The abbess, upon seeing her, was horrified as she feared retribution from Mattia's powerful father. The superior/aunt attempted to persuade her niece to return home but instead of doing so, the determined noblewoman entered the convent chapel where she was inspired to cut off her long, lovely hair and cast aside her fine robes. She then again presented herself to the nuns who had no choice but to accept her, given the drastic proof she gave of her resolve to join them.
When her father finally came knocking at the convent's door, Mattia presented herself to him dressed in a habit and with her head shaved. Count Gualtiero was taken aback by her appearance, to say the least, but his shock soon gave way to resignation and a newfound respect for his strong-willed daughter. He immediately gave up any plan to bring her home and left her in peace in the convent. Mattia stayed on and was professed a nun in August 1271 and her father became one of the staunchest benefactors of her community.
|A depiction of Bl. Mattia rising to heavenly|
glory above the city of Matelica
Right: Her incorrupt body, as venerated in the Poor Clare Convent of Matelica, Italy.
A Short Prayer
Lord, like Bl. Mattia Nazarei, help us to choose You above all others; above earthly wealth and distractions, which are merely passing illusions. Amen.