Today, June 11, we celebrate the feast of Saint Paola Frassinetti (1809-1882), foundress of the Sisters of Saint Dorothy, devotee to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and patron saint of the sick. Saint Paola approached all events and activities in her life with a profound spirit of service and humility, embracing her shortcomings, and diligently working to serve the Lord to the best of her abilities.
Born in Genoa, Italy, Paola was the only daughter in her family of five children. Her four brothers each became priests, and Paola was well-educated in the faith as she grew up in this holy family.
"You must be a visible guardian angel to your children but a quick-eyed angel, alive to all their needs. Watch over them with vigilance and prudence, but let them feel you trust them." Paula was especially sensitive to disfigured children, whom she called "pictures of God without a frame."
Paola and her sisters were met with challenges and difficulties. Oftentimes, those who were expected to be most supportive were, in fact, quite the opposite. For example, after months of developing a rule for the order, she presented it to the Jesuit priests, who ridiculed her efforts. In characteristic form, Paola accepted their criticisms and mockery with humility, redoubling her efforts, and exclaiming, "Those who suffer most, love most .”
"Be burning flames that inflame with God's love all those you come in contact with.” And "Our Lord wills that you cling to Him alone! If your faith were greater how much more peaceful you would be even when great trials surround and oppress you.” Paola lived in complete abandonment to the Will of God "the unique gem we must seek,” as she was found of saying: "Will of God - my paradise!”
Saint Paola died of pneumonia at the age of 73, following a series of strokes. Her last words were addressed to Our Blessed Mother, when she prayed: "My Mother, remember I am your child.” Her body, found to be incorrupt in the early 1900s upon translation, is entombed at Saint Onofria, the Dorothean motherhouse in Rome, Italy. It is venerated there today.
Year 2: Day 162 of 365
Prayer Intentions: Complete abandonment to the Will of God
Requested Intentions: Restoration of health (D); Successful employment for couple (N); For employment for children (K); For health of friend, for successful relationships for children, for safe pregnancy for daughter (C); For the health of a mother (J); Virtue for daughter (V); Successful acceptance to college for nephew (M); For the health of a cousin (T); Freedom from legal difficulties for husband (S); Husband’s freedom from illness (L); Personal intentions (S); Successful passing of dental board examination (P); Blessings on a family (Z); Successful permanent employment (C); Healing of a son with autism (J); Son’s successful employment (L); For the intentions of family and relatives, for the Carthusian community (T); For personal intentions (A); Restoration of lost hearing (C); Resolution of relational and financial challenges (S); Comfort following loss of husband, security for family, assistance with housing (B); Healing and return of brother (O); Successful hermitage foundation (S); Support from family, permission to marry (H); Recovery of wife following surgery, freedom from depression (W); Protection and recovery of mentally ill daughter (J); Successful resolution to legal proceedings (N); Freedom from worry and successful employment (M); For successful sale of home and freedom from debt (J); Freedom from pain and illness (E).