage to St. Francis himself was a great admirer of hers, having visited her once at length. Rose of Viterbo was something of a child prodigy, spiritually speaking, and is said to have experienced a vision of Mother Mary when only 8 years old, our Lady telling her that she was to be clothed in the habit of St.
At age 12 she began to preach in the streets against the anti-church Ghibellines and allegedly worked some miracles. A few years later she headed a small community of religious women, but she was dead by the age of Her unembalmed body has miraculously not decomposed for years. Sperandia early in life became a renunciate recluse, living in a cave in Italy, enduring austerities for the sake of sinners.
Sperandia later spent ten years on pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Rome, and elsewhere, teaching people the way of God wherever she went. Eventually she joined a Benedictine convent at Cingoli, Italy, where she was later made abbess. Her unembalmed relic has also not undergone any decay all these centuries. Margaret Colonna d. Matthia of Matelica c. Benvenuta of Cividale was very devoted to Mother Mary from early childhood and became a Dominican tertiary, emphasizing the contemplative rather than active path. She suffered terribly from several afflictions, one resulting from a rope she had tied too tightly around her waist as a form of self-mortification, but was miraculously cured of both disorders.
She was later blessed to receive numerous graces, visions and raptures in prayer. She turned to the religious life which had been there within her in seed form for years, and began to perform much charity work, calmly enduring the endless scandal which her earlier life stirred up among the people. Later, Margaret became a Franciscan tertiary i.
Mary of Oignies d. One especially severe winter she spent every night in a church, lying on the bare ground without any covering. From a very reliable witness and biographer we know that Mary was also one of the earliest mystics profiled in some detail to show clairvoyance, precognition, miraculous fragrances, and the gift of inner heat, especially during states of prayer.
Jutta then had herself walled up in a room close to her lepers, and lived there as a contemplative from until her death four and a half decades later. Lutgardis of Tongres, Brabant, earlier in life was a casual border at a Benedictine convent near Saint-Trond. One day, however, she was brought much more deeply into the spiritual life by a vision of Christ while she was talking with a friend. Her humility in the midst of these wonders was considerable. Lutgardis also appears to have been the first woman to bear the painful wounds of Christ in her own body—a phenomenon known as the stigmata and first apparently manifested by St.
Francis of Assisi a few years before. Lutgardis, a cloistered nun. She spent her remaining years in charitable activity. Though famous locally for her wisdom, and acclaimed by such luminaries as the venerated mystic, John of Ruysbroeck , Hadewijch seems to have been forgotten by posterity until her rediscovery in the 19th century, after which her works have become quite popular.
The Germanic regions would continue to host a number of pious women: Bavarian-born laywoman St. After the birth of the last of their seven children in , Hedwig persuaded Henry to take with her a vow of continence for the rest of their lives. Elizabeth of Hungary , was a princess of exceptional beauty who was raised with and then, at age 14, married to Louis of Thuringia, with whom they shared a most happy wedded life for six years until he died in during one of the crusades.
Before, during and after this interlude of marriage Elizabeth was famed for her charity and service to the poor. Elizabeth died at age 24, many postmortem miracles of intercession following; she has been one of the most beloved saints of the Germanic Catholics. Cunegund d. Henry II , and shared with him a lifelong vow of chastity; she wore a rough hairshirt under her royal garments and, like her aunt, and great-aunt Hedwig, devoted her life to the care of the needy and sick.
Jolenta of Hungary d. Margaret of Hungary , another daughter of King Bela IV, was consecrated by her parents to a Dominican convent at an early age in fulfillment of a promise to God for a favor granted; later this beautiful young woman would not leave, even when pursued by the King of Bohemia.
Zdislava of Bohemia d. Another St. Jutta d.
She finally came to Prussia of which she is the patron saint where she settled into the solitary life, graced with visions, levitations, and an infused understanding of the Scriptures. King Sancho I of Portugal had three daughters, all venerated as saints: St. Mafalda d. Mafalda used her extensive dowry to build many charitable institutions. In , her unembalmed body, like that of many saints, was found to be uncorrupted. Her sister St. Teresa d.
Her sister Sanchia d. Mary of Cerevellon d.
Peter Nolasco; she later became the first nun of the order of Mercedarians founded by him, and, among other things, helped free Christian slaves from under the Moors. Isabel of France d. Louis, was daughter of King Louis VIII, and exceptionally beautiful, wise, and deeply spiritual—often fasting, maintaining silence, rapt in ecstasies, and giving generously to the poor, with whom she spent much of her time.
She founded the famous Franciscan convent of Longchamps, yet remained a laywoman living in a peripheral part of the building she was determined in this way never to be elected abbess! Her younger sister, St.
Mechtild von Hackenborn c. Gertrude the Great and another nun wrote a book about her divine experiences. An intelligent, charming, clairvoyant, and extraordinarily holy woman, the sisters and many outsiders some from great distances flocked to Mechtild for counsel and inspiration. This Mechtild wrote her troubadour-influenced prose and poetry concerning her mystical life at the behest of her Dominican confessor her writings were, in part, critical of the Church, which is perhaps why she was never canonized. Gertrude the Great, St.
Margaret-Mary Alacoque  , and now practiced widely by many Catholics. Also prominent in this deeply mystical movement were the Swiss nun, Elisabeth Stagel the favorite pupil of Suso , and other women such Elizabeth von Begenhofen and Adelheid Langmann very little is known about them except for their writings.
A different kind of mystic of this region during this time was Bd. Christina of Stommeln , Germany d. Over in Italy, we hear of numerous holy women from the midth century on Joan of Orvieto d.
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Joan of Signa d. People came from all over the region to consult with her and bring to her their sick and afflicted, such was her reputation for miraculous power. Clare of Montefalco ; incorrupt after death displayed signs of infused wisdom and extraordinary sanctity from her early childhood, and joined a group of recluses when only 7 years of age. Alda Aldobrandesca d. She experienced frequent ecstatic visions and the stigmata; furthermore, after one day receiving a Holy Communion miraculously administered to her by angels, she practiced inedia complete abstinence from food—except for the regular small Eucharistic wafer for the last 12 years of her life.
However, desiring greater solitude and austerity, she withdrew to enter the Poor Clares, then later became an anchoress in a cell, subsisting on bread, water, and vegetables, and sleeping for only short periods while on her knees.
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After 12 years of seclusion, the abbot of the Vallombrosan abbey of nearby St. Crispin persuaded her to emerge and organize a Vallombrosan order for nuns, which she did at Malta, outside Faenza, founding a second house in Florence. She dictated several mystical treatises in Latin, a language she never learned, one of them dealing with angels, and how she lived in constant communion with two heavenly beings, one her guardian angel.
Emily of Vercelli became prioress of a convent endowed by her father, and this was apparently the first convent of Dominican regular tertiaries. Emily was characterized by a spirit of gratitude to God and man, frequent visions of Christ, and is reputed to have had the gift of miracles.
Later she accepted the invitation to be abbess of a convent at Montepulciano she put it under Dominican rule , and here she governed until her death at age 49, famous for her austerities, ecstasies, prophecies, levitations, multiplication of food, and so forth. Some years later a convent of lax nuns adopted her, hearing that she brought prosperity to anyone who cared for her; but they soon neglected, and then persecuted her for her piety which reflected poorly on them.
Finally at age 15 she was driven out, and adopted by another family. Margaret would care for the children of working parents, and soon became known for her healings and levitations while in deep states of prayer.
Juliana Falconieri , born in answer to the prayers of a wealthy, pious, older couple of Florence, was a devout child, and at age 16 underwent profession as a tertiary in the Servite Order founded by her uncle, St. Philip Benizi. Juliana continued to live at home, her own widowed mother submitting to her spiritual direction. At age 34, her mother died, and Juliana took up residence with a group of women devoted to prayer and works of mercy, who compelled her to be their prioress.
They later testified that she outdid them in zeal, charity, and austerities, and that she was tremendously kind and helpful to all.
Michelina of Pesaro of noble family was already a widow by the age of 20 after eight years of happy wedded life. Sibyllina of Pavia ; incorrupt was orphaned in early childhood, blinded at age 12, and then taken in by some Dominican tertiaries. After experiencing a radiant vision of St.