Saint Mary Magdalen de'Pazzi

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Born in Florence in 1566, she had a religious upbringing and entered the monastery of the Carmelite nuns there. She led a hidden life of prayer and self-denial, praying particularly for the renewal of the Church and encouraging the sisters in holiness. Her life was marked by many extraordinary graces. She died in 1607.

From “On Revelation and On Temptation of St. Mary Magdalen de’ Pazzi”


How truly wonderful You are, O Word of God, in the Holy Spirit; You cause Him to infuse the soul with You, that it may join itself to God, conceive God, savor God, taste nothing but God.

The Holy Spirit enters the soul, sealed with that precious seal of the blood of the Word, the Lamb that was slain. Indeed it is this blood that urges Him to come, although the Spirit is moved of Himself and desires to come.

This moving Spirit in Himself is the substance of the Father and of the Word, proceeding from the essence of the Father and the will of the Word, coming like a fountain into the soul, which is submerged in it. And just as two streams which rise separately mingle together so that the lesser loses its own name and takes the name of the greater, this divine Spirit acts in the same way when He enters the soul in order to join Himself to it. The soul must lose its own name, which is the lesser, and relinquish it to the Spirit; it will do this if it so turns towards the Spirit that it becomes one with Him.

This Spirit, the dispenser of the treasures that are in the Father and keeper of the counsels that are between the Father and the Son, pours Himself so sweetly into the soul that He is not perceived, and His greatness is understood by few.

Drawn by the force of His love and yet moving with supreme freedom, He moves into all places that are suitable and disposed to receive Him. He is heard by all in His frequent utterances and in His profound silence. By the force of love, being both unmoved and swiftest of all in movement, He enters all things.

You do not remain, Holy Spirit, in the unmoved Father, nor in the Word, and yet You are always in the Father and in the Word and in Yourself, and in all blessed spirits and creatures. All creatures need You, since the only-begotten Word, by shedding His blood, in His burning love placed all creatures in need of Him. You repose in creatures who dispose themselves so that, by receiving Your gifts, they may in purity receive Your own image in themselves. You repose in those who receive in themselves the effect of the blood of the Word, and make themselves worthy dwelling- places for You.

Come, Holy Spirit. May the union of the Father and the will of the Son come to us. You, Spirit of truth, are the reward of the saints, the refreshment of souls, light in darkness, the riches of the poor, the treasury of lovers, the satisfaction of the hungry, the consolation of the pilgrim Church; You are He in whom all treasures are contained.

Come, You who, descending into Mary, caused the Word to take flesh: effect in us by grace what You accomplished in her by grace and nature.

Come, You who are the nourishment of all chaste thoughts, the fountain ofall clemency, the summit of all purity.

Come, and take away from us all that hinders us from being absorbed in You.

Carmelite Prayer: 
Father, You love those who give themselves completely to Your service, and You filled St. Mary Magdalen de’ Pazzi with heavenly gifts and the fire of Your love. As we honor her today may we follow her example of purity and charity. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.