Decree regarding the Beatification and Canonization of the Venerable Servant of God, Anna Maria Taigi, Tertiary of the Order of the Most Holy Trinity for the Redemption of Captives. He who, when He would show forth His power and wisdom, hath been wont for the most part to use the weak and foolish things of the world to confound the haughtiness of man, to frustrate the designs of the impious, and bring to naught the efforts of hell, hath ill this our age, when human pride and infernal power have seemed to combine to subvert, if it were possible, the foundations, not only of the Church, but even of civil society itself, opposed a poor weak woman to the floods of impiety bursting in on every side. He hath employed for this work A nna Maria Antonia Gesuahla Taigi, born, indeed, of honest parentage, but poor, married to a common man, hampered with the cares of a family, and fain to seek wherewith to support herself and them by the constant labour of her hands. This woman, whom He had chosen for Himself to be an attract or of souls, a victim of expiation, a bulwark against plots, a warder-off of evils by her prayers, He hath first cleansed from the dust of this world, and then bath united to Himself by the strictest bond of charity, bath adorned with wonderful gifts, and bath replenished with such virtues as to draw to her on all sides, not pious persons only, from every rank of society to the very highest, but even the impious themselves, and to inspire all with the highest opinion of her sanctity. Now, this general opinion of men, with which the whole life of the Servant of God had been distinguished, having spread wider and become more notable after her death, which took place on the 9th day of June in the year 1837, an inquiry was instituted into this same report of her sanctity of life, virtues, and gifts, and the process therefore commenced by ordinary authority at Rome. All which being effected, and the necessary preparations made, at the instance of the Very Reverend Dom Clemente Maria Buratti, Honorary Chamberlain of our Most Holy Lord, Pope Pius IX" and Postulator of the cause, his Eminence the Cardinal Luigi Altieri, Relator of the cause, in an ordinary assembly of the Sacred Congregation of Uites, held in the Vatican Palace on the day to be named below, proposed this doubt :-Whether a commission be nominated for the -introduction of the cause in the case and with the object of which there is question? The Most Eminent and Most Reverend Fathers, appointed guardians of the Sacred Rites, having well and duly weighed all things, and heard what the Promoter of the Holy Faith, the Reverend Dom Andrea. Maria Frattini, had to say both by word and in writing, decided that this answer be returned: That a commission be nominated, if his Holiness shall so please. The 23d day of December, 1862. A report hereupon having been afterwards made, by the undersigned Secretary, to our Most Holy Lord, his Holiness, after ratifying the rescript of the Sacred Congregation, was pleased to sign with his own hand a commission for the introduction of. the cause of the Venerable Servant of God, Anna Maria Taigi, on the 8th day of January, 1863.
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