Her parents had made plans for her...
She had already been seeing someone.
She became a Dominican tertiary while still a teenager. Word of her spiritual experiences would spread.
When she was still in her twenties, even Popes would pay heed to her and not only for pious inspiration.
Her words would thwart the plans of princes and would stir people of faith to dramatic action for the causes of truth, peace, and the freedom of God’s word.
Catherine, the pious little girl from Siena, died in Rome shortly after her 33rd birthday on this very day in 1380. She was canonized in 1461 and declared a Doctor of the Church in 1970.
(adapted from an earlier post)