Patron of Nurses
SAINT CATHERINE OF SIENA is known for her concern for and healing
of the sick.
Catherine Benincasa was born during the time that the black-death raged
in Europe and Siena was badly ravaged by this.
Around 1366, Catherine experienced a “Mystical Marriage” with Jesus. She said, Jesus told her to leave her solitary life, return to her family, and enter the public life of the world. So Catherine began to tend the sick and the poor, especially those afflicted with the most repulsive diseases, where she took care of them in hospitals or homes.
She now rejoined her family and began to labor for the conversion of sinners. Though always suffering terrible physical pain, living for long intervals on practically no food, except the Blessed Sacrament.
Not long after, Catherine began to dedicate her life to working to heal another wound: the wound that stemmed from broken charity — a split in the Catholic Church which had developed into schism with the presence of more than one pope.
Novena Prayer to Saint Catherine of Siena, OP
O marvelous wonder of the Church, seraphic virgin, Saint Catherine, because of your extraordinary virtue and enormous good which you accomplished for the Church and society, you are acclaimed and blessed by all people. Turn your kind face on me, who, with confidence in your powerful help, call upon you with the fervor of warmth and affection that you to obtain, by your prayers, the favors I so ardently desire
(Make your request)
You, who were a victim of charity, who in order to benefit your neighbor obtained from God the most stupendous miracles and became the joy and the hope of all, you cannot help but hear the prayers of those who fly to your heart—that heart which you received from the Divine Redeemer in a celestial ecstasy.
O seraphic virgin show once again proof of your power and of your flaming charity, so that your name will be ever blessed and exalted; grant that we, having experienced your most efficacious intercession here on earth, may come one day to thank you in heaven and enjoy eternal happiness with you.