Saint Angela of Foligno (1248 –1309) was a Christian mystic who wrote extensively about her mystical revelations. She is well known not only for her spiritual writings, but also for founding a religious community devoted to her vision of caring for those in need. Pope Francis declared Angela of Foligno a saint in October, 2013.
Angela of Foligno was married (presumably early in life) and had children. At around forty years of age, she reportedly had a vision of Saint Francis and recognized the emptiness of her life. From that time on, she led a life devoted to higher perfection. Within a few years of the vision, her mother, husband, and children all passed away.
Saint Angela of Foligno wrote the following of her mystical consciousness:
“The eyes of my soul were opened, and I beheld the plenitude of God, wherein I did comprehend the whole world, both here and beyond the sea, and the abyss and ocean and all things. In all these things I beheld naught save the divine power, in a manner assuredly indescribable; so that through excess of marveling the soul cried with a loud voice, saying, ‘This whole world is full of God!’ Wherefore I now comprehended how small a thing is the whole world, that is to say both here and beyond the seas, the abyss, the ocean, and all things; and that the Power of God exceeds and fills all.
Quoted by Andrew Harvey from The Essential Mystics: The Soul’s Journey into Truth.
Image Credit: Saint Angela of Foligno from www.piercedhearts.org.
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