Gospel Reflection- Friday 2nd week of Easter (29 April 2022) – St Catherine of Siena
Fr Paul reads from the Gospel of John (6: 1-15) in which a crowd of 5,000 people, who had been following and listening to Jesus, are fed with five loaves and two fish.
Afterwards, Fr Paul shares a little about the life of St Catherine of Siena, whose memorial we celebrate today.
Catherine was born in Siena and wanted to seek a life of perfection, so she joined the Third order of the Dominicans when she was a teenager. Then, in 1370, after she received a vision, she left secluded life and entered into the public life of the world. She wrote many letters and it was said she burned with love for God and her neighbour. She bought about peace and harmony as an ambassador. She fought to defend the rights and liberties of Popes. She dictated many books. She did a lot for the renewal of religious life.
Catherine died in1380 and, in 1970, Pope Paul V1 declared her as a Doctor of the Church.