St. Catherine of Siena-Why did [the martyrs]

St. Catherine of Siena writing (1630-1639) by Rutilio di Lorenzo Manetti. Photo: Shakko/Public Domain.
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Friday of the Thirty Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Why did [the martyrs] not fear death, from which man so naturally shrinks? Because they had vanquished the natural love of their own bodies, by divine and supernatural love.

— St. Catherine of Siena

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