Day 26 is St. Catherine of Sienna, 12×12 oil on wood panel. Along with St. Francis, she is the patron saint of Italy. She was a mystic from the age of 6 and had several visions through out her life. She received the Stigmata, but the wounds were only visible after her death. She is a Doctor of the Church and Her body was found incoruptible in 1430. My favorite quote “Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.”
Here is a short bio from Catholic.org
The 24th child of a wool dyer in northern Italy, St. Catherine started having mystical experiences when she was only 6, seeing guardian angels as clearly as the people they protected. She became a Dominican tertiary when she was 16, and continued to have visions of Christ, Mary, and the saints. St. Catherine was one of the most brilliant theological minds of her day, although she never had any formal education. She persuaded the Pope to go back to Rome from Avignon, in 1377, and when she died she was endeavoring to heal the Great Western Schism. In 1375 Our Lord give her the Stigmata, which was visible only after her death. Her spiritual director was Blessed Raymond of Capua. St, Catherine’s letters, and a treatise called “a dialogue” are considered among the most brilliant writings in the history of the Catholic Church. She died when she was only 33, and her body was found incorrupt in 1430.
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