Saint for the Day - September 15 - St. Catherine
Noble in birth, rich,
and exceedingly beautiful, Catherine had as a child
rejected the solicitations of the world, and begged
her divine Master for some share in His sufferings.
At sixteen years of age she found herself promised
in marriage to a young nobleman of dissolute habits,
who treated her with such harshness that, after five
years, wearied out by his cruelty, she somewhat
relaxed the strictness of her life and entered into
the worldly society of Genoa. At length, enlightened
by divine grace as to the danger of her state, she
resolutely broke with the world and gave herself up
to a life of rigorous penance and prayer.
The charity with which she devoted herself to the
service of the hospitals, undertaking the vilest of
offices with joy, induced her husband to amend his
evil ways and he died penitent. Her heroic fortitude
was sustained by the constant thought of the Holy
Souls, whose sufferings were revealed to her, and
whose state she has described in a treatise full of
heavenly wisdom. A long and grievous malady during
the last years of her life only served to perfect
her union with God, till, worn out in body and
purified in soul, she breathed her last on September
Saint for the Day - St. Catherine of Genoa
Read about the Saint for today - September 15 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
The constant thought of
purgatory will help us not only
to escape its dreadful pains,
but also to avoid the least
imperfection which hinders our
approach to God.
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