Kresta in the Afternoon – April 26, 2019 – Hour 2

+  St. Catherine’s Example of the Power of the Laity (full hour)

  • Description: On April 29 we celebrate the Feast of St Catherine of Siena, who was born on the Feast of the Annunciation in 1347. She's known for many things, including her Dialogue, visions of Christ and stigmata that were only visible to her. Fr. Thomas Mcdermott, an expert on her work, joins us.
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    • Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church: Notes on her life and teaching

      Giacinto (Hyacinth) D’Urso (1913-2002), Dominican friar of the Province of San Marco and Sardegna (later the Roman Province), is regarded by many Italian commentators as the foremost expert on the mysticism of Catherine of Siena. After his ordination in 1936 he obtained a doctorate in theology from the Angelicum in Rome. He served the Order in various capacities as novice master, prior, pastor, preacher and, for a time, professor of theology at the Angelicum. For many years he was the editor of the acclaimed Dominican spirituality journal Rivista di Ascetica e Mistica and was a lifelong student of the spirituality of Fra Angelico, St. Antoninus, Blessed Angela of Foligno, but in a particular way of the thought of St. Catherine of Siena of whom he was a devoted Caterinato. The Bibliografia analitica di S. Caterina da Siena 1901-2000 lists 107 scholarly articles written by Father D’Urso between 1940 and 2000. Some of the more important ones were collected and published by the National Center of Catherinian Studies in Rome under the title Il genio di Santa Caterina (1971). He and Alvaro Grion, OP, were the major theological contributors to the official positio commissioned by the Vatican in preparation for Catherine being proclaimed Doctor. It was not the last time that Fr. D’Urso’s expertise was to be put at the service of the universal Church as the echo of his voice can be heard in the apostolic letter of Paul VI mentioned above as well as in John Paul II’s apostolic letter Amantissima Providentia (1980) for the sixth centenary of Catherine’s death. In 1970, the year Catherine was proclaimed Doctor, Fr. D’Urso wrote his magnum opus, a 113-page article, in the form of notes, on the life and teaching of the Sienese saint in the review Temi di Predicazione published by the Dominicans in Naples. It was only in this article, a translation of which is the book you are now holding, that he ever attempted a comprehensive exposition of her teaching. D’Urso brought to this work 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. Most important, his scholarship reveals new depths to Catherine’s thought, making for a new appreciation of her on the 40th anniversary of Paul VI’s proclamation. Thomas McDermott, OP Author, Catherine of Siena. Spiritual Development in Her Life and Teaching (learn more)

    • Catherine of Siena: Spiritual Development in Her Life and Teaching

      Note: This book is out of print and is not available through the Ave Maria Radio store. Pre-owned copies may be purchased through Amazon Smile at the link above and a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Ave Maria Radio.  Although Catherine of Siena was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church in 1970, relatively little attention has been given to her mystical thought, particularly in the English-speaking world. The Dialogue, the famous compendium of her mature thought, is difficult to understand owing to its interruptions, repetitions, overlapping arguments, imagery and undefined terms. Thomas McDermott breaks new ground in his systematic presentation of Catherine's teachings. Drawing on the Dialogue and also on Catherine's 381 letters and prayers, he explains clearly her principal teachings in relation to spiritual development, and identifies Catherine's possible sources as well as her areas of originality. By examining Catherine's life and mystical experiences, McDermott shows how she herself grew spiritually and how her growth corresponds to her later teaching on the "three stairs" on the "bridge of Christ crucified." Finally, the author puts forward 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 incredibly rich mysticism of one of the 14th century's most amazing women. (learn more)

    • Catherine of Siena: Essays on Her Life and Thought

      New Priory Press is proud to present this volume of six classic essays on the life and thought of St. Catherine of Siena (1347-80), Dominican mystic and Doctor of the Church. The essays, which include several that appear here in English for the first time, are: Thomas Deman, O.P., “Theology in the Life of St. Catherine of Siena”; Thomas McDermott, O.P., “Catherine of Siena: Doctor of Communion”; Maria Francesca Carnea, “Freedom and Politics in St. Catherine of Siena”; Yves Congar, O.P., “The Holy Spirit in the Prayers of St. Catherine of Siena”; Michael J. Houser, “Processo Castellano. An excerpt from the testimony of Fra Bartolomeo Dominici”; Antoine Lemonnyer, O.P., “The Spiritual Life in the Teaching of St. Catherine of Siena” (learn more)

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