Today, 10 of July, the Franciscan Family celebrates the feast of Saint Veronica Giuliani. She enter in the monastery of Capuchin Poor Clares in Cita di Catello in 1677. She was blessed with many mystical graces. Her confessors asked her to keep a dairy and to write everything about her spiritual life and Mystical experiences. Move by the obedience she wrote everything of her daily experiences in her waking with the Lord. She was a great lover of the crucified Lord. Moved by this love she embrace all the sufferings and pains that she could to be able to imitate the Lord Jesus Christ in His Passion and Cross. One of the greater graces that she received was the stigmata, the configuration with Christ in her daily life with the wounds in her hands, feet and heart.
By The Holy Father Benedict XVI
“In every page of her writings Veronica entrusts
“The Christ to whom Veronica is profoundly united is the suffering Christ of the passion, death and resurrection; it is Jesus in the act of offering himself to the Father to save us. From this experience derives also the intense and suffering love for the Church, and the twofold way of prayer and offering. The saint lived from this point of view: She prays, suffers, seeks “holy poverty,” as “dispossessed,” loss of self (cf. ibid., III, 523), precisely to be like Christ, who gave his whole self.
someone to the Lord, strengthening her prayers of intercession with the offering of herself in every suffering. Her heart dilated to all “the needs of the Holy Church,” living with longing the desire of the salvation of “the whole world” (ibid., III-IV, passim).
Veronica cried out: “O sinners … come to Jesus’ heart; come to the cleansing of his most precious blood … he awaits you with open arms to embrace you” (Ibid., II, 16-17). Animated by an ardent charity, she gave care, understanding and forgiveness to the sisters of the monastery. She offered her prayers and sacrifices for the Pope, her bishop, priests and for all needy persons, including the souls in Purgatory. She summarized her contemplative mission in these words: “We cannot go preaching around the world to convert souls, but we are obliged to pray continually for all those souls who are offending God … particularly with our sufferings, that is with a principle of crucified life” (Ibid., IV, 877). Our saint conceived this mission as a “being in the middle” between men and God, between sinners and Christ Crucified.
Veronica profoundly lived participation in the suffering love of Jesus, certain that “to suffer with joy” is the “key of love” (cf. ibid., I, 299.417; III, 330.303.871;IV, 192). She evidences that Jesus suffers for men’s sins, but also for the sufferings that his faithful servants had to endure in the course of the centuries, in the time of the Church, precisely because of their solid and coherent faith. She wrote: “The Eternal Father made him see and feel at that point all the sufferings that his elect would have to endure, his dearest souls, that is, those who would know how to benefit from his Blood and from all his sufferings” (ibid., II, 170). As the Apostle Paul says of himself: “Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the Church” (Colossians 1:24).
Veronica even asks Jesus to be crucified with him. “In an instant,” she wrote, “I saw issue from his most holy wounds five shining rays; and all came to my face. And I saw these rays become as little flames. In four of them were the nails; and in one of them was the lance, as of gold, all red hot: and it pierced my heart, from one side to the other … and the nails went through the hands and feet. I felt great pain; but, in the very pain I saw myself, I felt myself all transformed in God” (Diary, I, 897).
The saint was convinced she was participating already in the Kingdom of God, but at the same time she invoked all the saints of the Blessed Homeland to come to her aid on the earthly journey of her self-giving, while awaiting eternal blessedness; this was the constant aspiration of her life (cf. ibid., II, 909; V, 246). In regard to preaching of the time, not rarely centered on “saving one’s soul” in individual terms, Veronica shows a strong “sense of solidarity,” a sense of communion with all brothers and sisters on the way to heaven, and she lives, prays and suffers for all. The earthly, penultimate things, instead, although appreciated in the Franciscan sense as gift of the Creator, were always relative, altogether subordinate to the “taste” of God and under the sign of a radical poverty. In the communio sanctorum, she clarifies her ecclesial donation, as well as the relationship between the pilgrim Church and the heavenly Church. “All the saints,” she wrote, “are up there through the merits and the Passion of Jesus; but they cooperated with all that the Lord did, so that their life was all ordered … regulated by (his) very works” (ibid., III, 203).”
( From the publication of Zenit)