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Catherine of Siena: The Dialogue

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Catherine of Siena (1347–1380), mystic and doctor of the Roman Church, wrote The Dialogue, her crowning spiritual work, for “the instruction and encouragement of all those whose spiritual welfare was her concern.” Her words still have a deep effect on all who read them. Learn from her example and instruction with this heartfelt and intellectually challenging volume.

For a massive collection including over a hundred and twenty of the volumes in this series, see the Classics of Western Spirituality Bundle (126 vols.).

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  • The finest writing from a giant of Christian spirituality
  • Fully integrates and cross references with other resources from your Logos library
  • A primary source that is useful for research and historical study of 14th century Christian thought

Top Highlights

“I have shown you, dearest daughter, that in this life guilt is not atoned for by any suffering simply as suffering, but rather by suffering borne with desire, love, and contrition of heart. The value is not in the suffering but in the soul’s desire. Likewise, neither desire nor any other virtue has value or life except through my only-begotten Son, Christ crucified, since the soul has drawn love from him and in virtue follows his footsteps. In this way and in no other is suffering of value.” (Page 29)

“I ask you to love me with the same love with which I love you. But for me you cannot do this, for I loved you without being loved. Whatever love you have for me you owe me, so you love me not gratuitously but out of duty, while I love you not out of duty but gratuitously. So you cannot give me the kind of love I ask of you. This is why I have put you among your neighbors: so that you can do for them what you cannot do for me—that is, love them without any concern for thanks and without looking for any profit for yourself. And whatever you do for them I will consider done for me.” (Page 121)

“Keep in mind that each of you has your own vineyard. But every one is joined to your neighbors’ vineyards without any dividing lines. They are so joined together, in fact, that you cannot do good or evil for yourself without doing the same for your neighbors.” (Page 62)

“I tell you further: the more the mystic body of holy Church is filled with troubles now, the more it will abound in delight and consolation. And this shall be its delight: the reform of good holy shepherds who are flowers of glory, who praise and glorify my name, offering me the fragrance of virtue rooted in truth. This is the reform of the fragrant blossoming of my ministers and shepherds—not that the fruit of this bride needs to be reformed, because it never spoils or is diminished by the sins of its ministers. So be glad, you and your spiritual father and my other servants, in your bitterness. For I, eternal Truth, promise to refresh you, and after your bitterness I will give you consolation, along with great suffering, in the reform of holy Church.” (Page 47)

  • Title: Catherine of Siena: The Dialogue
  • Author: Saint Catherine of Siena
  • Series: The Classics of Western Spirituality
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Print Publication Date: 1980
  • Logos Release Date: 2016
  • Pages: 416
  • Era: era:medieval
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Mysticism › Catholic Church
  • ISBNs: 0809122332, 9780809122332
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2024-03-25T19:32:32Z

Saint Catherine of Siena T.O.S. D (25 March 1347 in Siena – 29 April 1380 in Rome) was a tertiary of the Dominican Order, and a Scholastic philosopher and theologian. She also worked to bring the papacy of Gregory XI back to Rome from its displacement in France, and to establish peace among the Italian city-states. She was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church in 1970. She is one of the two patron saints of Italy, together with Francis of Assisi.


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  1. Ross Royden

    Ross Royden


    A really helpful and challenging book by a theologian who should be more widely read and studied.
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