Gold leaf, graphite and tempera on wood panel, 12″ x 24″
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“I saw in the angel’s hand a long spear of gold,
and at the iron’s point there seemed to be a little fire. He appeared to me to be thrusting it at times into my heart, and to pierce my very entrails; when he drew it out, he seemed to draw them out also, and to leave me all on fire with a great love of God. The pain was so great, that it made me moan; and yet so surpassing was the sweetness of this excessive pain, that I could not wish to be rid of it.”
“In the fifth century, I, Cecilia of rome, so enraged the pagan emperor
that he condemned me to death by suffocation in my family’s steambath.
Having retained my vow of chastity despite my earthly marriage,
I was delivered from death by God’s holy angel,
who appeared to offer me refreshment.
This so infuriated the emperor that he ordered my beheading.
God delivered me and I survived the three axe blows allowed by law.
I bled to death three days later, singing hymns to our Blessed Lord.”
“My tomb was opened in AD1599, and my body was found intact,
wrapped in a white vestment, as if I slept the deep sleep of a young virgin.”
“When I was a young woman, I never wished to marry,
but to cling only to Christ, yet in spite of my desire to remain a virgin,
I humbly obeyed my parent and married a Roman nobleman.”
“At times, during my prayers, I would miraculously levitate,
My face aflame by a religious rapture.
The day of my death, I was left alone.
When my servant entered the room, my face was flushed.
She said I seemed full of joy, as if I had returned from Paradise.”
The Blessed Lodovica Albertoni
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