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  • Hosts: Lavinia Spiritual and Mela Nemececk
  • Focus: The study of saints, particularly St. Francis, St. Clare, and St. Catherine of Siena, in preparation for an upcoming trip to Italy.

Segment 1: St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi

  • Discussion of St. Francis and his fundamental importance on the pilgrimage to Assisi, Italy.
  • Introduction to St. Clare of Assisi, her early life, dedication to God, and influence by her mother’s faith.
  • Comparison to romanticized portrayals of St. Clare in movies.
  • Description of St. Clare’s charitable actions and influence on the poor.
  • Highlight of St. Clare’s commitment and initiation into the Poor Clares.

Segment 2: St. Catherine of Siena

  • Introduction to St. Catherine of Siena, born during the plague in 1347.
  • Description of her family and early spiritual inclinations, dedicating her life to God at an early age.
  • Overview of her visions and mystical experiences, including a mystical marriage with Jesus.
  • Explanation of her role in persuading the Pope to return to Rome from Avignon and navigating the Great Western Schism.
  • Summary of St. Catherine’s significant works and impact, leading to her later recognition as a Doctor of the Church.

Segment 3: St. Catherine’s Spiritual Insights

  • Sharing notable spiritual insights from St. Catherine of Siena, including her understanding of the stages of Christian life.
  • Discussing the three stages: beginner (fear-based), intermediate (love-based with constellations), and union (filial love for God).
  • Emphasizing the importance of growing in holiness and service to God as an expression of true union with Him.


  • Recap of the discussion on the saints and their relevance to the upcoming trip to Italy.
  • Closing with a meaningful quote from St. Catherine of Siena about setting the world on fire when being true to oneself.