St Catherine of Siena was torn between going out into the world to help the poor and living a contemplative life that was focused on the Lord. My St Catherine's Hermitage is a small retreat in the middle of town where I can be in prayer in a house of peace. It has a chapel where I go to pray.. where I can regroup again to go out into the world and help people. St Catherine of Siena was a person who was bold in her ways.. unafraid of standing up to Bishops who have lost their way, doing evil or hurting people by abusing their power. Even though I never thought I would become a Dominican and especially looking up to the life of St Catherine and Blessed Margaret of Castello the patron on the unwanted, I found that both their lives have encouraged my own vocation to continue on.
St Catherine of Siena
Blessed Margaret of Castello