Saints and Saintly Dominicans – 7 May

detail of the oil on canvas painting 'Saint Catherine of Siena', 17th century by Baldassare Franceschini; Dulwich Picture Gallery, Dulwich, London, England; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsOctave Day of Saint Catherine of Siena

Saint Catherine of Siena, walking in the footsteps of our glorious Father, had a tender, enlightened and fervent devotion to Mary. As early as the age of five she used to recite a “Hail Mary” at each step of the staircase in order to sanctify the most indifferent actions by associating them with devotion to the Blessed. Virgin. This love was solid as well as sweet, because it was based on the mystery of the Incarnation. She loved Mary for Jesus. More than that, she loved Mary by Jesus, the Divine Master having given her His own Heart with all its affections, of which the love of Mary was one of the principal. It was in the spirit of this love that she cried out: “O Mary, temple of the Trinity! O Mary, centre of divine love! O Mary, chariot of fire! O Mary, tranquil sea! O Mary, source of peace! thou hast saved the human race.” The Immaculate Virgin did not fail to return love for love, helping her in many ways, promising to send Blessed Raymond as a confessor likely to favor her aspirations after progress and presenting her to her Divine Son to receive the ring of heavenly espousals. All Saint Catherine’s letters were begun: “In the name of Jesus crucified and of the sweet Mary.” (1380)

Prayer

O Mary, I desire to love thee with a heart like Saint Catherine’s.

Practice

Choose a virtue to practice during the month of May in honor of the Blesed Virgin and try to spread devotion to her, especially in schools and workshops.