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St. Catherine of Siena

Saint Catherine of Siena


Catherine was born in the year of Our Lord 1347, to a large and devout family in Siena, Italy. While still a child, she privately consecrated her virginity to God. Her parents later decided that she should marry, and for some time they and her many siblings were a great cross to Catherine. Yet through prayer and sacrifice Catherine won over her father, and she joined the Dominicans at the age of eighteen. For three years she lived in solitude, experiencing great spiritual ecstasies, until she returned to her family and the outside world. Catherine was greatly devoted to the sick and poor, and labored hard for conversions. She endured great penances and mortifications, both voluntary and involuntary, and she was graced with the glorious pain of bearing the stigmata, though at her request the wounds were never visible before her death. Catherine also served the Church as a diplomat and ambassador, and played a key role in the return of the Papacy from Avignon to Rome. She died in the year of Our Lord 1380, and was declared a Doctor of the Church in 1970. Her feast is celebrated on April 29th in the modern calendar.


Traditional Roman Martyrology for April 30th

AT Rome, St. Catherine of Siena, virgin, of the Order of St. Dominic, renowned for her life and miracles. She was inscribed among the canonized virgins by Pius II.

At Lambesa, in Numidia, the birthday of the holy martyrs Marian, lector, and James, deacon. The former, after having successfully endured vexations for the confession of Christ, in the persecution of Decius, was again arrested with his illustrious companion, and both being subjected to severe and cruel torments, during which they were twice miraculously comforted from heaven, finally fell by the sword with many others.

At Saintes, blessed Eutropius, bishop and martyr, who was consecrated bishop and sent to Gaul by St. Clement. After preaching for many years, he had his skull crushed for bearing testimony to Christ, and thus gained a victory by his death.

At Cordova, the holy martyrs Amator, priest, Peter, monk, and Lewis.

At Novara, the martyrdom of the holy priest Lawrence, and some boys, whom he was educating.

At Alexandria, the holy martyrs Aphrodisius, priest, and thirty others.

At Ephesus, St. Maximus, martyr, who was crowned in the persecution of Decius.

At Fermo, in the Marches, St. Sophia, virgin and martyr.

At Naples, in Campania, St. Severus, bishop, who, among other prodigies, raised for a short time a dead man from the grave, in order to convict of falsehood the lying creditor of a widow and her children.

At Evorea, in Epirus, St. Donatus, a bishop, who was eminent for sanctity in the time of the emperor Theodosius.

At London, in England, St. Erconwald, a bishop celebrated for many miracles.

℣. And elsewhere many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.

℟. Thanks be to God.

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