Mary Magdalen de' Pazzi was born in 1556 into the Pazzi household. She received the baptismal name Caterina and aged 16 she entered the Carmelite Monastery of Santa Maria degli Angeli, Florence. She took religious name Mary Magdalen as a novice. In May 1584 she suffered from a mysterious sickness which prevented her from lying down. From that time she experienced a series of ecstacies which occurered over a number of years. Later she heard voices asking her to promote the renewal of the Church which had begun with the Council of Trent by encouraging and cautioning the hierarchy. The florentine mystic died in 1607 after a long illness.