Blessed Elizabeth Canori Mora's Life|
Beata Elisabetta Canori Mora - Her Life
Model of Sanctity for Our Times
a Family & A Trinitarian Tertiary
was born of noble and well-off family
historical center of Rome, in via Tor dei Conti, not
far from the Coliseum, on November 21, 1774. She was
the daughter of Tommaso and Teresa Primoli. Her family
was well off, of deep Christian convictions and
diligent in the education of their children. At 21
years of age, on January 10 1796, Elisabetta married
Cristoforo Mora, a young lawyer and son of Francesco
Mora, a renowned doctor of the town.
few months into the marriage, Cristoforo became
jealous of his wife. He became controlling in a
troublesome manner and also interfered with the visits
of the relatives. Then, little by little, his feelings
for Elisabetta began to change into resentment and
indifference. In the first five years (1796-1801) of
the marriage, Elisabetta gave birth to four daughters,
of whom two died and two survived, Marianna and
time, Cristoforo, began an extramarital affair with a
woman of modest conditions, to which he gave not only
his love but also his time and his money. He deceived
his wife, Elisabetta, and deserted his family,
reducing it to destitution, and he squandered his
family's fortune. His wife and the two daughters fell
into extreme poverty.
the physical and psychological violence of her
husband, Elisabetta responded with absolute fidelity.
In 1801 a mysterious illness brought her to death's
door. She was cured in an inexplicable way and had her
first mystical experience.
to pay creditors and to safeguard the good name of her
husband, was compelled to sell her jewelry and, even,
her wedding garments. She continued to care for her
daughters and the daily chores of the home with utmost
care. She also dedicated much time to prayer, to the
service of the poor and assisting the sick. She
dedicated special care to families in need. She was
ridiculed by Cristoforo for her "pious"
behavior, but continued to pray for him.
and even her confessor advised Elisabetta to separate,
but Elisabetta never lost heart. For the sake of
Christ, Elisabetta considered the salvation of her
husband and of her daughters and used this misfortune
for spiritual profit. Elisabetta was convinced that
"nobody can be saved all alone, and the God has
entrusted to everyone the responsibility of the
salvation of others in order to carry out his project
of love". This is the story of a woman betrayed,
however, Elisabetta understood what it meant to be a
Christian. She knew that God entrusted Cristoforo to
her through the Sacrament of Marriage and that she had
the responsibility to carry this cross to salvation.
She could not leave it, because God had entrusted
afire from the love of God in the Holy Trinity, and
supported by a strong intimate relationship with
Jesus, her love for Cristoforo grew with more
intensity every day. Elisabetta desired more and more
be united to Cristoforo through God to help him reach
his eternal destiny and salvation.
came to know and to understand profoundly the
spirituality of the Trinitarians and joined the
secular Third Order, responding with dedication to the
vocation of the family and secular consecration.
fame of her "holiness", the echo of her
mystical experiences and of her "miraculous
power" quickly spread throughout Rome and its
surrounding neighborhoods. However, none of this
changed her poor life style, marked by great humility
and a generous spirit of service to the poor and those
fallen away form God. She continually offered herself
for the Pope, the Church, her city of Rome and the
conversion of her husband.
so, with her life of heroic faithfulness to God and
her absolute dedication to the Sacrament of Marriage,
Elisabetta died. On February 5 1825, on a cold and
rainy night, while being cared for by her two
daughters, Lucina and Marianna, she entered the light
of the Holy Trinity as if in a sweet slumber.
Cristoforo rushed to her death bed to utter these
words: "Today we have lost a great bride and
wish had come true... for the seed of conversion
was sprouthing in her husband's soul. In 1834,
Cristoforo became a Conventual Franciscan and died as
a priest of September 9, 1845 in the Franciscan church
at Sezze, Italy.
Elizabeth Canori Mora
was beatified on April 24, 1994
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