Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.--Psalm 66:1
Mass readings: Acts 8:1-8 / John 6:35-40
I grew up in a family with five children. In St. Catherine's, there were 25; no wonder she wanted to be a hermit. As a member of the Dominican Laity, she spent much of her early life in prayer, discovering God's love: ''You are a fire always burning but never consuming, consuming all the soul's selfishness, lifting all chill and giving light.''
Later, she was called to public service -- arguing with civic leaders and even haranguing the pope. At first reluctant for this role, she was encouraged by Blessed Raymond of Capua, her spiritual director: ''If men would listen humbly, welcoming and heeding the women sent by God, the Church would benefit greatly.'' We must also be ready to listen to God in silence and in one another, and to serve Him through our actions.
Prayer: ''Clothe me with Yourself, Eternal Truth, that I may live in the light of faith.''