Oil Dedicated to St Catherine of Siena 6 (Patron for the unhappily married)
St Catherine of Siena 6 (Patron for the unhappily married) from A Blessed Call To Love, Ireland.
Saint Catherine of Siena, original name Caterina Benincasa, (born March 25, 1347, Siena, Tuscany [Italy]—died April 29, 1380, Rome; canonized 1461; feast day April 29), Dominican tertiary, mystic, and one of the patron saints of Italy. She declared a doctor of the church in 1970 and a patron saint of Europe in 1999.
Catherine the youngest of 25 children born to a lower middle-class family; most of her siblings did not survive childhood. At a young age she said to have consecrated her virginity to Christ and experienced mystical visions.
Joining the Sisters of Penitence of St. Dominic in Siena. She rapidly gained a wide reputation for her holiness and her severe asceticism. In her early twenties she experienced a “spiritual espousal” to Christ. Moved to immediately begin serving the poor and sick, gaining disciples in the process.
Her ministry eventually moved beyond her local community, and Catherine began to travel and promote church reform. When the rebellious city of Florence placed under an interdict by Pope Gregory XI (1376). Catherine determined to take public action for peace within the church and Italy and to encourage a Crusade against the Muslims.
She went as an unofficial mediator to Avignon with her confessor and biographer Raymond of Capua. Her mission failed, and she virtually ignored by the pope, but while at Avignon she promoted her plans for a Crusade.