Catherine of Siena
Passion for the Truth Compassion for Humanity: Selected Spiritual Writings.
Paperback 144 pp
Edited, Annotated and Introduced by Mary O'Driscoll, O.P.
A theologian, a peacemaker, and a humanitarian, Catherine was a member of a lay order connected to the Dominicans in the 14th century. Her standing as a theologian resulted in her being the first woman to be named a Doctor of the Church. This slim volume contains selections from Catherine's letters, prayers and her Dialogue. During her lifetime, she gave spiritual advice to a wide variety of people, from popes to an elderly widow, whom she exhorted to give up her frivolous life. The letters are straight-forward, even, one might say, tough, but they are also filled with the love of someone who truly cares.