Sancta Catharina Senensis

Giovanni di Paolo, St Catherine of Siena Dictating her Dialogues

Giovanni di Paolo. St Catherine of Siena Dictating her Dialogues

Today is the memorial of St Catherine of Siena, virgin and doctor, patroness of the Dominican Laity.

Here’s a roundup of relevant links.

The Catholic Encyclopedia article on St Catherine concludes,

The key-note to Catherine’s teaching is that man, whether in the cloister or in the world, must ever abide in the cell of self-knowledge, which is the stable in which the traveller through time to eternity must be born again.


  1. I don’t know why, when I was trying to decide what to be when I grew up, I never considered Art Historian.

    What always occurs to me about St. Catherine is that a 22nd or 23rd child, or whatever she was, wouldn’t have much of a chance of being born nowadays.


    • Angelico Nguyen, Esq., OP says

      Indeed. As much as I pray that the number of celibates increases dramatically, I also hope that those of us not so called will rise to the challenge as heroically as Catherine’s parents did. Someone will have to take up the slack.

  2. Matthew Lickona says

    I love that the scribe is working with BOTH HANDS. One for Jesus, one for Catherine?

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