Today the Church celebrates the life and sainthood of Catherine of Siena. She is probably one of the most quotable of the saints and noted for The Dialogue and 1999 was declared as co-patroness of Europe along with St. Bridget of Sweden and St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.
The Scripture readings are as follows:
Here are a couple of blurbs about this great saint and doctor of the Church:
Catherine Benincasa, born in Siena at a date that remains uncertain, was favored with visions from the age of seven. Becoming a tertiary of the Dominican Order, she acquired great influence by her life of prayer and extraordinary mortifications as well as by the spread of her spiritual writings. Her continual appeals for civil peace and reform of the Church make her one of the leading figures of the fourteenth century. Worn out by her mortifications and negotiations she died in Rome on April 29, 1380.
Saint Catherine of Siena, T.O.S.D, (25 March 1347 – 29 April 1380) was a tertiary of the Dominican Order, and a Scholastic philosopher and theologian. She also worked to bring the Papacy back to Rome from its displacement in France, and to establish peace among the Italian city-states. She was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church in 1970. She is one of the two patron saints of Italy, together with Francis of Assisi.
Let us all pray for her intercession:
Novena Prayer to Saint Catherine of Siena
O marvelous wonder of the Church, seraphic virgin, Saint Catharine, because of your extraordinary virtue and the immense good which you accomplished for the Church and society, you are acclaimed and blessed by all people. Oh, turn your benign countenance to me who, confident of your powerful patronage, calls upon you with all the ardor of affection and begs you to obtain, by your prayer, the favors I so ardently desire.
You, who were a victim of charity, who in order to benefits your neighbor obtained from God the most stupendous miracles and became the joy and the hope of all, you cannot help but hear the prayers of those who fly into your heart – that heart which you received from the Divine Redeemer in a celestial ecstasy.
Yes, O seraphic virgin, demonstrate once again proof of you power and of your flaming charity, so that your name will be ever more blessed and exalted; grant that we, having experienced your most efficacious intercession here on earth, may come one day to thank you in heaven and enjoy eternal happiness with you. Amen.
On a personal note, St. Catherine is the namesake of my paternal grandmother and second eldest niece whose name in Spanish Catalina.
It is no wonder to me that my grandmother, who most in the family consider to be the best example of a faithful Catholic and I am certain whose prayers returned me to the faith and maintained my father in the faith, lived up to this name and the example of her namesake to the best of her ability. Por esta razón:
“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” -St. Catherine of Siena