Campus Ministry at Dominican University announces the First Annual Catherine of Siena Lecture generously sponsored by the Fenwick Foundation. On Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at 7:00 pm, Carol Lee Flinders will present a lecture titled: Through a Glass Brightly: The Incandescent Life and Teachings of Caterina Benincasa.
Carol’s interest in the life of St Catherine Benincasa began with the research and writing of her book: Enduring Grace: Living Portraits of Seven Women Mystics. She has since authored other books on spirituality as well as co-authored the New Laurel’s Kitchen.
This evening’s lecture will both inform and inspire you to understand this woman of the 13th century whose teachings and story are as relevant today as they were to her contemporaries. Caterina Benincasa involved herself in the politics and religion of her day “speaking truth to power.”
Our speaker states: St. Catherine of Siena’s master-work, The Dialogue, begins, as it will continue, in the third person: “A soul rises up, restless with tremendous desire for God’s honor and the salvation of souls.” but make no mistake: Catherine was that soul, and the whole of her short life was both shaped and consumed by the fire of the “tremendous desire.”
Even at a distance of more than 500 years, the full significance of a life like hers can be hard to take in—giving off more light and heat than the unaided eye can handle. Like children watching an eclipse of the sun through a slit in a piece of cardboard, we sometimes do well to gaze through a medium: through the eyes, for example, of a Nobel Prize winning novelist from Norway, a distinguished Chicago Theologian, or a gifted stain glass artist and alum of Dominican University.
First annual Catherine of Siena Lecture
Through a Glass Brightly: The Incandescent Life and Teachings of Caterina Benincasa.
By Carol Lee Flinders
Wednesday, November 2, 2011, 7:00 pm
In the Dominican Heritage and Alumni House
75 Magnolia Ave
Dominican University of CA
San Rafael, CA 94901
Further information: Sister Carla Kovack, OP 415.257.0142