Jacapone da Todi
, although not a canonized saint to my knowledge, is the attributed author for the Stabat Mater
. He had an interesting life story:
he exercised — the legends say with some avarice — the profession of an advocate (procuratore). In course of time (1267?) he married a noblewoman [...] It was the great piety and the tragical death of his young spouse that brought about an entire change in Jacopone. A great feast was being celebrated at Todi — probably in 1268. Among the onlookers was Jacopone's wife in rich array. Suddenly the raised platform from which she was witnessing the spectacle gave way, crushing her fatally. When the poet reached her side Vanna was already dying; on opening her dress, he found a hair cloth beneath the splendid robes. The terrible blow caused by his wife's death, together with the evidence of her secret penance for his sins, made such an impression on Jacopone that for many years he seemed to be no longer himself. Abandoning his profession, [...] he led a roaming life for a full decade. [...] About 1278 he sought admission into the Order of Friars Minor at his native town, a request which after some difficulty was granted.
Are there cannonized saints who, upon losing their wives, received Holy Orders? Thanks