|Attack of the 50-Foot Saint!|
Following Gaspard's death, Virginia declined the next arranged marriage and moved in with her in-laws. After her mother-in-law died, she started taking in orphans. A war brought refugees, so she took those in too. The war also brought plague, so she made as much room as she could for the sick and the dying. When they overwhelmed the house, she rented an empty convent and instituted a facility serving three hundred patients. The government officially recognized the hospital [I have no idea what government recognition was worth to a hospital in seventeenth century Genoa, but if Medicaid payments in Maine are any indication, not much.]
|At rest under glass today|
She returned to active administration of the volunteers, but things had fallen to the point where the Genoan government pulled its recognition. That led to a breach between the Church and the government, giving her an opportunity to cinch the canonization by acting as a peacemaker. She also worked to end a feud among some of the best Genoan families, always a good thing to resolve before one of those Capulet/Montague things breaks out. She was sixty years old when she died, and even if she had not been blessed with visions and interior locutions late in life, she'd still be canon-quality material. She has the miracle of being a sixteenth century Italian woman who could establish and administer an enormous hospital, and the miracle of resolving peace between Church and State. Many's the Pope who failed on that front.