St. Mary Magdalene de’Pazzi – (1566-1607)
Feast Day – May 25th
Born April 2, 1566 in Florence, she had a religious upbringing. A devout child, she received First Communion at the age of ten, and shortly afterwards vowed her virginity to God. At fourteen she was sent to school at the convent of the Cavalaresse. On returning home, she told her parents of her desire to enter religious life. She finally entered the Carmelite convent of Santa Maria degl’ Angeli on the eve of the Assumption in 1582 and was clothed on January 30, 1583 taking the name of Maria Magdalena.
In 1584 she became very ill, and fearing she would not recover she was professed on May 29, 1584. After her profession, she received extraordinary daily ecstasies for forty consecutive days at the end of which she appeared at the point of death. She miraculously recovered and fearing she had offended God with her haste to be professed, she asked and obtained permission to live as a novice for two years after she made her vows.
She fasted on bread and water daily except for Sundays and Holy Days. For five years she experienced a state of darkness and spiritual dryness until Whitsunday in 1590 during Matins when the Te Deum was intoned and she fell into a rapture.
In 1604 she became bedridden and subject to violent headaches and was unable to move her limbs although she suffered agonies if touched. She died on May 25, 1607. Her incorrupt body is in enshrined in Monastery of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Careggi in Florence, Italy.
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