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From a letter to Frate Giusto di Giovanni da Volterra:
“He gave His blood out of love and it is with this love that He asks us for a drink. I mean that Jesus, who loves, is asking to be loved and served. It is only right that the one who loves ought to be loved. This is how we give our Creator a drink: when we give Him love for love. But we cannot give it to Him through any service we can render Him; no we must give it to Him in the person of our neighbor.”
Heavenly Father, your glory is in your saints. We praise your glory in the life of the admirable St. Catherine of Siena, virgin and doctor of the Church. Her whole life was a noble sacrifice inspired by an ardent love of Jesus, your unblemished Lamb. In troubled times she strenuously upheld the rights of His beloved spouse, The Church. Father, honor her merits and hear her prayers for each of us. Help us to pass unscathed through the corruption of this world, and to remain unshakably faithful to the church in word, deed, and example. Help us always to see in the Vicar of Christ an anchor in the storms of life, and a beacon of light to the harbor of your Love, in this dark night of your times and men’s souls. Grant also to each of us our special petition . . . (pause to pray for your own intentions). We ask this through Jesus, your Son, in the bond of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
St. Catherine of Siena, Pray for us.
(First paragraph excerpt taken from Letter 8 in Letters of St Catherine of Siena, Volume II translated by Suzanne Noffke OP,- published by Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies,2001)
For the complete novena visit the St. Catherine of Siena Novena Page
4 thoughts on “Day 1 St. Catherine of Siena Novena”
Your voice is so beautifully holy in sound – all the Novenas are lovely. Bruce also has the same gift as his voice is soothing. Thank you for the beauty you have brought in all the prayers. I was not going to do this one but I will be here tomorrow. Terry with Love in the Unblemished Lamb
So appropriate for today…may we all act as St. Catherine! Many thanks for the post!!
I’ve begun to pray this novena, asking St. Catherine’s help with two new video projects I’ve begun for CatholicLife TV, a media ministry of the Diocese of Baton Rouge: the Bishop’s Annual Appeal 2013 and the “Louisiana Family Rosary.” Thank you for posting this! Your Sister in Christ, Connie Anderson
Kris Dear , your voice is a special gift that makes the entire website ring with music. Thank you for your gentleness and sensitivity in your conversations with the wonderful speakers who you allow to give us their very best . I have spread the this website and app. to so many . It is bringing many blessings. May the the Lord continue to bless you and your wonderful work.
Catherine M Keightley