St. Catherine of Siena

“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.”

-St. Catherine of Siena

St. Catherine was very close to Jesus from a young age and is now considered a great mystic and Doctor of the Church.

Catherine_of_SienaWhen her older sister died in childbirth, her parents wanted her to marry her sister’s husband. Catherine began intense fasting and prayer and even cut her hair short so she wouldn’t attract her future husband. The fasting and prayer worked and her parents decided against it.

She had a habit of giving away her and her family’s belongings which included food and clothes. She never asked for permission and dealt with their disapproval quietly.

When St. Catherine was 21, she had what she calls a “mystical marriage to Christ” where she received from Jesus an invisible ring and the instructions to serve the poor and sick.

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After, she devoted her time to helping those in need and even was involved in politics. She felt called to help the Church unite and to be at peace with the city-states and wrote hundreds of letters to the pope, monarchs, and other men in power. St. Catherine even journeyed to Avignon to convince the Pope to return to Rome. Those letters, her Dialogue, and her prayers were so influential that she would later be declared a Doctor of the Church.

St. Catherine was one of the greatest saints of a turbulent era. She had a close, intimate relationship with Jesus and received the stigmata. Admirably, she established a monastery for women in 1377 outside of Siena and is one of the most influential saints in the Catholic Church.

Her last vision was when she saw the Church in the form of a giant ship placed on her back, and she collapsed in pain. St. Catherine died a few days later in 1380, at the age of 33, the same age Jesus was when He was crucified.

“To the servant of God, every place is the right place, and every time is the right time”

-St. Catherine of Siena

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