June 2018 - Blessed Osanna Andreasi

Photo: Ippolito Andreasi, L'Assunta con la Beata Osanna/Wikimedia Commons Photo: Ippolito Andreasi, L'Assunta con la Beata Osanna/Wikimedia Commons

Blessed Osanna Andreasi

Stigmatic mystic served the poor and sick

1449–1505 
Feast: June 18

Osanna was a Dominican tertiary who spent her adult life serving the poor and the sick and offering spiritual direction to many. She was also a mystic and a visionary, eventually bearing the pain and red marks of the stigmata, though not the bleeding. She was born in 1449 to a noble Italian family in Mantua. Her visions, first of angels, began when she was a young child. She felt a call to religious life and became a tertiary at 17, having already rejected a marriage arranged by her father. Her visions continued into her adult life, and she often fell into ecstasies. She was also a strong critic of the lack of morality of her day. She is the patron of schoolgirls. 

-Catholic News Agency

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Northwest Catholic - June 2018