Bienheureuse Louise Albertoni
Blessed Louise degli Albertoni, Widow (RM)
Born in Rome, Italy, 1474; died 1533; cultus approved in 1671. Louise married James de Citara and bore him three children. After his death, Louise put on the habit of the Franciscan tertiary and spent her life in works of charity (Benedictines).
Born to a wealthy and prominent family. Married to James de Citara. Mother of three. Widowed in 1506. Franciscan tertiary. She spent her fortune and ruined her health in caring for the poor. Given to religious ecstasies, she was known as a miracle worker, and had the gift of levitation.
Blessed Louise Albertoni
(Beata Luisa Albertoni)
Feast Day – February 27
Louise first saw the light of the world at Rome in the year 1474. Her parents belonged to the distinguished families of this city because of their wealth, but still more because of their piety. They bestowed great care upon the training of their daughter, and she responded fully to their efforts, so that she developed into a model for all young women. She had resolved to remain unmarried; but when her parents urged her to be betrothed to an illustrious young man, she believed she recognized the will of God in their desire and agreed to the marriage.
But even in the married state, in which she remained attached to her husband with genuine love, she sought above all things to please God. Her attire was very plain, and even away from home she avoided frivolous pomp and luxury. God blessed their union with three daughters, whom she was careful to rear above all in the love and fear of God.
When Blessed Louise Albertoni was but thirty-three years old, she lost her husband in death. After her daughters were provided for, Louise thought of nothing but to dedicate herself to the service of God. Publicly she took the habit of the Third Order, practiced the severest penances, and was so irresistibly drawn to the contemplation of the sufferings of Our Lord and they were so constantly before her mind, that she continually wept, and it was feared that she would lose her sight.
She bore a special love toward the poor as special members of Christ. She used the abundant income of her fortune entirely for their support. But she strove to conceal her liberality. With this intention she often hid pieces of money in the bread that was given to the poor at her door, and then begged Almighty God that He would let it fall to the lot of such as needed it most. Her benevolence knew no bounds. Sometimes she lacked even the necessaries for herself. But then she rejoiced to be like Christ, who, being rich, became poor out of love for men.
God repaid her with extraordinary graces. He granted her the gift of miracles and frequent ecstasy. He also told her beforehand of the day of her death.
When her end drew nigh, she received the last sacraments with great devotion. Then looking at the crucifix with the tenderest pity, she kissed it and said: “Into Thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.” Thereupon she breathed forth her soul on the day that had been announced to her, which was January 31, 1533.
Her body rests in the church of St Francis on the Tiber, and her feast is celebrated in Rome with great solemnity. Pope Clement X beatified Blessed Louise Albertoni in 1671.
from The Franciscan Book of Saints, edited by Marion Habig, OFM
Blessed Louise Albertoni
Widow, Third Order
Blessed Louise was born in Rome in 1474 of a wealthy family. In time, she married and gave birth to three daughters.
When Louise was thirty years of age, her husband died. Arranging for her daughters to be cared for, Louise took on the habit of the Third Order and practiced the severest penances. Louise was drawn to the contemplation of the sufferings of Christ and continually wept such that others thought she might lose her sight.
Louise had plenty of money to give to the poor but she strove to conceal her liberality. With this intention, she would often hide coins in the bread she gave to the poor, and then begged God that He would let it fall to the lot of such that needed it most.
Blessed Louise was granted the gift of miracles and frequent ecstasy. Christ also told her beforehand the day of her death which was 31 January 1533. Her last words were; "Into Thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit".
Her body rests in the church of St Francis on the Tiber in Rome. Pope Clement X beatified her in 1671.