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Sunday, March 5, 2006
St. Catherine of Genoa

Today I received an email on this saint, so I wanted to write about St. Catherine of Genoa (1447-1510). According to the 1969 Calendar of Saints, her Memorial Day is September 15th.

St. Catherine was born in the nobility as the youngest of five children in an era when only luxury and art mattered in Europe. However, at the age of 13, St. Catherine sought to become a nun. She was however denied because of her age. So, at the age of 16, immediately following her father's death, St. Catherine married a man named Julian. Julian was a cruel man that didn't provide for Catherine; his unfaithfulness nearly led them to bankruptcy.

It was not until Confession one day that St. Catherine realized how much Jesus loved her even though she sinned. This realization helped St. Catherine to immediately reform her life and in doing so Julian also left his self-centered life behind. St. Catherine shows us here the necessity of Confession. St. Catherine even received the Stigmata.

St. Catherine and Julian worked together from that day to help the poor and suffering. They continued this until Julian's death in 1497. In 1493, St. Catherine of Genoa caught but miraculously survived the plague. She was a mystic, visionary, and a writer. She died Septemeber 14, 1510. She was canonized in 1737.

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