Those miserable persons about whom I spoke to you have no consideration
for themselves. If they had, they wouldn’t fall into so many vices, but would
live like virtuous persons, who prefer death rather than offend Me, staining
their soul or belittling the dignity to which I have raised them, but on the
contrary, they increase their souls’ dignity and beauty. The dignity itself of
the priest is not increased by virtue nor diminished by any sin, as I have told
you. But virtues are an embellishment and give added dignity to the soul beyond
what it possesses from the beginning, when I created it in my image and
likeness. Those who live thus, know the truth of my goodness, their beauty and
dignity, because pride and self-love have not blinded them nor taken away the
light of reason. Not having this self-love, they love Me and desire the
salvation of souls. But these spoiled persons, completely deprived of light,
calmly pass from vice to vice, until they fall into the pit.
They have turned the temple of their soul and the holy Church, which is a
garden, into a stable for animals. O dearest daughter!
How abominable for Me that their dwellings which ought to be lodging for
those who serve Me and for the poor, a place to have as a wife their breviary,
and as children the books of Sacred Scripture, to delight in them in order to
exhort their neighbour to lead a holy life, but quite to the contrary have
turned them into a den of unchaste and wicked persons!
Their spouse is not the breviary. They rather treat this breviary-spouse
like an adulterous wife. A devil in the form of a woman’s body unchastely
lives with him. His herd of children make up his books, and he shamelessly takes
delight in these offspring begotten so indecently and wickedly.
At Easter and solemn Days when he should give glory and praise to My Name
with the divine Office and offer Me the incense of humble and devout actions, he
spends at gaming and entertainment with these creatures of the devil and has a
good time with the laity hunting, as if he were just another lay person or
O wretched man, to what a level you have dropped! What you ought to hunt
are souls for the glory and praise of My Name and be in the garden of the Holy
Church, and not to go hunting through the woods. But you have become a beast;
within you have the beasts of many mortal sins. For that reason, you are a
hunter of beasts and the orchard of your soul is full of weeds and thorns, since
you have acquired a liking for barren land seeking wild beasts. Be ashamed and
consider your sins. You have cause to be ashamed wherever you turn. But you are
not ashamed, because you have lost the holy and true fear of Me. Like the
prostitute, who has lost shame, you will brag about your worldly position, your
numerous family and your numerous children.
And if you do not have them, you try to have them so to be your heirs.
You are a highwayman and a thief, because you know perfectly well you cannot
bequeath your wealth to them; your heirs are the poor and the Holy Church.
O incarnate devil, spirit without light! You seek what you ought not
seek. You boast and brag about what ought to be for you motive of confusion and
shame before Me, who see the innermost of your heart, and before creatures. You
are truly blind and the horns of your pride do not permit you to recognize your
O dearest daughter!
placed you on the bridge of the doctrine of my truth so that he might serve you,
o pilgrims, and administer you the sacraments of the holy Church, but he stays
in the miserable river below the bridge immersed in the pleasures and miseries
of the world. There he exercises his ministry, without noticing the wave that
drags him to death and he goes with the devils, his masters, whom he has served
and by whom he has been openly guided, along the river. If he does not amend his
life, he will be eternally condemned with great reprimand and reproach, that
your tongue would be incapable of referring. And he, due to his priestly office,
much more than any other lay person. For this reason the same sin is punished
more in him than in one who would have stayed in the world. At the moment of
death his enemies will accuse him more terribly, as I have told you. "
Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church: The Dialogue, 130.
God, You choose the frail and ignorant to confound the wise and mighty. We
beseech You to raise up in our times men and women, who following St.
Catherine’s example, are full of ardent love for the Church and the Pope. Let
them persevere in prayer so that the shepherds of Christ’s flock may be true
guardians and not hirelings. We ask you this through Jesus Christ, Our Lord.
By Ateneo Pontificio "Regina Apostolorum"