Blessed Anna Maria Taigi

"What is your wish? To follow Jesus poor and naked and stripped of all, or to follow Him in His triumph and glory? Which do you choose?" "I embrace the Cross of my Jesus," she answered. "I will carry it, like Him, in pain and ignominy. I await at His Hands triumph and glory in the hereafter."

When I had my first Communion in 1962 we were all given a Five Fold Scapular by the sisters* at St Alphonso's in Chicago. The top Scapular was white. I had no idea what it was for or what to do with it other than wear it. It is wool 100%, and as far as protection from the near occasions of sin, well, all I can say is it worked. It is impossible to have ones mind stray while wearing it. Wearing it, one is constantly reminded of it's presence.

I knew only of the brown scapular, one of the scapulars in the fold.

I have carried that scapular everywhere while I was in the Marines Corps, California, Washington DC, Naples Italy, Catania Sicily, Israel, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Saudi Arabia. I have been medivaced wearing it. Still I had no idea what the white fold with the blue and red cross meant until I heard of Anna Maria Taigi. When I first heard of her I was watching EWTN. The announced an upcoming program about her and as she was Italian and having a love for that place my ears tuned up... I found out the white fold was a Trinitarian Scapular. **

...Jesus told Anna Maria that by being a simple wife and mother she was to be a sign that holiness and union with God is available to everyone. He further stated “Jesus described her mission: "I destine you to convert sinners, to console people of all sorts and conditions-priests, prelates, My very Vicar himself. All who listen to your words will be granted signs and graces at My hands .... But you will also meet with false and treacherous people; you will be submitted to ridicule, scorn and calumny, but you will endure it all for love of Me."

Her parents, Luigi Giannetti and Maria Masi, kept an apothecary shop at Siena, but lost all their fortune and were obliged to go to Rome in search of a livelihood.

Anna Maria was then five years old. Having been educated in all the domestic virtues, she was married in course of time, 7 January, 1789, to Dominico Taigi, a retainer of the noble family of Chigi, with whom she lived happily for forty-eight years.

Hitherto nothing extraordinary had happened in her life. But one day while she knelt with her husband at the Confession in St. Peter's she felt a strong inspiration to renounce such little vanities of the world as she had allowed herself. She began to pay little attention to dress and to listen to the inner voice of grace. Soon afterwards she was received publicly in the Third Order of Trinitarians in the Church of S. Carlo alle Quarto Fontane, and having found holy spiritual directors, she made rapid progress in the way of perfection.

All the money she could spare she devoted to the poor and miserable, and though not rich she was very charitable. Of the hospitals she regularly visited, the preferred one was S. Giacomo of the Incurables.

Despite her love for the poor, she never neglected her own family. Of her children two died young, the others grew up in piety under the surveillance of the mother. But she never availed herself of her connections with persons of good position to take her children out of their humble social environment. The whole family were wont to assemble for prayers in a small private chapel, and here, later on, in a small private chapel, and here, later on, Mass was celebrated by a priest who dwelt with the family.

The great virtues of Anna Maria were rewarded by extraordinary gifts of God's grace. During many years, when praying in her chapel she had ecstasies and frequent visions, in which she foresaw the future. She exercised a peculiar influence over individuals and converted many a sinner to God. During her life she suffered much both corporally and spiritually, and was at times meanly calumniated. But after death her name soon became venerated in Rome.

Her body was several times transferred, and rests finally at S. Crisogono in Trastevere. The process of her beatification was begun in 1863, but has not yet been finished.

Anna Maria was never out of sight from her visions which would appear as a crown of thorns with the two outside thorns being elongated producing an area in which her visions would be viewed by her.

Anna Maria would often have Bishops and cardinals at her house discussing the faith. When her husband arrived home she would stop and attend to her husband. The grace of a housewife and mother is a model.

Anna Maria Taigi is an Incorruptible.



* Sisters of Notre dame de Namur

** White Trinity Scapular. The Trinity Scapular was given to a holy priest, St. John de Matha in 1190. at his first mass.

He was honored with a vision of an Angel clad in a robe of snowy whiteness. On his chest shimmered a cross of blue (traverse) & crimson (vertical). This has become know as the Trinity Cross. The angel held his hands over a Moor & a Christian so that St John knew he was to help ransom the Christian captives.

Among the protections it offers are the protection from other religious sects and cults such as New Age, Liberalism, Freemasonry, storms and natural disasters. I can attest to that. we were left untouched by Fran, Floyd, the recent tornadoes in Raleigh and sevaral which came with in feet of our house.

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