Apostle of the Poor Souls ~ Feast: September 15th
|An accurate portrait of St. Catherine of Genoa|
|The plight of the Poor Souls was a particular|
concern to St. Catherine of Genoa.
In the last 10 years of her life, Catherine was subjected to a mysterious condition that incapacitated her before she died on September 15, 1510, at the age of 63. During this period, in particular, the "fire" of Divine Love grew so great within her soul, its effects were physically manifested on her body. When prescribed blood-letting treatments were performed on her, the Saint's blood was so scalding hot it even heated the basins they were collected in! Interestingly, Catherine, in her writings compared the fiery sensation within her spirit and body to the delightful, yet painful purgation, that the Poor Souls endured... and of which she was granted a mystical participation in order to assist them.
A Short Prayer