Monday, March 9, 2015

Obscure Saint of the Day: St. Catherine of Bologna

As we continue our journey through Lent, we continue to reflect on the lives of those lesser known saints interceding for us.

Today is the feast of St. Catherine of Bologna!

St. Catherine has to be one of the lesser known incorruptibles around.

Catherine entered religious life at the age of 14, and began to experience visions of both Jesus and the Devil. 

She strived to live a life of perfection, and the convent where she was Superioress was well known for holiness and austerity. 

She became ill during Lent of 1463, and died on March 9. She was buried without a coffin, but was exhumed just eighteen days later because of claims of cures and a sweet smell coming from her grave site. She was found to be incorrupt, and continues to be so to this day. 

For the strength to carry on during Lent, St. Catherine of Bologna, pray for us!

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