Jesus chooses souls, and despite my unworthiness, he has chosen mine also to help him in the tremendous task of men’s salvation.
This is the whole reason why I desire to suffer….In this consists all my joy. Unfortunately, I am in need of courage, but Jesus will not refuse anything.
-St. Pio of Pietrelcina
O God, how good Thou art to temper every trial to our strength.
-St. Therese of Lisieux
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.