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Saturday, June 29, 2013

Words of Wisdom from St. Catherine of Siena...


"If you are what you should be, you will set the world on fire!"

--St. Catherine of Siena, 14th Century Dominican nun, philosopher, theologian and Doctor of the Church, who was almost single-handedly responsible for bringing the papacy back to Rome after it's forced displacement to Avignon, France, during a time of upheaval in Italy.

As a result, she was also swept into the internal turmoil within the clergy over politics between France and Italy, which led to schism and more than one claimant to the papacy.  

St. Catherine wrote extensively, worked arduously for reform within the Church and dedicated herself to providing service to the poor, sick and marginalized.  

She died at the age of 33 and was canonized by Pope Pius II in 1461... 


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