Today is the feast day of Saint Catherine of Siena, stigmatist, Doctor of the Church, glory of the Dominicans, and co-patroness of Italy.

The image at left is a detail from a fourteenth century fresco by Andrea Vanni. Methodist Jim, a sometime reader of this blog, very thoughtfully gave Sharon and me an icon with this image after a trip to Siena. I have to check, but I believe that the protestant origin doesn’t prevent it from being blessed.

Just kidding! No hate mail, please.

May Saint Catherine, the sage counselor of another Pope in temporal distress, intercede for our beloved Holy Father today.

Saint Catherine, pray for us!