Saturday, April 29, 2006

Feast of St. Catherine of Siena

"Eternal Trinity, Godhead, mystery deep as the sea, you could give me no greater gift than the gift of yourself. For you are a fire ever burning and never consumed, which itself consumes all the selfish love that fills my being. Yes, you are a fire that takes away the coldness, illuminates the mind with its light, and causes me to know your truth. And I know that you are beauty and wisdom itself. The food of angels, you gave yourself to man in the fire of your love."

~~ St. Catherine of Siena, doctor of the Church (and 23rd of 25 children in her family)

(The image above is a detail from a painting by Domenico di Pace Beccafumi, c. 1515.)

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