• The Way Comes to You

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    The Way Comes to You

    "Our Lord said: "I am the Way, I am the Truth, I am the Life." The
    Truth, all the while remaining with the Father, became the Way also
    when he assumed our flesh.

    No one says to you: "Labor and find the Way" so that you may come to
    the Truth and the Life. Get up, lazy one! The Way himself has come to
    you and roused you from slumber."
    --St. Augustine--Sermon 142, 1

    Prayer: How great was your love for us, kind Father! You did not spare
    your sole-begotten Son but surrendered him for the sake of us sinners! Confessions 10, 43

    • 15 November – Blessed Lucia of Narni OP

    Virgin, Tertiary of the Order of Preachers, Mystic, Stigmatist,
    Ecstatic, Married but remained chaste and fulfilled her vow of
    Virginity before she left her marital home and entered a Convent. Born
    on 13 December 1476 in Narni, Umbria, Italy as Lucia Brocadelli and
    died on 15 November 1544 at the Saint Catherine of Siena Convent in
    Ferrara, Italy of natural causes. Patronage – of Narni, Italy. Also
    known as – Lucy Brocadelli, Lucy de Alessio, Lucia Broccadelli. Her
    body is incorrupt.

    Already very early it became evident to her pious Italian family that
    this child was set for something unusual in life. Lucia was born in 13
    December 1476 on the feast day of Saint Lucia of Syracuse, the eldest
    of eleven children of Bartolomeo Brocadelli and Gentilina Cassio, in
    the Town of Narni (then called Narnia) and in the region of Umbria.

    When Lucia was five years old, she had a vision of the Child Jesus
    with Our Lady. Two years later, Our Lady appeared with Child Jesus,
    Saint Catherine of Siena and Saint Dominic. Jesus gave her a ring and
    Saint Dominic gave her the scapular. At age 12, she made a private vow
    of total consecration, determined, even at this early age, to become a Dominican. However, family affairs were to make this difficult. During
    the following year Lucia’s father died, leaving her in the care of an
    uncle. And this uncle felt that the best way to dispose of a pretty
    niece was to marry her off, as soon as possible.

    The efforts of her uncle to get Lucia successfully married form a
    colorful chapter in the life of the Blessed Lucia. Eventually the
    uncle approached the matter with more tact, arranging a marriage with
    Count Pietro of Milan, who was not a stranger to the family. Lucia
    was, in fact, very fond of him but she had resolved to live as a
    religious. The strain of the situation made her seriously ill. During
    her illness, Our Lady appeared to her again, accompanied by Saint
    Dominic and Saint Catherine and told her to go ahead with the marriage
    as a legal contract but to explain to Pietro that she was bound to her
    vow of virginity and must keep it. When Lucia recovered, the matter
    was explained to Pietro and in 1491 the marriage was solemnised.

    Lucia’s life now became that of the mistress of a large and busy
    household. She took great care to instruct the servants in their
    religion and soon became known for her benefactions to the poor.
    Pietro, to do him justice, never seems to have objected when his young
    wife gave away clothes and food, nor when she performed great
    penances. He knew that she wore a hair-shirt under her rich clothing
    and that she spent most of the night in prayer and working for the

    But when, after having disappeared for the entire night, Countess
    Lucia returned home early in the morning in the company of two men and
    claimed that they were Saints Dominic and John the Baptist, Pietro’s
    patience finally gave out. He had his young wife locked up. Here she
    remained for the season of Lent; sympathetic servants brought her food
    until Easter. Being allowed to go to the Church, Lucia never returned.
    She went to her mother’s house and on the Feast of the Ascension,
    1494, 8 May she put on the habit of a Dominican tertiary.

    Count Pietro was furious, burned down the Dominican Priory and even
    tried to kill her spiritual director who had given her the habit. Rich
    and influential, he continued to try to bring her back. The following
    year, Lucia went to Rome and entered the Monastery of the Dominican
    tertiaries near Pantheon. Her sanctity impressed everyone so much that
    by the end of the year, with five other Sisters, she was sent by the
    Master General of the Dominicans, to start a new Monastery in Viterbo.

    On Friday, 25 February 1496, Lucia received the Stigmata, the Sacred
    Wounds. She tried very hard to hide her spiritual favours because they complicated her life wherever she went. She had the stigmata visibly
    and she was usually in ecstasy, which meant a steady stream of curious
    people who wanted to question her, investigate her, or just stare at
    her. Even the Sisters were nervous about her methods of prayer. Once
    they called in the Bishop, and he watched Lucia with the sisters for
    12 hours, while she went through the drama of the Passion.

    The Bishop hesitated to pass judgement and called for special
    commissions; the second one was presided by a famous Inquisitor of
    Bologna. All declared that her Stigmata were authentic. Here the
    hard-pressed Pietro had his final appearance in Lucia’s life. He made
    a last effort to persuade her to come back to him. After seeing her,
    he returned to Narni, sold everything he had and became a Franciscan.
    In later years, he was a famous preacher.

    The Duke of Ferrara was planning to build a Monastery and, hearing of
    the fame of the mystic of Viterbo, asked Sister Lucia to be its
    Prioress. Lucia had been praying for some time that a means would be
    found to build a new Convent of strict observance and she agreed to go
    to Ferrara. This led to a two-year battle between the Towns. Viterbo
    had the Mystic and did not want to lose her; the Duke of Ferrara sent
    first his messengers and then his troops to bring her. Much money and
    time was lost before she finally escaped from Viterbo and was solemnly
    received in Ferrara on 7 May 1499.

    Various problems arose in the Convent due to the Duke bringing all
    sorts of unsuitable people to view ‘his’ Convent and Stigmatist. the Sisters petitioned the Bishop and, by the order of the Pope, he sent
    ten nuns from the Second Order to reform the community. Lucia’s
    foundation was of the Third Order; of women who remained part of the
    laity even after their vows. The Second Order “real” nuns, according
    to the chronicle, “brought in the very folds of their veils the seed
    of war.” Nuns of the Second Order wore black veils, a privilege not
    allowed to tertiaries.

    The uneasy episode ended when one of these ten nuns was made Prioress
    and when the Duke died on 24 January 1505. Lucia was placed on
    penance. The nature of her fault is not mentioned, nor was there any explanation of the fact that, until her death, 39 years later, she was
    never allowed to speak to anyone but her Confessor, who was chosen by
    the Prioress. Only now, 500 years later, the situation is slowly
    beginning to clear.

    The Dominican Provincial, probably nervous for the prestige of the
    Order, would not let any member of the Order go to see her. Her
    Stigmata disappeared, too late to do her any good and vindictive
    companions said: “See, she was a fraud all the time.” When she died in 1544, people thought she had been dead for many years. It is hard to
    understand how anyone, not a saint, could have so long endured such a
    life. Lucia’s only friends during her 39 years of exile were heavenly
    ones – the Dominican Catherine of Racconigi, sometimes visited her – evidently by bi-location – and her other heavenly friends often also
    came to brighten her lonely cell.

    Immediately after her death everything suddenly changed. When her body
    was laid out for burial so many people wanted to pay their last
    respects that her funeral had to be delayed by three days. Her Tomb in
    the Monastery Church was opened four years later and her perfectly
    preserved body was transferred to a glass case. When Napoleon
    suppressed her Monastery in 1797, her body was transferred to the
    Cathedral of Ferrara and on 26 May 1935 to the Cathedral of Narni.

    So many miracles occurred at her Shrine that Lucia was finally
    Beatified on 1 March 1710 by Pope Clement XI. It is thought that Lucia
    was the inspiration for the little girl Lucy, who could see many
    things that no-one else could, in C S Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia.


    Saint Quote:
    Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a
    reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence, keeping
    your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who
    defame your good conduct in Christ may themselves be put to shame.
    --Saint Peter the Apostle

    Bible Quote:
    52 The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man
    give us his flesh to eat?” (John 6:52) RSVCE

    Prayer to the Holy Spirit

    O Holy Spirit, Soul of my soul, I adore You. Enlighten, guide,
    strengthen and console me. Tell me what I ought to do and command me
    to do it. I promise to be submissive in everything that You permit to
    happen to me, only show me what is Your will.

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