Saint Catherine of Siena, 1347–1380
Saint Catherine of Siena was one of 25 children. From the time she was very young, she wanted to serve God by helping to take care of her brothers and sisters. She was so wise about spiritual matters that she became an adviser to many people, including two Popes. Throughout her life, Saint Catherine found strength to face hard things through Holy Communion. She said that each time we receive the Eucharist, it helps to make our faith in Jesus’ love grow stronger, and helps us build God’s Kingdom as we love our family and friends more.
Discuss: How can receiving Holy Communion help you love your family and friends?
When one of the Popes she advised moved to France from Rome, she urged him to return. The Pope was so impressed by her argument that he did what she asked. Catherine is the patron Saint of firefighters, nurses, and miscarriages. As a Dominican sister she cared for cancer victims, lepers, prisoners, and victims of the plague.
Catherine is the patron Saint of Italy and of the dying, and is invoked against headaches and the plague. She is also a co-patron Saint of Europe.
Family and Friends
Explain that Saint Catherine of Siena suggested that if we love the people around us more, we are helping to build God’s Kingdom.