The Word Among Us

Advent 2006 Issue

Serving the God of Surprises

The Unlikely—But Effective—Ministry of St. Catherine of Siena

By: Robert G. Kennedy

It is late at night, almost seven hundred years ago, in the lovely central Italian region of Tuscany. Inside a small room, a young woman is speaking animatedly about God. Her hands fly back and forth, flickering in the candlelight. Opposite her, struggling to listen but barely able to remain awake, sits her confessor—a trained theologian and a saintly man.

Finally the young woman loses patience. "Fr. Raymond, have you no interest in God? Would you neglect your soul just to get a little sleep?" No...

THIS CONTENT IS AVAILABLE WITH A SUBSCRIPTION

Access all Mass readings, Order of Mass, daily meditations and articles, as well as special resources, by becoming a subscriber. View subscription options.

Special Offer: Two week free web-only trial subscription. Sign up now.

Existing Print & Web-Only Subscribers: Login for full access.

Comments