Born on March 25, 1347, in Siena, Italy, St. Catherine of Siena, who is originally named Caterina Benincasa was a mystic, activist, author, and lay member of the Dominican Order. She had a great influence on Italian literature and the Catholic Church. Canonized in 1461, she was also declared a Doctor of the Church. (Read: Four things we can learn from St. Thomas the Apostle)
At an early age, St. Catherine of Siena wanted to devote herself to God. Against the will of her parents, she joined the “mantellate,” a group of pious women, mostly widows, informally devoted to Dominican spirituality. Her influence with Pope Gregory XI, severe asceticism, and holiness rapidly gained a wide reputation.
In her early twenties, she experienced a “spiritual espousal” to Christ and was moved to immediately begin serving the poor and sick, gaining disciples in the process.
The dedication and perseverance of St. Catherine of Siena in helping people, traveling the world, and promoting church reform became an inspiration for many. In times when you feel demotivated or whenever you need encouragement in fulfilling your duties as an individual, may this prayer to St. Catherine of Siena give you light and strength in walking on your path. (Read: 3 Joyful Prayers for New Beginnings)
Prayer to St. Catherine of Siena
Eternal God, eternal Trinity,
You have made the Blood of Christ so precious
through His sharing in Your Divine nature.
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 ever-greater hunger,
and I grow more famished for Your light.
I desire above all to see You,
the true light, as you really are. Amen.
Prayer from daily-prayers.org.