One of many children born to a wool dyer in Siena, Italy, St. Catherine started having mystical experiences early in her childhood, seeing guardian angels as clearly as the people they protected. She became a Dominican tertiary when she was sixteen, and continued to have visions of Christ, Mary and the Saints.
Catherine was one of the most brilliant theological minds of her day, although she never had any formal education. Her spiritual director was Raymond of Capua. Catherine’s letters and a treatise called a “dialogue” are considered among the most brilliant writings in the history of the Catholic Church.
In 1375, Our Lord gave Catherine the Stigmata, which became visible only after her death. By 1377, she persuaded the Pope to go back to Rome from Avignon. At the time of her death, she was endeavoring to heal the Great Western Schism. St. Catherine of Siena died when she was only 34, and her body was found incorrupt decades later.
(This narrative is printed on the back of Note Cards. A copy is included with each plaque.)
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