Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Lover of truth

Today, 29 April, the Church celebrates the feast of St. Catherine of Siena, known as the person who "implored the (P)ope, Gregory XI, to leave Avignon, to reform the clergy and the administration of the Papal States, and ardently threw herself into his design for a crusade, in the hopes of uniting the powers of Christendom against the infidels, and restoring peace to Italy by delivering her from the wandering companies of mercenary soldiers." (from Catholic Encyclopedia).

Even as she was never formally schooled, she is known to be one of the most brilliant theological minds. She was proclaimed Doctor of the Church, the first woman to be given that title (together with St Teresa of Avila). She was a lover of truth and was known to tell Church and government officials how to behave. Must be God's gift, because they'd follow her.

Can we ever have another Catherine of Siena, who is courageous enough to "remind" us of our rightful place in this world?

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