St. Catherine of Siena-The martyrs desired death

St. Catherine of Siena writing (1630-1639) by Rutilio di Lorenzo Manetti. Photo: Shakko/Public Domain.

Optional Memorial of Sts. Nereus and Achilleus, Martyrs; St. Pancras, Martyr

The martyrs desired death, not to fly labor, but to attain their end. And why did they not fear death, from which man so naturally shrinks? Because they had vanquished the natural love of their bodies, by divine and supernatural love.

— St. Catherine of Siena

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