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St. Mary Magdalene of Pazzi

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Saint Mary Magdalene of Pazzi


Caterina Lucrezia de’ Pazzi was born to a noble Italian family in Florence in the year of Our Lord 1566. She was deeply pious from an early age, regularly giving her food to the poor, practicing basic mortifications, and instructing other children in the faith. After making her First Communion, she privately consecrated her virginity to God. Though her parents wished her to marry, and several times tested her vocation, eventually they gave their blessing for Caterina to enter the Carmelites, which she did at the age of fifteen, taking the name Mary Magdalene. Sister Mary Magdalene continued her mortifications, often to extreme degrees thanks to her particular graces, which also included prophecy and the reading of hearts. At times her own heart literally burned with charity, requiring her to splash cold water upon her chest. She experienced frequent ecstasies, contrasted by periods of great spiritual dryness or temptations. After a prolonged final illness, she died at just forty-one years of age, in the year of Our Lord 1607. Her body was found to be incorrupt, and many miracles have taken place at her shrine. Sister Mary Magdalene is also celebrated on May 25th.


Traditional Roman Martyrology for May 29th

THE feast of St. Mary Magdalen, Carmelite nun, whose birthday is on the 25th of this month.

At Rome, on the Aurelian road, the birthday of St. Restitutus, martyr.

At Iconium, a town of Isauria, in the time of the emperor Aurelian, the martyrdom of the Saints Conon and his son, a child twelve years of age, who were laid on a grate over burning coals sprinkled with oil, were racked and exposed to the fire; and finally, having their hands crushed with a mallet, they breathed their last.

The same day, in the time of the emperor Honorius, the birthday of the holy martyrs Sisinius, Martyrius, and Alexander, who were persecuted by the Gentiles of Anaunia, and obtained the crown of martyrdom, as is related by Paulinus in the Life of St. Ambrose.

At Caesarea Philippi, the holy martyrs Theodosia, mother of the martyr St. Procopius, and twelve other noble matrons, who ended their life by decapitation, in the persecution of Diocletian.

In Umbria, the passion of fifteen hundred and twenty-five holy martyrs.

At Treves, blessed Maximus, bishop and confessor, who received with honor the patriarch St. Athanasius, banished by the Arian persecutors.

At Verona, St. Maximus, bishop.

At Arcanum, in Campania, St. Eleutherius, confessor.

℣. And elsewhere many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.

℟. Thanks be to God.

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