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Catherine of Siena was alive in 14th century in what is now Italy, it looked like it was the end of the world. The Bubonic plague was sweeping through Europe in waves, which would ultimately wipe out 60 percent of the population.
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The Papal States were divided and at war. Rich churchmen were buying their positions; bishops were making sure their family members would succeed them. The pope had been living in France for 70 years, and though he would return to Rome, the Western Schism happened shortly after, with three claimants to the See of Peter. Thomas McDermott, O.
Catherine of Siena scholar, told CNA. The state of the world, and the Church today, is different, though in some ways no less troubled. The new wave of sex abuse scandals and their alleged cover-ups have rocked anew the Church throughout the world. When St. Catherine talked about the Church, she often referred to it as the Body of Christ, in the tradition of St. Paul, McDermott noted. While the current abuse crisis and related scandals have left many lay Catholics wondering how to respond, some Catholics have suggested looking to the saints — like Catherine of Siena — for guidance.
Catherine was born March 25, , the 25th child born to middle-class parents in Siena; about half of her siblings did not survive childhood. At a young age, she became very devout, and resisted her parents when they attempted to have her marry the husband of one of her sisters who had died. Instead, she chose to fast and cut off her hair to make herself less desirable.
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She would ultimately vow her virginity to Christ, and experienced a mystical marriage to him around the age of Instead of entering a convent, however, Catherine chose to live a life of prayer and penance at home as a tertiary, or third order, Dominican. After several years of this at-home novitiate of sorts, while in her mids, she heard Christ telling her to lead a more public life. Thomas Aquinas. Catherine obeyed, and rejoined her family in their daily activities. She also began to serve the poor, and soon became renowned for her charitable works. She gathered a following of young men and women — many of them from rich families of high social status — because they enjoyed her warm personality and her holiness.
Once she stepped back into a more public life, she became more connected and in tune with the happenings in the Church. He placed it under interdict; essentially the equivalent of excommunicating a city — they were cut off from receiving the sacraments, among other sanctions. Through her life of prayer and her consultation with her spiritual directors, Catherine began corresponding with papal representatives and the pope himself, attempting to broker peace in Florence and advocating for reform where she saw corruption.
Tempers and tensions were so high that the papal nuncio of Florence was eventually skinned alive in the streets. Catherine was drawn into the Church politics of her time not because of a misplaced sense of ambition, McDermott said, but because she loved the Church as she loved God. As part of her attempts at solving the problems of the Church, Catherine joined the call of many other Catholics of the time for the Pope to return to Rome.
After some correspondence, Catherine set out on foot with her followers to go meet with the pope in person. After scores of people pleading with the pope to return to Rome between and , St. Catherine seemed to prove most persuasive.
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