She was born on 25 March At his request she went to Florence and was there during the Ciompi Revolt in June. Her warnings to her niece have the authoritative tone of anxiety. And, as happens to all sensitive people who refuse to seclude themselves in dreams, life went hard with her.
But Almighty God had infused this zeal into her soul for other ends and intended to satisfy her desire in quite a different way, and He did not will that this scheme, which she had in mind for a long time, should ever be put into practice.
Pride displeases Him and humility pleases Him. We shall run after you in the fragrance of your ointment. Hence arose within her an unquenchable longing to become a member of the Order and to join in the work of helping souls.
The white robe stood for purity, the black cape for humility and death. But within this outer life of strenuous and, as a rule, thwarted activities, another life went on--a life in which failure could not be, since through failure is wrought redemption.
She had known that temptation and conquered it. Many of her letters are in a strain of exhortation that rises into rebuke. In her vision, she was told to reenter public life and to help the poor and sick. With her sister nuns the method changes.
This interdict, along with internal divisions and a brutal civil war, provoked the Italian republic to sue for peace. Its citizens thus became outlaws. Now that she was sure of her vocation, she went to her parents and informed them of the reason for her resistance to their plans.
Then, if the men will come to their senses and humble themselves, I will behave with the utmost mercy towards them, that is to say, towards those who, according to the grace given them, receive my doctrine, offered to them in fragile but specially chosen vessels, and follow it reverently.
However, this was never to be a problem, since her education lay elsewhere and was due to a life of constant and deep prayer. He clothes him in My highest and eternal will, because he sees that I neither give nor take away, save for your sanctification; and he sees that love alone impels Me to give you sweetness and to take it from you.
She was also credited with helping to start a crusade to the Holy Land. Though one-third of the people of Siena had been carried off in the dreadful plague, a countless number of them had received the grace of conversion through the intercession of Saint Catherine and the dedication of her Catarinati.
Jacopo, in his heart, was not surprised. Such a man as this, dearest daughter, does not wish for time to suit himself, because he has learned humility; knowing his infirmity, he does not trust in his own wish, but is faithful to Me. In the first of the present letters Catherine takes her elder brother to task for neglect of his mother, Monna Lapa.
Nor did she even speak to anyone but her confessor. This is shown by the Word, for in obedience to His Father and in humility, He ran to the shameful death of the Cross, nailing and binding Him with the nails and bands of charity, and enduring in such patience that no cry of complaint was heard from Him.Fearless and Fiery: the Letters of Catherine of Siena Judy Keane In today’s world of Facebook, text messaging, tweets and instagrams – receiving a hand written letter imbued with deep spiritual sentiment and edifying insight is a rare thing indeed.
Catherine of Siena, original name Caterina Benincasa, (born March 25,Siena, Tuscany—died April 29,Rome; canonized ; feast day April 29), Dominican tertiary, mystic, and one of the patron saints of Italy.
Catherine of Siena. She began to dispatch letters to men and women in every condition of life, entered into correspondence with the princes and republics of Italy, GIGLI, L'opere della serafica Santa Caterina da Siena (Siena.
After Catherine's return to Siena there was a terrible outbreak of the plague, during which she and her circle worked incessantly to relieve the sufferers.
"Never did she appear more admirable than at this time," wrote a priest who had known her from girlhood. LETTERS OF CATHERINE BENINCASA. ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA AS SEEN IN HER LETTERS. I. The letters of Catherine Benincasa, commonly known as St.
Catherine of Siena, have become an Italian classic; yet perhaps the first thing in them to strike a reader is their unliterary character. exchanged letters with Pope Gregory XI 4—although she needed help from her educated friends to answer him, since she could not read or write.
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