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St. Catherine of Siena

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Harnoor Sekhon

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St. Catherine of Siena
Biographical Research
Birth: March 25, 1347 in Siena, Italy

Death: April 29, 1380 in Rome, Italy

Family Life: Unmarried. Father was a wool-dyer. Mother had 23 children. Catherine was youngest.

Worked: Nursed patients who no one else would touch and buried the dead.

In 1970, after her death she was declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope Paul VI (6)

In many paintings she is shown wearing a crown of thorns.
Faith and Challenges
What challenges or obstacles was she faced with?

St. Catherine of Siena was faced with many challenges, one of them being that everyone lost faith in her and she ended up losing all her friends, since she was blamed for bringing the pope back to Rome from Avignon. Another challenge she faced was when her mother tried to get her interested in marriage because Catherine already knew since she was seven that she wanted to remain unmarried and become Christ's bride.
What did this person do that inspired you?

What St. Catherine did that inspired me was helping patients with cancer and leprosy, that too in such a young age. This really showed the love Catherine had for others and especially knowing that those people had such a big illness that no one would even touch them, she still went and nursed them. This doesn't just make her special but a hero to those in pain. Those people with cancer or leprosy must have felt so much pain mentally and physically. Mentally because of how others treated them and physically because of their illness. But then Catherine coming into their lives and helping them must have made them so happy. Just like Jesus said, we must go beyond following laws but also take "action" to serve and do good, St. Catherine of Siena demonstrates this.
How did this person exemplify a Beatitude life?

St. Catherine of Siena demonstrates a Beatitude life by embodying "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted", when she loses all her friends and no one has faith/trust in her anymore. Even though she was in constant pain, she didn't lose faith in Christ. This shows "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted" because she was patient and still kept faith in God during times of grief, sorrow and during times of temptation.
Faith and Challenges
What about this person do you consider to be "WOW" stuff?

What I consider to be "WOW" stuff about St. Catherine of Siena is how she was only seven when she decided that she wasn't going to get married but instead become Christ's bride. Another thing was how she used to lock herself in her room just to pray.
Faith and Challenges
Why is this person considered to be so special? What did they do?

St. Catherine of Siena is considered special because she treated (respected) everyone equally just like Jesus. Just like Jesus, who cleansed the lepers, St. Catherine of Siena nursed patients who no one else would touch (People with cancer and leprosy).
Faith and Challenges
How did this person overcome the challenges or obstacles?

St. Catherine of Siena, being in constant pain overcame her challenge by keeping faith in Christ which gave her strength. To show her mom she didn't want to get married St. Catherine cut off her hair, fasted, and did many other things and ended up getting her way.
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