Speak Up

Greetings on this the Memorial of Saint Catherine of Siena, Virgin and Doctor of the Church
Readings: Acts 13:13-25; PS 89:2-3, 21-22, 25 and 27; Jn 13:16-20

Note: The first readings have completed the tracking of Peter last week and now focus on the tracking of Paul and his first missionary journey.

From a web site: https://sanctoral.com/en/saints/saint_catherine_of_siena.html

Quoting from the site:

She traveled through Italy, reducing rebellious cities to the obedience of the Holy See, and winning hardened souls to God.

Long had the holy virgin foretold the terrible schism which began before she died. Day and night she wept and prayed for unity and peace. But in spirit she saw the entire city of Rome full of demons, who were tempting the people to revolt and even to slay the Vicar of Christ. With intense earnestness Saint Catherine begged Our Lord to prevent this enormous crime. Their seditious temper was subdued by her prayers, but they vented their rage by scourging the Saint herself, who gladly endured all for God and His Church. She died in Rome in 1380, at the age of thirty-three.

The worldwide “RAD TRAD” phenomenon and the American Republican-Catholic juggernaut, which I call the Usurpers of the Faith, are precisely the people Saint Catherine of Siena was addressing. They have placed themselves at the center of the faith. They have placed SIN as their focus and not the soul in need of help.

Quoting from the site:

How deeply do the troubles of the Church and the consequent loss of souls afflict us? How often do we pray for the Church and the Pope?

In regards to Saint Catherine of Siena we may rightly quote Our Lord Jesus who said,
Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send
receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.”

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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