Saint Catherine of Siena was a philosopher and theologian in the middle ages. She was actively involved in many of the political and theological issues of her day, but her most famous contribution was her involvement in convincing the pope to return the papacy to Rome after nearly seventy years of “captivity” in Avignon. She is now regarded as one of the two patron saints of Italy (along with Francis of Assisi) and one of the patron saints of Europe.
Catherine died on April 29, 1380. In honor of her life and ministry, this Sunday’s prayer comes from her.
Holy Spirit, come into my heart;
draw it to Thee by Thy power, O my God,
and grant me charity with filial fear.
Preserve me, O ineffable Love,
from every evil thought;
warm me, inflame me with Thy dear love,
and every pain will seem light to me.
My Father, my sweet Lord,
help me in all my actions.
Jesus, love, Jesus, love.