Blessed Baptista Verano30th May

Saint BaptistabaptistabaptistaSaint BaptistaFeast  30th May

Born at Camerino of an illustrious family. At Baptism she was given the name of Camilla. Of the first ten and the last twenty-three years of her life little is known; our knowledge of the intervening years is derived almost entirely from her own  writings. This revelation of herself was brought about through the influence  of  her confessor , Blessed Peter of Mogliano, provincial of the Franciscans in the Marches 1490. It seems to have been the eloquence of Mogliano that brought about the “conversion” of Baptista, who ,for a time at least ,appears to have been captivated by the glamour of the world. Her Father did all in his power to force his daughter into a brilliant marriage , even to the extent of imprisoning her . But Baptista resisted his plansso firmlythat after two years he restored her to liberty, for fear , as he said , of drawing down upon himself the Divine vengeance, and gave his consent to her becoming a nun .On 14thNovember 1481, she entered the monastery of the Poor Clares at Urbino. Not long afterwards her father founded a new monastery of that order at Camerino,and presented it to his daughter. Baptista introduced the primitive observance of the rule there, and her vigorous and impressive personality found scope not only in the administration of this monastery ,of which she became the first Abbess, but also in the production of various literary works.

As a whole the writings of Baptista are remarkable for originality of thought, striking spirituality, and vividly pictorial language. Both Saint Philip Neri and Saint Alphonsus have recorded their admiration for this gifted woman who wrote with equal facility in Latin and Italian and who was accounted one of the most brilliant and accomplished scholars of her day. Baptista died on the feast of Corpus Christi, and was buried in the choir of her monastery. Thirty years later her body was exhumed and was found in a state of perfect preservation . It was reburied to be again exhumed in 1593. The flesh was then reduced to dust. The cultus of Baptista was approved by Pope Gregory XVI in 1843, and her feast kept in the Franciscan Order on 30th May.

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