Readings & Reflections: Saturday of Second Week of Easter & St. Catherine of Siena, April 29,2017
Born the twenty-fourth of twenty-five children, Catherine experienced vision from an early age. Angered by her decision not to marry, her parents treated her like a servant. In 1365 A.D., she joined the Dominican tertiaries, took the habit, and remained at home in prayer for three years. Jesus joined her to himself in a “mystical marriage,” and bade her express her love through action. She attended in plague victims, brokered peace between warring factions in Italy, and dictated The Decalogue, a conversation between the soul and God. She died at the age of thirty-three. Catherine was the first woman and the first lay person to be named a Doctor of the Church.