Domenico Beccafumi (Domenico di Giovanni di Pace). 1486 - 1551
Saint Catherine of Siena Receiving the Stigmata 1513-5
I can’t think of a better model, then, than that of Catherine of Siena. There was nothing glamorous about Catherine, nor was she a royal. But she stood up for Truth to princes and kings and popes, had more courage than all of Siena and Florence and the College of Cardinals combined, and was a true peacemaker (and a rather deft politician). She famously told Pope Urban to return to Rome from Avignon; she also held in her arms the head of a man who had made his peace with Christ but was being executed for his crimes. She was a little thing, she hardly ate, and yet she truly did set the world on fire, simply by following the way of Christ. What better patron can any of us hope for?
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