BE WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS
WEDNESDAY OF THE THIRD WEEK OF EASTER
Today is the Blessed Memorial of St. Catherine of Siena. The Church as a whole celebrates the death of St. Catherine of Siena today. St. Catherine of Siena, was the twenty-fourth of twenty-five children. From the age of seven, she began to have visions and professed her virginity. Her parents were angered by her decision not to marry, but eventually, at the age of 18, they allowed her to enter the Third Order of St. Dominic. St. Catherine was one of the greatest mystics and spiritual writers of the Church. Through her visions, her holiness grew, and she acquired a vast following. Thousands of people came to be converted by her. Even influencing ecclesial matters, she became a counselor to Pope Gregory XI and persuaded him to return to Rome. Pope Paul VI named her a doctor of the Church in 1970. She was the first layperson named with the title, doctor of the Church. She is commonly known for the quote:
"Be who God meant you to be, and you will set the world on fire."
Lord, on this feast of St. Catherine, we ask you to help us not to compare ourselves to others. To better listen to your Holy Spirit within us, leading us to do the work you have called us to in Your Holy Name. St. Catherine of Siena, pray for us!