Feast of Catherine of Sienna
With all the festivities coming to an end you may think that we are back into Ordinary Time in the Church. However, from now til Pentecost we are still in Eastertide.
Eastertide is the extended celebration of Easter, the time when we are to reflect on the real meaning of the passion, death and resurrection of the Lord, particularly the latter, the resurrection.
But we are also back to celebrating feasts as normal whereas feasts during Holy Week and Easter Week were stopped.
Today we have the feast of Catherine of Sienna, who was born in 1347 and only lived to be 33 years old, dying in 1380.
Catherine was on fire with the love of God and her neighbour. At the time, the popes (for there were two) were living in exile in Avignon and she went to the pope nearest her and told him that he should go back to Rome, where the proper seat of the church resided, give up his claim to the papacy and hold fresh elections for a unity pope to bring the factions together.
This is exactly what the pope did.
Catherine is also known for her great writings on Mystical Love. These show the depth of her love and understanding of God and although she was never formally taught the teachings of the church, her writings are of sound doctrine and faith.
Indeed her writings are so pure and perfect and her love of God so strong that she was made a Doctor of the Church, the first woman to be so honoured.