Tomorrow my Mass will be for the Memorial of St. Maria Crocifissa di Rosa, who appeared with Mary, Mystical Rose, to Pierina Gilli. The Saint lived to 42 years. I pray for the canonization of Pierina Gilli whom the great USA mystic Jayne Garza saw in glory when we many priests were on a pilgrim retreat to Montichiari/Fontanelle ITALY where Mystical Rose appeared. Fr. Ed, SOLT yet MRMS in spirit, too.
Beginning December 17, 1944, the Blessed Sister Mary Crucified of the Rose started to appear to her, as recorded in the visionary's diary. She announced to Pierina that she would be cured, and that she would undergo future trials. This holy foundress of the Handmaids of Charity, had in her hands a vial of ointment that was given to her by Our Lady, and she anointed Pierina, saying comfortingly to her: "You will be cured, but you will have a heavy cross to bear." Because of this, December 17, 1944 became the Blessed's feast day, which was moved to December 15 after her canonization as a saint in 1954.
On November 2, 1946, Pierina was stricken by an intestinal occlusion and was again taken to the Civil Hospital in the Montichiari. During the night of November 23–24, 1946, the Blessed Sister Mary Crucified of the Rose appeared to her again. Also, for the first time, the Madonna appeared, as described in Pierina's diary: "Then I see the most beautiful Lady, as if transparent, dressed in purple with a white veil that descends from her head to her feet; she held her arms open, and I saw three swords piercing her heart." Our Lady did not speak to, nor converse with, Pierina at that time.
A few months later, on March 12, 1947, after suffering heart failure followed by renal colic, Pierina had to be admitted again to the Civil Hospital of Montichiari, where she lost consciousness, She was assisted by her congregational sisters as well as by her mother and sisters, who feared that she might die. Again, Pierina convalesced slowly, and she would again have apparitions of Sister Mary Crucified of the Rose, even daily visions of her from June 11 to July 12, 1947, as well as a second apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary with three swords piercing her Immaculate Heart. It was at 3:15 am on the night of June 1, 1947 when the Madonna said just three words to her: "Preghiera, Sacrificio, Penitenza", with Pierina becoming cured once more by the direct intervention of Our Lady. Pierina had offered her intense redemptive sufferings for the sake of the sacred sanctification of Roman Catholic consecrated souls (namely, for the priests and for the members of male and female religious institutes, as listed in the Holy See's "Pontifical Yearbook", in Italian, "Annuario Pontificio").
Saint Mary di Rosa
Also known as
- Maria Crocifissa
- Mary Crucifixa
- Paola di Rosa
- Paula Frances Mary di Rosa
One of nine children born to the industrialist Clement di Rosa and Countess Camilla Albani and Clement di Rosa. Her father owned a large spinning mill, and Mary grew up in a happy and pious family. Educated by Visitandine nuns. Mary’s mother died when the girl was seventeen, and she left school to help manage her father‘s estate. Her heart set on a religious life, she turned down many suitors. She worked with young girls in her community, those who worked in her father‘s mills, and the sick in local hospital, including endless work during the cholera epidemic of 1836. Founded a home dedicated to the spiritual needs of young girls, and a school for deaf children. In 1840 she became the superior of the Handmaids of Charity, nuns who cared for the sick, and she took the name Mary Crucifixa. The community received their bishop‘s approval in 1843, papal approval in 1850, and Mary led them until her death.
Born 6 November 1813 in Brescia, Italy as Paula Frances Mary di Rosa
Died 15 December 1855 in Brescia, Italy of natural causes
Venerated 10 July 1932 by Pope Pius XI (decree of heroic virtues)
Beatified 26 May 1940 by Pope Pius XII Canonized 12 June 1954 by Pope Pius XII