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God Loves His Creatures and His Love Provides for them. By St. Catherine of Genoa. Ed. Dr. Chapman Chen


"All goodness is a participation in God and His love for His creatures. God loves irrational creatures and His love provides for them."  -- St Catherine of Genoa


Catherine of Genoa (Caterina Fieschi Adorno, 1447 – 15 September 1510) was an Italian Catholic saint and mystic, admired for her work among the sick and the poor and remembered because of various writings describing both these actions and her mystical experiences. She was a member of the noble Fieschi family, converted in 1473 after ten years of an arranged and abusive marriage. She spent most of her life and her means serving the sick, especially during the plague which ravaged Genoa in 1497 and 1501.


Catherine's writings were examined by the Holy Office and declared to contain doctrine that would alone be enough to prove her sanctity, and she was accordingly beatified in 1675 by Pope Clement X, and canonized in 1737 by Pope Clement XII.[6] Her writings also became sources of inspiration for other religious such as Robert Bellarmine and Francis de Sales as well as Cardinal Henry Edward Manning. Catherine of Genoa's liturgical feast is celebrated in local calendars on 15 September. Pope Pius XII declared her patroness of the hospitals in Italy.




Catherine of Genoa (1979). Purgation and Purgatory: The Spiritual Dialogue. Trans. Serge Hughes. Mahwah: Paulist Press.


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