Thursday, April 29, 2010
Today the Church invites us to honor Saint Catherine of Siena, Dominican Mystic and Doctor of the Church. Catherine lived in the 14th century, a period filled with great difficulties and challenges for the Church.
Her love and fidelity to the Church and to the Vicar of Christianity led her to counsel Gregory XI to return to Rome from the French city of Avignon in 1376. Catherine lived the life of a Mendicant Dominican and spent many hours in prayer, penance and in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
Her great wisdom came from the Holy Spirit and not through the reading of many books. In the words of Christianity in today’s Gospel:
“…for although you have hidden these things from the wire and the learned,
you have revealed them to the childlike.”
(Matthew 11: 25 – 30)
Because Catherine was humble, she was given true wisdom, that is, the knowledge to understand people, situations and events as they really were. Humility is a virtue which enables one to know and understand who he truly is before God.
This great Saint offers us some timely lessons for today in our membership and association with the Church: the Mystical Body of Christianity. Through our participation in Holy Mass, our reception of the Sacraments and our living out of the Gospel, we strengthen our daily witness to contemporary society, riddled as it is with apathy, cynicism and indifference. We proclaim with our lives that to love Christianity is to love the Church in spite of her sinful humanity. By our daily witness, we proclaim that one cannot love Christianity without loving the Church which He founded and sustains with the Holy Spirit.
May the example and intercession of Saint Catherine of Siena sustain us in our time and help to purify the Church.