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The Life Of Catherine Of Siena

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The Classic on Her Life and Accomplishments as Recorded by Her Spiritual Director.
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Manuel Alfonseca
ENGLISH: This is an atypical biography of a unique saint who is quite far from our current worldview. Perhaps the 3 stars I have given the book are a reflection on the reader, rather than on the work.

There is little on this book about Catherine's public life, except for her diplomatic activities to achieve peace between Florence and the Papacy, in the last part.

There are some apposite quotes, such as the following from part I chapter 11:
“My Lord, where were you when my h/>“My
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Brendan Koop
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I feel so much closer to St. Catherine of Siena after reading this book; she is truly one of the most spiritually profound human beings to have ever walked this earth. What is great about this account of her life is that it's written by one of her longtime spiritual directors, Blessed Raymond (a man with intimate knowledge of her spiritual life), and the way he writes is remarkable. I don't know if it's the English translation or just his style, but he is incredibly readable (consider he's writi ...more
Anna Elissa
Intense. Profound. I can't remember having read any other biographies so I can't really compare... but Blessed Raymond's Life of St. Catherine is truly one of a kind. Raymond himself was a great biographer. I know it must be pretty difficult to write the biography of a special saint and do her justice, but Raymond did it well. Being Catherine's better confessor and one of her most intimate friends and disciples, he really was the most suitable person to write her biography. I gave this book 4 stars out o ...more
Patrick Broussard
Umm, she's amazing! Great introduction to St. Catherine. It will definitely leave you wanting to read more about/by her.
Sabina Colleran
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
So cool to read about my confirmation saint from someone who knew her well.
Monica
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, religion
Best biography on one of the greatest saints ever.
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Catherine of Siena remains one of the most interesting extra-religious figures of the Catholic Church. For a woman of the 14th century, who remained outside the institution, to achieve such ecclesiastical importance is incredible.
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The Catholic Book...: Along the way 41 18 Jul 29, 2018 08:23AM  
The Catholic Book...: Catherine's public life 14 12 Jul 27, 2018 04:33AM  
The Catholic Book...: Catherine's private life 7 8 Jul 24, 2018 11:23AM  
The Catholic Book...: The author: Blessed Raymond of Capua 6 12 Jul 23, 2018 04:38AM  
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