Widow and Augustinian Tertiary (1435-1458)
+ Agostina Camozzi was born at Lake Lugano, Italy. She married a stone cutter, but he died a short time later.
+ She became the mistress of a soldier and gave birth to a son, but the child died in infancy. She married a second time, but became a widow again when her husband died in a fight with a rival.
+ Recognizing that she needed to change the course of her life, she experienced a profound conversion and became a member of the Augustinian Third Order. She adopted the name “Christina” as a sign that she had completely given herself over the Christ.
+ She lived a life of penance and was known as a miracle worker.
+ Blessed Christina died in Spoleto, Italy, on February 13, 1458, and was beatified in 1834.
A tertiary is man or woman who is associated with a particular religious community, living according to the spiritual ideals of that community. Often referred to as members of a “Third Order,” these individual’s do not take religious vows (like the members of the “First Order”—male religious in orders like the Franciscans, Dominicans, or Augustinians—or the “Second Order” which is usually composed on contemplative women religious associated with the male “First Order”). Tertiaries participate in the prayer and good works of the community. Individuals associated with monastic communities are most often called “oblates.”
“For to me life is Christ and death is gain.”—Philippians 1:21
O God, the exaltation of the lowly, who willed that blessed Christina should excel in the beauty of her charity and patience, grant, through her merits and intercession, that, carrying our cross each day, we may always persevere in love for you. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(from The Roman Missal: Common of Holy Men and Women—For a Holy Woman)
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