St. Catherine suffered terrible temptations after, but she always fought them bravely. Once she said to Jesus,
"Where were you, Lord, when I had such shameful temptations?" And Jesus answered,
"Daughter, I was in your heart and I made you win with my grace."
Jesus often appeared to St. Catherine and talked with her lovingly. One night, when all the people were out on the streets celebrating, He appeared to her praying alone in her room. With Him was His Blessed Mother. She took Catherine's hand and lifted it up to her Son. Jesus put a ring on the Saint's finger and so she became His bride.
In St. Catherine's time, the Church had many troubles, and there were fights going on all over Italy. The Saint wrote letters to Kings and Queens and went herself to beg rulers to make their peace with the Pope and to avoid wars.
Catherine never forgot that Jesus was in her heart—no matter how busy she was. And through her, Jesus converted the sick people she lovingly nursed and the prisoners she visited in jail. The Pope himself accepted Catherine's advice to go back to Rome from France because it was God's will that he govern the Church from Rome. The Pope listened to St. Catherine and went back, because he knew how close she was to God.
Let us offer our whole heart to God so that like St. Catherine, we will discover how wonderful it is to love the Lord.
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You can find a coloring picture of St. Catherine below.