Catherine of Siena - with each other and with the papacy...

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What did you do despite society’s limitations and what methods did you use to reach out to others and spread your message? As a woman, it is very difficult to get far anywhere, but I’d like to say, despite that, I have managed to succeed in many ways. Most women were not allowed to be involved in politics, but through much hard work and dedication, I was able to be involved. When I was 27 I attended the Dominican general chapter being held in Florence. At the chapter or shortly after, the head of the order assigned the priest Raymond of Capua (c.1330-99) as my confessor and advisor. This marked the beginning of my full participation in political affairs. The popes had been living in Avignon for almost 70 years, and the Italian city-states were feuding --- and frequently warring
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Unformatted text preview: --- with each other and with the papacy. Perhaps because the normal ecclesiastical and civic leaders had lost their moral authority, marginal figures such as me, were listened to. But because I am a woman, I was not allowed to do much, so I began to write letters to public figures and to travel to nearby cities urging civic reform. Prayer to say at the end Almighty and everlasting God, look upon the Heart of Thy well-beloved Son and upon the acts of praise and satisfaction which He renders unto Thee in the name of sinners; and do Thou, in Thy great goodness, grant pardon to them who seek Thy mercy, in the name of the same Thy Son, Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with Thee, world without end....
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