A Saint of the Day for Feb.13

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CATHERINE DE’ RICCI, VIRGIN

                                           By Richard Mc Brien

Catherine de’ Ricci (1522–90) was a Dominican nun known for her wisdom, psychological healthiness, and concern for the sick. Born to a wealthy family in Florence and baptized Alexandrina, she is said to have experienced ecstasies each week (from midday on Thursday to about 4:00 p.m. on Friday) over a twelve-year period in which she became physically conformed to the Passion of Christ, including the stigmata. Catherine de’ Ricci was canonized in 1746.

Her feast is not on the General Roman Calendar.

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