Within four years, Mary had persuaded her mom to let her return to cloistered life, this time to the Carmelites right there in Turin. She had a rough start there -- no doubt her problems with the novice mistress "informed her later success" as the novice mistress of the monastery. But before that, she sank into a deep spiritual trench. Not the abyss, perhaps, but a sort of Marianna of the Soul. [My little joke: her name was Marianna before she got the habit and became Mary of the Angels.]
|I reckon her iron tongue ring was a little more formidable.|
|Basilica at Superga, built to celebrate the 1706 victory over the French Army|
Her successes helped her get elected prioress for four straight terms, the first at age thirty-three. A papal dispensation was granted to allow so young a sister to become prioress. She probably would have been elected to a fifth, except she prayed that God release her from life (if it were His will). But that was well after some more rocky patches for both Turin and Mary.