A perfect Roman noble lady, courted, esteemed, admired and honored for her riches, her extraordinary beauty and her intelligence. This did not suffice for her, though. In spite of her riches, Teresa Orsini (1788-1829) made herself small, small enough to move among the needy. the marginalized, the sick and the poor, among the least of the least. Besides being a wife and mother, Teresa sought out those who were suffering and extended to them unconditionally her hands of love and care, addressing the roots of the problems of the Roman Health Care system with modem methods and went even to the extent of founding a religious congregation—the Hospitaller Sisters of Mercy—who are still very active today in different parts of the world. She was a laywoman who reflected and acted. Her involvement in both family obligations and active social service was an extraordinary mission, the spirit of which was embraced by the Second Vatican Council later, tens of decades after, as the apostolate of the laity. A large number of sick persons in Rome knew this beautiful and rich young lady and they saw her in the simple task of sparing time to comfort the sick, heal wounds, physical and spiritual suffering, carrying forward to all with her charity the spirit of Christ, the spirit of the beatitudes. Hers was a serene activism but one that never stopped, almost as if she were aware of the brief time allotted her, dying at the age of 41, emptying herself and consumed by her love for others. It is no mistake that Teresa Orsini is known as a “martyr of charity”.