Saint for the Day - June 19 - St. Juliana
Juliana Falconieri was
born in answer to prayer, in 1270. Her father built
the splendid church of the Annunziata in Florence,
while her uncle, Blessed Alexius, became one of the
founders of the Servite Order. Under his care
Juliana grew up, as he said, more like an angel than
a human being. Such was her modesty that she never
used a mirror or gazed upon the face of a man during
her whole life. The mere mention of sin made her
shudder and tremble, and once hearing a scandal
related she fell into a dead swoon. Her devotion to
the sorrows of Our Lady drew her to the Servants of
Mary; and, at the age of fourteen, she refused an
offer of marriage, and received the habit from St.
Philip Benizi himself.
Her sanctity attracted many novices, for whose
direction she was bidden to draw up a rule, and thus
with reluctance she became foundress of the "Mantellate."
She was with her children as their servant rather
than their mistress, while outside her convent she
led a life of apostolic charity, converting sinners,
reconciling enemies, and healing the sick by sucking
with her own lips their ulcerous sores. She was
sometimes rapt for whole days in ecstasy, and her
prayers saved the Servite Order when it was in
danger of being suppressed. She was visited in her
last hour by angels in the form of white doves, and
Jesus Himself, as a beautiful child, crowned her
with a garland of flowers. She wasted away through a
disease of the stomach, which prevented her taking
food. She bore her silent agony with constant
cheerfulness, grieving only for the privation of
At last, when, in her seventieth year, she had sunk
to the point of death, she begged to be allowed once
more to see and adore the Blessed Sacrament. It was
brought to her cell, and reverently laid on a
corporal, which was placed over her heart. At this
moment she expired, and the Sacred Host disappeared.
After her death the form of the Host was found
stamped upon her heart in the exact spot over which
the Blessed Sacrament ì had been placed. Juliana
died A. D. 1340.
Saint for the Day - St. Juliana Falconieri
Read about the Saint for today - June 19 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
"Meditate often," says St. Paul
of the Cross, "on the sorrows of
the holy Mother, sorrows
inseparable from those of her
beloved Son. If you seek the
Cross, there you will find the
Mother; and where the Mother is,
there also is the Son."
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