Saints and Saintly Dominicans – 5 February

Venerable M. Catherine of Saint Magdalen, O.P.

Brought up at Aumale in the midst of worldly society, Catherine was altogether opposed to the idea of the religious life, and when one of her aunts, who was a Dominican nun, introduced her to the community as a future postulant, she replied by a mocking and incredulous smile. Nevertheless from that moment she felt an attraction for the religious life and in the end she obeyed it. Her vivid imagination led her to offer to Our Lord certain prayers and penances as gifts representing the cradle, swathing-bands, etc., and these practices, instead of leading her into puerilities, developed in her heart a solid, practical devotion. Almighty God allowed her to be tried by horrible temptations, without even allowing her the comfort of understanding that, the more she suffered from them, the less voluntary were they. Her only brother was killed in a duel and for a whole year she was cruelly tormented with doubts as to his salvation, but she came to know that she had obtained grace for his soul by her patience in bearing several serious maladies which lasted all her life. “How unhappy are those souls,” she said when dying, “who neglect to work for their perfection.” She had the foresight to write beforehand whilst in health the acts she wished to be suggested to her at the hour of death, and at that time she united herself to them in a silence, full of fervor. She desired to be buried with her billet of the perpetual Rosary in her hand (1672Prayer

“O death, thou art my sister, my friend and faithful one.” – Venerable M. Catherine of Saint Magdalen

Practice

Zeal in propagating devotion to the perpetual Rosary.