Daily Reflection April 29 2008: St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church

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About the Saint:

St. Catherine was one of many children born to a wool dyer in Siena, Italy, she started having mystical experiences early in her childhood, seeing guardian angels as clearly as the people they protected. She became a Dominican tertiary when she was sixteen, and continued to have visions of Christ, Mary and the Saints.

Catherine was one of the most brilliant theological minds of her day, although she never had any formal education. Her spiritual director was Raymond of Capua. Catherine’s letters and a treatise called a “dialogue” are considered among the most brilliant writings in the history of the Catholic Church.

In 1375, Our Lord gave Catherine the Stigmata, which became visible only after her death. By 1377, she persuaded the Pope to go back to Rome from Avignon. At the time of her death, she was endeavoring to heal the Great Western Schism. St. Catherine of Siena died when she was only 34, and her body was found incorrupt decades later. St. Catherine was Canonized in 1461.

Collect of the Day:

Father in meditating on the sufferings of your Son and in serving Your Church, Saint Catherine was filled with the fervour of your love. By her prayers, may we share in the mystery of Christ’s death and rejoice in the revelation of His glory.

We make our prayer through Jesus Christ your Son Our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, ever One God world without end. Amen.

Today’s Readings:

The First Reading: I John: 1:5-2:2: The Blood of Christ cleanses us of all sin.

The Gospel: Matthew: 11:25-30: You have hidden these things from the learned and the clever and revealed them to children.

Dear Friends this post comes from a meditation on Psalm 23 (22) I received from an Anglican Archbishop. I hope that you all enjoy the contents as much as I did.

Msgr. Ian+

This is an eye opener… Some probably never thought nor looked at this Psalm in this way… even though they say it over and over again.

The Lord is my Shepherd

That’s Relationship!

I shall not want

That’s Supply!

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures.

That’s Rest!

He leadeth me beside the still waters.

That’s Refreshment!

He restoreth my soul

That’s Healing!

He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness.

That’s Guidance!

For His name sake

That’s Purpose!

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.

That’s Testing!

I will fear no evil.

That’s Protection!

For Thou art with me

That’s Faithfulness!

Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me,

That’s Discipline!

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies.

That’s Hope!

Thou anointest my head with oil,

That’s Consecration!

My cup runneth over.

That’s Abundance!

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.

That’s Blessing!

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord.

That’s Security!


That’s Eternity!

Closing Prayer:

O Saint Catherine of Siena, God our Father enkindled the flame of holy love in your heart as you meditated on the Passion of Jesus His Son. Moved by His grace, you devoted your life to the poor and the sick, as well as to the peace and unity of the Church. Through your intercession, may we also come to know the love of Jesus, bring His compassion to all, and work for the unity of His Church. We ask this in Jesus’ Name and for His sake. Amen (A prayer to St. Catherine of Siena).

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