Saint June 16 : St. Lutgardis a Benedictine Nun who Entered the Convent at Age 12 and would Levitate - Patron of Blind, Childbirth and Disabled
Saint Lutgardis (1182-1246)
Patron: birth; blind people; childbirth; disabled people; Flanders; Flemish National Movement
She was born in Tongeren, known as Tongres in French.
Saint Lutgardis never wanted to enter a convent. However, her supposed vocation in life of marriage and children changed when her dowry was lost in a bad business deal. Since her parents didn't think they could marry her off without a dowry, Lutgardis was sent to live at the Black Benedictine convent at the age of 12. Lutgardis viewed the convent as a type of boarding house, and continued to go about her normal day-to-day business without any true vocation. When she was almost 20 she had a vision of Jesus showing her his wounds. After this vision, she knew that her true vocation was to live in the convent. She soon became a Benedictine nun. Lutgardis continued to receive visions of Jesus, experienced prayerful ecstasies, levitated, and experienced the wounds of Christ from the crown of thorns while captivated by the Passion. She wished to live a more disciplined lifestyle, so she joined the Cistercians at Aywiers where she lived for the remainder of her life. Lutgardis was blessed with gifts of healing, prophecy, and faithful wisdom. She went blind in her later years, but saw it as a wonderful gift because she was no longer distracted by the secular world. Saint Lutgardis is the patroness of childbirth and against blindness. Source: St. Mary's Press - Image Anastpaul blog screenshot