St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi


Feast Day - May 29

Mary Magdalen was born of the famous family of the Pazzi in Florence, and almost from her cradle entered on the way of perfection. At ten years old, she made a vow of perpetual virginity, and when she had taken the habit in the monastery of the Carmelite sisters, she showed herself to be exemplary in all virtues. She was so chaste that she did not even know of anything that could harm purity.

She burned with such a fire of divine love that she was unable to bear it, and had to cool her breast by pouring water over it. She was notable for her love of neighbor, often passing sleepless nights either in doing the Sisters’ work or in serving the sick, whose ulcers she sometimes cured by licking them. She frequently repeated this saying: “To suffer, not to die.” At length, worn out by a long and serious illness, she went to the Bridegroom in the year 1607, having completed her forty-first year. Clement IX numbered her among the holy Virgins.

Taken from The Hours of the Divine Office in English and Latin, Vol. II: Passion Sunday to August (Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press, 1963), pp. 1829-1830.