April 29, 2024, Memorial of St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church, Holy Rosary (Joyful Mysteries)

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Friends of the Rosary,

Today is the Memorial Day of St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380), a virgin and Doctor of the Church and a leading saint in the fourteenth century who acquired great influence with her life of prayer, extraordinary mortifications, and the spread of her spiritual writings.

She was a tertiary in the Dominican Order, favored with visions from age of seven. Her miracles and ecstasies were remarkable. A helper and a consoler in every need, her reputation of sanctity soon spread even to secular matters.

Thousands came to see her, to be converted by her. The priests associated with her received extraordinary faculties of absolution.

She journeyed to Avignon and persuaded Pope Gregory XI to return to Rome. Even though she barely reached the age of thirty-three, her accomplishments place her among the great women of the Middle Ages.

Ave Maria!
Jesus, I Trust In You!
St. Catherine of Siena, Pray for Us!

To Jesus through Mary!

Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will!

+ Mikel Amigot | RosaryNetwork.com, New York