St. Catherine Of Ricci
FEAST FEBRUARY 13 Mothers who would wish their girl children to possess mysticai gills could do worse than choose the name of Catherine for them. Catherine of Siena, Catherine of Sweden (daughter of St. Brigit of Sweden), Catherine of Genoa and also Catherine of Ricci were all especially highly endowed mystics.
Catherine of Ricci, it is true, was not baptised with the name of Catherine. She was baptized Alessandra, and took the name of Catherine when she entered the Third Order of St. Dominic In which she was professed in 1536.
For a long time she was considered insane, and cruelly treated In religion. Her virtue and patience at length opened the eyes of her fellow nuns, and her gifts were recognised for what they really were : mystical gifts of a very high order. Six years after entering religion she experienced ecstacies of suffering each week from mid-day on Thursdays until about four on Friday afternoons. These experiences became the talk of Italy, and Catherine's prayers that she might be relieved of the visible phenomena and consequently of the publicity which tried her and ruined convent life, were answered 12 years later.
She died in 1590, and our picture by IS aldini is supposed to be modelled on a painting made of her for the tomb. It is reproduced by courtesy of Messrs. Sheed & Ward from " The Face of the Saints."