Life of St. Veronica Giuliani
BOOK I - Containing an account of her life in the world, and of the most important events in the first fifteen years of her religious career, together with a brief sketch of the offices which she filled in the convent.
- Ch1 - The birth of Veronica. Tokens of her subsequent sanctity and high privileges apparent even in infancy.
- Ch2 - She begins at the age of three years to enjoy familiar intercourse with Jesus and Mary.
- Ch3 - The first proofs of extraordinary virtue which made her childhood remarkable.
- Ch4 - Her father removes with Ursula and her sisters to Piacenza, where at the age of ten she makes her First Communion. When twelve years old she begins to practise mental prayer.
- Ch5 - The rich fruit which she gathered from the exercise of meditation. The first instances of opposition to her religious vocation which she had to encounter at Piacenza.
- Ch6 - Ursula is sent back to Mercatello, where she resides in the house of her uncle. New trials of her vocation. At length her father yields to her influence and repents, ending his life with certain marks of eternal salvation.
- Ch7 - Having received the desired consent of her father, Ursula procures in an extraordinary way her admission among the Capuchin nuns of Città di Castello.
- Ch8 - Her clothing. Deceits of the devil during her noviciate.
- Ch9 - Her solemn profession. Her virtue is strengthened, notwithstanding the assaults of the devil, by special graces which she receives from God during the early years of her religious life.
- Ch10 - The offices which she is called to fill in the convent. The manner in which she discharged her duties.
BOOK II - Containing an account of the extraordinary graces by means of which she was raised during the last thirty-five years of her life to the highest degree of sanctity, and rendered the living image of Jesus crucified.
- Ch1 - Mysterious vision of a chalice, which prepared her to reproduce in her own person the Passion of our Redeemer.
- Ch2 - Veronica is made to participate in our Blessed Saviour's crowning with thorns. The severe pains which this caused her, and her sufferings from the remedies to which her superiors required her to submit.
- Ch3 - She is promoted to heavenly espousals. The manner in which our Lord prepared and conducted them.
- Ch4 - The gifts and favours which Jesus lavished on His spouse during the two following days. Her correspondence to them.
- Ch5 - In obedience to a divine command she begins to fast rigorously on bread and water, and continues to do so for several years. The opposition which she had to encounter from her superiors, as well as from herself, and from the powers of darkness.
- Ch6 - Further instances of Veronica's fidelity to her divine Spouse. She receives from Him a wound in the heart. Four documents written by her with her own blood.
- Ch7 - Jesus produces in her a still greater resemblance to Himself by imprinting upon her His sacred stigmata.
- Ch8 - The stigmata are repeated on various occasions, and attested by new and satisfactory proofs.
- Ch9 - Veronica participates in all the other Dolours which constituted the divine Passion. Wonderful marks imprinted on her heart.
- Ch10 - The extraordinary graces and favours which accompanied her last illness and holy death.
BOOK III - Of her heroic virtues and of the gifts which she possessed in common with other saints.
- Ch1 - Jesus Christ Himself becomes her visible Instructor in Christian and perfect life. Her constant desire of greater perfection.
- Ch2 - Veronica's heroic perfection in the theological virtues.
- Ch3 - Her remarkable zeal and charity towards her neighbour.
- Ch4 - Her spirit of poverty and mortification, and her angelic purity.
- Ch5 - Her patience and imperturbable gentleness.
- Ch6 - Her wonderful humility.
- Ch7 - Her miraculous obedience.
- Ch8 - Her tender devotion to the Blessed Virgin, to her guardian angel, and the other saints.
- Ch9 - Her gifts of prophecy and miracles during life.
UPON the death of S. Veronica, the bishop began to collect evidence of her holy life. The process was solemnly opened by him on the 6th of December, 1727, and completed by his successor on the 13th of January, 1735. After the usual preliminary examinations, the introduction of the cause at Rome was signed by Pope Benedict XIV., on the 7th of July, 1745. The virtues of the servant of God were approved by Pope Pius VI., on the 24th of April, 1796, and two of her miracles on Whit-Monday, the 7th of June, 1802, by Pope Pius VII., who, on the 12th of September in the same year, issued the decree of her beatification. Further miracles, which occurred in 1815 and 1818, were approved by the Sacred Congregation of Rites, and, on the feast of S. Philip Neri, May 26th, 1831, Pope Gregory XVI. decided that her canonization could be safely proceeded with. She was solemnly canonized by the same Pope on Trinity Sunday, May 26th, 1839, in the Vatican Basilica, together with S. Alphonso Liguori, S. Francis di Girolamo, S. John Joseph of the Cross, and S. Pacificus of San Severino.