Christine, a woman of undaunted valor, provides a shining example of conversion.
Agostina Camozzi, who was born about the year 1435, was the daughter
of a well-known doctor of Ostenso, a small village in the Italian province
of Como. At a very young age she married a local stonecutter, contrary to
the wishes of her family, but was left a widow within a short time. She
later became the mistress of a soldier and bore him a son, who died at a
young age. A subsequent marriage to a farmer from Mantua also ended tragically
when he met his death at the hands of a jealous rival.
At this point Agostina set about to reform her way of life. She became
a member of the Augustinian Third Order, and changed her name to Christine,
and moved to Verona. Her resolve now was to imitate Christ who alone, she
believed, could bring comfort to her troubled spirit.
Her life of penance took many forms, and her prayers and works of mercy
increased daily. As an Augustinian tertiary she lived in various monasteries,
leaving one after another when the sisters, perceiving her holiness, began
to treat her with special reverence. Thus she wandered from one community
to another until she finally settled in Spoleto, where she dedicated herself
to the care of the sick. In 1457 she planned a pilgrimage of reparation
to Assisi, Rome, and the Holy Land, but she never got beyond Spoleto, for
there on 13 February 1458 she died, at the age of twenty-two.
After her death many miracles were attributed to her intercession, and
Christine’s reputation for great holiness and granting of favors spread
rapidly. Her remains, originally kept in the Augustinian church of Saint
Nicholas in Spoleto, are now preserved in the church of Saint Gregory the
Blessed Christine’s feast is celebrated by the Augustinian Family
on 13 February.