View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Blessed Angela - Repentance is possible

Today we mark the feast of Blessed Angela of Foligno.

Born in 1248 in a prominent family in Foligno, she gave herself over to pleasures of the world, including adultery. Around 1285, she experienced a conversion, and reportedly received a vision of St. Francis. Not long after her conversion, her husband and her children died. She sold what she had and dedicated herself to prayer and serving the poor.

At the prompting of her confessor (a Franciscan), she later described her conversion in the Book of Visions and Instructions. She experienced a number of other visions and ecstasies over the years, and she became a Secular Franciscan.

She gathered SFO followers (male and female), and later created a community of sisters.

She died in 1309. She is one of the "uncorrupted": her body has never deteriorated and is housed in the church of St. Francis at Foligno. Many people attributed miracles to her. Pope Innocent XII beatified her in 1693.

Blessed Angela, pray for us who are also tempted.



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