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Feast of St. Catherine of Siena

April 29th is the feast of St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1480), one of the most famous members of our Dominican FamilyAfter nearly five years in deep listening to the heart of God in her contemplative search for TRUTH, the 23-year old Catherine emerged from her solitude to continue that search by listening deeply to the ordinary people of her hometown: the lepers, victims of plague, the sick, poor and homeless of Siena.  With prophetic courage and conviction she challenged both political and ecclesiastical leaders of Western Europe to work together for the common good--to build a more just, compassionate, hospitable, and beautiful world.  She died at the age of 33 after reforming the Dominican order and convincing the Pope to return to Rome from Avignon.  Catherine, one of four women named DOCTORS of the Church, calls to each of us:  “BE WHO GOD MEANT YOU TO BE AND YOU WILL SET THE WORLD ON FIRE!”  Scripture readings for the feast can be found at; Morning and Evening Prayer at

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