Saint for the Day - February 13 - St. Catherine
Alexandrina of Ricci
was the daughter of a noble Florentine. At the age
of thirteen she entered the Third Order of St.
Dominic in the monastery of Prato, taking in
religion the name of Catherine, after her patron and
namesake of Siena. Her special attraction was to the
Passion of Christ, in which she was permitted
miraculously to participate.
In the Lent of 1541, being then twenty-one years of
age, she had a vision of the crucifixion so
heart-rending that she was confined to bed for three
weeks, and was only restored, on Holy Saturday, by
an apparition of St. Mary Magdalene and Jesus risen.
During twelve years she passed every Friday in
ecstasy, She received the sacred stigmata, the wound
in the left side, and the crown of thorns. All these
favors gave her continual and intense suffering, and
inspired her with a loving sympathy for the yet more
bitter tortures of the Holy Souls. In their behalf
she offered all her prayers and penances; and her
charity toward them became so famous throughout
Tuscany that after every death the friends of the
deceased hastened to Catherine to secure her
St. Catherine offered many prayers, fasts, and
penances for a certain great man, and thus obtained
his salvation. It was revealed to her that he was in
purgatory; and such was her love of Jesus crucified
that she offered to suffer all the pains about to be
inflicted on that soul.
Her prayer was granted. The soul entered heaven, and
for forty days Catherine suffered indescribable
agonies. Her body was covered with blisters,
emitting heat so great that her cell seemed on fire.
Her flesh appeared as if roasted, and her tongue
like red-hot iron. Amid all she was calm and joyful,
saying, "I long to suffer all imaginable pains, that
souls may quickly see and praise their Redeemer."
She knew by revelation the arrival of a soul in.
purgatory, and the hour of its release. She held
intercourse with the Saints in glory, and frequently
conversed with St. Philip Neri at Rome without ever
leaving her convent at Prato. She died, amid angelsí
songs, in 1589.
Saint for the Day - St. Catherine of Ricci
Read about the Saint for today - February 13 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
If we truly love Jesus
crucified, we must long, as did
St. Catherine, to release the
Holy Souls whom He has redeemed
but has left to our charity to
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