Monday, February 14, 2011

SANTA INES DE MONTEPULCIANO: Virgin and Nun

SANTA INES DE MONTEPULCIANO
c.1268-1317
Virgin & Nun



           
            Saint Agnes was born around 1268 and embraced the religious life at the tender age of 9.  Because of her precarious wisdom and sanctity, she was soon raised to positions of  responsibility within her community, becoming superior at the age of 15 after a special dispensation was obtained from Pope Martin IV.  Later, due to a divine revelation, she founded a monastery of Dominican nuns in Montepulciano of which she became the first prioress.

Many extraordinary graces were bestowed on Mother Agnes: in a vision she was once permitted to hold the Infant Jesus; several times she was privileged to receive Holy Communion from an angel, and she was often seen in ecstasy levitating from the floor.  One of the most extraordinary occurrences recorded concerning her is the formation of white cross-shaped particles, described as manna, which frequently fell on her and the area where she was kneeling in prayer.  She has the gift of prophecy, performed many miracles and is known to have mysteriously supplied food for the convent.

            Saint Agnes died in 1317, at the age of 49.  Curiously enough the body of the Saint was originally intended to be embalmed but the idea was disregarded when it was found to be in a state of incorruption even after several years.  A precious fluid issues from the extremities of her hands and feet, which was collected in a crystal vial.

          Pope Benedict XIII, a Dominican, canonized his saintly sister in 1726.

                   O God, you adorned your spouse Agnes with the admirable zeal for prayer; grant that, through her imitation, our minds may obtain the abundant fruits of devotion.  This we ask you through Christ our Lord.  Amen.



FEASTDAY:  APRIL 20
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