Friday, February 27, 2009
Lent began Wednesday, of course.
I actually feel like this is going to be a very productive Lenten season.
Months ago I bought this book. I have been saving it for Lent, because I always like to find a story that will inspire me to work harder and pray better and become more Christlike in my daily life. I was so happy to find this story about a very holy woman, St Catherine of Sienna. I know of her, but not a lot about her.
Louis de Wohl has written many, many books on the saints, and I always feel like I know them, as if we have met, after I read one of his books.
I am sad to say that I am almost to the end of the list.
His novels are very historically accurate and so you learn about the person within the context of the time that they lived.
So far my favorites have been "The Quiet Light" about Thomas Aquinas and "The Spear", which is a story about the death and resurrection of Christ and the first Christians. I try to read that around the end of Lent every year.
These are novels, and so are very easy to get into and finish.
I am really looking forward to exploring the life of St Catherine in a more personal way, and I want to meditate on and try to emulate, in little ways, the things that she taught. She was a powerhouse of Catholic thought, but she was also such a gift, as she taught lessons that all of us can use to grow in Holiness.