The Poetry of St. Catherine of Siena

16FieldSt. Catherine (1347—1380) was born in Siena, Italy. It was a time of class feuds, religious wars, the Black Plague and famine; a time of transition from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance.

She seems to ask a lot of questions, pondering the vast unknowable God and his creation. Her relationship to God seems almost casual in it’s intimacy. I envy her confidence in grace received and childlike trust. I think she is someone I would like to spend time getting to know better.


The sun hears the fields talking about effort
and the sun

and whispers to

“Why don’t the fields just rest, for
I am willing to do everything

to help them

Rest, my dears, in


~ by Kimberly Mason on June 16, 2009.

3 Responses to “The Poetry of St. Catherine of Siena”

  1. Thank you for this, it soothes my frazzledness.

  2. Are you familiar with the book Enduring Grace, by Carol Lee Flinders? She writes of the lives of seven women mystics, Catherine of Sienna being one of them. It is a wonderful book, and I think would offer you that closer look you seek.

  3. that was truely God in there sole

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