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Franciscanmedia.org tells us that today is the feast of Catherine of Siena, one of the “stand-outs” in Church history, especially in the history of women saints. A famous quote attributed to her is worth repeating today: “Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” Admittedly we will all do that in our own way, perhaps not as extraordinarily as Catherine did. In 1376, Catherine succeeded in bringing the Pope back to Rome, thus ending the 74-year-long Church schism called the Avignon captivity. A 29-year-old woman. In the 14th century. Extraordinary, yes? One can only agree that Catherine was certainly a visionary who saw God’s will and did what she knew was hers to do.

What is your calling? Can you hear it? More to the point: are you listening?