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{Tuesday, April 29, 2008  }

.:{And while I'm here ...}:.

I may as well claim credit for Zadok's latest post, and for the American Papist's papal week activities. Or, just the mass.

I still got it, I still got it! *does a hipster dance*

Stay tuned, Cnytr's still kickin'!
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.:{St. Catherine of Siena}:.

Today is the feast day of St. Catherine of Siena. On the old calendar, this feast fell on April 30th.

Catherine, as we know, was remarkable even as a child. It was said that at the age of 7, she was so taken with the lives of the desert fathers that she set out from Siena in search of the desert. She eventually found a natural cave of sorts and began to pray, whereupon she was ordered to return to her parents, as God had other things in store for her.

At the same age, she also made a private vow of perpetual virginity. And after growing up illiterate in Siena and after donning the habit of the Mantellati, as the Dominican tertiaries were once known, according to Dominican Saints written by Dominican Novices,

Having striven for several weeks to learn the alphabet, she finally besought God to enable her to read if it were His divine will. Scarcely had she begun her petition when Jesus answered it; and from that time she could read with ease difficult manuscripts, and acquired admirable knowledge of the Scriptures, especially of New Testament writings. Later, Christ also miraculously taught her to write.

Another favorite anecdote of mine:

While Catherine knelt in prayer [during Shrove Tuesday] beseeching God to grant her a perfect faith that nothing should be able to sever the betrothment between Jesus nd herself, Christ appeared and said: "Because thou hast shunned the vanities of the world and forbidden pleasure, and hast fixed on Me alone all the desires of thy heart, I intend, whilst thy family are rejoicing in profane feasts and festivals, to celebrate the wedding which is to unite Me to thy soul. I am going, according to My promise, to espouse thee in faith." And whilst He was yet speaking there appeared His glorious Mother, Saint John the Evangelist, Saint Paul, saint Dominic, and the prophet David. Then, amid tunes of unearthly sweetness played by the Royal Psalmist, the Mother of God approached, and taking the right hand of Catherine presented it to her Son. Jesus condescended with love and placed upon her finger a golden ring, set with four precious stones, in the center of which sparkled a large diamond. Then the Bridegroom spoke again: "I thy Creator and Redeemer espouse thee in faith and thou shalt preserve it pure, until we celebrate together in heaven the eternal nuptials of the lamb. Daughter, now act courageously; accomplish without feat the works that My Providence will confide to thee." The vision vanished, but the mystic ring was ever visible to her, though invisible to everybody else.

Catherine had a beautiful spirituality, marital and sacrificial, that still profoundly touches the hearts of many. I cannot confess myself to be unmoved by her vita or by her mystical writings.

And this image, if nothing else, serves as a perpetual reminder to Lauren, who is unabashedly quite vain regarding her own hair.

The hymn from the Office of Readings, along with the vita in the Old Breviary, can be found on an old most of mine here. Her psalmody is from the Common of Virgins. An excerpt of a letter from St. Catherine to her mother is prescribed as the second reading: the whole letter can also be found on an old post of mine, here.

Her antiphons and orationes are as follows:

Ad Benedictus, ant. O Deus aeterne, digneris recipere sacrificium de vita mea in isto corpore mystico Ecclesiae sanctae tuae. Accipe cor meum et illud premas super faciem istius Sponsae.

Deus, qui tuae circa nos veritatis lumine, in coniuncta et mirifica agnitione nostri in te ac tuipsius in nobis, per beatam Catharinam hauriendum nos doces, eius precibus nobis praesta, tanta veraci cogitatione proficere virtute ut perfectius in dies te diligere ac tibi deservire valeamus. Per Dominum.

Ad Magnigicat, ant. Tibi, Patri aeterno, ego miserabilis denuo offero vitam meam ut videam reformationem istius dulcis sponsae tuae Ecclesiae sacrosanctae: Ego, Deus aeterne, a te peto sponsam istam, alleluia.

Deus, qui beatam Catharinam in contempatione dominicae passionis et in Ecclesiae tuae servitio, divino amore flagrare fecisti, ipsius intercessione concede ut populus tuus, Christi mysterio sociatus, in eius gloriae revelatione semper exsultet. Per Dominum.


Deus qui vos de tenebris vocavit in admirabile lumen suum, benedictione adimpleat et in lumine suo ambulare vos faciat.
R. Amen.

If find it highly interesting to note that she has her own final blessing, to be said at the end of each of the hours. A brief scan of the office shows a remarkable unity, and a beautiful office altogether.

I apologize for my respite from blogging. I hope to be blogging more in the future, and possibly more on this particular office.

Happy feast day to my brothers and sisters in the Third Order, and happy 2nd anniversary to John and Sarah E.
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