November 25, 2007

Feast of Saint Catherine of Alexandria

"Peyne is welcome to me," seyd she than,
And deth, eke, I wil it noth forsake,
For thou ye smyth, fle, sle, or banne,
It skyllith me rith noth for my Lordis sake
Swech myschevys for His love to take.
He toke for me mych more wrechydnes
Whill He lyved her in this worldly wyldernes."

Book 5, Chapter 10 The Life of Saint Katherine by John Capgrave, O.S.A.,c. A.D. 1463.

I was going to translate the above into modern English but I decided not to. Why? Because devotion to St. Catherine was strongest in the era when Father Capgrave composed his work, and I wanted to keep the language of the time of her strongest devotion for my post to her. Plus, frankly, the modern English doesn't "sound right" to my ears for this post.

It is not my intention to take away from the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King, which we celebrate today, by posting about St. Catherine instead of Christ the King. However, today is also her Feast day and she's my name Saint. I want to pay her tribute and thank her for her intercession. It's also part of my ongoing attempt at reclaiming her from some of the modern feminazi nuttiness attached to her name.

I posted on St. Catherine last year. You can read that post here

St. Catherine, pray for us!


Blogger Terry Nelson said...

Happy feast day! It's cool to read the olde Endlish.

November 25, 2007 1:54 PM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

I meaant English.

November 25, 2007 1:54 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...


It's actually Middle English though, honestly, I have no idea what Terry is reading into the text. He always reads things with a, er, unique, perspective.

November 25, 2007 2:12 PM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

I don't know anymore. I just don't know. I think I may have dementia. This scares me, because I wonder aloud to myself at Kowalski's, "Can I still be a good blogger and yet have dementia?" And Cath - I just don't have the answer for that one.

November 25, 2007 3:08 PM  
Blogger ignorant redneck said...


This is my oldest Daughter's patron. I have been to Her (the saints!)final resting place, at Her monastery at Mt. Sinai.

November 25, 2007 3:31 PM  
Blogger swissmiss said...

Glad you didn't translate it into modern English. It's very nice as is. Happy Feast Day!!

My mother and daughter are named after St. Catherine...of Siena ;}

November 25, 2007 4:10 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

ignorant redneck: I'm Cathy with a C, though I know K is fine too. This is just the same as Janice as opposed to Jan. Probably, ridiculous ultimately, but, I'm difficult. So there. :-)

swissmiss: A lot of people assume I'm named for Siena-also, a great Saint. Thanks!

Terry: The answer is: yes. Gosh, look at me! I think the voices help me blog.

November 25, 2007 4:14 PM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

Swiss Miss - How could you have possibly named your mother? I can understand how you named your daughter - but c'mon with the naming your mom thing. Sheesh! How dumb does she think we are Cath?

November 25, 2007 5:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happye and Holye Feast Daye to thee!
(my sad attempt at middle English)

November 25, 2007 6:22 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

Happy feast day!

November 25, 2007 6:41 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Angela and Christine: Thanks!

Terry: Well, you have dementia and I hear voices. Not sure that means we are dumb but it sure makes us intriguing. I better see both of us on the People list of intriguing people this year.

November 26, 2007 6:32 AM  
Blogger Ray from MN said...

Where was I when all this feast days talk started yesterday? Must have been nap time.

Let's see, my Mom's sister and daughter are named Katherine; I guess that's all the connection I can make to St Blogs members.

No Swisses, no Desperates, no Terries, certainly no Adoros.

November 26, 2007 2:14 PM  
Blogger swissmiss said...

The naming my mom's all very metaphysical and hard to explain.

November 26, 2007 2:46 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Ray: You're lucky.

swissmiss: Terry would probably understand that type of explanation. It's the reality that he has trouble with.

November 26, 2007 7:37 PM  
Blogger ignorant redneck said...

Sorry, kan't spell.

November 26, 2007 9:25 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

S'ok, ignorent dedneck. :-)

November 27, 2007 6:28 AM  
Blogger Richie D said...

post something, woman, for the love of God and Humanity.

did you ever tell us about your new job??

November 27, 2007 10:11 AM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

Richie - I was just going to post a similar comment. What does this woman do with her time? Doesn't she know she has guys lined up hanging on her every word? Sheesh!

November 27, 2007 6:06 PM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

Richie - Cath emailed me and said she is almost beside herself until the winner for Dancing With The Stars is announced... after that she will probably be able to post something. (She loves the race car driver of course.)

November 27, 2007 6:41 PM  
Blogger Vincenzo said...

"post something, woman, for the love of God and Humanity.
did you ever tell us about your new job??"

The delay has been unbearable, hasn't it? Her employers should recognize her talents (and our needs) and pay her to blog full time. What are they thinking?
I'm going to make quesadillas & margaritas while I wait. BBL.

November 27, 2007 7:03 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

I think Vincenzo has chosen the better part. LOL!

Richie: Do you work? LOL!

Terry: I'm posting this evening. My gosh!

November 27, 2007 8:04 PM  
Blogger Ray from MN said...

Boy, getting the ear and the thoughts of St. Cath is getting to be really difficult around here.

Rumor has it that the operator of one of St Blog's finer websites, "Love 2 B Catholic" or something like that, a YouCenser for the geeky trads among us who need to share videos of their video and quesadilla and margarita manufacturing techiques, is moving to town after the first of the year.

Now, if we can only get Vincenzo to move here, with his pots, pans and stemware, gustatorially, video graphically and digitally- manipulated graphically we will have a couple of pals we can call on to improve our lives while we wait for the NASCAR season to end and St Cathy of Como will be freed up to deign to talk to us again.

November 27, 2007 9:26 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Does everyone speak Ray or do I need to translate?

November 28, 2007 6:49 AM  

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