Most High and Undivided Trinity—to be used in the construction of a convent. When Agnes replied that she had no plans to build a convent, Our Blessed Mother encouraged her to keep the stones until she did. Agnes was graced with a second vision, in which The Blessed Virgin appeared again, holding the infant Jesus, whom she let Agnes hold. Agnes fell into a trance, and upon waking, still held the small golden cross that the infant Jesus had been wearing in her vision. She never parted from her mystical treasure following that vision.
After 20 years, the residents of her birthplace, Montepulciano, called her back to them, requesting she build a convent on the site of the brothels where the crows had attached her when she was young. Agnes did just that, using the three stones provided by the Blessed Virgin, and consecrating the convent to the Blessed Trinity. While she hand no money, the Lord miraculously provided, and she established a new order under the Dominican Law known for both prayer and penance.
Agnes returned to the convent in Montepulciano, where she died. She told her sisters shortly beforehand, "You will discover that I have not abandoned you. You will possess me for ever." Agnes’ body was buried in the convent, which soon became a place of pilgrimage. Numerous miracles have been reported at her tomb, through her intercession. Among those who have visited include Saint Catherine of Sienna, who referred to Saint Agnes as her “glorious mother.” During the visit of Saint Catherine, as she bent to kiss the feet of Agnes, her feet rose from their resting position to Saint Catherine’s lips, so as to spare her the act of having to bend down! In 1435, the body of Saint Agnes was moved to Orvieto, where it remains today. During exhumation, it was discovered that her body was incorrupt, with sweet perfume trickling from both her hands and feet.
Most High and Undivided Trinity!
Merciful God, you adorned Agnes of Montepulciano, your bride, with a marvelous fervor in prayer. By imitating her example, may we always hold fast to you in spirit and so come to enjoy the abundant fruits of holiness. St. Agnes never faltered in her deep devotion and love for You. Dear Father, may we also appreciate the spiritual things more than the things of this world and give to You our greatest devotion. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.
Year 2: Day 110 of 365
Prayer Intentions: Obedience; Faith; Those considering religious vocation.
Requested Intentions: Financial ability to send children to school (S); Safe return of a runaway (J); Healing of a family (J); Reconciliation of marriage (S); Healing of a daughter with congenital heart disease (F); Healing and an end to suffering (J); For the children (M); For a son fighting a rare immune system disease (R); Freedom from imprisonment (J); Employment and end to depression (H); Successful employment (A); Health for a soon to be delivered baby (T); Financial security (L); Healing of tooth pain (A); Health of expectant mother and child (R); Purification of the souls in Purgatory (A); Guidance in studies (J); Healing and security for a displaced family (C); Healing of high blood pressure; Recovery of brother following surgery (A); For a sister in trouble, that she may make better decisions in the light of Christ (M); Health of expectant mother and child (R); Attainment of funds for surgery (J); Freedom from financial difficulties (E); For employment and college acceptance (E); Recovery and healing of a friend (C); For successful outcome to surgery (C); Healing for brother (M); Successful employment (C); For the victims of the Japanese tsunami/earthquake (J); Healing (E); For a son struggling with depression (B); Successful conception (M); Freedom from social anxiety; confidence in the Lord (J); Improved success in employment and studies (D); Freedom from illness (T); For a wife’s employment (E); Healing of a husband’s knee (M); Freedom from sickness (R); Healing (C); Restoration of marriage (F); Freedom from medical difficulties, employment, successful relationship (D); Healing of a father following stroke (S).