Blessed Paula Gambara-Costa, OFM Tert. Matron
Feast day: January 31
Born in Brescia, Italy, in 1473;
died at Benasco, Italy, on January 24, 1515.
cultus confirmed by Gregory XVI in 1845;
feast day formerly March 29. When the 12-year-old Paula unhappily married a young nobleman, Count Louis Costa of Benasco, she was given a rule of life by Blessed Angelo Carletti. Her husband continued his dissolute life, was unfaithful to her, treated her as a servant, and objected to her lavish charities. He even put another woman in charge of their household. By her heroic patience she won him over to Christ and passed the remainder of an austere life in peaceful wedlock. She died worn out with self- imposed penances