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St. Catherine of Siena
Transcript of St. Catherine of Siena
Works of Literature and Letters
Declaration of Doctor
Catherine´s feast is April 29. She is one of the two patron saints of Italy, together with St. Francis of Assisi.
Other than being the patron saint of Italy she is also the patron saint against fire, bodily ills, illness, miscarriages, sick people, sickness, and nurses.
Catherine was born on March 25, 1347.
She was the 25th of 26 children, and was born into a lower middle class family. It was apparent that Catherine was a special child. From the age of six years old she was able to have special visions.
When she was only six years old, God worked through Catherine. She had visions when she was only 6 years old of Mary, guardian angels, and of Christ.
At the age of 16 her father gave in and Catherine ended up joining the Third Order of Dominicans. During this time Catherine spent 3 years in a state of 'spiritual espousal' and she had a vision of Jesus Christ offering her a wedding band.
Her major work is The Dialogue of Divine Providence. This was probably begun in October 1377, and was finished by November 1378. It took Catherine over a year to finish this work of literature. This work is a dialogue between a soul and God himself.
Catherine's letters are considered one of the great works of early Tuscan literature. Many of her letters have survived throughout the centuries. When writing to the Pope she wrote to him in an affectionate manner, referring to him as "Papa" rather than his Holiness. She also wrote many letters to Raymond of Capua, the kings of France and Hungary, the mercenary John Hawkwood, the Queen of Naples, and numerous religious figures. One third of her letters were written to women.
Along with her 300 letters, 26 prayers of Catherine survived. Most of these letters were composed in the last 18 months of her life.
On October 4, 1970 Catherine of Siena was declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope Paul VI.
By Angela and Abigail
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