St. Catherine of Bologna

St. Catherine of BolognaFeast Day – March 9

Patron Saint of Artists

St. Catherine was born in the 1400’s and served the daughter of the Marquis of Ferrara at court, learning music, writing, and painting.  At the age of 14, he entered the Convent of the Poor Clares to dedicate herself to a cloistered religious life.  Although she was richly blessed by her talents and used them to serve the community, she also suffered greatly.  In particular, she struggled with depression and often wrote about spiritual attacks and physical ailments that she faced.

She became suddenly ill during Lent in 1463 and died at the age of 50.  She was buried without a coffin, but two weeks later, the strong aroma of roses surrounded her grave.  Her body was exhumed and found to be incorrupt.  It is still on display at the Chapel of the Poor Clares in Bologna today.

Whenever you have a bad day, when life feels like it is too much to handle and the devil is picking away at our hope or attacking our faith, we can look to St. Catherine.  She, despite her physical, mental and spiritual difficulties, always worked for a closer relationship with God, taking one step at a time closer to sainthood.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *