Saint Catherine of Siena: Her Life and Times (Classic Reprint)by Catherine Mary Antony
Those of her contemporaries who had no car for her words, no sympathy with her ways, nor understanding of her mission, were quickly subdued by the charm of her personality. Her undoubted powers of intellect, her indisputable gift of quick, sure intuition, her wisdom in outlining sane and safe measures of
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Those of her contemporaries who had no car for her words, no sympathy with her ways, nor understanding of her mission, were quickly subdued by the charm of her personality. Her undoubted powers of intellect, her indisputable gift of quick, sure intuition, her wisdom in outlining sane and safe measures of statecraft, her mastery of the most harmonious cadences of a musical language, no doubt enhanced, but did not alter essentially, the engaging beauty of her charaé'ter. What her contempo raries - and the world since her time - have always associated with her name is a dignity which was queenly in its reserve and delicacy, a tenderness which was motherly in its broad helpfulness and deep self-sacrifice, a simplicity which was maidenly in its utter trustfulness and uncalculating generosity, a confidence in human nature which was childlike in its forgetfulness of past ingratitudes and disappointments. Though she was born a plebeian - her own people to this day proudly call her the Popolana - yet the unétion of a natural nobility of soul and mind was ever visible upon her. By nature and temperament she was fitted to be what she succeeded in remaining to the end - a strong, noble woman, whose greatest strength lay in her tenderness, and whose nobility Sprang from her tender femininity.
But Catholics love Catherine Benincasa principally for her sanctity.
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