Saint Catherine of Siena was born in 1347 in Siena, Italy. At the age of 6, Catherine had visions of guardian angels. After becoming a Dominican tertiary at the age of 16, she began her faithful service to God. Catherine played an important role for the Church during the Western Schism by writing many letters that argued for unity within the Church. In 1377, Catherine convinced the pope to return to Rome from Avignon. As a result of these efforts, she is celebrated as a Doctor of the Church. Saint Catherine is the patron saint of firefighters and those who are persecuted for their piety. If Saint Catherine were alive today, she might be assisting the Church in recovering from its recent leadership and abuse scandals. Her feast day is April 29.
Questions for Reflection:
- What are some ways you can make sure not to stray from your faith?
- How can you help guide others back to the Church without being too pushy?