clonidine lethal overdose escitalopram oxalate long term use and stopping celebrex aetna can i take cipro for a gum infection lexapro purchase canada zinco e cialis levitra und poppers viagra and football players viagra triangle area chicago tadalafil with dapoxetine tablets uses how much clonidine to get high cytotec hemorragia postparto lerk sildenafil efectos secundarios prednisone for ms patients allegra noccioli facebook periactin pills online does lamisil work for scabies dose for amoxicillin 500mg dj viagra ximo bayo my 2nd cycle with clomid 50mg parches de voltaren cuanto valen acyclovir nasal herpes levofloxacina vs ciprofloxacina can doxycycline be used for ring worm where can i buy genfar sildenafil in mexico cialis age range harga obat azithromycin diapotik tadalafil dosage pulmonary hypertension terbinafine tablets dose metronidazole for cattles initial reaction to zoloft take cialis before jacking off stesolid och atarax mixing prednisone steroid and alcohol store drug comparie to metronidazole tab how long does phenergan suppository take to dissolve meloxicam yan etkileri como hacer viagra casero femenino efectos secundarios del periactin viagra w overnight shipping aciclovir dmso zoloft cause fatigue cartia lipitor interaction does seroquel cause low sperm count can we take clomid citerrate 50mg two time a day daily verapamil hcl 240 mg side effects buy bactrim for uk precio de ivermectina lamisil crema 15 g lexapro side effects bedwetting is there accutane in proactive orlistat 120 mg en honduras side effect augmentin 625mg difference between clomid and metformin metoprolol tartrate india treatment uti one dosis antibiotic f generic colchicine discontinued does diovan htc raise sugar level nizoral 2 cream boots doxycycline dose for 7 lb dog can you mix escitalopram and nyquil 25 mg zoloft help migraines aciclovir presentacion peru does zyban work to stop smoking zyprexa zydis dosage range how long will bactrim rash last accutane day 98 can we use sildenafil citrate daily cipro labelling cara pemakaian metronidazole 500mg consecuencias viagra jovenes plavix plus aspirin helps prevent strokes erectile dyfunction gabapentin adalah pdf metronidazole rephresh imitrex and gabapentin cuantas pastilla cytotec me tomo con 3 semanas life without prozac why cant i drink alcohol with lexapro doxycycline dosage 100mg for lyme disease atripla and allegra kegunaan nexium does ondansetron cause birth defects zithromax heart risk metronidazole and spiramycin when can you get pregnant after taking clomid fluoxetine 20 mg nedir uk lawyer acting on seroquel quetiapine cases replacement for paxil does viagra give errection after orgasim average daily dose of viagra after prostatectomy terbinafine cream price in india for athlete foot can amoxicillin treat a chest infection finasteride eighths can you smoke ditch weed while on celexa cialis bs cialis 5mg dosage does abilify help with impulse control tomar viagra seguido es malo erythromycin conjunctivitis ointment how much do chlamydia antibiotics cost in south africa what dose would you give of flagyl iv for pneumonia can metformin and glipizide be taken together losartan and hydrochlorothiazide side effects get off lexapro cold turkey is genreic lipitor made in 5 mg dosage order nitroglycerin ointment como se pide un viagra disulfiram iron chances of getting pregnant clomid 100mg iui donde comprar cytotec en guatemala fake lipitor uk azithromycin syphilis 1 g alternative for doxycycline in canines e coli buy fluconazole oral in india valsartan harga nya berapa is prednisone the same as methylprednisolone ivermectina abamectina doramectina tamoxifeno ginecomastia dianabol orlistat levothyroxine drug interactions propecia side effects yahoo chat azithromycin orange urine priligy prices in nederland 1.25 olanzapine for sleep micardis plus 40mg topamax per bulimia donde conseguir pastillas cytotec en argentina intrathecal baclofen catheter septra cost without insurance can wellbutrin cause easy bruising wellbutrin no hair loss bupropion y diabetes prednisone side effects in people augmentin 875 bacterial skin results does accutane stop facial hair doxazosin packaging 6mg tablets terbinafine alcohol jock itch augmentin bol brzucha amaryl 3.0 viagra indian cost metformin pcos time 300 mg wellbutrin xl review does desogen make you lose weight albuterol neb for croup elavil use and alcohol strattera cena seroquel xr dosages depression clomid while on tb medication lepas dari olanzapine flagyl 400mg tfb viagra bertibarots cost anti?strogen tamoxifen nebenwirkungen metoprolol guercmorteo no prescription buy buspirone for cats compare 5mg to 10mg cialis lopressor online cipralex diflucan fa male si o no estradiol 40 pg ml about viagra pill quetiapine liquid which brand of generic singulair works can lasix cause a false negative pregnancy test orlistat xenical information viagra round brown pill allegra altamira can you take valium with lisinopril can sildenafil citrate be mixed into dmso best?lla kamagra fr?n thailand levitra de 40 mg taking valtrex after cold sore comprar cialis 10 mg online famciclovir pret ampicillin sulbactam blood brain barrier prazosin medicament cheap kamagra online uk olanzapine 2.5 side effects tamoxifen liver propecia arzt cipro for urinary tract infection in dogs metformin dosage in elderly flagyl dogs worms can i drink while i take azithromycin 500 mg viagra online reviews forum do you need a prescription to buy zitromax how many milligrams are in a dose of fluconazole buy nexium side effects viagra delivered from uk pharmacy cialis iskustva forum montelukast and hyperactivity valacyclovir hcl for sale diflucan for men lisinopril side effects ringing in ears online cialis 20mg where do we get sildenafil with dapoxetine in chennai estradiol bestellen generic levitra yahoo answers can you die from taking 200 milligrams of fluoxetine can i ask my doctor for viagra loss viagra prescription hydroxyzine street value neurontin highest dose pa viagra cymbalta psychopharmacology generic levitra india avodart price comparison medical company for extra xenical in dubai sale of viagra in uk prednisone dosage for neck pain metformin for cystic acne glucophage 750mg comprimes atenolol common dosages how long does it take for neurontin to get you high atenolol calcium carbonate gabapentin in dogs toxic levels apo esomeprazole vs nexium estradiol growth factors precio de cytotec cvs sildenafil y anfetaminas fluconazole and zoloft plavix 75mg tablets used can a person overdose on neurontin can elavil cause stomach pain buy nexium hp7 cytotec ocytocine ilosone t?pico solu??o valor tenormin 50 mg tablet respekt principen inexium 40mg what color does viagra come in how much antibiotics cost 4 pregnant women in medi rite 2500 mg of metformin to conceive augmentin side effects will cipro kill ngu how much is fluconazole in the philippines antidepressant day next cheap propecia in australia clomid j3 j7 quand ovulation tamoxifeno cinfa and steroids capote viagra stemetil and lexapro generic singulair pill description tetracycline stomach bacteria when will priligy available in the us ciprofloxacin thc interaction cheap alternative to zyprexa irbesartan 150 mg tablets in india viagra herbs septra ds 160 amoxicillin dosage for 19 month old lexapro side effects complete list lexapro 5mg tablets price will the antibiotic augmentin effect methadone amoxil a1 where can i get acyclovir capsules in nigeria paroxetine controlled substance clozapine 200 mg terbinafine cream for ringworm deflazacort to prednisone azithromycin over the counter ontario quantos dias tomar clomid bactrim instructions malaria mirtazapine 60mg over dose what disease does plavix treat biological source ampicillin tamsulosin drug study ppt ofloxacin with flavoxate zyprexa 1o mg azithromycin capsules 500mg msds letrozole and nolvadex for pct yeast infection after i stopped celexa buy doxycycline hyclate tabs montelukast prime air tablet synthroid side effects blood pressure does remeron relax your muscles uncommon side effects of zoloft ciprofloxacin used for giardia nose bleeds and adalat30mg lipitor 30 for 30 card indication for albuterol nebulizer treatment will ampicillin treat yeast infection order propecia fedex large dicks on viagra lisinopril generic name celexa gi order tenormin is metronidazole safe during breast feeding for rabbits what is considered a zoloft overdose protocolo induccion misoprostol methocarbamol rowcmoadreders canada sildenafil bullet 100 what is cipla fluconazole 50mg used for a ringworm is metronidazole gel good for acne perbedaan misoprostol gastrul asli dan palsu ic prednisone obat micardisplus viagra and terazosin interaction cipro 500mg stomach ache escitalopram reviews on fibermialaga mail order viagra uk keflex when to take it cada cuanto se toma el orlistat como tomar cytotec con 5 semanas de embarazo doxycycline hyclate tablets is it for preventing anve new alternative to clopidogrel zyban 150mg sr difference between claritin and singulair azomac azithromycin 500mg tablet accutane buy online mecanismo de acao do orlistat thuoc verapamil 240 mg take 2 daily cialis amlodipine eciwlcodkedefe discount is doxycycline a broad spectrum antibiotic how long does it take for the diflucan to work 4 years on tamoxifen absolutely free cialis mua thuoc propecia el misoprostol hay en farmacias purchase topiramate online convert bystolic dose 10 mg to coreg dosage lamisil 250 ron aquasol cipro dutasteride cost price buy accutane mg viagra norsk cheapest singulair how often can inderal be used for anxiety atomoxetine albuterol cephalexin phenytoin interaction bleeding on depo provera sildenafil citrate tablets l.p. aripiprazole chemical class topiramate 100 mg zydus indomethacin dosage gout augmentin 1 gram is it safe for pregnant women weight gain from lexapro cytotec funciona a los 5 meses can you take cialis and extenze together bactrim ds and kidneys zyprexa average dose do i need a prescription for depo provera cost in rands dove aquistare cialis how should i take doxycycline 100mg for styes 300 wellbutrin anxiety celebrex cox inhibitor nursing drug card celexa celecoxib gastrointestinal generic finasteride new zealand thyroxine and co codamol how much amoxicillin do you give 70 lb dog flagyl ovules vidal ciprotab and hepatitis b voltaren 75 mg contiene aspirina sildenafil stada kaufen rezeptfrei what is lowest dose of metformin er sertraline 25 mg dosage prednisone and adrenal crisis can rabbits have tetracycline buy cytotec online india augmentin 650 will citrulline make cialis work better cymbalta ajuda a emagrecer comprar xenical en peru ciprofloxacin for pigeon treatment effects of lisinopril 20 mg on the liver ventolin spray nasale why take fluconazole 100mg with a soda zofran dosage for flu nausea venta online de finasteride gerette allegra samiian 100g clomid outcome can i take aleve with synthroid priligy 90 mg can i buy finasteride over the counter buy liquid anastrozole online diflucan fluconazole in abuja taking viagra and my face became very red erythromycin azithromycin comparison valtrex boots is it illegal to order generic viagra online does levaquin cover corynebacterium

February 13

St Catherine de Ricci; St Polyeuctus
by | Source:
20130207_8635.jpgSt Catherine de Ricci
The Ricci are an ancient family, which still subsists in a flourishing condition in Tuscany. Peter de Ricci, the father of our saint, was married to Catherine Bonza, a lady of suitable birth. The saint was born at Florence in 1522, and called at her baptism Alexandrina, but she took the name of Catherine at her religious profession. Having lost her mother in her infancy, she was formed to virtue by a very pious godmother, and whenever she was missing she was always to be found on her knees in some secret part of the house.

When she was between six and seven years old, her father placed her in the Convent of Monticelli, near the gates of Florence, where her aunt, Louisa de Ricci, was a nun. This place was to her a paradise: at a distance from the noise and tumult of the world, she served God without impediment or distraction. After some years her father took her home.

She continued her usual exercises in the world as much as she was able; but the interruptions and dissipation, inseparable from her station, gave her so much uneasiness that, with the in consent of her father, which she obtained, though with great difficulty, in the year 1535, the fourteenth of her age, she received the religious veil in the convent of Dominicanesses at Prat, in Tuscany, to which her uncle, F. Timothy de Ricci, was director. God, in the merciful design to make her the spouse of his crucified Son, and to imprint in her soul dispositions conformable to his, was pleased to exercise her patience by rigorous trials For two years she suffered inexpressible pains under a complication of violent distempers, which remedies themselves served only to increase. These sufferings she sanctified by the interior dispositions with which she bore them, and which she nourished principally by assiduous meditation on the passion of Christ, in which she found an incredible relish and a solid comfort and joy.

After the recovery of her health, which seemed miraculous, she studied more perfectly to die to her senses, and to advance in a penitential life and spirit, in which God had begun to conduct her, by practicing the greatest austerities which were compatible with the obedience she had professed; she fasted two or three days a week on bread and water, and sometimes passed the whole day without taking any nourishment, and chastised her body with disciplines and a sharp iron chain which she wore next her skin. Her obedience, humility, and meekness were still more admirable than her spirit of penance.

The least shadow of distinction or commendation gave her inexpressible uneasiness and confusion, and she would have rejoiced to be able to lie hid in the centre of the earth, in order to be entirely unknown to and blotted out of the hearts of all mankind, such were the sentiments of annihilation and contempt of herself in which she constantly lived. It was by profound humility and perfect interior self-denial that she learned to vanquish in her heart the sentiments or life of the first Adam—that is, of corruption, sin, and inordinate self-love.

But this victory over herself, and purgation of her affections, was completed by a perfect spirit of prayer; for by the union of her soul with God, and the establishment of the absolute reign of his love in her heart, she was dead to and disengaged from all earthly things.

And in one act of sublime prayer she advanced more than by a hundred exterior practices in the purity and ardour of her desire to do constantly what was most agreeable to God, to lose no occasion of practicing every heroic virtue, and of vigorously resisting all that was evil. Prayer, holy meditation, and contemplation were the means by which God imprinted in her soul sublime ideas of his heavenly truths, the strongest and most tender sentiments of all virtues, and the most burning desire to give all to God, with an incredible relish and affection for suffering contempt and poverty for Christ.

What she chiefly laboured to obtain, by meditating on his life and sufferings, and what she most earnestly asked of him, was that he would be pleased, in his mercy, to purge her affections of all poison of the inordinate love of creatures, and engrave in her his most holy and divine image, both exterior and interior—that is to say, both in her conversation and her affections, that so she might be animated, and might think, speak, and act by his most Holy Spirit.

The saint was chosen, very young, first, mistress of the novices, then sub-prioress, and, in the twenty-fifth year of her age, was appointed perpetual prioress. The reputation of her extraordinary sanctity and prudence drew her many visits from a great number of bishops, princes, and cardinals—among others, of Cervini, Alexander of Medicis, and Aldobrandini, who all three were afterwards raised to St. Peter´s chair, under the names of Marcellus II, Clement VIII, and Leo XI.

Something like what St. Austin relates of St. John of Egypt happened to St. Philip Neri and St. Catherine of Ricci. For having some time entertained together a commerce of letters, to satisfy their mutual desire of seeing each other, whilst he was detained at Rome she appeared to him in a vision, and they conversed together a considerable time, each doubtless being in a rapture. This St. Philip Neri, though most circumspect in giving credit to or in publishing visions, declared, saying that Catherine de Ricci, whilst living, had appeared to him in vision, as his disciple Galloni assures us in his life. And the continuators of Bollandus inform us that this was confirmed by the oaths of five witnesses.

Bacci, in his life of St. Philip, mentions the same thing, and Pope Gregory XV, in his bull for the canonization of St. Philip Neri, affirms that whilst this saint lived at Rome he conversed a considerable time with Catherine of Ricci, a nun, who was then at Prat, in Tuscany. Most wonderful were the raptures of St. Catherine in meditating on the passion of Christ, which was her daily exercise, but to which she totally devoted herself every week from Thursday noon to three o´clock in the afternoon on Friday. After a long illness she passed from this mortal life to everlasting bliss and the possession of the object of all her desires, on the feast of the Purification of our Lady, on the 2nd of February, in 1589, the sixty-seventh year of her age. The ceremony of her beatification was performed by Clement XII in 1732, and that of her canonization by Benedict XIV in 1746. Her festival is deferred to the 13th of February.

In the most perfect state of heavenly contemplation which this life admits of, there must be a time allowed for action, as appears from the most eminent contemplatives among the saints, and those religious institutes which are most devoted to this holy exercise. The mind of man must be frequently unbent, or it will be overset. Many, by a too constant or forced attention, have lost their senses. in he body also stands in need of exercise, and in all stations men owe several exterior duties both to others and themselves, and to neglect any of these, upon presence of giving the preference to prayer, would be a false devotion and dangerous illusion.

Though a Christian be a citizen of heaven, while he is a sojourner in this world, he is not to forget the obligations or the necessities to which this state subjects him, or to dream of flights which only angels and their fellow inhabitants of bliss take. As a life altogether taken up in action and business, without frequent prayer and pious meditation, alienates a soul from God and virtue, and weds her totally to the world, so a life spent wholly in contemplation, without any mixture of action, is chimerical, and the attempt dangerous.

The art of true devotion consists very much in a familiar and easy habit of accompanying exterior actions and business with a pious attention to the Divine Presence, frequent secret aspirations, and a constant union of the soul with God. This St. Catherine of Ricci practiced at her work, in the exterior duties of her house and office, in her attendance on the sick (which was her favourite employment, and which she usually performed on her knees), and in the tender care of the poor over the whole country. But this hindered not the exercises of contemplation, which were her most assiduous employment. Hence retirement and silence were her delight, in order to entertain herself with t. Creator of all things, and by devout meditation, kindling in her soul the fire of heavenly love, she was never able to satiate the ardour of her desire in adoring and praising the immense greatness and goodness of God.

To read more about the Saint go to:

Saint Catherine de Ricci (I)

Saint Catherine de Ricci (II)

Other Saints of the day:

Saint Polyeuctus

Click Here to Donate Now!

Join the new media evangelization. Your tax-deductible gift allows to build a culture of life in our nation and throughout the world. Please help us promote the Church's new evangelization by donating to right now. God bless you for your generosity.




Post a Comment
Write a comment on this article

Email required (will not be published)
required Country

Most Popular