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!