Lord, you are a mystery…

St. Catherine of Siena explained it this way:  “[Lord,] you are a mystery as deep as the sea; the more I search, the more I find, and the more I find the more I search for you but I can never be satisfied; what I receive will ever leave me desiring more.  When you fill my soul I have an even greater hunger, and I grow more famished for your light.  I desire above all to see you, the true light, as you really are.”

St. Catherine of Siena was named Doctor of the Church and is co patron of Italy and one of six patron saints of Europe. She was a Third Order Dominican like I am. We are now called lay fraternities of St. Dominic. She lived from 1347-1380. She was the 24th of 25 children. She counseled two Popes and was instrumental in the Popes returning to Italy from Avignon, France. She was a gifted preacher and writer and her masterpiece in writing is a book called The Dialogue. She is woman after my own heart even though she lived 800 years before me. She is a great saint to emulate because she emulated Jesus! I have a strong devotion to her and I encourage you to read about her and read The Dialogue.

I also want to thank my friend Fr. Jim as the piece above was taken from his Jubilee homily. The full homily appears on http://www.hutchsharbor.com.

St. Catherine of Siena, thank you for your example and pray for us!!!

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