Saint Catherine of Siena, O.P. (March 25 1347 – April 29 1380) was a Tertiary of the Dominican Order, and a Scholastic philosopher and theologian. She also worked to bring the Papacy back to Rome from its displacement in France, and to establish peace among the Italian city-states.
Catherine received no formal education, and at the age of seven she consecrated her virginity to Christ despite her family's opposition. Her parents wanted her to live a normal life and marry, but against her parents' will, she dedicated her life to praying, meditating and living in total solitude into her late teens. At the age of sixteen, she took the habit of the Dominican Tertiaries.
Catherine dedicated her life to helping the ill and the poor, where she took care of them in hospitals or homes. She rounded up a group of followers, both women and men, and traveled with them along Northern Italy where they asked for a reform of the clergy, the launch of a new crusade and advised people that repentance and renewal could be done through "the total love for God." Catherine also dedicated her life to the study of religious texts. In about 1366, St Catherine experienced what she described in her letters as a "Mystical Marriage" with Jesus. Based on these visions of Jesus Christ she began to tend the sick and serve the poor. In 1370, she received a series of visions of Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven, after which she heard a command to leave her withdrawn life and enter the public life of the world. Being illiterate, she dictated several letters to men and women in authority, especially begging for peace between the republics and principalities of Italy and for the return of the Papacy from Avignon to Rome. She carried on a long correspondence with Pope Gregory XI, also asking him to reform the clergy and the administration of the Papal States.
In June of 1376 Catherine went to Avignon herself as ambassador of Florence to make peace with the Papal States, but was unsuccessful. She had tried to convince Pope Gregory XI to return to Rome. She impressed the Pope so much that he returned his administration to Rome in January, 1377. During the Western Schism of 1378 she was an adherent of Pope Urban VI, who summoned her to Rome, and stayed at Pope Urban VI's court and tried to convince nobles and cardinals of his legitimacy. She lived in Rome until her death in 1380. The problems of the Western Schism would trouble her until the end of her life.
St Catherine's letters are considered one of the great works of early Tuscan literature. More than 300 letters have survived. In her letters to the Pope, she often referred to him affectionately as "Papa" or "Daddy" ("Babbo" in Italian). Her major work is "The Dialogue of Divine Providence."
St Catherine died of a stroke in Rome, the spring of 1380, at the age of thirty-three. The people of Siena wished to have her body. There is a myth that explains how Catherine's head was able to get to Siena, where it has been entombed in the Basilica of San Domenico. The people of Siena knew they could not get her whole body past Roman guards and decided to take only her head which they placed in a bag. They were still stopped by guards and they prayed to St Catherine to help them because they knew Catherine would rather be in Siena. When they opened the bag to show the guards, it no longer held her head, but was full of rose petals. Once they got back to Siena they reopened the bag and her head reappeared. Due to this myth, St Catherine is often seen holding a rose.
Thou wast a victim of charity, who in order to benefit thy neighbor obtained from God the most stupendous miracles and became the joy and the hope of all; thou canst not help but hear the prayers of those who fly to thy heart - that heart which thou didst receive from the Divine Redeemer in a celestial ecstasy.
O seraphic virgin, show once again proof of thy power and of thy flaming charity, so that thy name shall ever be blessed and exalted; grant that we, having experienced thy most efficacious intercession here on earth, may come one day to thank thee in Heaven and enjoy eternal happiness with thee. Amen.'''
Unquiet Thoughts. Say, Love, if ever thou didst find. Sorrow, stay! Away with these self-loving lads. Fantasia No. 7.1 Come again! Sweet love. Sleep, wayward thoughts. Come, heavy sleep. Flow, my tears. I must complain. If my complaints could passions move. Captain Digorie Piper's Galliard.1 What if I never speed? To ask for all thy love. Now, O now, I needs must part. In darkness let me dwell/ Nocturnal after John Dowland2
May 01, 2008; DOWLAND Unquiet Thoughts. Say, Love, if ever thou didst find. Sorrow, stay! Away with these self-loving lads. Fantasia No....
DOWLAND: Stay Time awhile; Say Love if ever thou didst find; Flow my tears; Come again, sweet love; Mrs. Winter's Jump; Can she excuse my wrongs? Sorrow stay; Mr. Dowland's Midnight; Come away; I saw my lady weep; Wilt thou, unkind, thus reave me? Clear or cloudy. Preludium. &/ CAVENDISH: Wandring in this place/ ROSSETER: When Laura Smiles; No grave for woe/ HOLBORNE: Cradle Pavane; The Fairy Round/ FORD: Come, Phylis, come/ CAMPION: Fain would I wed; Shall I come sweet love?/ PILKINGTON: Preludium/ JOHNSON: Have you seen?
Jul 01, 2010; DOWLAND Stay Time awhile; Say Love if ever thou didst find; Flow my tears; Come again, sweet love; Mrs. Winter's Jump; Can...