Saint Mary Magdalene de Pazzi
and her visions of Purgatory
It is the Sixteenth Century. We are
again at a time of struggle and crisis in the world and in the
Church. A priest will cause many innocent lambs, not aware of his
disobedience and betrayal to the Church, to stray. As always, when
the Church is under attack and things look hopeless, God raises up a
powerful Saint to save His Church. Saint Mary Magdalen de Pazzi was
one of those Saints. She was born in Florence, Italy, into a very
prominent and most influential family; both sides of her parents'
families were close friends of the ruling Medici family. They would
be responsible for contributing, down through the history of
Florence, many highly acclaimed statesmen, but none whose mark would
be so profoundly and everlastingly felt on the Church and the world,
as a Carmelite Nun from their ranks who would far surpass their
Mary Magdalene de Pazzzi was baptized Catherine after
Catherine of Siena. From her earliest years, she showed an affinity
for the religious life. When her father was appointed Governor of Cortona, Catherine was placed in a convent school there and learned
to love the prayerful and holy life, she saw so authentically lived
out each day. When she made her decision to enter the Carmelite
Order, at first her family objected; they had plans to marry her off
to another leading family, uniting the two families into one major
entity, a dynasty more powerful than either had been before.
But when her family saw that none of
the suitors who asked for her hand in marriage, could dissuade her
from her intended plans to become a "Bride of Christ," Catherine was
finally allowed to enter the Convent of Saint Mary on the Feast of the
Assumption. On January 30, 1583, she received her habit and
Catherine received the name Sister Mary Magdalen. At the vesting
ceremony, the priest placed a crucifix in her hands, with the words:
"God forbid that I should glory save in the Cross of Our Lord Jesus
As he pronounced these words, her face
became radiant, the overwhelming desire to suffer for Christ
filling her heart and mind. This yearning never left her, nor did
the pain that accompanied it. When her physical pain became evident
to one of the other sisters, she asked Sister Mary Magdalen how she
could bear so much suffering without crying out. Pointing to the
crucifix, she exclaimed:
"See what the infinite love of God
suffered for my salvation. That same love sees my weakness and
gives me courage. Those who call to mind the sufferings of Christ
and who offer up their own to God through His Passion find their
pains sweet and pleasant."
After this, the sisters helped her to
the infirmary, and Sister Mary Magdalen went into an ecstasy lasting
an hour. But with the ecstasy came the agony. She not only
suffered physically, but she experienced great spiritual dryness.
The devil attacked her, every way imaginable. Although she fasted
on bread and water alone (except on holidays and Sundays), she had
to fight the sometimes almost overpowering craving she would have
for food, and it took all the strength she could summon, to resist
devouring everything in sight. No sooner did she conquer this
temptation, the enemy hit her with impure thoughts that drained her
as she battled to wipe them from her mind. She turned to the
Blessed Mother and Our Lord Jesus.
Saint Mary Magdalene de Pazzi DVD
Mystically Married to
Taped on location in Italy
Benedict XVI "Take
Fix your gaze on our saints."
a suburb of Florence.
Meet a very special Saint Mary Magdalene de Pazzi,
See the incorrupt body of
Learn of the very special life of this Saint, who bore the Stigmata, and was
mystically married to Jesus.
Visit the Carmelite convent where she lived. Go to the bell tower where she rang the bells while in ecstasy.
She had a great devotion to the Poor Souls in Purgatory. She would
pray constantly for the Poor Souls, and also for sinners to repent, so that
they would not have to suffer the pains of Purgatory or hell She
asked the Lord to allow her to take on the pains of the Poor Souls, to
suffer purgatory time for loved ones.
Visit the chapel and the garden where she had ecstasies & visions from Souls in Purgatory
Learn about her spiritual trip through Purgatory. Saint Mary Magdalene
is a very special intercessors for the Poor
Souls in Purgatory.
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Dear Bob and Penny:
I recently watched your presentation on Saint Mary Magdalene de Pazzi on EWTN
and had to tell you how wonderful all of your presentations are. You are
filled with such a great admiration for the Saints. An admiration that is
often lacking in so many Priests and religious today.
Too often, the Saints are forgotten as we try to plod along making our way
most difficult by not relying on their help. They continue to pray for us,
cajole us, nurture us and guide us on the path that they themselves have
trod as together we journey toward the glory that awaits us in the Kingdom
As the writer of the letter to the Hebrews tells us, "This great crowd of
witnesses spurs us on to victory..."
Thank you for all that you do to foster devotion to the Saints, the Holy
souls, Our Lady and of course, Our Lord and the Blessed Sacrament.
May God bless your efforts and continue to give you his peace.
Rev. K. S. Jackson, PA