The Life and Doctrine of St. Catherine of Genoa


Read by Ann Boulais

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Saint Catherine of Genoa (Caterina Fieschi Adorno, born Genoa 1447 – 15 September 1510) is an Italian Roman Catholic saint and mystic, admired for her work among the sick and the poor. She was a member of the noble Fieschi family, and spent most of her life and her means serving the sick, especially during the plague which ravaged Genoa in 1497 and 1501. She died in that city in 1510.

In 1551, 41 years after her death, a book about her life and teaching was published, entitled Libro de la vita mirabile et dottrina santa de la Beata Caterinetta de Genoa. This is the source of her "Dialogues on the Soul and the Body" and her "Treatise on Purgatory", which are often printed separately. Her authorship of these has been denied, and it used to be thought that another mystic, the Augustinian canoness Battistina Vernazza, who lived in a monastery in Genoa from 1510 till her death in 1587 had edited the two works, a suggestion discredited by recent scholarship, which attributes a large part of both works to St Catherine, though they received their final literary form only after her death.

The Life and Doctrine is a biographical sketch of St. Catherine, filled with her thoughts and experiences with God. In this, there are many examples of how we too can reach perfection in our relationship with God.

(Introduction by Wikipedia and Ann Boulais) (4 hr 2 min)

Chapters

00 - Introduction 14:40 Read by Ann Boulais
01 - Chapters 1 and 2 12:56 Read by Ann Boulais
02 - Chapters 3 and 4 8:58 Read by Ann Boulais
03 - Chapters 5 and 6 8:01 Read by Ann Boulais
04 - Chapters 7 and 8 6:57 Read by Ann Boulais
05 - Chapters 9 and 10 9:11 Read by Ann Boulais
06 - Chapters 11 and 12 12:01 Read by Ann Boulais
07 - Chapters 13 and 14 17:32 Read by Ann Boulais
08 - Chapters 15 and 16 16:26 Read by Ann Boulais
09 - Chapters 17 and 18 11:44 Read by Ann Boulais
10 - Chapters 19 amd 20 13:43 Read by Ann Boulais
11 - Chapters 21 and 22 10:16 Read by Ann Boulais
12 - Chapters 23 and 24 13:11 Read by Ann Boulais
13 - Chapters 25 and 26 5:10 Read by Ann Boulais
14 - Chapters 27 and 28 6:12 Read by Ann Boulais
15 - Chapters 29 and 30 5:29 Read by Ann Boulais
16 - Chapters 31 and 32 10:24 Read by Ann Boulais
17 - Chapters 33 and 34 11:41 Read by Ann Boulais
18 - Chapters 35 and 36 12:13 Read by Ann Boulais
19 - Chapters 37 and 38 10:29 Read by Ann Boulais
20 - Chapters 39 and 40 16:21 Read by Ann Boulais
21 - Chapters 41 and 42 9:10 Read by Ann Boulais