How many of us have faced opposition in our lives? Unless you are a completely agreeable person who never rocks the boat, you are bound to have faced some sort of opposition. The most difficult kind of opposition to deal with is that which comes from your own family. You love them, but they have made it clear that they are strongly against your position. What should you do? St. Catherine of Siena can teach us a lesson in how to move forward when even your family is against you.
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For young women, there were essentially two choices: marriage or entering a religious convent. However, God's plan was for Catherine to become a Third Order Dominican as a young woman. With her parent's permission, she created a small monastic cell within the family home under the staircase. It would be there that Catherine would live and serve her family for a couple of years as the Lord prepared her for a much more public ministry that would take up the remainder of her life.
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