Sunday, August 8, 2010

Catherine of Siena: A Passionate Life-Don Brophy

Catherine of Siena: A Passionate Life
Don Brophy
BlueBridge, Aug 1 2010, $24.95
ISBN: 9781933346281

Although Saint Catherine of Siena died in 1380, her “written” (dictated to scribes) work remains a key legacy of the Christian Church today. Plenty has been written about the spiritual Saint Catherine because her devotion to Christ was recognized as late as 1970 when she was declared a “Doctor of the Church”. However, Don Brophy provides a fresh perspective on her by providing readers with a deeper look at the medieval era in western Europe. Catherine was not just a deeply pious individual, she was also a pragmatic soul who advised and challenged leaders of countries and the papacy while also establishing a monastery. Thus the beauty of this strong biography is the profound glimpse of the mortal milieu of a highly spirited woman’s passionate “public” life as she dealt with kings and popes pleading with them to bring peace and prosperity to the masses. Saint Catherine was more than just a devoted follower of Christ as Mr. Brophy makes a strong case she also dedicated her life to influence the ruling class to do better by their subjects.

Harriet Klausner

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