Biography (according to Sister Maria Luisa of Jesus)
News of SAINT PHILOMENA can be obtained from the private revelation that the servant of God Sister Maria Luisa of Jesus (1799-1875), her fervent devotee, had on August 3, 1833. The nun claimed that Saint Philomena appeared to her while she was praying in her cell in front of a statuette of her and told her the story of her martyrdom.
Philomena was the beautiful princess of the island of Corfu, born around January 10, 290 AD. C. The father, king of a dominion of Greece and the mother, of royal blood, implored the gods to grant them the grace to have a child despite their own sterility. A Christian Roman physician, named Publius, promised them offspring if they received baptism. In fact, the spouses, who converted to Christianity, were cheered by the birth of a female, to whom they gave the name of Filomena, daughter of the light of baptismal grace.
At the age of 13 her father took her to Rome to meet the emperor Diocletian who was threatening war on his kingdom. Diocletian immediately fell in love with Filomena and offered her the throne of empress of Rome. However, at the age of 11 she had made a vow of chastity to God and refused marriage, despite her parents' consent. reason why she was imprisoned. After 37 days in prison, the Virgin Mary appeared to her to announce that, after 40 days, she would be exposed to various martyrs, but coming out unscathed. And so it was: exposed naked to flagellation, the following day she was miraculously healed; condemned to the martyrdom of the arrows, these came back killing the archers; tied an anchor around her neck and thrown into the Tiber, the Angels broke the rope saving her, until Diocletian had her beheaded. It was Friday August 10, 302 AD. when she flew, triumphant and glorious, to the sky.