Posts tagged ‘Saints who were Stigmatists’

Blessed Catherine of Racconigi

Blessed Catherine of RacconigiAlso known as

  • Caterina Mattei

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The youngest of six children, and the only daughter of Giorgio and Bilia de Ferrari Mattei. Hers was a poor family in a poor region; her father was an unemployed blacksmith and tool maker, her mother a silk spinner and weaver whose work kept the family from starving. When she was old enough, Caterina learned the trade from her mother and helped support the family. Her father suffered from depression over their lot, and family life was often chaotic and disruptive.

At the age of nine, Caterina had a vision of Jesus, who appeared to her as a boy about her own age, told her that she should become a bride of Christ, and gave her a wedding ring in token. She began to have regular visions of Jesus, and of saints including Saint Catherine of Siena and Saint Peter Martyr. Miracles began to happen around her; at first just simple things like a broken dish being repaired, and money and food appearing when the family needed it most.

She studied with a community of Servites. Caterina wanted to join the Dominicans, and began attending a small Domincan convent at age 23, but her family opposed her leaving; they compromised by her becoming a Dominican tertiary at age 28 and staying at home. The visions continued, and she received the stigmata, though the wounds did not appear to others until her death. Her neighbors were terrified of her and of the supernatural events that happened in her home, many claiming that she was a witch. The local Dominicans, fearing scandal, would have nothing to do with her. She was denounced to the Inquisition, and was called before a bishop‘s court in Turin, Italy, but all authorities found her innocent of any heresy or wrong-doing. She was eventually forced to leave the town and settle in Caramagno, Italy where she lived with two other tertiaries. The scrutiny and accusations caused her to reach such a level of despair that had her considering suicide, but instead she gripped her cross and prayed the harder.

Though her mystical gifts drove many away, others sought her out for her counsel and prayer. She had a special ministry of prayer for soldiers in battle. She became the friend of Prince John Francis Pico of Mirandola, who wrote a biography that gives us most of the information about have about her. The Blessed Caterina Brotherhood continues today, doing good works and celebrating her memory.

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Jesus, is my only hope! – a phrase Blessed Caterina would repeat any time she was under stress

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Catherine of Racconigi“. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 September 2017. Web. 17 December 2018. <>

Blessed Kristina Hamm

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15th century nun in Hamm, Westphalia (in modern Germany). Stigmatist, attested by 12 witnesses.

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  • “Blessed Kristina Hamm“. CatholicSaints.Info. 22 June 2016. Web. 17 December 2018. <>

Venerable Teresa Luisa Gardi

detail of an antique holy card of Venerable Teresa Gardi of ImolaAlso known as

  • Teresa Gardi of Imola

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Lifelong lay women in the diocese of Imola, Italy. Franciscan tertiary. Had a great devotion to the works of Saint John of the Cross and Saint Teresa of Avila. Visionary and mystic kept a diary of what she saw and felt, but revealed nothing; it wasn’t until her diaries were printed decades after her death that anyone but her confessor learned of her inner life of prayer and love of God.

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  • “Venerable Teresa Luisa Gardi“. CatholicSaints.Info. 31 December 2016. Web. 17 December 2018. <>

Venerable Marthe-Louise Robin

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Lay woman in the diocese of Valence, France. Mystic and visionary, and reported to have received the stigmata. Founded the Association of the Foyers of Charity.

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  • “Venerable Marthe-Louise Robin“. CatholicSaints.Info. 25 July 2016. Web. 17 December 2018. <>

Blessed María López de Rivas Martínez

Blessed María López de Rivas MartínezAlso known as

  • María of Jesus

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Born wealthy, but she gave it all up. Her father died when Maria was four years old, and she was raised by her paternal grandparents. Well educated. Joined the Carmelites at Toledo, Spain at age 17 and lived 63 years as a Carmelite nun. Stigmatist. Prioress. In 1600 she was unjustly accused of an offense by one of her sisters; she removed as prioress and isolated for 20 years. Close friend of Saint Teresa of Avila; Teresa trusted her so much that Maria was a test reader for The Interior Castle.

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Sisters, it s a great crime not to have trust in God. He is omnipotent! – Blessed Maria

If you have to go on living, it is because you have to live for others. As for taking rest, eternity awaits you. – Blessed Maria

In suffering love and in loving, suffer! – Blessed Maria

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  • “Blessed María López de Rivas Martínez“. CatholicSaints.Info. 15 September 2017. Web. 17 December 2018. <>

Venerable Marguerite Parigot

Venerable Marguerite ParigotAlso known as

  • Little Spouse of the Infant Jesus
  • Marguerite du Saint-Sacrement
  • Marguerite of the Blessed Sacrament
  • Margaret….

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At age five, Margaret received her first vision of the Child Jesus. At age eleven she made her First Communion, and then later the same day joined the Carmelites. The girl was soon afflicted with convulsions, rigidity in the limbs, and a constant feeling of fear and oppression. Doctors called in to help her performed a useless operation that left her with lifelong head pain. Margaret and the mother superior of the house decided the girl was under demonic attack, and she was cured by prayer. Soon after Margaret began to have visions, and to fall into ecstasies during prayer. She began to relive the mysteries of the life of Our Lord as each came up in the liturgical calendar. Stigmatist. On 24 March 1636 she founded the Family of the Child Jesus, an association to honor the Holy Childhood of Jesus; by 1665 the association had about 3,000 members, and continues today with the name Archconfraternity of the Infant Jesus. Following a request by Christ in a vision, she helped build a chapel in the nearby monastery of Saint Etienne. She died at age 29, having lived her life in devotion to the Child Jesus and Holy Family.

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The wonders of My Infancy will be resplendent in you. I have chosen you to honor My Infancy and the mysteries of Bethlehem and of Nazareth. – Jesus in a vision to Venerable Margaret

I wish you to institute an association of which I will inspire the rules. . . this association will be My family, the Family of the Infant Jesus, this is the title you shall give it. – Jesus in a vision to Venerable Margaret

MLA Citation

  • “Venerable Marguerite Parigot“. CatholicSaints.Info. 23 May 2017. Web. 17 December 2018. <>

Blessed Magdalen Panattieri

Blessed Maddalena PanattieriAlso known as

  • Maddalena Panattieri
  • Mary Magdalen Panattieri

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Tertiary of the Sisters of Penance of Saint Dominic at age 20. She had a great devotion to Saint Catherine of Siena. Magdalen lived at with her family, devoting her days to prayer, and care for the poor and young children. She gave talks to groups of lay people and children, then later to priests and religious. Received the stigmata, but kept it quiet. Noted for her simple innocence and piety; public devotion started spontaneously soon after her death.

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Faithful God, you forsake no one who trusts in you and in your mercy hear the prayers of the devout. Through the help of Blessed Magdalen may we receive what we cannot obtain of ourselves. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. – General Calendar of the Order of Preachers

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Magdalen Panattieri“. CatholicSaints.Info. 31 May 2018. Web. 17 December 2018. <>

Blessed Jane of Orvieto

illustration of Blessed Jane of Orvieto, date and artist unknown; swiped from Santi e BeatiAlso known as

  • Vanna of Orvieto
  • Giovanna of Orvieto

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Born to a peasant family and orphaned at age five. Worked as a seamstress and embroiderer. Refused marriage as a young woman, and became a Dominican tertiary at Orvieto, Italy. Visionary, prophet, known for a life of deep prayer; reputed miracle worker and stigmatist.

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  • “Blessed Jane of Orvieto“. CatholicSaints.Info. 24 August 2017. Web. 17 December 2018. <>

Blessed Flora of Beaulieu

Blessed Flora of BeaulieuAlso known as

  • Flora of the Hosptiallers of Saint John

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Know as a pious youth, her parents tried to arrange a marriage for her, but Flora resisted, and eventually entered a convent near Auvergne, France. In 1324 she entered the Priory of Beaulieu of the Hospitallers of Saint John of Jerusalem. Had the gifts of levitation, stigmata, and prophesy. She was ridiculed mercilessly by other sisters because of these gifts, and suffered bouts of depression.

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  • 1347 of natural causes
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  • “Blessed Flora of Beaulieu“. CatholicSaints.Info. 28 May 2018. Web. 17 December 2018. <>

Blessed Gertrude van Oosten

Blessed Gertrude van OostenAlso known as

  • Gertrude of Delft
  • Gertrude of the East
  • Gertrude van der Oosten
  • Geertruida….
  • Geertruyt….

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Born to a poor family, and when she was old enough Gertrude began to work as a servant to a rich family in Delft, Netherlands. She was engaged, but was jilted by her betrothed. Joined the Beguine convent at Delft. Received the stigmata and the gift of prophesy. The surname van Oosten is thought to have been a nickname given her due to her frequent repitition of the hymn Het daghet in den Oosten (The Day Breaks in the East).

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  • “Blessed Gertrude van Oosten“. CatholicSaints.Info. 2 December 2018. Web. 17 December 2018. <>