CATHERINE was the youngest of a very large family. In 1353, at the age of six she had a vision in St. Dominic's church in which our Lord appeared to her and blessed her. She felt that our Lord wanted her to do some special work. She prayed a lot.
Her parents wanted her to marry, but she became a sister instead. She joined Sisters of the Third Order of St. Dominic and took care of the poor. She had many temptations, but overcame them through constant prayer. She was very wise and even the pope listened to her.
The popes had been living in France instead of in Rome for many years because of the unsettled times. Catherine made a special visit to Pope Gregory XI and said, "Holy Father, God wants the head of His Church to live in Rome. I pray that you will go there as soon as possible." And once again Rome became the home of the popes.
Catherine's last days were full of suffering, which she offered up for all Christians. Our Lord granted her a vision showing the beauty of a soul in the state of grace. She died at the age of 33.
O God, You caused St. Catherine to shine with Divine love in the contemplation of the Lord's Passion and in the service of Your Church. By her help grant that Your people, associated in the mystery of Christ, may ever exult in the revelation of His glory.
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