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The Life and Doctrine of St. Catherine of Genoa

The Life and Doctrine of St. Catherine of Genoa by Catherine of Genoa

The Life and Doctrine of St. Catherine of Genoa offers readers a profound insight into the spiritual journey of a remarkable woman. Catherine of Genoa's writings are both inspirational and thought-provoking, providing valuable lessons on faith, love, and devotion.

Through her contemplation and reflection, Catherine shares her personal experiences and struggles on the path to spiritual enlightenment. Her deep commitment to God and her unwavering trust in His plan serve as a guiding light for anyone seeking to deepen their relationship with the divine.

The book delves into Catherine's teachings on the nature of the soul, the importance of humility, and the transformative power of suffering. Her profound insights challenge readers to re-evaluate their own beliefs and practices, encouraging them to embrace a life of service, love, and compassion.

Overall, The Life and Doctrine of St. Catherine of Genoa is a captivating read that offers a wealth of wisdom and spiritual guidance. Catherine's profound spirituality and unwavering faith continue to inspire readers today, making this book a must-read for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of their own spiritual journey.

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Saint Catherine of Genoa (Caterina Fieschi Adorno, born Genoa 1447 – 15 September 1510) is an Italian Roman Catholic saint and mystic, admired for her work among the sick and the poor. She was a member of the noble Fieschi family, and spent most of her life and her means serving the sick, especially during the plague which ravaged Genoa in 1497 and 1501. She died in that city in 1510.

In 1551, 41 years after her death, a book about her life and teaching was published, entitled Libro de la vita mirabile et dottrina santa de la Beata Caterinetta de Genoa. This is the source of her "Dialogues on the Soul and the Body" and her "Treatise on Purgatory", which are often printed separately. Her authorship of these has been denied, and it used to be thought that another mystic, the Augustinian canoness Battistina Vernazza, who lived in a monastery in Genoa from 1510 till her death in 1587 had edited the two works, a suggestion discredited by recent scholarship, which attributes a large part of both works to St Catherine, though they received their final literary form only after her death.

The Life and Doctrine is a biographical sketch of St. Catherine, filled with her thoughts and experiences with God. In this, there are many examples of how we too can reach perfection in our relationship with God. (Introduction by Wikipedia and Ann Boulais)

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