Saints: May 2011 Archives

Saint Lucy Filippini

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St Lucy Filippini.jpgThis is the wise virgin who has chosen the better part; she listened to the word of the Lord and treasured it in her heart.

O God, giver of every gift, You kept Saint Lucy Filippini  faithful in proclaiming Christ and witnessing to Him, the one Teacher and light of the world. Grant that, illumined by divine grace, we may persevere in listening to Your word and preach it by good works, and so be living signs of holiness and apostolic zeal.

Saint Lucy Filippini, born in Corneto Tarquinia, Viterbo in 1672 was formed in the spiritual life at the Monastery of Saint Clare at the behest of her bishop, Mark Anthony Cardinal Barbarigo. After finishing her spiritual formation the cardinal put Lucy, in collaboration with Rose Venerini, in charge of the Schools of Christian Doctrine that he founded in 1692. By 1707, Lucy went to Rome at the request of Pope Clement XI to direct his schools. Lucy died on March 25, 1732. She was beatified in 1926 and canonized in 1930 by Pope Pius XI. 

Saint Lucy Filippini's legacy as lived with the Filippini Sisters is "the mission of serving the Church with especially dedication to youth, in the manner of Jesus the Teacher and in the radicalness of the following of Christ."
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In August 1873, to his Superior General:

Divine Providence, having compassion on the unfortunate, has thought fit to look upon your unworthy servant to care for the spiritual needs of a well-known leprosy hospital that our Government had to establish to preserve the whole archipelago from disease. Thus, it is in my role as pastor of an unusual parish of eight hundred lepers, nearly half of whom are now Catholics, that I take the liberty to write to you these lines.

November 9, 1887, to his brother, Father Pamphile:

As you know, it has been already quite a while that Divine Providence chose me to become a victim of this repugnant disease of ours. I hope to remain eternally grateful for this grace. It seems to me that this disease will shorten and narrow the way that will lead me to our dear homeland. In that hope accepted this disease as my particular cross; I try to bear it as did Simon of Cyrene, following in the footsteps of our Divine Master. Please assist me with your good prayers, so as to obtain for me the strength of perseverance, until I reach the summit of Calvary.

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Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]



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