April 29: Feast of St. Catherine of Siena

One day, Mother Teresa of Calcutta encountered an elderly and frail woman who was very sick. The woman was covered with sores and was obviously in pain. Mother Teresa approached her and began to clean her wounds and attend to her various other needs. The woman then asked, “Why are you doing this? People don’t do this sort of thing. Who taught you to do this?”

Mother Teresa told her, “My God taught me.” After calming down, the woman asked, “Who is this God?” Mother answered her, “You already know Him. His name is Love.” While the stories of Mother Teresa are many, this one offers a challenge to us: who is God and who are we because of God’s love for us?

We celebrate today the Feast of St. Catherine of Siena who had much in common with Mother Teresa. At just 15 years of age, young Catherine dedicated herself to caring generously for the poor, the sick, the afflicted, and prisoners. She sought the way of humility and obedience as a path to holiness.

For more on St. Catherine: https://www.franciscanmedia.org/saint-of-the-day/saint-catherine-of-siena

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