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Divine Providence Always Makes A Way: Bl. Osanna of Mantua


Bl. Osanna of Mantua

Bl. Osanna entered the Third Order at the age of fourteen.  But she put off her profession to the end of her life, that is for fifty-six years, always deeming herself unworthy of so high a vocation.  She was always deeply interested in the apostolic work of the Fathers, and when they set out on a journey, she offered herself to Our Lord to suffer in their place all the accidents which might befall them.  On the death of her parents, she found herself in charge of the household, but far from neglecting the duties of her state to perform her devotions, she took the greatest care of the family, including the servants.  The learned Fr. Sylvester of Ferrara, the author of her life, thus speaks of her amiability: “Her works, her lips, all her features, nay everything smiled together in this innocent creature, but with a reserve that further increased the attraction of her person.”

Once she was crossing a river when the boat went to pieces, and those on board lost all hope of escape, but Bl. Osanna taking a crucifix in her hand, opened a way for them through the waters.  She suffered much in her life, especially towards the end, but she often declared that she would not exchange her pains for all the treasures of the world.  She is also said to have received the stigmata.

Prayer: O my Jesus, may I always regard the dispositions of Your Providence as most precious treasures, though they may seem to me strange and incomprehensible.

Practice: Say a “Memorare” for those who murmur secretly or openly against Divine Providence, thus turning their blessings into a cause of sin.

From “Saints and Saintly Dominicans: Daily Reflections on Their Lives”, edited by Rev. Thomas a Kempis Reilly, O.P. (1915).

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