Saint Veronica Giuliani – July 10
Veronica’s desire to be like Christ crucified was answered with the stigmata.
Veronica was born in Mercatelli, Italy. It is said that when her mother Benedetta was dying she called her five daughters to her bedside and entrusted each of them to one of the five wounds of Jesus. Veronica was entrusted to the wound below Christ’s heart.
At the age of 17, Veronica joined the Poor Clares directed by the Capuchins. Her father had wanted her to marry, but she convinced him to allow her to become a nun. In her first years in the monastery, she worked in the kitchen, infirmary, sacristy, and also served as portress. At the age of 34, she was made novice mistress, a position she held for 22 years. When she was 37, Veronica received the stigmata. Life was not the same after that.
Church authorities in Rome wanted to test Veronica’s authenticity and so conducted an investigation. She lost the office of novice mistress temporarily and was not allowed to attend Mass except on Sundays or holy days. Through all of this Veronica did not become bitter, and the investigation eventually restored her as novice mistress.
Though she protested against it, at the age of 56 she was elected abbess, an office she held for 11 years until her death. Veronica was very devoted to the Eucharist and to the Sacred Heart. She offered her sufferings for the missions, died in 1727, and was canonized in 1839.
…for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. Matthew 10:20
In those moments when I’m trying to say the “right thing,” I call to mind, this gospel verse. However, all of us at one time or another have had people tell us, “What you said yesterday helped me so much, thanks.” I never recall having said anything all that helpful. Naturally, we may feel unworthy of being messengers of God’s comfort or wisdom in a time of crisis. But we trust that the word of God comes to each of us, when we open our hearts to hear the Spirit and put our doubts aside to boldly step forward in faith.