Franciscan Saints


 

 

 

27th July

 

 

Blessed Mary Magdalene Martinengo

 

Virgin, Second Order

 

Blessed Mary Magdalene Martinengo came from a prominent family of Bresica. Even as a child she took special delight in the austerities of religious life. Despite many difficulties that confronted her, she joined the daughters of St. Clare when she was only 17 years of age. The young nun soon distinguished herself by her modesty, patience, and cheerful obedience. The hours prescribed for prayer and meditation, as well as the visits to our Lord in the tabernacle, were the most delightful hours of her day.

Her sympathy for our suffering Savior was so deep that she was often found kneeling like one devoid of life. As novice mistress, and later as abbess, she guided the sisters to great sanctity by her admirable example and loving gentleness.

The fame of her sanctity caused many lay persons to appeal to her for consolation and advice. On such occasions she manifested the special gifts God had given her to encourage disheartened souls, to reconcile such as were at variance with each other, and to bring sinners back to the path of duty. Not seldom she read the innermost thoughts of others and foretold future events.

 Exhausted by her labor and austerity more than by age, Blessed Mary Magdalene Martinengo died on July 27, 1737, in the 50th year of her saintly life. Pope Leo XIII beatified her. 

 

Consider that it is proper to make thanksgiving after Communion, for in Holy Communion we have been favored by a distinguished Visitor. The words which were written by the Evangelist then apply to us: "This day is salvation come to this house" (Lk. 19,9). For this reason Blessed Mary Magdalen found it a trying duty to leave the house of God after Holy Communion. St Theresa says: "The moments after Holy Communion are the most precious moments of our life." Let us use them in placing our needs before our dear Lord.

 

 

 

 

Prayer of the Church

 

O God, who hast given in the virgin Mary Magdalen an

example of innocence and mortification, grant that we may renounce

all worldly desires and come to thee by way of truth and

justice. Through the same Christ Our Lord Who liveth and reigneth
with Thee and the Holy Spirit,  One God, now and forever.  Amen

 

 

Habig, Marion A., O.F.M., 1959, ed., The Franciscan book of Saints, Franciscan Herald press, Chicago, Illinois

 

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