Today is the Feast of St. Catherine of Bologna, the poor clare sister who became the patron saint of the arts.
Whoever from deep within her noble and zealous heart wishes to take up the cross, let her first take up the arms necessary for such battles; first is diligence; second, distrust of self; third, confidence in God; fourth, memory of his Passion; fifth, memory of one’s own death; sixth, memory of the glory of God; seventh and last, the authority of Holy Scripture following the example of Christ Jesus in the desert.
St. Catherine of Bologna (1413-1463) – from her Seven Spiritual Weapons
I am so thankful for the rich artistic traditions of our faith, and with many saints’ inspirations, we have much art to appreciate and contemplate. Here is a beautiful video from Sister Wendy Beckett on saints and artwork:
St. Catherine of Bolgna (American Catholic)
The Seven Spiritual Weapons — written by St. Catherine of Bologna