It’s a new-old world: two popes and a plague, just like the 14th century.
Have they learned nothing from history? When, in the 1300s, nearly a third of Europe’s population succumbed to the plague, great saints arose to serve the people and calm their fears. Naysayers were undoubtably busy then, too. But Catherine of Siena disregarded the women who wished to bar her from the Mantellate (a third order of St. Dominic); she cared for the sick, buried the dead and attracted a following. Not incidentally, she also convinced the true pope, then captive in Avignon, France, to return to Rome. We know Catherine wrote some 400 letters and prayers. What could she have done with Zoom, Twitter and Facebook? But even today, her life, words and work can help model the contemporary church.
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