The History of St. Catherine of Siena and Her Companions: With a Translation of Her Treatise on Consummate Perfection, Volume 1

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Longmans, Green, and Company, 1899
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Page 60 - Then our Blessed Lady came to her and took her by the hand, which she held towards her divine Son, and besought him that he would vouchsafe to espouse her to him in faith. To which he consented with a very sweet and lovely countenance, and taking out a ring that was set about with four precious pearls and had in the other part a marvellous rich diamond, he put the same on the finger of her right hand, saying thus: 'Behold, I here espouse thee to me, thy Maker and Saviour, in faith, which shall continue...
Page 53 - Take all that shall be brought upon thee: and in thy sorrow endure, and in thy humiliation keep patience. For gold and silver are tried in the fire, but acceptable men in the furnace of humiliation* Believe God, and he will recover thee: and direct thy way and trust in him.
Page 230 - ... to stand up, he fell prostrate, and lay half-conscious till she returned from her labours ; how she, placing both her pure hands on his forehead, remained absorbed in prayer for an hour and a half, how he fell into a peaceful slumber, and how on awaking in perfect health, she said to him, " Go now, and labour for the salvation of souls, and render thanks to the Lord who has saved you from this great danger.
Page 83 - I will rise and will go about the city: in the streets and the broad ways, I will seek him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, and I found him not.
Page 298 - I Catherine, servant and slave of the servants of Jesus Christ, write to you, commending myself to you in the precious Blood of the Son of God ; with...
Page 91 - ... to — , and going into the market at the time of high business uncovered my head, and stood with it bare an hour, before the stall which my father had formerly used, exposed to the sneers of the standers-by, and the inclemency of the weather. ' This penance may recall Dante's lines, — 'Quando vivea piu glorioso, disse, Liberamente nel campo di Siena, Ogni vergogna deposta, s'affisse.
Page 252 - Lord, who desires not the death of the sinner, but rather that he should be converted and live, for I will no longer remember his sins, but all shall be forgiven him.
Page 122 - whether in the body, or out of the body, we know not, God knoweth," l — the bliss of heaven and the woe of hell.
Page xvi - ... of her historical reputation. Stupendous as is the story of her life, it has, nevertheless, a side which brings her within the reach of ordinary sympathies. Catherine, the Seraphic Bride of Christ, espoused to Him at Siena, stigmatised at Pisa, supported on the Bread of Life, the pacificator of Florence, the Ambassadress of Gregory, the Councillor of Urban, the martyr for the unity of the Holy See, this is indeed a character that overwhelms us with its very greatness. But Catherine, the lover...
Page 297 - THE SOLDIER OF FORTUNE AND HEAD OF THE COMPANY THAT CAME IN THE TIME OF FAMINE Which letter is one of credentials, certifying that he may put faith in all things said to him by Fra Raimondo of Capua. Wherefore the said Fra Raimondo went to the said Messer John, and the other captains, to induce them to go over and fight against the infidels should it happen that others should go. And before leaving he had from them and from Messer John a promise on the sacrament that they would go, and they signed...

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