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Catherine of Siena: A Passionate Life
By Don Brophy

Review: In this compelling biography of one of the most revered female saints of Christianity, Don Brophy offers a fascinating portrait of this passionate Italian mystic as she engages and confronts the political and religious machinations of what has been called the “calamitous” 14th century.

Recognized as a living saint by many of her contemporaries, Catherine of Siena also encountered intense opposition and plotting against her from male clergy and political leaders who resented this fiery and feisty woman who just “didn’t know her place.” Catherine combined a fearless social and spiritual activism and passion for reforming the corrupt church of her time with an intense and fervent faith and fierce loyalty to that same church. In that unique combination she remains an inspiration and role model across many diverse camps in today’s church. —Meinrad Scherer-Emunds, Executive Editor,  U.S. CATHOLIC