FEAST OF ST. CATHERINE OF ALEXANDRIA
Sirach, Chapter 1, Verse 11-21
11 The fear of the Lord is glory and exultation, gladness and a festive crown. 12 The fear of the Lord rejoices the heart, giving gladness, joy, and long life. 13 Those who fear the Lord will be happy at the end, even on the day of death they will be blessed. 14 The beginning of wisdom is to fear the Lord; she is created with the faithful in the womb. 15 With the godly she was created from of old, and with their descendants she will keep faith. 16 The fullness of wisdom is to fear the Lord; she inebriates them with her fruits. 17 Their entire house she fills with choice foods, their granaries with her produce. 18 The crown of wisdom is the fear of the Lord, flowering with peace and perfect health. 19 Knowledge and full understanding she rains down; she heightens the glory of those who possess her. 20 The root of wisdom is to fear the Lord; her branches are long life. 21 The fear of the Lord drives away sins; where it abides it turns back all anger.
For today’s reflection let us replace the word fear with trust; for does He not ask us in the revelation of the Divine Mercy to trust.
· Trust of the Lord is glory.
· Trust of the Lord gives joy.
· Trust of the Lord gives blessedness upon death.
· Trust of the Lord gives wisdom.
· Trust of the Lord gives peace and perfect health.
· Trust of the Lord turns back anger and drives away sin.
397 Man, tempted by the devil, let his trust in his Creator die in his heart and, abusing his freedom, disobeyed God's command. This is what man's first sin consisted of. All subsequent sin would be disobedience toward God and lack of trust in his goodness.
2797 Simple and faithful trust, humble and joyous assurance are the proper dispositions for one who prays the Our Father.
2828 "Give us": The trust of children who look to their Father for everything is beautiful. "He makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust." He gives to all the living "their food in due season." Jesus teaches us this petition, because it glorifies our Father by acknowledging how good he is, beyond all goodness.
St. Catherine of Alexandria
St. Catherine of Alexandria (also Catharine) (November 25th), virgin and martyr is invoked against diseases of the tongue, protection against a sudden and unprovided death. She is the patroness of Christian philosophers, of maidens, preachers, wheelwrights, and mechanics. She is also invoked by students, orators, and barristers as "the wise counselor." She is pictured with a broken wheel.
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