Catherine dei Ricci

February 13

Alessandra Lucrezia Romola was born in Florence, Italy in 1522. Her stepmother noticed the girl's unusual piety and helped her develop her prayer life. When Alessandra entered the Dominican Convent of San Vincenzio in 1535 she took the name of Catherine.


When Catherine was 20 she began to experience mystical ecstasies from noon on Thursday until Friday at 4 p.m. every week for twelve years. In these ecstasies she experienced the Passion of Christ, including the appearance of all the wounds Christ might have received in his last days. This unusual behavior drew many pilgrims who wanted to see Catherine's ecstasies for themselves. The other sisters at the convent prayed for these visions to stop, and they finally did.


Catherine served as a spiritual advisor to many people and was eventually made Abbess of the convent. She died in 1590 after a long illness.


If Catherine dei Ricci had taken the Spiritual Types Test, she probably would have been a Mystic. Catherine dei Ricci is remembered on February 13.

Today's Reflection

Catherine dei Ricci