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Blessed Dorothy of Montau
This 14th-century Prussian certainly understands the hardships of family life. Married to a difficult man, she gave birth to nine children, eight of whom died in early childhood. The devoted Catholic had mystical experiences, which often led her to neglect her housework and become victim to her husband's beatings. Despite her ordeals, her faith never waned. She returned from a 10-month pilgrimage to Rome to find her husband had died. She sent her only surviving daughter to a convent and cloistered herself for the remaining year of her life.

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