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DSC_0030St. Catherine is shown with a Crown of Thorns, symbolizing her suffering for Jesus, also adoring the crucifix wrapped in the Dominican habit.

Catherine of Siena (1347-1379) is a Doctor of the Church affiliated with the Domicians, founded by St. Dominic over a hundred years before her time in 1217. She would have been familiar with St. Thomas of Aquinas writings (1225-1274) also a Doctor of the Church and a Domincan. Both St. Catherine of Siena, St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Albert the Great, all Domincans, are considered the Middles Age Church Doctors, along with St. Anthony of Padua and St. Bonaventure. The Dominicans have been instrumental in spreading the rosary and emphasizing the power given by reciting and meditating on the rosary.

St. Catherine’s book The Dialogue, is a best seller. The transcriptions of her locutions or thoughts and words from God were written down by confreres of her order. The book is available on Amazon.com in hardcopy or for free at the Christian Classics Ethereal Library in PDF and Online.

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Middle Age Church Doctors

St. Anthony of Padua, 1195-1231 (Evangelical Doctor)
St. Albert the Great, 1200-1280 (Doctor of Science)
St. Bonaventure, 1217-1274 (Seraphic Doctor)
St. Thomas Aquinas, 1225-1274 (Angelic Doctor)
St. Catherine of Siena, 1347-1379 (Doctor of Unity)

From The Dialogue by St. Catherine:

“One who knows more, loves more.” Dialogue 66

“The soul, as soon as she comes to know Me, reaches out to love her neighbors.”  Dialogue 89

 “Do not presume to choose your own way of serving instead of the one I have made for you.”  Dialogue 100

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