Today is the Feast of St. Catherine of Siena. She is my patron saint, and in our family we celebrate our patron saint’s feast day with something special. Maybe a special breakfast or dessert. The children look forward to this very much, but somehow I tend to forget my saint’s day and my husband’s saint’s day quite regularly. (Thankfully, I don’t forget the kids’ days!) So, this morning, when I looked at my calendar, I was pleasantly surprised to see the feast day written in red so that I wouldn’t forget. Oops! Even my best efforts of planning don’t always succeed. There’s still time to carry on as if I was planning to celebrate all day long, right?! I just have to scrounge up my favorite dessert =)
Oh, St. Catherine of Siena, pray for me! Pray for all of us!
“O, Inestimable charity! Even as You, true God and true Man, gave Yourself entirely to us, so also You left Yourself entirely for us, to be our food, so that during our earthly pilgrimage we would not faint with weariness, but would be strengthened by You, our celestial Bread.
O man, what has your God left you? He has left you Himself, wholly God and wholly Man, concealed under the whiteness of bread.
O fire of love! Was it not enough for You to have created us to Your image and likeness, and to have recreated us in grace through the Blood of Your Son, without giving Yourself wholly to us as our Food, O God, Divine Essence? What impelled You to do this? Your charity alone.
It was not enough for You to send Your Word to us for our redemption; neither were You content to give Him us as our Food, but in the excess of Your love for Your creature, You gave to man the whole Divine essence …”
—St. Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church