From her life by Raymund of Capua, her confessor, afterwards general of the Dominicans; also by Stephen; prior of the Carthusians, near Pavia, who had intimately known the saint, and from other contemporary Authors. Likewise Divae Catharinae Senensis Vita per Joan. Pinum, Tolosanum. Bononiae, 4to. 1505. See her history, judiciously and elegantly compiled by F. Touron, t. 2, a writer justly extolled in the Journal de Scavants, and honored with great encomiums by pope Benedict XIV. Her life by her confessor, containing things omitted in other editions, is printed in Italian at Florence, in 1477, 4to., in a Gothic character, yet this is a translation from the Latin: also another printed at Sienna, in 1524, 4to. See also Papebroke’s Remarks, Apr. t. 3, p. 851.
St. Catherine was born at Sienna, in 1347. Her father, James Benincasa, by trade a dyer, was a virtuous man; and though blessed with temporal prosperity, always chiefly solicitous to leave to his children a solid inheritance of virtue, by his example, and by deeply instilling into them lessons of piety. Her mother, Lapa, had a particular affection for this daughter above her other children; and the accomplishments of mind and body with which she was adorned made her the darling and delight of all that knew her, and procured her the name of Euphrosyna. She was favored by God with extraordinary graces as soon as she was capable of knowing him. She withdrew very young to a solitude a little out of the town, to imitate the lives of the fathers of the desert. Continue Reading