Blessed Villana de’Botti Feast Day, Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Beatification Date, Canonization Date
Blessed Villana de’Botti, Dominican Profile
|Date of Birth||1332 AD|
|Country of Birth||Italy of Europe|
|Matrimony/Holy Orders||Married who became Saints|
|Place of Work||Florence, Republic of Florence|
|Date of Death||29 January 1361|
|Place of Death||Florence, Republic of Florence|
|Feast Day||February 28, 29 January (Dominicans)|
|Beatification||Beatified by By Pope Leo XII on 27 March 1824, Saint Peter’s Square, Vatican City|
|Canonization||Canonized by N/A|
|Patron Saint of||Dominican tertiaries
Blessed Villana de’Botti Biography
Blessed Villana de’Botti was the daughter of Andrew de’Botti who was a merchant. She was a pious child. At the age of thirteen, she ran away from home to join a convent. Villana was refused and had to return home. A while after, her family marries her to Rosso di Piero.
The rejection at the convent and the marriage seemed to reform Villana. She suddenly became very lazy and seem to be carried away by the ways of the world. Her concern was only in pleasure. While getting dressed one day for some type of entertainment, the reflection in all her mirrors suddenly changed to a demon.
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Blessed Villana de’Botti Life
Villana understood that what she saw was a reflection of her sin-laden soul. She then tore off all her clothes, put on something simple and poor. She then ran to the Dominican Father of Santa Maria Novella for help.
Villana became a Dominican tertiary, focused on her vocation of married life and spent her free time praying and reading the Scripture and the lives of the saints. Villana desire to atone for her earlier life sometimes overwhelmed her. Her husband and family then had to stop her begging door to door and doing other penances.
Villana was given to religious ecstasies at mass, but she became the object of much ridicule and slander. She suffered health wise but received visions of Our Lady and the saints, and she was given the gift of prophecy. Even Villana’s fiercest opponents eventually came to see her as a living saint.
Blessed Villana died in 1361 of natural causes. Having the habit of the Dominicans and while on her deathbed she asked that the passion is read out to her. “He bowed down His head and have up the Ghost” she died when these words were read out. Villana’s remains were taken to Santa Maria Novella but the priests were unable to enter her for a month due to the constant crowd of mourners.
Blessed Villana’s bereaved husband often said that when he felt discouraged or depressed he would go to the room that his late wife died in for solace.