We have 2 Saint feast days today, April 30, who:
1) traditional catholics love!
2) are both of Dominican Order!
3) especially pertinent to us today because of the current state of the papacy.
Today is the Feast Day of St. Catherine of Siena (from the old calendar for today, and yesterday was her feast day on the new calendar). There are plenty of great things to share about her, but this is a blog and not a book #bitter so I’ll keep it brief.
- she was a third order Dominican laywoman.
- she had influence on Pope Gregory XI which people love to hear because she was a laywoman.
Y’all knew the previous 2 facts about her, but here are hopefully some facts about her that you may not have heard: (source from The Liturgical Year by Dom Prosper Gueranger)
- she asked Jesus that her stigmata not be visible (I assume because she was humble and didn’t want others to think of her as so holy). Jesus granted her wish yet even though the stigmata was invisible, St. Catherine felt the pain of the wounds.
- she is well known for her fasting that some but to be exact, she once fasted on nothing because the Eucharist from Ash Wednesday to Ascension day.
And today is also the Feast Day of St. Pope Pius V (new calendar for today, and May 5 on the old calendar).
- We had tons of corrupt Popes in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, but St. Pope Pius V was an exception and a gift to us.
- Traditional Catholics will love him because he promulgated the catechism and missal that were formulated by the Council of Trent.
- He also called for praying the Rosary at the famous Battle of Lepanto. G.K. Chesterton has a poem about Lepanto which states, “The Pope was in his chapel before day or battle broke.”
- Legend has it that Popes started wearing white when St. Pope Pius V would not remove his white Dominican habit as Pope.
And there you have it, folks. Short and sweet.
St. Catherine of Siena, pray for us.
St. Pope Pius V, pray for us.