Sunday, April 29, 2012

St. Catherine of Siena - Doctor of the Church

Feastday: April 29
Patron Fire prevention
1347 - 1380

The 25th child of a wool dyer in northern Italy, St. Catherine started having mystical experiences when she was only 6, seeing guardian angels as clearly as the people they protected. She became a Dominican tertiary when she was 16, and continued to have visions of Christ, Mary, and the saints. St. Catherine was one of the most brilliant theological minds of her day, although she never had any formal education. She persuaded the Pope to go back to Rome from Avignon, in 1377, and when she died she was endeavoring to heal the Great Western Schism. In 1375 Our Lord give her the Stigmata, which was visible only after her death. Her spiritual director was Blessed Raymond of Capua. St, Catherine's letters, and a treatise called "a dialogue" are considered among the most brilliant writings in the history of the Catholic Church. She died when she was only 33, and her body was found incorrupt in 1430.

April 29 Feast Days:
* St. Catherine of Siena
* St. Peter of Verona
* St. Ava
* St. Agapius
* St. Wilfrid the Younger
* St. Torpes of Pisa
* St. Tychicus
* St. Senan
* St. Daniel
* St. Dichu
* St. Endellion
* St. Fiachan
* St. Hugh the Great
* St. Robert of Molesmes
* Bl. Robert Bruges
* Martyrs of Corfu
* St. Paulinus of Brescia
* St. Wilfrid the Younger

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