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Model and Patroness of a Family, a Wife, a Mother, and a Mystic
Blessed Anna Maria Taigi was born in Siena on May 29, 1769 and baptized the following day. Because of financial difficulties, her parents, Louis Giannetti and Mary Masi, moved to Rome when Anna Maria was six years old. In the Eternal City, Anna Maria attended the school conducted by the Filippini Sisters for two years. Following her schooling, she worked at various occupations, even that of a maid, to bring financial assistance to her parents.
When still a young girl, she married Dominic Taigi, a pious young man but of difficult and rather coarse character. Disregarding these defects, Anna Maria was more concerned with his virtue, and for the forty-nine years of their married life she conducted herself with the greatest affability and delicacy, finding ample opportunity to exercise continually the virtues of patience and charity.
Their marriage was characterized by the highest Christian principles. Understanding the profound social and moral values of the Christian marriage and considering it, above all, as one of the highest missions from Heaven, Blessed Anna Maria transformed her home into a real sanctuary in which God had the first place. Docile to her husband in every way, she avoided anything which might irritate him and thus disturb the family peace. Serious and hardworking, she saw to it that nothing was lacking to her family and, in so far as one in her impoverished circumstances could, she was generous to the poor. She bore seven children, three of whom died in childhood. Two boys and two girls grew to maturity and she provided them with the most accurate and complete religious and secular education.
Having sought to correspond to grace from her childhood, she now began to live a
life of intense spirituality. She had one desire only: to love God and to serve Him
in everything; she had only one preoccupation: to avoid the least shadow of the slightest
voluntary imperfection. She was greatly devoted to the Holy Eucharist, to the Most
Holy Trinity, to the Infant Jesus, to the Sacred Passion of Our Lord, and ever had
the most tender devotion to Our Lady. Anna Maria Taigi is one of the great mystics
of the last century. Yet, she achieved her sanctification by living the ordinary
life of wife and mother in a spirit of Christian mission and compliance with God's
will. Her daily attendance at Mass, her total surrender to God, her readiness to
help anyone in need, and her being an active member of the Third Order of the Most
Holy Trinity were, at the same time, the sources and the fruits of her intense spiritual
life. She had a very close friend, Blessed Elizabeth Canori-Mora, who also was a
wife and mother. They helped and supported each other in their marriages and difficulties
and grew together in holiness and sanctity in their married vocation.
Blessed Anna Maria entered the Third Order of the Most Holy Trinity on December 26, 1808. God enriched her with many supernatural gifts. The most unusual of these was the apparition of a luminous globe like a miniature sun, which shone before her eyes and in which, for forty-seven years, she could see present and future events anywhere in the world as well as the state of grace of individuals, living or dead. Anna Maria Taigi died June 9, 1837. In testimony to how an ordinary housewife and mother could become a saint and positively affect society and the lives of those who came in contact with her, the Church declared her "Blessed" in 1920. Her mortal remains lie in the Chapel of the Madonna in the Basilica of San Crisogono in Rome, Italy. The Trinitarians are actively promoting the cause of her canonization.
A Summary of the Life of Blessed Anna Maria Taigi
Blessed Anna Maria with her oldest surviving daughter Sophie.