Saturday, April 29, 2006

Memorial of Saint Catherine of Siena

whereas we shall devote ourselves to prayer
and to the ministry of the word.
Acts 6:4

Saint Catherine of Siena is a good example of these words too. She devoted her life to prayer and to the ministry of God's word.

Raymond, her spiritual director, wrote about her and this work:

"So about two years before her death, such a clarity of Truth was revealed to her from heaven that Catherine was constrained to spread it abroad by means of writing, asking secretaries to stand ready to take down whatever came from her mouth as soon as they noticed that she had gone into ecstasy. Thus in a short time was composed a book that contains a dialogue between a soul who asks the Lord four questions, and the Lord himself who replies to the soul, enlightening her with many useful truths."

Catherine's life is a concrete example of the Dominican vocation of prayerful action, for it could be said that she was almost never removed from the state of prayer-and yet she accomplished, in her brief life more than many who live long lives!

The above in Italics is taken from Dominican Central: Saints and Blesseds.

1 comment:

Paul Anthony Melanson said...

Thank you for this posting Marie Cecile. I have always admired St. Catherine of Sienna. This because she had BOTH a loving, charitable soul and the fortitude (a gift of the Holy Spirit) to speak the hard truths which so many didn't want to hear.

Let us all aspire to be like her and St. Paul (the saint for whom I was named). An iron hand in a velvet glove so to speak.

"Love" without truth is modern day liberalism; a counterfeit charity which reverses authentic charity as defined in 1822 of the Catechism. Truth without love is a monstrous abstraction, like the rigorous Jansenism of the early to middle twentieth century.