Short Lives of the Saints – Saint Veronica of Milan, Virgin

detail of a portrait Blessed Veronica of Milan in a fresco by Luigi Migliavacca, Turago Bordone, Giussago, Italy; swiped off Wikimedia CommonsEntry

Saint Veronica was a poor maiden of Milan. Possessed of an angelic piety, she wished to enter the convent of the Augustinian nuns of Saint Martha, who were established in her native city. But the poverty of her parents had prevented the holy girl from receiving even the first rudiments of education. After working hard all day, Veronica devoted a part of each night to laboriously learning how to read and write, and succeeded without a teacher. Once when she was extremely discouraged over her studies, the Blessed Virgin consoled her by telling her that it sufficed for her to know three letters, which were, the love of God above all things, charity for our neighbor, and a tender devotion to the passion of Jesus Christ. Finally, after three years of preparation, Saint Veronica entered the convent of Saint Martha, and there led the life and died the death of a saint.

When obstacles and trials seem
  Like prison-walls to be,
I do the little I can do.
  And leave the rest to Thee!
– Father Faber

Favorite Practice – A gentle persistence in overcoming obstacles in the service of God.

MLA Citation

  • Eleanor Cecilia Donnelly. “Saint Veronica of Milan, Virgin”. Short Lives of the Saints, 1910. CatholicSaints.Info. 1 April 2021. Web. 14 April 2021. <>