Saturday, April 29

Memorial of Catherine of Siena, virgin, Doctor of the church

Hatred cuts both ways

Here’s a new definition of crazy-busy: the saint who dies of exhaustion at age 33. Catherine started having visions at 7 and joined the Tertiary Dominicans at 13, not wasting any time. By 29 she served as the pope’s mediator, with reconciliation of conflict her mission in life. “Hatred deprives us of divine charity,” she declared. “How stupidly blind not to see that with the sword of hatred for our neighbors we are killing ourselves!” In every conflict, seek reconciliation and peace.

Today’s readings: Acts 6:1-7; John 6:16-21 (272).
“It is I. Do not be afraid.”