Friday, April 29, 2016

April 29: St. Catherine of Siena

St. Catherine of Siena
by Baldassare Franceschini


Catherine was only 6 years old when she started to see heavenly visions. First, she could see guardian angels protecting people. When she was 16, she started to have visions of Jesus, His mother and the saints. She didn’t learn to read or write until she was almost grown up, but she was very, very smart about theology, and she was a good teacher. Popes and other people listened to her, and she has been named one of the Doctors of the Church. 


One of the things that Saint Catherine of Siena told people is, “Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” Today, make yourself a special votive candle holder to remember her words. You can get plain glass votive cups from craft stores for less than $1. Cut up small pieces of tissue paper in any color you like. Then paint a little decoupage glue (like Modge Podge or a mixture of equal parts white glue and water) and place a bit of tissue paper on it. Continue working around the votive cup until it’s all covered with overlapping tissue paper. Then paint the whole outside of the cup with your decoupage glue again. (Add a second coat when it dries). When it’s completely dry, place a small votive candle in the cup, light it and ask Saint Catherine of Siena to pray for you!

Saint Catherine of Siena, pray for us!

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