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In Memory Of St. Catherine of Siena

25th March 1347 – 29th April 1380

"Mystic of the Mystical Body of Christ"

This memorial website was created in the memory of St. Catherine of Siena, born in Siena, Italy on the 25th March 1347 and passed away on the 29th April 1380, 33 years of age.
Full Name: St. Catherine of Siena
Born: 25th March 1347
Passed Away: 29th April 1380
Age: 33 years of age
Country: Italy
Father: Giacomo di Benincasa
Mother: Lapa Piagenti
Birth Place: Siena, Italy
Occupation: Virgin and Doctor of the Church

Created by James C. on 7 Jan 2008
In Memory Of St. Catherine of Siena

Prayer -- God, You caused St.Catherine to shine with Divine love in the contemplation of the Lord's Passion and in the service of Your Church. By her help, grant that Your people, associated in the mystery of Christ, may ever exult in the revelation of His glory, Amen

In spite of her parents wishes that she marry, Catherine of Siena consecrated her virginity to Christ, In 1365, at the age of 18, she received the habit of the Third Order of St. Dominic.

The next year, 1366, Catherine experienced as she described in her "Dialogue" the "Mystical Marriage" with Jesus. From that time to her death, St. Catherine of Siena administered to the poor and the sick.

During the great pestilence in 1374, she devoted herself to the care of the infected and infirm. While she lived, there was a great schism within the Catholic Church, and through her exhortations, Pope Gregory XI returned, in 1377, from Florence to Rome.

The life of this saint who had been glorified by God with wondrous gifts and miracles ended on April 29, 1380 in Rome, at the age of thirty-three.

St. Catherine has long been regarded as one of the finest theological minds in the Church; in 1970 Pope Paul VI declared her a Doctor of the Church.

Pope John Paul II, in 1999, made her the patron saint of Italy.

Source: "Lives of the Saints" - a Revision of the Original Edition of Rev. Hugo Hoever, S.O. Cist. (1977)


My aunt, Sister Geraldine, O.S.B. sent me this prayer about Life

                                     The Gift of Life

Teach me, O Lord, not to hold on to life too tightly.  Teach me to hold it lightly; not carelessly, but lightly, easily.  Teach me to take it as a gift, to enjoy and cherish while I have it, and to let it go gracefully and thankfully when the time comes.  The gift is great, but the Giver is greater still.  Thou, O God, are the Giver, and in Thee is the Life that never dies.

                                          Theodore Parker Ferris


Poetry In Memory of St. Catherine of Siena

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3 Oct 2008 - James C. wrote in journal:
October 3, 2008 My mother Catherine died on December 16, 2007 and I placed this memorial to honor my mom. It's almost a year since she died; it seems like it's been only a week or so. And now, my dad is seriously ill. But life goes on. They ...  
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