ST ANGELA MERICI
“Born in 1474 in Desenzano del Gardo, a small town by Lake Garda in Lombardy, Angela and her older sister Giana Maria were orphaned when Angela was just 10. They went to live with their uncle and further tragedy followed when Giana suddenly died without receiving the last sacraments.
SHE SUDDENLY DIED WITHOUT THE LAST SACRAMENTS
This led her sister to join the lay Third Order of Francis so that she could pray for her sister, and Angela received a vision in which her sister was in heaven in the company of the saints.
TO AVOID COMPLIMENTS FOR HER BEAUTY SHE COVERED HER HAIR IN SOOT
Famed for her beauty, Angela responded to her many admiring glances by dying her hair in soot. When her uncle died she returned back to Lake Garda, where she dedicated her time to teach girls in her home, which she turned…
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