The Cult of Saint Catherine of Siena

Author: Gerald Parsons

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 9780754656456

Category: Religion

Page: 185

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This book examines the origins, development and history of the cult of Saint Catherine of Siena. Gerald Parsons argues that the cult of Catherine of Siena constitutes a remarkable example of the cult of a particular saint which, across more than six centuries, has been the vehicle for an evolving sequence of civil religious rituals and meanings. He shows how the cult of this particular saint developed, firstly, as an expression of Sienese civil religion; secondly, as a focus for Italian civil religion; and finally into an expression of European civil religion. Instead of the predominantly devotional - and frequently essentially hagiographical - approach of much of the literature on Catherine of Siena, Parsons examines the significance of her cult from the perspective of civil religion and the social history of religion.

Reclaiming Catherine of Siena

Author: Jane Tylus

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226821285

Category: History

Page: 323

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Catherine of Siena (1347–1380) wrote almost four hundred epistles in her lifetime, effectively insinuating herself into the literary, political, and theological debates of her day. At the same time, as the daughter of a Sienese dyer, Catherine had no formal education, and her accomplishments were considered miracles rather than the work of her own hand. As a result, she has been largely excluded from accounts of the development of European humanism and the language and literature of Italy. Reclaiming Catherine ofSiena makes the case for considering Catherine alongside literary giants such as Dante and Petrarch, as it underscores Catherine's commitment to using the vernacular to manifest Christ's message—and her own. Jane Tylus charts here the contested struggles of scholars over the centuries to situate Catherine in the history of Italian culture in early modernity. But she mainly focuses on Catherine’s works, calling attention to the interplay between orality and textuality in the letters and demonstrating why it was so important for Catherine to envision herself as a writer. Tylus argues for a reevalution of Catherine as not just a medieval saint, but one of the major figures at the birth of the Italian literary canon.

Catherine of Siena

Author: Thomas McDermott

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 9780809145478

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 344

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Although Catherine of Siena was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church in 1970, relatively little attention has been given to her mystical thought, particularly in the English-speaking world. The Dialogue, the famous compendium of her mature thought, is difficult to understand owing to its interruptions, repetitions, overlapping arguments, imagery and undefined terms. Thomas McDermott breaks new ground in his systematic presentation of Catherine¿s teachings. Drawing on the Dialogue and also on Catherine¿s 381 letters and prayers, he explains clearly her principal teachings in relation to spiritual development, and identifies Catherine¿s possible sources as well as her areas of originality. By examining Catherine¿s life and mystical experiences, McDermott shows how she herself grew spiritually and how her growth corresponds to her later teaching on the ¿three stairs¿ on the ¿bridge of Christ crucified.¿ Finally, the author puts forward what he regards as the fundamental message of Catherine¿s life and teaching. Students of mysticism and spirituality will find this book a trustworthy guide through the incredibly rich mysticism of one of the 14th century¿s most amazing women.

The Saintly Politics of Catherine of Siena

Author: Francis Thomas Luongo

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801443954

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 233

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Luongo investigates how Catherine's spiritual authority and sanctity were linked with contemporary political and cultural developments.

Catherine of Siena

Author: Mary O'Driscoll

Publisher: New City Press

ISBN: 1565482352

Category: Religion

Page: 144

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Revised and updated edition! This anthology of Catherine's letters, prayers, and The Dialogue is perfect for students of medieval spirituality, mysticism and theology, as well as anyone interested in prayer and the spiritual life. “This is the best introduction to the prayer and ministry of St. Catherine that I have read! The texts are beautifully translated.” Benedict Ashley, O.P. Aquinas Institute of Theology “This anthology makes accessible to a large reading public the extraordinary sensitivity and affection of Catherine of Siena, gifts grounded in love.” New Oxford Review

The Letters of Saint Catherine of Siena

Author: Catherine of Siena

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781541155848


Page: 256

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Saint Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) is widely considered one of the greatest saints of all time. She is best known for her mystical "Dialogue" with God the Father, for which she was declared a Doctor of the Church, but her letters are also unmatched in their spiritual power and profundity. Many people do not know that St Catherine was also a stigmatist, bearing the wounds and suffering the passion of Christ for the salvation of souls. She prayed to God to make the wounds invisible so as not to draw attention to herself. Only her confessor, Blessed Raymond of Capua, knew of her sharing in the sufferings of Our Lord until the day the saint died, when the wounds became visible for all to see. This edition of The Letters of St. Catherine, originally published in 1905 (but now in more modern English in this newly revised and edited version), includes an Introduction on the Life and Times of the Saint, a description of Saint Catherine as Seen in her Letters, the Chief Events in the Life of Saint Catherine, and a Brief Outline of Contemporary Public Events.

Saint Catherine of Siena

Author: Johannes Jorgensen

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1620321424

Category: Religion

Page: 456

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Author Biography: Johannes Jorgensen (1866-1956) was a writer well known in his native Denmark for hispoetrybut best known in other countries for his biographies of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Catherine of Siena.

The Dialogue of St. Catherine of Siena

Author: St. Catherine St. Catherine of SIena,Catherine

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781502885456


Page: 120

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This is the most famous spiritual work of one of the Church's most famous women, St. Catherine of Siena. The 14th century saint remains one of the only women to be named a Doctor of the Church.

Catherine of Siena

Author: Suzanne Noffke

Publisher: Michael Glazier Books


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 267

View: 9659

Catherine of Siena was a driving force in both the mystical and political life of the Church, a remarkable achievement for a woman in the 14th century. This book offers perspectives on Catherine's vision of the Church--which is still clear six centuries later--from Suzanne Noffke, who has studied the life and writings of Catherine for nearly 20 years.