|A marble bust that captures|
the true features of the Saint.
|St. Catherine, in ecstasy, often|
spoke with Jesus Christ.
gifted her with a ring of gold mounted with a brilliant diamond.
... and finally, there was Sr. Catherine's sufferings on behalf of the Poor Souls in Purgatory. She experienced frequent visits from the Holy Souls and her compassion towards them moved her to offer prayers, fasts, and other voluntary penances to alleviate their painful spiritual purification. During one notable episode, she generously volunteered to our Lord to suffer for the soul of Francesco de' Medici, a Grandduke, who was a generous financial benefactor to her convent. Jesus approved and, for forty days, Sr. Catherine suffered the fiery purgation intended for Francesco - her body became so hot, her skin broke out with blisters and the other nuns could not enter her room due to the intense heat mysteriously emanating from her. The pain must have been terrible, but the Saint endured the trial in complete peace, having been assured by divine revelation that the Grandduke's soul had entered into eternal rest. These brief accounts are just a few samplings of the prodigious mystical life of St. Catherine de' Ricci. Her biography is filled with many, many other such stories.
"Look down, we beseech Thee, O Lord, on this Thy family for which Our Lord Jesus Christ did not hesitate to be delivered into the hands of the wicked, and suffer the torments of the Cross." ~ A prayer composed by St. Catherine de' Ricci
A Short Prayer