St. Veronica Giuliani

Feast Days: July 10
Time Period: 1670-1727
Place: Italy
Patronage: unknown

St. Veronica Guiliani was born to wealthy parents and developed a deep spirituality in her youth. Her only desire was to dedicate her life to God. She received visions as a child and her first words were reported to be to a crooked merchant, “Do justice, God sees you.” At the age of 17 Veronica joined the Capuchin Poor Clares in Umbria, Italy. She was submissive to the will of her directors, though her novitiate was marked by extraordinary interior trials and temptations. She received visions that indicated the Passion would be re-enacted in her own soul. In 1694 she received the stigmata as visible wounds from the crown of thorns and on Good Friday 1697 received the wounds on her hands, feet and side. Veronica practiced the virtues of fortitude, humility, obedience and tolerance. Veronica was devoted to the Eucharist and the Sacred Heart. She offered her sufferings for the missions. Her 10-volume Diary of the Passion tells of her religious experiences

Veronica was in particular a courageous witness of the beauty and power of divine Love. Pope Benedict XVI