Drawn by Love
The Mysticism of Catherine of Siena
"The heart is always drawn by love" Dialogue 26
"A marvelous site dedicated to St. Catherine of Siena" - Amy Welborn
* Brief introductions to her life and teaching
* Suggested reading list
* Two of Catherine's most famous letters
* One of Catherine's prayers
* General introductions to her mystical teachings
Benedict Ashley, OP, "Guide to
*Thematic studies of her mystical thought
Marie Flood, OP, Catherine of Siena on Religious Obedience
* Books online
Vida Scudder, Saint Catherine of Siena as Seen
* Audio lectures on Catherine
* Images of Catherine's world
Drawn by Love PowerPoint (.ppt) (Powerpoint)
* Papal documents regarding Catherine of Siena
Paul VI Mirabilis in ecclesiae Deus (1970)
Paul VI homily October 4 1970 JP II Homily on the Sixth Centennary of Catherine of
John Paul II: Letter on the 25th anniv of Catherine's
* Images of the true likeness of Catherine of Siena
Welcome to the fascinating world
This website is intended as a resource to the mystical thought of Catherine of Siena (c. 1347-1380), Dominican saint, mystic, Doctor of the Church, and one of the most remarkable women of the 14th century.
Although much has been written about her life, relatively little attention has been given to her spiritual teaching as found in the compendium of her mystical thought known as the Dialogue, her 381 letters, and 26 prayers. In this website we have brought together some of the very best but often hard-to-find resources on Catherine's thought in the hope of filling this lacuna in spirituality. Every effort has been made to post materials on this website in such a way that citations for academic papers can be made without having to find the originals in a library. We hope to add new materials to this site from time-to-time--so please come back often.
Catherine's thought has long been regarded as somewhat difficult and even impenetrable owing to the lack of English translations of her works (a problem which, for the most part, no longer exists) and the fact that many of her teachings were dictated to others over a period of time while she was in a mystical state and therefore contain interruptions, repetitions, and overlapping arguments. However, we feel certain that with the help of the material on this website you will be able to "unlock the door" of her mysticism and begin to experience its tremendous richness--- and perhaps be helped along on your own spiritual journey.
Catherine of Siena
In his ground-breaking, systematic presentation of Catherine of Siena's teachings, Thomas McDermott draws on Catherine's writings to explain her principal teachings in relation to spiritual development and identifies her possible sources as well as her areas of originality. By examining Catherine's life and mystical experiences, McDermott shows how she grew spiritually and how her growth corresponds to her later teachings. Finally, he explicates what he regards as the fundamental message of Catherine's life and teaching. Students of mysticism and spirituality will find this book a trustworthy guide through the rich mysticism of one of the 14th century's most amazing women. Preface by Fr. Wojciech Giertych, OP, Theologian to the Papal Household
"Thomas McDermott's magisterial book is the first work in English that does full justice to the systematic theological importance of Catherine of Siena's teaching. Readers will find their thinking freed from the styles and whims of so much writing on 'spirituality' and set firmly on the path that Jesus himself trod with his disciples."
"In this well-researched book, Thomas McDermott has unraveled the many intertwining threads in Catherine of Siena's teaching on spiritual development to produce a logical and convincing description of the spiritual journey along the Christ-Bridge. Catherine of Siena offers its readers many helpful markers on their own journey toward God."
"The merit of Father McDermott's book is that it tackles some of the most difficult aspects of St. Catherine of Siena's teaching. A demanding but enriching work which brings our understanding of Catherine an important step forward."
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Announcing a new resource...
Catherine of Siena. Doctor
of the Church. Notes on her life and teaching.
In 1970, the year St. Catherine of Siena was proclaimed Doctor of the Church, Giacinto D’Urso, O.P., the world’s foremost authority on the saint, wrote his magnum opus on her teaching. It was only in this work, of which this is the first-ever translation in English, that Father D’Urso undertook a comprehensive exposition of her thought. D’Urso’s work reflects a classical theological training, knowledge of mysticism in general, his Dominican vocation, and an ardent love of Catherine. He is careful and thorough in his summaries and analyses; his conclusions are balanced and reliable; his style is literary, succinct and dense. His scholarship reveals new depths to Catherine’s thought. All students of Catherine of Siena and of medieval mysticism will find this volume a valuable asset.
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This site is managed by Fr.Thomas McDermott, OP.
* Prayers and devotions to Catherine of Siena
* Letters of her disciples
* Christian mysticism and related topics
A.B. Sharpe, Mysticism. Its True Nature and Value.
London, 1910. [book online]
John A. Hardon, SJ. "Mysticism" (definition) Modern
Catholic Dictionary, New York, 1980.
John A. Hardon, S.J. "Visionaries and Visions"
Catechism of the Catholic Church, On Private Revelations
* Links to other Catherinian sites
Catherine of Siena's letters in Italian
* Other links of interest
This site was last updated February 9,