(Jan) 31. Apparition of Our Lady to Sister Angela de Foligny. (In ejus vita.)
Image (click it to enlarge): Picture of the incorrupt body of Blessed Angela de Foligny [Foligno].
Blessed Angela Foligno was born in 1248 A.D., of a prominent family in Foligno, Italy. As a young woman, and also as a wife and mother, she lived
a very worldly life focused on vain pleasures. She had great emptiness and would later write: "I realised my sinful state; I was seized with a great fear of being damned, and I shed a flood of tears."
By an inner impulse, Angela went to a church where a Franciscan Friar [Fr. Arnoldo] was preaching, whose sermon caused her to reflect
on her sinful ways -and inspired in her, a desire to make amends.
In the year 1285 A.D., she had a vision of Our Lady and Saint Francis of Assisi, who called her to do penance.
Her mother died, then her husband and soon afterwards,
all her children died (presumably in an epidemic) in ca. 1288 A.D. These tragic events were very painful to her; but she accepted it with resignation to the will of God. Inspired by God's grace, she dispossessed herself from all her possessions and joined
the Third Order of St. Francis.
Angela went through very painful trials of temptations related to concupiscence, which lasted for more than two years, but then
purified, was filled with great consolation. She obtained a marvellous insight into divine things, and under the direction of her confessor, recorded profound writings on Catholic mysticism and the interior life. For a time, she had the
stigmata, and for many years Holy Communion was her only food. She died on January 4, 1310 A.D.
Angela of Foligno said, "To know oneself and to know God, that is the perfection of Man; without this knowledge, visions and the greatest gifts are of no account."
Calendar of the Feasts of the Blessed Virgin, With the Foundations and Churches Dedicated to Her", from Abbé Orsini's work, "Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God", Imprimatur 1858 A.D.