Saint Catherine of Siena was the youngest of 24 children and at a young age received a vision in which she saw herself in a mystical marriage with Christ. Some of her visions led her to become more involved in public life. She was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church in 1970 and is the patron of nurses and people ridiculed for their piety.
The Easter lily symbolizes the Resurrection. It is also a symbol of purity and is associated with the Virgin Mary. St. Joseph is sometimes shown holding Jesus in one arm and a lily in his other arm to symbolize his perpetual purity, innocence and integrity. In addition, St. Anthony is commonly shown holding the Child Jesus and a lily, symbolizing his purity and trustworthiness. Other saints commonly shown holding lilies are St. Catherine of Siena and St. Kateri Tekakwitha.
We stand in awe, Lord God, at the beauty of the earth as the cold chills of winter give way to the warmth of spring. During this new season, our busy days of planning and preparation for the end of the academic year are interrupted by the call of songbirds, the glacial colour of the river, new leaves and shoots bursting forth, a growing expanse of spring blossoms, increasing light and new life. Such heart-lifting sights, sounds and wonders remind us that our acts of justice foster hope and our words of kindness encourage growth. May we always walk humbly with our brothers and sisters who live and learn in faith alongside of us and share in the wonders of your love and glory. Through Christ our Lord. Amen
April 22 is Earth Day. Learn more about how you can be a good steward of creation by protecting people and planet and by living our faith in relationship with all of God’s creation. Consider how to be a more responsible steward in energy consumption or recycling practices. Strive to limit your ecological footprint and simplify your life. Simplicity is what Pope Francis calls, “an attitude of the heart;” one which “is capable of being fully present to someone without thinking of what comes next, which accepts each moment as a gift from God to be lived to the full” (Laudato Si, 226).