SCS8 – “Stages” in the Spiritual LIfe – St. Catherine of Siena with Fr. Thomas McDermott O.P.

Fr.-Thomas-McDermottEpisode 8 St. Catherine of Siena: Her Life and Teachings with Fr. Thomas McDermott

St. Catherine of SienaIn this final episode, Fr. McDermott discuss the final step of the spiritual life which is actually comprised of two stages: “perfect love” and  “perfect union”. On the “Christ-Bridge” we find ourselves with St. Catherine at the “mouth” of Christ which corresponds to the first chapter of the “Song of Songs”.  Fr. McDermott expands on St. Catherine’s teachings on the role we have as sons and daughters of the Father.

Fr. McDermott then offers a summation of St. Catherine’s teachings as a conclusion for our discussions.

Fr. Thomas McDermott, OP is Regent of Studies for the Dominican Province of St. Albert the Great and is the author of “Catherine of Siena: Spiritual Development in Her Life and Teaching” (Paulist, 2008) and “Filled with all the Fullness of God: An Introduction to Catholic Spirituality”. He obtained a doctorate in spiritual theology from the Angelicum and taught for several years at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis. He crrently serves as pastor at St. Vincent Ferrer, in Chicago, IL.

Our series is based on “Catherine of Siena”
by Fr. McDermott


1 thought on “SCS8 – “Stages” in the Spiritual LIfe – St. Catherine of Siena with Fr. Thomas McDermott O.P.”

  1. Oh no, this is the final episode? I have loved these and hoped they would go on for a lot longer. Well, they have been wonderful. My fascination and love for St. Catherine of Siena is immense. I do hope you will have other occasions to highlight her her life, work, prayers, and love of Christ and the Church. Thank you to Fr. McDermott, Kris, and to Discerning Hearts for the series. One of the things I really admire about St. Catherine is her poetic language. If anyone is interested, for her feast day I took her “My Nature is Fire” prayer and shaped it into a free verse poem. Here:


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