The trial has been sent to you in order to make you a more and more worthy bride of his beloved Son. This harsh trial is offered to you to enable you to collect more and more prizes and crowns to be presented to your spouse when you are united with him in heaven.
-St. Pio of Pietrelcina
St. Catherine of Siena seeing that her Saviour presented her with two crowns, one of gold, the other of thorns: “Oh, I wish for the crown of sorrow,” said she, “in this world; the other will do for Heaven.”
-St. Francis de Sales
Prayer to St. Catherine of Siena
O admirable Saint Catherine, thou who didst merit to make of thy whole life the noblest holocaust, constantly inspiring thyself to a most ardent love for Jesus, the Lamb without blemish, and for His beloved Spouse the Church, whose rights thou didst strenuously affirm and support in troubled times, obtain, likewise, for us the grace not only to pass unscathed through the corruption of this world, but also to remain unshakably faithful to the Church, in word, in deed, in example, to see always, and to make others see, in the Vicar of Christ our anchor, as it were, in the storms of life, the beacon light that points the way to the harbor of safety in the dark night of our times and of men’s souls.
Prayer for the Pope
Lord, source of eternal life and truth, give to Your shepherd Francis a spirit of knowledge and love. By governing with fidelity those entrusted to his care may he, as successor to the apostle Peter and vicar of Christ, build Your Church into a sacrament of unity, love, and peace for all the world. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.