Catherine of Sienna is a celebrated mystic. She entered the Dominican order at 16 and died aged 33. She wrote extensively, including some words about the gift of tears.
Tears express an exquisite, profound sensitivity, a capacity for being moved and for tenderness.
Many Saints have had the gift of tears, renewing the emotion of Jesus himself who did not hold back or hide his tears at the tomb of his friend Lazarus and at the grief of Mary and Martha or at the sight of Jerusalem during his last days on this earth.
According to Catherine, the tears of saints are mingled with the blood of Christ, of which she spoke in vibrant tones and with symbolic images that were very effective.
On this day lift before God:
- Young people who have vibrant faith in Jesus.
- All whose prayers are expressed through tears.
- All whose visions and writing draw us Godward.