Wednesday, 06 December 2017 05:04

Blessed Elisabeth Canori

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There are two things that I think about when I read about the life of Blessed Elisabeth Canori . The first is that her life was no different from many women today who are abused by their husbands. Of course this is something cruel, but such abuse has repeated itself throughout history. When thinking about such harsh treatment, how different it is to see such unjust or difficult situations when viewed from the eyes of faith and trust in God.

We all know that God does not want these situations of violence; God always respects our freedom and gives us time and opportunities for us to turn our eyes to Him and to change our lives. God does not love sin, but He does love the sinner, and what He wants for the sinner is to convert and to live, not just to live the daily life, but to live Eternal Life.

The other thing that I thought about is how God never leaves us alone. He is always there; His loving Providence never leaves us. Throughout history He has manifested himself, first, by the prophets and, finally, through His own Son Jesus Christ, who promised to remain among us forever and does so in the sacrament of the Eucharist.

Throughout history there have been many instances in which the Lord uses people to come to us, either through Himself, or through His Mother, Our Blessed Mother Mary.

Elisabeth was born on November 21, 1774, in Rome, in a wealthy and religious family that had twelve children, of whom only six survived. She had a normal and quiet childhood during which she studied with the Augustinian Sisters of Cascia, and where she stood out for her great intelligence, life of piety, prayer, and penance.

At the age of 21 she made the deeply thoughtful decision to marry the young lawyer Christopher Mora, son from an also wealthy family. The marriage was promising, but Christopher was a weak man. After a while he dedicated himself to live dissolutely, wasting and losing his patrimony, ceasing to practice law, and condemning his family to live miserably. Elisabeth always stood firm in faithful and loving dedication to her husband, despite the constant humiliation and ill-treatment to which Christopher subjected her. She constantly offered her prayers and sufferings for the conversion of her husband, ignoring the advice of family and friends, who only advised her to abandon him.

During the marriage, four children were born. Two girls survived named Marianna and Luciana, and the other two children died shortly after birth.

Elisabeth was finally abandoned by her husband in total ruin, so she had to work hard to bring up her two daughters.

This terrible picture was of material misery, not spiritual. Elisabeth was a profoundly virtuous woman of deep faith, and, despite living poorly, her house was always open to the needy. Her home became a place of welcome and comfort for those who needed not only material help, but also moral and spiritual help.

In 1801, she suffered a serious illness that brought her to the brink of death and from which she was inexplicably cured. From then on she began to have extraordinary mystical experiences, such as prophecy and the stigmata of the Passion of Christ. Among her visions were those referring to the tremendous battles that the Church will have to sustain in the end of times under the power of darkness.

Elisabeth was put under the spiritual direction of a Spanish priest named Fernando de San Luis, and she lived under the spirituality of the Third Trinitarian Order as a married laity. Soon her fame grew and the Romans began to refer to her as 'the saint.'

Before she died, she predicted the conversion of her husband. In fact, Christopher became part of the Trinitarian Order. Later he was ordained a priest with the Minor Conventual Friars and spent his last years truly repentant weeping for all his sins. He died with the odor of sanctity at the age of 73.

Elisabeth died on February 5, 1825. What really stands out about her life are not those extraordinary gifts given to her by God, but instead her deep life of faith that brought her to live in a heroic way all the demands of being a mother and a spouse in such adverse circumstances, and in perfect conformity with Christ.

On April 24, 1994, the world-wide Year of the Family, she was beatified by Pope John Paul II along with another wife and mother, Gianna Beretta Molla.

Wife and mother.
I try to combine my true vocation as best as I can with a part-time job during the morning which allows me to look after my family in the evening. 

I am a lay member of the Home of the Mother.