What’s in a name? “Veronica”


Veronica is the Latin transliteration of the Greek name Berenice or Βερενίκη.  This name means “she who brings victory” and but the name Veronica is also related to Latin phrase vera icon. It is this second meaning that has special interest to me.  The name speaks so clearly when you know a little about its history.

According to the Catholic tradition, a woman named Veronica was moved with sympathy when she saw Jesus carrying the cross to Golgotha and she gave him her veil that he might wipe his forehead. Jesus accepted the offering, held it to his face, and then handed it back to her—the image of his face miraculously impressed upon it. This piece of cloth became known as the Veil of Veronica


Veronica holding her veil, Hans Memling, c. 1470

Saint Veronica Giuliani (Veronica de Julianis) was an historical figure (1660 – 1727).  She was an Italian Capuchin Poor Clares nun and mystic. She was canonized by Pope Gregory XVI in 1839.

Names can carry such meanings.


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