Today is the Feast of
St. Catherine of Siena…
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Our poem of the day, adapted from Catherine’s Dialogue….
St. Catherine of Siena
Mystery as profound as the sea,
what more could You give me than Yourself;
You are the fire which ever burns without being consumed;
You consume in Your heat all the soul’s self-love;
You are the fire which takes away all cold;
with Your light You do illuminate me
so that I may know all Your truth;
You are that light above all light,
which illuminates supernaturally the eye of my intellect,
clarifying the light of faith so abundantly and so perfectly,
that I see that my soul is alive,
and in this light receives You–the true light.
By the Light of faith I have acquired wisdom
in the wisdom of the Word–Your only-begotten Son.
In the light of faith I am strong, constant, and persevering.
In the light of faith I hope, suffer me not to faint by the way.
This light, without which I should still walk in darkness,
teaches me the road, and for this I said,
Oh! Eternal Father, that You have illuminated me with
the light of holy faith.