Véronique de Binasco was born in 1445 in Binasco, in the province of Milan,in a very modest family of farmers, his mother was so poor that she was unable to give him even a little education. Pious and solitary, she tried to enter the Franciscan convent of Saint Ursula in Milan in 1463, then that of the Augustines where she was rejected each time because of her illiteracy.
Also, working during the day, she undertakes, alone, at night, learning to read and write.
At 22 years, " after many requests, she succeeded in wearing the habit of Saint Augustine" as a lay member of the community of the Monastery of Santa Marta, Milan, where she remained for the rest of her life performing the humblest of duties. to the monastery and go out to beg for charity.
ROCK CRYSTAL RELIQUARY, FIRST CLASS RELIC EX CARNE OF VERONICA OF MILAN
She was faithful to the life of the time and was therefore subject to monastic discipline although she was in poor health. She had a good heart, was very devout and she had the grace of prophecy. After experiencing an apparition, she traveled to Rome where she was welcomed by Pope Alexander VI. It is also said that she had the grace to read the soul. Several times his declarations were accompanied by tears; it was something that was brought about by the spirituality of those times.
Her contemplative life did not prevent her from being a beggar in Milan and its surroundings, not only to collect essential things for the convent, but also to help the poor and the sick. Her charity made her a great nun when she humbled herself to help the wretched who clung to her habit.
Her collection bag hung from Christ's own charitable illumination, the same light that illuminated Veronica's entire figure. From his own baptismal font, with the thorn of penance, there was also the lily of his innocence.
She died in 1497 at the age of 52 at the Monastery, and immediately her holiness would have been revealed by several miracles.
On December 15, 1517, Leo X authorizes his local worship, at the request of King Francis Ier through Bishop Denis Briçonnet who is in Italy. In 1672, Pope Clement X extended this permission to all Augustinians.
She was beatified on May 30, 1624, by Pope Urban VIII.
Her veneration was extended to the whole Church by Clement X in 1672, and we find her under the name of Véronique de Binasque, in January 13, in the Roman martyrologies translated into French by Chastelain, and in those from 1670.0.
At the time of Napoleon's upheavals, his remains were taken to the parish church of Binasco.