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|Teresa Margaret of the Sacred Heart|
|Born||July 15, 1747, Arezzo, Italy|
|Died||March 7, 1770, Florence, Italy|
|Venerated in||Roman Catholic Church|
|Beatified||June 9, 1929 by Pope Pius XI|
|Canonized||March 19, 1934 by Pope Pius XI|
|Major shrine||Monastery of the Discalced Carmelites, Florence, Italy|
Saint Teresa Margaret of the Sacred Heart (1747-1770) was born Anna Maria Redi to a large noble family in Arezzo, Italy. She was the daughter of Count Ignatius Redi and Camilla Billeti. After attending the boarding school of the Benedictine nuns of St. Apollonia's in Florence, she entered the monastery of the Discalced Carmelites in Florence, taking the name Teresa Margaret of the Heart of Jesus.
Teresa Margaret was a very private and spiritual person. She was given a special contemplative experience concerning the words of I John 4:8, "God is love.". She seemed to have a premonition of her death, which was at the young age of 23.
After death the fast decomposition of her body made the nuns fear it would decay before proper funeral rites were conducted. The next day decomposition reversed and three days after her death her body was lifelike. The nuns, the Provincial, several priests and doctors all saw and testified to the fact that the body was as lifelike as if she were sleeping, and there was not the least visible evidence of corruption or decay. Her incorrupt body lies in the monastery in Florence......
- St. Teresa Margaret of the Sacred Heart website
- St. Teresa Margaret of the Sacred Heart in Volume IV of the Collected Works of bl. Edith Stein "The hidden life: hagiographic essays, meditations, spiritual texts". Edited by Dr. L. Gelber and Michael Linssen, O.C.D. 1992 ICS Publications