Saturday, 2 May 2009

St Catherine of Siena

Having followed up my instinct from Wednesday, I offer a little more about St Catherine.

She considered herself an illiterate little one. She was possessed of God through prayer, given her share of grace as Christ allotted it and received power through his Spirit for her hidden self to grow strong.

She wrote letters, by dictation, to the Pope of her day with the aim of bringing the papacy back to Rome from Avignon. A simple act with powerful results. She exposed the things that were hidden from the learned and the clever but revealed to little children.

Catherine also suffered ill health, but in spite of this kept herself going to help the poor and the sick wherever she found them. A powerful example for all who do ‘little things’ today. I think we're going to get to know each other very well !

1 comment:

berenike said...

"Ah! The fifth Gospel!" (former lecturer of mine, on the Dialogue). There is what seems to be a good translation (bar PC literary gender-bending) in the Classics of Western Spirituality series. It is quite amazing (the Dialogue, not the translation).