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WOF 039: St. Catherine of Siena, The Mystic

We are taking the next few episodes of the show to discuss each of the great men and women featured in Word on Fire’s epic new film series, CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players. Today we’re focusing on St. Catherine of Siena. One of the most beguiling figures in Church history, St. Catherine had a profound connection to the Lord that was displayed by her miraculous mysticism, her impact on the papacy, and her love for the poor. Our listener question asks Bishop Barron how he chose the Pivotal Players and what’s next on the horizon for Word On Fire.

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Topics Discussed

  • 1:15  – Bishop Barron discusses his upcoming trip to Rome
  • 2:44 – Who was Saint Catherine of Siena?
  • 7:33 – How does St. Catherine represent the power of women in the Church?
  • 10:20 – What is found in St. Catherine’s “Dialogues with God”?
  • 13:31 -Why does St. Catherine use the metaphor of a bridge for Christ?
  • 15:13 – How is St. Catherine a doctor of grace?
  • 16:23 – How is St. Catherine accessible to people unfamiliar with mysticism?
  • 19:00 – Why is it significant that she is named a “Doctor of the Church”?
  • 21:00 – Why is Saint Catherine a pivotal player?
  • 22:35 – Listener Question: How did Bishop Barron choose the Pivotal Players?

Bonus Resources