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Catherine of Siena (1347–1380), mystic and doctor of the church, wrote The Dialogue, her crowning spiritual work, for “the instruction and encouragement of all those whose spiritual welfare was her concern.”

So the glorious apostle Paul taught: “If I had an angelic tongue, knew the future, gave what is mine to the poor, and gave my body to be burned, but did not have charity, it would be worth nothing to me.”2 Finite works are not enough either to punish or to atone unless they are seasoned with loving charity. 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.
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