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St Catherine of Siena

Novena to St Catherine – Day 8

In the preparation of this reflection I focused on the 鈥楶rayers鈥 of Catherine, in the hope of acquiring some tips regarding the improvement of my own prayer. Sr. Mary O鈥橠riscoll O.P. of the Cabra Congregation, who is an authority on the teaching of Catherine, having chosen her as the subject of her doctoral theses, has supplied me with most of the facts on Catherine鈥檚 Prayers. Only twenty six of her Prayershave been preserved for us. These are not Prayersthat she herself wrote or even dictated to others. Rather, they were transcribed by one or other of her followers who were present as she prayed aloud. All of these Prayers belong to the last four years of her life and so expound a certain maturity of her thought.They impress us by their simplicity, their intense concentration on God who is repeatedly praised and thanked, and their constant desire for the […]

Novena to St Catherine of Siena 2015

 When reflecting on the life of St. Catherine of Siena, one is forcibly struck by the depth of her contemplative prayer united with her life of unbelievable apostolic zeal amid all her own personal spiritual and physical suffering.Having lived a solitary life of contemplation for some years, the Holy Spirit led Catherine to understand that the love of God cannot be separated from the service of his people.In the 鈥楧ialogue鈥 God says to Catherine: 鈥榳hen you see yourself so ineffably loved by me, you should understand that you are to love as you are loved 鈥 that you are bound to love everyone of my creatures with the same love with which you see yourself loved by me鈥.Leaving the solitary life, she laboured in the streets and around the sick beds and the prisons  of the city.  In addition she laboured relentlessly and tirelessly until her dying breath for […]