Aleteia logoAleteia logoAleteia
Monday 11 December |
Saint of the Day: Pope St. Damasus I
Aleteia logo
separateurCreated with Sketch.

7 Inspiring ideas from the great St. Catherine of Siena


Sharon Mollerus | CC BY 2.0

Theresa Civantos Barber - published on 04/22/21

Her words inspire and encourage modern Christians on our own paths to Heaven.

The feast of St. Catherine of Siena is coming up on April 29. It’s a great time to recall this extraordinary saint and all she has to teach us. 

St. Catherine was renowned for her holiness even during her lifetime. A lay member of the Dominican Order, she practiced a supernatural generosity, prayer, and sacrifice. She’s also known for her role in persuading Pope Gregory XI to return to Rome from Avignon.

Thanks to her profound spiritual writings, St. Catherine was one of the first women saints to be named a Doctor of the Church. Perhaps her most famous quotation is “If you are what you should be, you will set Italy ablaze,” which is frequently repeated as “Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” 

But this is only one of her many keen insights into human nature and the spiritual life. These 7 ideas from her writings are deceptively simple: Each one leaves us with much to ponder and take to heart.

Support Aleteia!

Enjoying your time on Aleteia?

Articles like these are sponsored free for every Catholic through the support of generous readers just like you.

Thanks to their partnership in our mission, we reach more than 20 million unique users per month!

Help us continue to bring the Gospel to people everywhere through uplifting and transformative Catholic news, stories, spirituality, and more.

Support Aleteia with a gift today!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Entrust your prayer intentions to our network of monasteries

Top 10
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.