Saint of the week – Saint Catherine of Siena

April 29, 2009 at 2:33 am (Uncategorized)


I need a break from All Swine Flu, All the Time.  (Sam just got back from LA and told me he’d been reduced to reading Swine Flu Today as well as The Swine Flu Times).  I can’t take it, and I feel the need for some divine intervention, so I’m initiating a new blog feature.  Here you go, here’s your saint of the week.


St. Catherine of Siena

St. Catherine of Siena

Saint Catherine of Siena’s feast day is April 29.  The 25th (from one mother?  please say not from one mother!!!!!) child of a wool dyer and a poet’s daughter in northern Italy, St. Catherine started having mystical experiences when she was only 6.  She became a Dominican Tertiary when she was 16, and continued to have visions of Christ, Mary, and the saints.  St. Catherine was a brilliant theological mind, corresponding by letter with princes and rulers throughout Italy, as well as papal officials, all despite having no formal education. St. Catherine’s letters, nearly 400 of ’em! as well as her dialogue are considered among the most brilliant writings in the history of the Church. She died at the age of 33.

There, take that, swine flu!


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