This particular Saint especially interests me because of her designated title as the “Patron Saint of Artists” (I like to draw)… St. Catherine de’ Vigri was born on September 8, 1413, to a noble family from Bologna, Italy. At the age of ten, she was appointed as the Maid of Honor to Princess Margherita from the Royal Court of the Marquis of Ferrara, and was consequently schooled in the fine arts along with her mistress; she excelled in playing the violin and was also an accomplished writer and painter (an example of her painting skills is seen below). Given her privileged status in life, one would have expected her to become worldly, and perhaps even tainted by vanity, but instead she was modest, kind, and charitable... and was genuinely pious in her disposition.
Today, the body of the saintly abbess continues to remain incorrupt and is reverently enshrined in a sanctuary dedicated to her in Bologna (right photo). Although it has darkened over the centuries due to years of exposure to the heat and soot of countless votive candles, the bodily-relic maintains its inexplicable preservation. The Church officially declared St. Catherine de’ Vigri a Saint in 1712. May she continue to pray and intercede for all of us.
God grants every one of us a special talent or gift. How we choose to use that gift, will either impact the world for the good or the bad.
A Short Prayer